If listings on Amazon France are to be believed, a Grand Theft Auto V PC release is not too far away. Posted earlier today, Amazon France posted a page for GTA V available for pre-order on the Windows PC platform.
Grand Theft Auto has always had a PC port for every core game in the series and while no official release has been made by Rockstar Games, developer of the series, it has long been rumored that a PC and next-gen version were in development. One of the first hints of this was in October when Eurogamer first stated that the PC version of GTA V would be available in early 2014.
Another key source was Chris R. Silva, Intel’s Notebook Marketing director who was quoted by PC Gamer as 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.”
According to the Rockstar Games FAQ, “The only versions of the game that we have announced are for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 which are set for a September 17th worldwide release. We don’t have anything to share about the possibility of a next-gen or a PC platform release at this time and we are completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now.”
Another bit that gives us hope is the new trend in remakes such as the forthcoming Tomb Raider releasing for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One which we covered here. As The Verge has aptly pointed out, the new consoles are PC friendly when it comes to developing titles in tandem. Both Tomb Raider and GTA V came out near the end of the current console cycle so a next-gen/PC version is not an illogical leap to make.
A final bit to consider is Amazon France’s track record with leaking game announcements. Call of Duty: Black Ops II was first revealed on the site as a return to the Cold War era as Gamespot reported back in 2012.
Rockstar Games has yet to officially respond to the posting on Amazon France.