If you don’t know by now that “Grand Theft Auto V” has been delayed until Sept. 17th, you do now, but it does make the news a bit more curious given all of the PC rumors that have flown around.
According to a report from IGN on Thursday, Rockstar Games talked about the game being delayed.
“We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time.
“‘GTA V’ is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.
“To all ‘Grand Theft Auto’ fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be.
“We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September – we thank you for your support and patience,” Rockstar said.
This is indeed major news for the industry as “GTA V” was and is shaping up to be the biggest title of the year.
But this does tend to make one wonder what the real reason is behind them delaying the game. Perhaps they are intending to port the game over to PC and they need the extra time to port it.
Rockstar Games is certainly no stranger to delaying titles and this is a common occurrence, but given the impact of what next-generation consoles will bring when they are released, would be enough to not delay a current-generation title.
What a choice of months Rockstar has chosen to delay a title over. The amount of time that will pass and what will happen within that time will shake this industry to its foundation.
In this case though, “GTA V” is one title that could perhaps withstand distractions like this from outside technology.
If you ask if this is Rockstar responding to PC gamer’s petition for the game on home computers? That is highly doubtful.
Given that the petition has around 150,000 signatures, that is not nearly enough people to make the port worth it.
If the costs were not outweighed by the profits, then why would Rockstar port the game over at that point?
Now if the petition had checked in at around 1 million names, then that would be something sizable to force Rockstar to change their minds.
They still may end up doing it at some point, simply because they have a history of late PC ports.
Rockstar may also be delaying the game from the perspective of needing to get the game on as many platforms as possible, due to the imminence of next-generation consoles.
They may feel some need to get the title on as many game platforms as possible, which could mean a PC port.
With all of the news and rumors that point to the game hitting PCs, do you think Rockstar has delayed the game so it can be ported over to PCs?