We don't want to come off as curmudgeons halfway through the first month of a new year, so let's start by focusing on the good news surrounding Grand Theft Auto V for PC. For one, Rockstar Games today shared the first screenshots of GTA V for PC, which were taken at 4K. And secondly, the developer has given gamers a heads up about the minimum and recommended specifications.
A new perspective to the Grand Theft Auto universe
We've seen a lot go down throughout Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series -- car jacking, cold blooded murders, hot coffee, and even torture. Fun stuff (virtually speaking), but for the first time, Rockstar Games is delivering the GTA experience in a first person perspective. The new mode is being rolled out as an exclusive to Grand Theft Auto V for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
With all due respect to the PC gamers who, after waiting so long for Grand Theft Auto V to be ported to Windows with nary a peep from Rockstar Games, have understandably lost interest, this is a big day. At long last, Rockstar has finally picked a release date for GTA V on PC -- January 27, 2015 -- and I couldn't be more excited. Why? Partially because I've played the game with delight on the Xbox 360 and was totally drawn in, and also because I'm anxious to see the improved graphics and new features.
Rumors of GTA V's cancellation on PC have been greatly exaggerated (or so we hope)
Given how long Rockstar Games has been dragging its feet in porting Grand Theft Auto V over to PC, it would have been easy to believe the rumor that it's been cancelled, shelved, axed, dismissed with prejudice, etc. However, don't you believe it. Not only was the rumor a bit dubious to begin with, but Rockstar put most doubt to rest by reiterating that it still plans to bring GTA V to PC.
Psst, Rockstar Games -- release GTA V to PC already!
Hype was high leading up to the launch of Grand Theft Auto V, and just like with previous releases in the series, it launched to console first with nary a word from the developer when it would land on PC. Heck, we still don't know when GTA V will finally be ported over to Windows, though some hints have emerged. A Danish retailer recently listed GTA V shipping to PC on November 14, 2014, though now it says something different.
Lohan takes exception to a character in GTA V that bears her likeness
At only age 28 years old, Lindsay Lohan has gone from that adorable child actress who starred in Disney's remake of The Parent Trap to an adult who's been in trouble with the law on more than one occasion. She's had her share of legal issues, but this time she's the one suing -- Lohan is taking Take-Two Interactive and subsidiary Rockstar Games to court for allegedly using her likeness for an in-game character in Grand Theft Auto V.
Quick, pinch yourself to make sure this is really happening. After months and months of basically dodging questions about when Grand Theft Auto would release to PC, Rockstar Games finally acknowledged that it would happen, and even gave a general time frame. Announced at E3, Rockstar Games said GTA V will ship to PC this fall, along with versions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.
Pre-order pages suggest a GTA V release to PC is imminent
Rockstar Games has stubbornly kept any possible plans to release Grand Theft Auto V to the PC platform close to its vest, but if history tells us anything, a Windows port is coming. Need more proof? Just direct your browser to some overseas online retailer pages where GTA V for PC is being flaunted for pre-order. These aren't just sketchy vendors, either -- Amazon.de is currently accepting pre-orders for the unannounced port.
As badly as we all want Rockstar Games to throw us PC gamers a bone and at least confirm that Grand Theft Auto V is being ported over to our platform of choice, there's just no substitute for patience. Unfortunately, impatience can lead to bad decisions, like trying to illegally download a version of a game that doesn't yet exist in hopes that it turns out to be real, only to find out you have a real mess on your hands.
PC gamers sometimes have a love/hate relationship with Rockstar Games. A recent example is the release of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. PC gamers will inevitably love the title once it's ported over to the superior gaming platform, especially if Rockstar Games takes advantage of the hardware that's out there, but at the same time, they hate having to wait. And wait, and wait, and wait. Hopefully, the wait will soon be over.