The much expected fifth installment of the Grand Theft Auto series will have its fans waiting and grieving over an extended wait until they can get their hands on the PC version of the game. Apparently it won’t be delighting our gaming hungers this month, but instead towards the end of March, the release date having been pushed to the 24th of March.
I’m sure that by the time this is published, there will be a wail of disappointment echoing across the planet, followed by a distressed series of “why”. Because the company is apparently having second thoughts about pushing the game forward so early and prefer to have another series of testing and polishing before the game goes live. There was even an official statement done by the company meant to reiterate in the most calming down manner the reasons behind the delay.
According to developer Rockstar North and publisher Rockstar Games, the slight shift in date was decided upon to make sure that the final product is as good as it can be with the help of a few more weeks of testing and optimization. The company believes with all certainty that such a harsh decision should and would not be made unless it was truly necessary to ensure both parties’ fulfillment of interests. The company also promised the end result will be worth the wait until March 2015.
In comparison to the console version, the PC Grand Theft Auto 5 seems to be bringing some neat additions to the game. According to the developers, playing GTA V on PC will provide the best experience out of them all by far – not only that it will be running in 4K resolution but it also comes with some pretty fun tools to speak of. One of said tools is the video editor that will allow you to record your own special moments in the game – whether it’s impressive moves or ridiculous fail moments.
Visuals and funky features aside though, the whole game environment seems to be getting a lot of attention and work done on it: if you’ve seen the trailer, you probably noticed the amount of bustling traffic on the streets – this apparently hasn’t been made for the trailer alone and will be an actual improvement brought on the PC version, giving the game a stronger taste of the same liquor that’s been cooking up so far. So prepare to enjoy the rich world of GTA V in the most ludicrously packed scenery ever – both in content and in eye candy.
But here’s the good part of the news. Good Guy Greg Rockstar Games decided to at least somewhat make up for the delay (or so we believe) by making a pretty neat offer to people pre-ordering the Grand Theft Auto V for PC. This only applies to people pre-ordering the digital version, currently going for $59.99. Nevertheless, individuals who chose to opt for the pre-order are now the happy beneficiaries of a special offer: a free game to keep you busy while you’re waiting for the GTA V PC release.
The list of games offered is not that huge, but certainly includes a few great titles: Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto IV, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire, Manhunt, Midnight Club II and Bully: Scholarship Edition.
Just in case you’re worrying you won’t be able to enjoy the beauty that is GTA V to the fullest, the system requirements for the PC version have been recently made available in preparation for the game release. The specs needed don’t seem to be horribly out of order for the regular user out there, but for the avid gamer, the minimum and recommended specs might even prove to be a reason to worry.
Apparently, with an Intel Core 2 Quad/AMD Phenom 9850 Quad Core CPU, 4 GB of RAM and any GPU that’s nVidia 9800 GT or Amd HD 4870 @1 GB or above will get the game running at least. In terms of recommended specs, at least an i5 or equivalent AMD CPU is needed, 8 GB of RAM and either an nVidia GTX 660 or AMD HD7870 @2 GB GPU will make sure your game runs smoothly enough. By the looks of it, the optimal set of specs might take a leap even further than that, but there’s no current information provided in regards to what kind of rig will provide you with the best Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC experience.