Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2013 - 10:44 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: GTA5, GTA Online
Grand Theft Auto 5 may or may not be released for the PC. If the game will become available on Windows, however, you might be interested in its multiplayer mode: Grand Theft Auto Online. While not active at launch, all retail copies of Grand Theft Auto V will have free access to the MMO (you heard me) on October 1st.
Check out the video and then read on.
First and foremost, the end bumper announces the available platforms with an odd little gap to the bottom left. It would seem there is a third platform with a fairly thin logo intended to be placed left of the PS3. While a WiiU logo could fit there, and I would certainly flip a table if it will, I would expect an imminent PC announcement. Sure, Nintendo has a good relationship with Rockstar and it would make sense for them to have every WiiU egg in Rockstar's basket (because they are clearly in no-one else's basket) but I still expect the missing platform is the PC. Now, I digress.
Grand Theft Auto Online will be persistent with an apparent focus around the player accumulating cash. Players can purchase cars, customizations, apartments, and so forth. They will be allowed to group together for a bank or liquor store robbery, complete missions from NPCs, compete in typical multiplayer modes such as racing or deathmatch, skydive, or just roll around the city.
This, while exciting, is not entirely new to PC gamers. Garry's Mod has a similar sub-modification called "Perp" and, if I am not mistaken, was even touched on by Multi Theft Auto.
A final note: the official press statement claims, "free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V". Obviously this wording leaves a little room for investigation. I do not expect an extra charge for digital download customers since those should actually be more profitable for Rockstar. More likely, I expect GTA Online to require a fee for second-hand customers. I am a firm proponent of used game sales but I will be silent on this topic... for now.
Grand Theft Auto Online opens for all October 1st.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2013 - 06:25 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: GTA5, gaming
Update 1 (8/14/2013 14:42 EDT): NVIDIA released a statement to HardOCP,
"Please note, during our Thursday’s earnings call, our investor relations team provided a list of important games that gamers are looking forward to on PC this fall, and included Grand Theft Auto V on that list.
This statement was made with the intent of expressing enthusiasm for the games industry in general, and was not intended to represent specific knowledge possessed by NVIDIA. NVIDIA does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error."
Up to you whether you believe it or not... "NVIDIA does not have information" is pretty assertive although so was the original statement. Either way, on with the original story. (End of Update 1)
Rockstar might be a secretive company but that can only go so far.
Grand Theft Auto V will release for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 on September 17th. You, our readers, may or may not care because it does not pertain to the PC. So, on to more interesting news: NVIDIA quarterly earnings conference call occurred on the 8th of August. Sale of specialty PCs, such as gaming machines and workstations, are increasing. Growth in the PC gaming industry is expected to continue with the fall releases of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassins Creed 4, and Grand Theft Auto 5.
That is more of my business...
NVIDIA is, and this should be no surprise, in a position to know release dates for many PC titles. Component manufacturers and game publishers alike need to make sure software and hardware interact smoothly. GPUs are complex and issues with Grand Theft Auto will not fly under the radar for either party. As such, I would expect this source to be highly credible despite silence from Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive.
Its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto IV, was released on the PC... eventually. The 360 and PS3 were, again, the only confirmed platforms during development; the PC was only confirmed after the game was launched, sold, played, and beaten by console gamers. We eventually received the title over seven months late, on December 2nd.
Now, I should be able to account for my gaming this autumn.
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