It’s finally here: the arrival of Grand Theft Auto 5 is upon us, and millions of fans are finally getting the opportunity to see what Rockstar Games‘ latest open world crime title has to offer. In recent weeks, anticipation for GTA 5 has hit a fever pitch; with talk of Grand Theft Auto Online, a stellar soundtrack, and a massive open world map all dominating the conversation.
However, there is a small (or maybe large) segment of gamers who are saying, “Ney,” to Grand Theft Auto 5. Not because they are disinterested in the game, mind you, but because they are holding out for a PC or next-gen version. And to those gamers, we have some potentially good news.
According to a posting on pastebin, several of the crafty gamers who pinched a copy of Grand Theft Auto 5 early have been poking around in the game’s code. While most of the time, taking a virtual tour of a game’s code usually reveals story spoilers or potential DLC characters, in this particular instance the gamers discovered clues that point towards an inevitable PC and PS4 release.
The image above (via Escapist) better illuminates the potential versions, with mentions of both the PC and “orbis” buried within a platform category. Orbis, as most know, was the rumored codename for the PS4 before Sony eventually revealed the real name.
Now, obviously this isn’t an outright omission from Rockstar, or parent company Take-Two Interactive, that Grand Theft Auto 5 is coming to the PC or next-gen platforms, but it further adds to the growing pile of evidence. Not that long ago an Nvidia representative name-dropped GTA 5 as a major PC release, but that was since retracted as a mistake – same with most of the rumors.
But, in all honesty, it’s hard to imagine Rockstar is not working on PC and next-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto 5. They’ve put years of hard work and a ton of money into this game, so it behooves them to maximize their revenue potential with as many versions as possible. Maybe that doesn’t mean next-gen ports, but not releasing for the PC seems like a missed opportunity. The only thing holding them back, we suspect, is that they don’t want to take any attention away from the current-gen versions of the game.
By announcing a PC release or a next-gen release prior to launch, Rockstar would ostensibly be taking sales off the table. Rather, they likely want gamers to pick up the game this week, and then, when the time comes, double dip on a version with better graphical fidelity. Hopefully, that double dip will come at a discount – something along the lines of the PS4-to-PS3 upgrade program – but we don’t know at this point.
Regardless, Grand Theft Auto 5 is here, and gamers are finally getting their hands on the game. And, as it turns out, early reviews say it’s quite good. Could be even better on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Do you think a PC, PS4, and Xbox One release for Grand Theft Auto 5 is inevitable? Had you known about those versions prior to release would you have waited?
Grand Theft Auto 5 is out now for the PS3 and Xbox 360.