There are a number of pieces of evidence that demonstrate that the picture above is not a real tweet from Rockstar, but a hoax.
Missing Verification Tick
We can compare the image in the question with an example of a tweet actually made on that
date (and verified via
the Wayback Machine's archive:
Note that the example tweet shows a blue tick, which indicates the identity of the account has been "verified" (authenticated) by Twitter. The hoax tweet does not show the blue tick. The Wayback machine confirms that that the RockStar Games' twitter account was verified at the time.
Twitter famously limits each tweet to 140 characters. The hoax exceeds that length.
Here's what happens if you try to type in the same message on Twitter:
It is too long to be accepted.
Numbers incorrectly formatted.
Twitter has always formatted numbers larger than 999 with a separator, e.g.
2,543 favorites. In the hoax, the commas are missing.
Putative creator known:
A reverse Google Image search suggests the source is funnyjunk.com. It seems that the creator of this meme is kingxddd, a 19-year-old man, ranked 13th on that site. His friends responded to him with similar fake screenshots:
Simple to fake
The technique to create a realistic fake tweet is well known: the famous, cut-and-paste-one-line-of-code-to-make-any-website-editable
Add this code as a link bookmarked on Google Chrome:
Once you click on the bookmark, any web page will be editable live through the browser. I was able to easily make this fake tweet: