Although it took a while for Rockstar Games to finally admit it, they eventually confirmed yearlong rumors that Grand Theft Auto 5 was coming to next-gen consoles and PC. Moreover, they promised that the ports would hit within the calendar year, likely during the fall season.
However, Rockstar had to break their promise to PC gamers and ended up delaying that port of the game until January 2015. It was a move that, while not entirely unsurprising was met with considerable disappoint by PC gamers.
During an investors call this week, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick acknowledged the delay yet again, and tried to give fans some perspective on the issue. As he explains, Rockstar and Take-Two have a history of high quality products and so, when it's needed, they have no problem delaying a game. Such was the case with the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5.
"When we move a title, it's almost always the same answer, which is giving a title a bit more development time to make sure that it can be everything that it ought to be. And while we would prefer never to change a release date, it's proven to be a good move for us in general. We have the highest Metacritic ratings in the business, and that correlates with revenue and ultimately, of course, profitability."
Zelnick wouldn't say much more than that, but it seems that the PC port needed a little extra time in the oven. That's obviously nothing new for Rockstar, who tend to approach their releases with an "only when it's finished" attitude.
While on the topic of next-gen ports, Zelnick also teased that his company might be interested in HD collections or ports of their popular titles. He wouldn't outright acknowledge the possibility of a GTA HD Collection or a Red Dead Redemption HD, but he also didn't rule it out either. PC gamers have been asking for a port of Red Dead for years, so if Take-Two and Rockstar were to lean that way we'd suggest they opt for the Western shooter first. Then we can start talking about something like a Bully HD or Max Payne Collection.
So while Zelnick's "explanation" might not do much for PC owners, it does breed confidence that they will be getting the best possible version of Grand Theft Auto 5. PC ports can oftentimes be hit or miss, but so far Rockstar hasn’t let gamers down.
Not only that, but they've been open to mods that continually change the game for the better. Just look at some of the impressive things gamers can do to GTA 4 with mods. Now imagine an even better looking game.
Are you willing to accept the GTA 5 PC delay for a better quality game? Do you buy that's why it was delayed?