Grand Theft Auto 5 PC Release Date: Rumor Has Release Window for First Quarter of 2014

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Oct 11, 2013 05:30 PM EDT
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It's widely accepted that Grand Theft Auto V will someday make its way over to PC, and that's just from looking at the franchise's track record. GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, and GTA IV have all seen a PC release not long after the game debuted on consoles. However, there's still no official confirmation from either developer Rockstar or publisher Take-Two that they'll follow through on similar plans for Grand Theft Auto V.

However, despite not bothering to name any sources, Eurogamer is reporting knowledge of multiple informants which are claiming that "the open world game, currently available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will come out on PC in the first quarter of 2014."

Allegedly, "the release plan mirrors that used for Grand Theft Auto 4, which released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 29th April 2008 before launching on PC in December 2008."

Keep in mind that Rockstar didn't formally announce a PC port for GTA IV until August of 2008, roughly four months after the game's initial release. If that's indeed the plan, perhaps we can expect to hear something formal from Rockstar by January?

There's been a lot of speculation about the game's theoretical PC release, but nothing concrete:

- Earlier this week, Chris R. Silva, the Director of Marketing for Intel's Premium Notebooks, spoke to PC Gamer about how damaging it could be for the GTA franchise for Rockstar make all its titles console-exclusive. At the same time, he also hinted about a possible arrival of the game on PC, saying, "At least with Grand Theft Auto I don't think it'll be console exclusive very long. But that's what happens when you have a brand new launch with two companies that have lots of money trying to make sure they have content."

- A pastebin file from a leak of Grand Theft Auto Online cited a PC release for GTA V, but Rockstar never commented on the matter.

- During an August investor call, Nvidia's Senior Director of Investor Relations, Chris Evanden, mistakenly told investors that GTA V was among a number of titles intended as planned PC releases. He later recanted the statement.

To date, the only official word on a PC release has been the following:
* Rockstar North President Leslie Benzies, "We'll get the current gen version out first and see what happens in the future."
* Rockstar Vice President Dan Houser - "...we're currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and don't have any details to share about a PC version at this time."

Grand Theft Auto V is out now for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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