Has Rockstar Abandoned the PC?

When Rockstar first revealed that they were planning to release Grand Theft Auto V in the spring of 2013 fans of the game leaped for joy, but that time frame was for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. This of course caused an outcry in the PC community. When Dan Houser, Rockstar’s Vice President of Creativity was asked if the PC release was in development he said that it was “up for consideration.”

That statement led PC gamers to sign and promote a petition asking that the game be developed for PC. They originally asked for 100,000 signatures, but when they surpassed that they asked for 50,000 more. At the time of this writing they are sitting at a little over 115,000 signatures. I think this is nonsense, and I have faith that Rockstar will bring the game over to PC. I should mention that as a person who plays all of their games on PC I may be in the minority, who believe that Rockstar has not abandoned the platform.

I understand that ever since consoles reached the HD generation, Rockstar’s skills in PC Development have not been that great. I’m not saying that they are a bad developer, but their PC ports have not been very good in this current console generation.

Grand Theft Auto IV was a great game, but its PC port was done very poorly. The game was not optimized for varying PC specs, It was a memory hog, and it used the god awful Games for Windows Live DRM. They seemed to get worse as the years went on. They never developed a port for one of the best games of 2010, Red Dead Redemption. Their port for Team Bondi’s L.A. Noire was also very bad. It had terrible pop in issues, frame rate was locked at 30 FPS, and the game was not optimized for gamers with larger screens.

With these issues it’s easy to see how some can think that Rockstar has abandoned the platform. Most people believe the reason why they might have abandoned the platform is due to the Hot Coffee fiasco. Dan Houser did say he felt hurt by it but that did not lead to them “abandoning” the PC. “We never felt that we were being attacked for the content, we were being attacked for the medium, which felt a little unfair.”

However, with the release of Max Payne 3 I think they have renewed their commitment to the PC. The port was done very well, and although it had some small issues I think it was one of the best ports of the year. I actually should not be calling it a port because during development of the game Rockstar continuously said that it was not a port. It was co-developed with the Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 release. It was also tested on various machines. This was done to make sure that the game was optimized for varying degrees of specs.

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Just because Grand Theft Auto V has not been announced for PC it does not mean it will not release for the platform. If we follow Rockstar’s release and announcement schedule ever since they’ve entered the HD console generation we know that a PC version always comes out later and is announced later (expect in the case of Red Dead Redemption).

GTA IV was released in April of 2008, and a PC release followed in December of that year. The HD version of Bully was released in march of 2008, and a PC version released in October of that year. L.A. Noire released in April of 2011, and a PC release followed in November of that year. Same thing with Max Payne 3. The console version released in May of this year, and the PC version released in June.

I believe that if we just bite our collective tongues and wait it out for a bit longer Rockstar will deliver on a PC release, and Rockstar if you really don’t plan on releasing the game for PC I say to you what the hell is your problem. PC gamers have supported you ever since you first started making games, and all we ask for is for you to release a well done PC version of your games.

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