PC gamers have been waiting over 18 to play Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto V,” which was released for Xbox 360 and PS3 in September 2013. Unfortunately, it looks like they’ll have to wait a little longer, as Rockstar has once again delayed the game’s launch to April 14 of this year.
When the popular sandbox game, which is published by Take Two, was released in September of 2013, there was initially no confirmation that a PC version of the game was in the works. Then, the PC version was announced alongside the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions, but would be released several months later, after the current generation console versions were released in November 2014. A tentative release date in January was then scrapped for March 24, until Rockstar announced Tuesday that they would need a few more weeks to finish the game.
“Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible,” according to Rockstar’s announcement of the delay.
However, the delayed release comes with some bonuses for PC gamers. Along with greatly improved graphical capability and performance, PC gamers will be able to play the traditionally third person game in first person as well, an option that was originally limited to Xbox One and PS4 owners.
PC gamers will also be able to play “GTA Online,” a multiplayer version of the game set in the same Los Angeles parody as the single player campaign at launch, while gamers buying the original version back when it first came out had to wait two weeks for the multiplayer mode to be made accessible.
Others have expressed disappointment and frustration at the PC version’s numerous delays, arguing that the repeated delays are endemic of a more widespread problem in the video game industry.
“I love that [Grand Theft Auto V] will be a more polished and perfected experience when it (hopefully) comes out in March, but I am sick and tired of release dates being treated as guidelines rather than deadlines,” Tom Marks, a writer for PC Gamer wrote. “’GTA 5 comes out in March’ makes me excited. ‘GTA 5 being delayed until March’ makes me angry.
The system requirements for the PC version of “Grand Theft Auto V” are relatively low for a game that boasts a sprawling open world with photorealistic graphics, although Rockstar has had issues with launching games ported from consoles to PC in the past.
One reason for the delays may have been the poor reception of “Grand Theft Auto IV” on PC’s when it came out in 2008. Poor performance and glitch-ridden gameplay were the two most common complaints, which may have prompted Rockstar to spend more time polishing the sequel. Immediately after announcing the delay to April 14, Rockstar asked PC gamers to report any bugs they find to Rockstar’s game support service.
“As always, we ask for the GTA PC community’s understanding and assistance in helping to report any concerns during the early days of launch when those inevitable initial teething issues arise on the new platform…We’ll be closely monitoring the situation and addressing any hitches as quickly as we can,” according to the announcement.
Rockstar has said that the PC version of “GTA V” will be the most technically impressive version of the game thus far, although the company also seems to think that bugs and glitches at launch will be just shy of inevitable.
“The PC version of “Grand Theft Auto V” is our most graphically and technically advanced version yet, fully optimized to support a broad range of current hardware and features a host of PC-specific enhancements,” according to the announcement.
The most unique, and to some, most valuable aspect of a PC release is the ability for users to modify, or “mod,” the game to create new designs, maps and other content that the original developers may have never imagined.
“My biggest problem with the delay is it means two more months before modders get their hands on the game, which means two more months before the community can crowbar it open and do something weird,” Phil Savage, a writer for “PC Gamer,” said. “I’ve played GTA 5-albeit not the bells and whistles current-gen version. Now I want to see it pushed to the limit.”
“Grand Theft Auto V” for the PC is available for pre-order now and is currently scheduled to be released April 24, 2015.