Although consumers seem happy enough to snap them up (as demonstrated by The Last of Us: Remastered‘s chart topping) the topic of PS4 and Xbox One re-releases is a divisive one. On one hand people enjoy the fresh lick of paint and the DLC that’s often bundled with the re-releases, but on the other people question whether it’s right that we should have to pay full price for a game with updated visuals.
Some people have asked this of Grand Theft Auto 5, which has been rumored for a PS4 and Xbox One release since even before it was released on PS3 and Xbox 360. The game has also further courted controversy by being delayed on PC until 2015, with Rockstar’s poor history of PC ports being pointed at.
There’s a lot riding on GTA V‘s re-release, though, as the chart topping game is poised for sales success again later this year (and early next), so Rockstar would obviously want to pull out all of the stops for the updated version. How are they going to do this? According to a leak, one of these re-release benefits is a first person gameplay mode.
Rather than being a questionable bit of info from an anonymous source, the suggestion actually comes from Rockstar themselves. Posted on the official Rockstar website before being pulled shortly after (it’s available to us via Google cache) the update specifically mentions a “brand new first person mode”.
“A brand new first person mode for vehicles that shows the interior of the vehicle, including working speedometers, tachometers, dash lights, and more.
A brand new first person mode while on foot”
Of course it’s not the first time we’ve seen a Grand Theft Auto game played in first person (either on foot or during combat) as shown off by this GTA IV mod. There is a case to be made that a plucky, young social media intern knows of the previous first person mods and sneaked it in as a prank, but Rockstar’s haste in deleting it coupled with their lack of an official statement about the posting gives the rumor a little more weight.
Furthermore, the published list also mentions that players upgrading from the PS3 and Xbox 360 version of GTA V will get “a free garage”, while PC players will have access to “a video editor designed for advanced movie-making”. Rockstar already confirmed that rare and classic vehicles such as the Dodo Seaplane and a better version of the Blimp would be collectible in the re-release, but the leak suggests that players will now have a place to store them.
Meanwhile, players on PS3 and Xbox 360 have long been using video capture tech to record gameplay and PS4 and Xbox One players will have their console’s built-in share features to do so, so even though it’s unlikely to soften the blow of that delayed release date it will certainly be a welcome feature to PC gamers.
With this all said, it’s worth nothing that Rockstar is a notoriously secret developer. They kept us waiting with the announcement of GTA V‘s re-releease, again with the re-release’s release date and we’re still waiting for an official word on the rumored GTA V zombie mode. There are still a couple of months to go until the game comes out though so maybe they’ll shed some light on all of this soon.
Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released on November 18th for PS4 and Xbox One and January 27th, 2015 for PC.