It is the most expensive video game ever made, and the owner of seven Guinness records, including "highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours" and "fastest video game to gross $1 billion." And now, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V, which originally launched only on the Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Sony PlayStation 3, could be coming to the PC.
According to a new report in Eurogamer, GTA V will see a PC release in early 2014 – a strategy that would mimic the staggered console/PC launch of GTA IV. It's worth noting that Rockstar hasn't officially announced a PC version of GTA, and has not yet commented on the Eurogamer report. And Eurogamer quotes only anonymous "industry sources."
The rumors make sense. As Eurogamer points out, back in August, during a conference call, Chris Evenden, the senior director of investor relations for GPU-maker Nvdia, mentioned a "strong roster" of forthcoming PC games, "including blockbuster franchises such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto 5, and Assassin's Creed 4." (Nvida later walked back the statement, saying they "deeply regret the error.")
GTA V, which launched on Sept. 17, sold 11 million copies in its first day on sale, and generated a whopping $800 million. By the end of three days, it had drummed up $1 billion in sales.
"[N]o one constructs worlds like Rockstar," wrote Keith Stuart of the Guardian, in a 5-star review of the mature-rated game, "and this one is worth many, many hours of exploration. It is fun, so much guilty, ridiculous fun."
Part of the appeal of a PC edition of GTA V, of course, is the endless amount of mods that could be created. Among the best GTA 4 mods was a first-person option (Saint's Row 4 has something similar) and a Hulk skin, allowing gamers to roam through the streets of Liberty City dressed up like an extremely-angry Bruce Banner. Is it too much to hope that Batman might make an appearance in GTA V's San Andreas?