There are only a couple of months left to go until the release of Grand Theft Auto V, and fans of law-breaking and mayhem (all fictional, of course) have plenty of reasons to get hyped. Not only will the game’s map be absolutely massive – bigger than Grand Theft Auto IV, GTA: San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption combined – with plenty of different environments to pick from, there will also be three different protagonists whom the player can choose to switch between at any time, and who will act autonomously when not being controlled.
If you don’t own a console and are still lovingly clinging to your WASD keys, however, the future doesn’t seem quite so bright. Many PC gamers are fearful that they won’t get to play Grand Theft Auto V at all, since Rockstar Games has remained non-committal on the issue, neither denying a PC release entirely nor giving any indication that there is one in development.
To help spur a decision from the company, Grand Theft Auto fan Mike Julliard began a petition on Change that asks Rockstar to release the new game on PC so that it can be enjoyed by long-time PC fans and the modding community. As of the time of publication, the petition has gathered over 240,000 signatures.
Every one of the console-released Grand Theft Auto games so far has also been released on PC, but that’s no guarantee that Grand Theft Auto V will be as well, especially since the PC port of Grand Theft Auto IV was only announced several months after the console versions were released. With that in mind, PC gamers who want to be able to play Grand Theft Auto V on their preferred system should definitely sign the petition in the hopes of getting Rockstar’s attention. Even if you’re a console purist, why not show solidarity with your fellow gamers by taking a minute to put down a signature?
There is already a glimmer of hope for those who are interested in seeing a Grand Theft Auto V PC release. Rockstar Leeds recently posted a job listing for a programmer who would be tasked with bringing their latest titles to PC. When it was noticed by gaming websites, the company took it down with notable haste, so it may well be that Rockstar is already considering a PC port for Grand Theft Auto V that they don’t want people to know about just yet.
In the wake of the rumors and this new petition, are you hoping that Grand Theft Auto V will come to PC, or are you only interested in playing it on console?
Grand Theft Auto 5 releases September 17, 2013 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.