GTA 5 PC release date hinted at by Nvidia director [Updated]
Grand Theft Auto V steals its way onto the current batch of consoles next month, and from everything Rockstar have shown so far, it's looking pretty good. A shame then, that a PC version still hasn't been announced - even if history tells us we will eventually get our hands on the game. Now, though, a comment by Chris Evenden, Nvidia's senior director of investor relations, may be hinting at a sooner-than-expected PC release.
The comment was made during an earnings call, transcribed by Seeking Alpha:
"The PC market is evolving. As entry level laptops face pressure from tablets. Yet sales of specialty PCs like gaming systems and work stations continue to grow. The disparity reflects how consumers use these different classes of PCs. Many consumers look for PC as a general purpose device they can use for browsing, email, social media video. But much of this can be better served by a tablet. In contrast, gamers are preparing their systems for a strong roster of games coming this fall, including blockbuster franchises, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin's Creed IV."
Obviously, anything outside of an official announcement should be treated with suspicion, and there's lots to be wary about here. For starters, the list of named games does seem to be the standard, generic list of end-of-year blockbusters - even if Evenden is specifically referring to PC system building. Moreover, "fall" seems like a surprising date, given its proximity to the console release. Traditionally, GTA's PC versions have appeared around 6-months later.
Still, Nvidia will often work with developers to ensure that GPU drivers are stable and ready in preparation for a game's release. It's entirely possible that the company knows something we don't. Whether this comment is a sign of that remains to be seen.
Update: Nvidia Senior PR Manager Bryan Del Rizzo has released the following statement for clarification regarding the statement:
"Please note, during our Thursday’s earnings call, our investor relations team provided a list of important games that gamers are looking forward to on PC this fall, and included Grand Theft Auto V on that list. This statement was made with the intent of expressing enthusiasm for the games industry in general, and was not intended to represent specific knowledge possessed by NVIDIA. NVIDIA does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error."
There is some leeway in the phrase "not intended to represent," but "does not have information" seems pretty unambiguous. So it seems we may just be left with our best guess on the PC release date for now.