Since the game launched at the end of last year, GTA 5 has been through a multitude of updates, with the most recent festive update arriving this week. Rockstar has been busy behind the scenes, not resting on the laurels of record-setting UK sales figures and awards for both the original and remastered versions. Even a lawsuit from Lindsay Lohan has been barely a bump in the road.
That said, there have been a couple of glaring omissions from GTA 5's progress. The much-anticipated Grand Theft Auto Online heists have been slow to arrive, with Rockstar finally announcing that the multiplayer heist function will arrive in early 2015. Even worse, the promised PC version of the title has been hit with delays, with rumors even circulating that the PC version was cancelled. Rockstar announced this was due to the game requiring "a little more development time."
Now, Rockstar has released another statement on the future of GTA 5 for PC. During a recent Q&A on the Rockstar Newswire, the developer was questioned on the subject of the PC release by fans. Rockstar then commented on PC version's progress. "We're currently in the final stages of development on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V," stated Rockstar, adding that the developer hoped to have confirmed official system requirements to share soon. These system requirements should be available in the coming week.
Rockstar also revealed some more details about the PC version of the GTA 5. The developer announced that the online heists are not just for owners of the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game - heists will also be part of the PC version, as well as for previous generation consoles. There is still no set release date for heists, with Rockstar sticking to its "early in 2015" guns. The heist function will be released "as soon as it is ready," with Rockstar continuing that "rushing out second-rate content does not do anyone any favors."
Players who already own GTA 5 on a home console will also be able to transfer their character to the PC version of the game. "You will be able to transfer your Online characters and progress from any of the four consoles (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One) to the PC platform," announced Rockstar. This option will also be available to any players who have already transferred from one console to another - so players who have transferred from PS3 to PS4 will still be able to move their character to PC.
Last-gen GTA 5 players can still look forward to continued additional content - but at some point, the updates will run out. "We are incredibly thankful to our original generation of GTAV and GTA Online players," said Rockstar, but the developer admitted that the limits of the PS3 and Xbox 360 may be reached "at some point in the future," and that "there may be some updates that are only technically possible on the new hardware." Previous generation players will also never be able to play online with owners of the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game - or with PC players.
GTA 5 is out now for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, with the PC release scheduled for January 27, 2015.
Source: Rockstar Newswire