The latest installment of the record-breaking Grand Theft Auto franchise may have a version for the PC between January through March next year. The gaming blog Eurogamer cited several industry insiders hinting that the PC gaming rig owners will not have to wait a long time before enjoying the crime simulator game. The maker of GTA V, Rockstar, has yet to make an announcement about the Windows version of the game.
Gaming industry players such as NVIDIA and Intel expressed through separate statements that they expect the roll out of the game to personal computer users soon.
During a financial call back in August, NVIDIA mentioned that the GTA V will not be exclusive to the gaming consoles soon. “Gamers are preparing their systems for a strong roster of games coming this fall, including blockbuster franchises such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Assassin’s Creed 4,” the NVIDIA representative said. However, the company later on retracted its statement.
PCGamer bumped into Intel’s premium notebooks director of marketing, Chris Silva during the recent Intel Developer Forum and scooped on more GTA V info.
“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,” Silva said.
“NVIDIA does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error,” an NVIDIA spokesperson clarified.
The timing of the release of the PC version of the GTA V mirrors what the maker did for GTA IV. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release of the older game hit the stores on April 2008 followed by the PC version in December of that year.
The latest edition of the open-world game has raked in more than a billion dollars after being on the shelf for just three days. When it was launched on September 17, the day’s total sale made the makers of the game roughly $800 million richer.
The PC market for Grand Theft Auto V is very tremendous. In fact, a petition on Change.org asking the makers of the game for a PC version has garnered almost 600,000 signatures.