Ever since Grand Theft Auto V was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in September, a pack of GTA-hungry PC gamers have been working tirelessly to bring this latest installment to the computer gaming world. A petition was spread across the web to insist that the series’ creators, Rockstar Games, port GTAV over to the PC like those before it. And even though these online petitions rarely ever work, it appears that there is hope after all for the millions of people who haven’t bought the game for use on a console.
Chris R. Silva, the Director of Marketing for Intel’s Premium Notebooks, revealed some especially pertinent and teasing information in a recent interview with PC Gamer. After talking about how he felt that the Halo series didn’t do so hot when it was ported to the PC, Silva seemed confident that the same wouldn’t have for Grand Theft Auto. “At least with Grand Theft Auto I don’t think it’ll be console exclusive very long,” he explained, adding that there is a lot of money to be made for Rockstar in the PC gaming world. “If you look at the amount of revenue that is generated by PC gaming it’s in the tens of billions of dollars each year.”
I agree with Chris, especially considering how well the prior game, Grand Theft Auto IV, did when it arrived on PC. It was eventually linked to Steam, which made playing it even more intuitive and user-friendly. And that’s exactly what we want from a game, isn’t it? Of course. For those unfamiliar with Grand Theft Auto V, here’s a quick rundown: You’re able to play as one of three protagonists in the fictional city of Los Santos, which is modeled after the real city of Los Angeles. As you move from one mission to the next, you’re able to switch from one character to the other seamlessly, which makes playing by yourself a lot more intriguing than you might assume. The city is also gigantic, making for a variety of ways for you to spend your time causing as much mayhem as you can stand before moving on to your next goal.
But, really, what’s most enticing about all this is the online multiplayer aspect that’s sure to come loaded with the game as soon as it hits the PC. That way there would be no reason to deal with all the issues that have surrounded the online mode release to the consoles. Additionally, Rockstar could also wait to ensure that the PC version comes with the definitely-in-the-works new downloadable content—or at least have it prepared for purchase. Like the planned addition that will include a casino and other gambling options. Imagine walking your player into a virtual casino and place bets with an interface like BetFair’s exchange section. Now imagine owning a casino in the game where you can reap the benefit as you would owning any other real estate in Grand Theft Auto V. Word on the street is you can even rob these casinos with your crew when they launch. The difficulty of pulling off such a heist is higher than that of a typical in game bank robbery job but the reward is far greater as well.
And just in case you have seen the link popping up on your favorite torrent site, do NOT download the monstrous 18GB file that looks like it’s the real GTAV for PCs. It’s anything but that actually, as it’s just a huge piece of Malware that will surely decimate your computer. Remember: Do not download this, no matter how much you want to believe that it’s real.
This is a guest post written by David Markens. He is a blogger located on the East Coast with a passion for MMORPGs (or any games that come close to that realm) and craft brews.