Fans Demand a PC Version of GTA V
Following its release on September 17, 2013, the game Grand Theft Auto V took the world by storm and sold over 13 million units in its first 24 hours on shelves and totaled over $1 billion in revenue within the first three days.
The game has quickly become the fastest game to ever gross $1 billion, shattering the record held by Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and has been labeled the highest grossing entertainment product of all time.
While these huge numbers may not be a huge surprise to those familiar with the game’s controversial but addictive gameplay, it is very shocking to imagine that it did those kind of numbers while only releasing on consoles. As it stands, GTA’s publisher, Rockstar, has not mentioned any concrete plans for a PC port of the bestseller and has only listed this response on its website to queries about the game’s future on personal computers:
“The only versions of the game that we have announced are for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 which are set for a September 17th worldwide release. We don’t have anything to share about the possibility of a next-gen or a PC platform release at this time and we are completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now.”
Predicting the Future
It’s evident from the statement above that Rockstar is not ready to officially announce a PC version of their flagship game, but I would be willing to bet my house, wife, and children that Rockstar will release one.
While it took them years of negotiating through the exclusivity deals that Sony had for the GTA series, Rockstar managed to port the entire series, what is was at the time, to Xbox and PC, and it would be a huge misstep for Rockstar to miss out on the massive revenue that would come from allowing desktop gamers to mow down pedestrians like they were driving on Venice Beach.
Additionally, when Rockstar addressed the PC port, they also mentioned their lack of plans for a next-gen GTA V, while industry analysts are stating that there is no way Rockstar would leave the hundreds of millions of dollars on the table by not releasing the game for PS4 and Xbox One. It’s safe to say that a PC version is in the works and will likely be hitting shelves early 2014.