Written by: leprakhauns|
The internet is swirling with rumors that the PC release of GTA5 will be delayed due to updates being made to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. There’s only one problem with that, the PC version hasn’t even been announced yet, so how can they delay something with no release date? In short, they can’t, however what they can do is hold off on announcing a release date until the game is almost ready to ship.
Both Grand Theft Auto 4 and Grand Theft Auto 5 were pushed back, the former was supposed to be released in the holiday season, with it then being pushed to the Spring and the latter was supposed to be released in the Spring and was pushed to Fall. Even with the delay of GTA5 there were still numerous problems with the online portion of the game. It was hard to connect to GTA Online for almost a week for me and then even after I was able to finish the first race, there have been numerous problems reported. People having unlimited funds is a huge problem in the game right now. With all these problems it would make sense that Rockstar would hold off on releasing any other versions of the game until they were just right, whether that means that the online portion is working flawlessly, or just means that the textures don’t disappear when you are driving at about a hundred miles an hour or so.
The biggest question is does Rockstar need to worry about putting GTA5 on PS4 and Xbox One? The newly announced Playstation Now will allow gamers to stream games to their PS4, so even gamers who got rid of their PS3s will be able to play the game and any DLC that comes out for it. Xbox gamers won’t be so lucky as they haven’t, as of yet, announced anything to rival the service. If you traded in your Xbox 360 for a PS4 you will be fine, but if you traded it in for an Xbox One, you’d be out of luck. Would Rockstar release DLC for a last generation game if the game’s population decreased not because of people playing other games, but people getting rid of their consoles?
Grand Theft Auto 5’s DLC has been a little slow. Since launch we were promised content creator, capture the flag, and heists. Content creator and capture the flag were released months after they were promised, with heists coming sometime in 2014. Also coming in 2014 is a stock market, which now seems pretty useless since everyone has pretty deep pockets due to hacks and exploits found, along with story based DLC.
Overall it seems that Rockstar made a huge gamble releasing GTA5 so close to the console launches, but in the end the move paid off. If they don’t release GTA5 on the PS4 and Xbox One then there multiplayer presence is going to continue to dwindle down to the point where GTA4’s DLC (Lost and Damned and Ballad of Gay Tony) will have sold more copies than the story based DLC for GTA5 and considering the game’s beaten numerous records, it’s pretty sad.
Update: This image started circulating, I am not sure where it came from, but it appears that at some point it was listed on Amazon for PS4. Could this mean we are definitely getting GTA5 for next gen?