Rumours persisted, however, that the computer version would be delayed, despite protestations from Rockstar. In December, the release date was altered on the PC gaming site Steam, from “January” to “early 2015”. A week ago, a spokesperson assured fans, “GTA V will be coming to PC on January 27th. We have not announced any changes to this date at this time.”
Explaining the decision to delay until March on its Newswire site, Rockstar stated, “Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be.
“Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March.”
A special version of GTA Online, the game’s multiplayer mode, will also launch with the game, allowing up to 30 players to battle it out in online competitions. The long-waited “heists” option, where players will be able to team up and complete more complex robbery missions, will also feature – according to Rockstar, these will be coming to the console versions of GTA Online, “in the coming weeks”.
Grand Theft Auto V has become one of the most successful games of all time, selling over 43m copies. The overhauled PS4 and Xbox One version is currently back at the top of the game sales chart in the UK.
Rockstar hopes that the range of new graphical features for the game, including support for 4K monitors and three-screen configurations, will appease fans. The PC version is also set to include an editor for uploading footage to YouTube, and is likely to be “moddable” allowing players to create their own custom versions of the game world.
Potential players will need a reasonably powerful machine though: the suggested requirements are an Intel i5 or AMD X8 FX-8350 processor, 8GB of RAM and at least 65GB of free storage space on the hard drive.
This article was written by Keith Stuart, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 13th January 2015 16.39 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010