GTA V business opportunities with PC release, DLC

By Alan Ng - Nov 20, 2012

It’s fair to say that a large portion of the gaming community is pumped up about the upcoming release of GTA V, which we now know will hit stores sometime in Spring 2013. However, Rockstar has only committed themselves to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game, with no official information as of yet on whether GTA 5 will have a PC release.

Considering that GTA IV was available on the PC, it’s safe to assume that it will happen – eventually. At the moment though it looks like a foregone conclusion that the PC as well as the Nintendo Wii U will not be getting GTA 5 any time soon and certainly not getting it at the same time as Xbox 360 and PS3 users.

Rockstar are a developer known to stay silent at all costs if required and it looks like PC users are not going to get the confirmation they want to hear from Rockstar before the end of the year. In a recent interview, Rockstar’s Dan Houser was pressed specifically on the possibility of GTA V releasing on PC, only to give the rather worrying reply of that ‘its up for consideration’ – nothing more.

There were no hints on if it may come after PS3 or Xbox 360 and the message above may even imply that GTA 5 may not get a release on the PC regardless. If they are considering it, they could well decide to can it completely and that goes for any future Wii U version as well.

No GTA 5 on PC would be a huge blow though, to the millions of PC owners who prefer to play their Grand Theft Auto games with the added ability to create custom content via mod tools. It’s no secret that mod use on GTA games are a huge side earner for Rockstar, so they would be crazy to miss out on a PC release this time for GTA 5 – not to mention the inevitable backlash that would happen if they didn’t.

Another big talking point is Dan Houser’s statement on the company looking for a business opportunity as well. We hope that this doesn’t imply that GTA V DLC episodes are going to be auctioned off again to the highest bidder, as we really don’t want to see the situation occur again, where Microsoft paid for the content to appear on Xbox 360 first ahead of other platforms.

Forgetting DLC for a moment though and concentrating on the PC debate – do you think it is inevitable that a PC version of GTA V will release eventually? As a PC user, how long are you prepared to wait until you start getting angry?

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  • somerandom guyyouseenbefore

    I play xbox 360. You PC fans dont need to worry, you will get your copy of gta v soon. Rockstar just wants to concentrate and improve the graphics on the console version because they were so shitty in gta iv. A good 2-4 months after console release of gta v the PC version will be out. Then you guy scan do your mods and realistics graphics and all that.

  • Dymez

    Seriously, PC gamers need to just use their heads on this. Every single Grand Theft Auto game has arrived on PC at some point, there is no reason to think it will stop now all of a sudden. Of course Rockstar didn’t announce a PC release alongside the PS3 and XBox release. GTA never released across all platforms at the same time, it will arrive for PC months later, as usual, and we all know (or SHOULD know) this. And of course Rockstar isn’t going to talk about it, yet — they aren’t done with the console version. If there’s anything people should have learned from Rockstar during this whole GTA V wait, it’s that ONLY when they are ready, they will tell you talk it.

    Now, as for Wii U on the other hand…. I doubt there will be a game for that console. It’s possible, but the only way it would happen is if Nintendo can sell 10-15 million Wii U consoles within its first 6 months or so, which isn’t easy by any means, but it’s possible. Rockstar isn’t going to make a game for a console with a low number of owners, that wouldn’t make them a profit. If Nintendo can establish a sizable market of 10-15 million potential GTA V buyers, Rockstar will gladly make a game for it.