One of the strangest things at the moment is that the biggest game of the past couple of years, Grand Theft Auto V, is still to receive a PC release date. According to Rockstar there are no plans currently to bring GTA V to PC’s but we all believe that to be a lie – so the question is when will the PC master race get the game?
Well according to Chris Silva, Director of Marketing for Intel’s Premium Notebooks, GTA V should be landing on PC’s very soon. According to Chris
At least with Grand Theft Auto I don’t think it’ll be console exclusive very long. But that’s what happens when you have a brand new launch with two companies that have lots of money trying to make sure they have content
Let’s tackle the first thing first though. Chris is the marketing lead for Intel’s premium notebooks. Now as impressive as that is I seriously doubt Rockstar would choose that niche market to explain what their plans are so I don’t think Chris has any more insider knowledge than any of us.
But more interestingly Chris also thinks Sony and Microsoft have paid for console exclusivity. Now we know Microsoft often pays for DLC exclusivity or even full title exclusivity but I simply can’t see Microsoft and Sony coming to an agreement to both pay to avoid PCs getting the game.
So does this mean that PC gamers aren’t going to be getting the game?
Not at all. I think Rockstar released on console first to avoid mass piracy and because they make a higher margin on consoles. GTA IV landed on consoles first and then released onto PC’s 6 months later and I expect Rockstar to do exactly the same thing again.
If GTA V isn’t available on the PC by April next year I will truly be shocked. However if you are one of the many hoping for a pre-Christmas launch then I’m sorry – I seriously doubt that will happen. It just doesn’t make financial sense to rush it out the door when they can sell another couple of hundred thousand console copies and then get the PC Gamers to re-buy it when they release it on PC next year.
Oh and yes that is when I expect Grand Theft Auto V to release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well.
Last Updated: October 9, 2013