For almost a year, gamers speculated that Grand Theft Auto 5 might make the leap from current-gen to next-gen shortly after launch in September. And while it might have taken longer than expected, Rockstar Games did finally confirm that GTA 5 was coming to the PS4 and Xbox 360, as well as the PC.
However, since that announcement Rockstar has gone almost completely silent, which has led to speculation the next-gen ports have either been pushed from their announced 2014 release date or cancelled. Thankfully, Rockstar has come forward to say that no ports of Grand Theft Auto 5 have been cancelled, and everything is still on track.
Rumors of the PC version’s cancellation surfaced early last week, claiming that a marketing firm with close ties to Rockstar knew the developer was not happy about delivering a PC port. Apparently, Rockstar had resigned to the fact they would need to release PS4 and Xbox One versions, but they never felt that releasing a PC version was a huge burden. In fact, one source went on to claim that Rockstar had scrapped the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 altogether, putting to rest modders hopes and dreams.
“I’m also looking forward to the PC release, however this release date has not changed. Please see our support article, Grand Theft Auto V Release Date on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC for the most recent information on this topic.”
Luckily, these rumors were merely that, and Rockstar Games is still, by all accounts, busy trying to get GTA 5 out to the masses. Just this weekend, for example, word surfaced that Rockstar was working on updating the game’s soundtrack for next-gen and PC, which all but put the cancellation concerns to bed.
While we don’t know why these cancellation rumors have surfaced, there’s no question that fans are happy to learn that Grand Theft Auto 5 is still on track for a 2014 release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Obviously, it’s curious that Rockstar Games has yet to announce a firm release date for the ports, but such is the nature of the Red Dead Redemption developer. They like to march to the beat of their own drum and would rather make announcements when they feel ready.
Unfortunately for us, though, that means that the rumor mill will keep churning, and there’s really nothing we can do about it. Additionally, that also means that the long-promised heist missions for GTA Online might not see the light of day until these next-gen ports release, if only because Rockstar wants to use them to generate a little extra buzz.
Did you think that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 might have been cancelled? Do you still believe these ports will release before 2014 ends?