Grand Theft Auto V

GTA 5 PC release date — our best guess, supported by mathematics

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After the release of the new GTA 5 trailer, we became conspicuously aware, once again, of the absent PC release date for Rockstar's next open world fiasco. So we reached our hands into the mists of Grand Theft Autos past, crunched some numbers, and came up with the best possible estimate of when the game will be announced and released for the PC.

GTA 5 trailer introduces playable trio of main characters

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GTA 5 trailer alert! Sound the hype-horn! Rockstar have plopped out more moving pictures of their upcoming open-city mug-'em-up so that we can look at them and say "put it on PC, please!" Rockstar are being coy about plans to bring the sequel to our hallowed platform, but we can take some solace in the knowledge that every GTA game has come to the PC eventually, apart from the first few, which were born on the PC. How far things have come from the 2D pixelly crimes of yore.

Grand Theft Auto V's release date announced, Rockstar's lips still sealed over PC

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Rockstar have announced that the official release date for GTA 5 will be September 17th. That's a fairly significant delay over the previous, albeit vague, launch window of Spring 2013. Of course, so far the game has only been officially announced for consoles. That means the PC version, if one is even being planned, will likely arrive many months after that date - probably sometime in 2014.

GTA 5 PC pre-order listed on Amazon France

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That exasperated, expectant look on Michael's face mirrors that of every GTA fan with a PC. Here's a bit of news that might deepen that hopeful frown a little. As VG247 report, Amazon France are taking pre-orders for a PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. The 49.99 Euro pre-order is listed as compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. It could be a mistake on Amazon's part of course, but there's a lot of loud, growing support online for a PC version. The GTA 5 PC petition now has 143,907 backers.

For a reminder of why GTA 5 could be such a tasty prospect on PC, check out the latest trailer again below. If you're heading back to the last game for your GTA fix, check out our round-up of the best GTA 4 PC mods.

Grand Theft Auto 5 wallpaper art released; Kavinsky along for the NightRide

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Here's a couple of scraps of GTAV info, which, I suspect, is about as much as we can hope from the generally tight-lipped Rockstar in the run up to the game's "Q2" release.

Firstly, Rockstar dropped a big art-dump over the weekend, rendering their trademark illustrations in a variety of wallpaper-friendly resolutions. The pics feature a selection of the locations and vehicles you'll find throughout Los Santos, as well as the three confirmed protagonists.

Take-Two boss: annualized series "hit the wall," GTA won't do the same

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The Grand Theft Auto series boasts one of the longest-running and successful franchises in the industry, a titan-sized amalgamation of open-world crime sprees, wanderlust, and a public relations philosophy surrounding the communicative efficiency of a baseball bat. Taking the stage at the Credit Suisse 2012 Technology Conference (via GameSpot), Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Rockstar parent studio Take-Two, attributed the series' latest achievement of 125 million copies sold overall to a release philosophy acknowledging and circumventing the "risk" of annualization.

47,500 signatures (and counting) for Grand Theft Auto 5 PC petition

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A petition to cajole Rockstar into confirming a PC port of their upcoming Grand Theft Auto 5 has received over 47,500 signatures. The petition, created by Mike Juliard, is hoping to collect 100,000 votes of support. Based on the current rate of growth, that shouldn't take long.

Rockstar: Hot Coffee controversy was "draining and upsetting"

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From the "people are still talking about this?" files today comes an interview by The Guardian with Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser that touched upon Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' Hot Coffee scandal. The ensuing media scrutiny and negative pressure wound up "draining and upsetting" company members facing "a tough time" keeping relationships with the press civil.

GTA 5: PC version merely "up for consideration" says Rockstar's Dan Houser

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The prospects of a PC version of GTA 5 appear to be in a terrifying state of flux. After seeming to be a dead cert earlier this year, doubts emerged when the game's posters confirmed only a console release. Now asked directly about a PC version by IGN, Rockstar's Dan Houser would no more commit to that platform than he would Wii U.

A potential PC version is only "up for consideration," he said. "That's all I can give you. The main thing is we are not... we are a third-party publisher. We're not Nintendo, we're not Sony, we're not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there's the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market."

Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer 2 shows planes, trains, and dogs

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It's time! The second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V has finally arrived. No, there's still no mention of a PC version, but since every previous GTA game has eventually found its way to PC, we're fairly confident this one will too. The new trailer spotlights Michael, Trevor and Franklin, the game's three protagonists, but also includes some new info.

GTA 5's multiple protagonists explained

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Excited by the prospect of multiple protagonists in Grand Theft Auto V? Or just confused as to how they're going to work? Either way, you're in luck. While we learned some of the details from Game Informer last week, another preview by Guardian brings new info on Rockstar's three leading men and how you'll be switching between them.

But nope, still no mention of a PC version.

GTA 5 trailer delayed, have these posters instead

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Hurricane Sandy has derailed Rockstar's plans to release a new trailer of the game that's coming to consoles 'Spring 2013' and to PC '*shrugs shoulders*', but as a consolation prize they did unleash two - two! - GTA V posters that are absolutely loaded with Clues. As revealed on Game Informer, the first shows that there will be at least two women in the game (one of them wearing a Love Fist T-shirt), while the second shows an angry guy with an angry dog - an angry dog called Chop. You may have seen the second image somewhere before, but the first is all new.

GTA 5 release date officially set for "Spring 2013" on consoles, PC not mentioned

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Rockstar have announced that GTA 5 will be released during springtime next year "for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3," confirming that the GTA 5 posters that leaked out earlier this week were correct. Unfortunately, there's no mention of a PC version on the posters or in Rockstar's post.

This doesn't mean that GTA 5 will go the same way as Red Dead Redemption, it took Grand Theft Auto 4 eight months to make it onto PC and we had to wait six months for LA Noire. GTA IV shipped with an extra video editor on PC, Noire had “increased resolution and graphical detail” on PC and Max Payne 3 didn't look too shabby either. We may get a PC date yet. Here's hoping it's a better port than GTA 4 was.

GTA 5 release date possibly leaked - but where's the PC version?

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Photos of promotional posters for Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V have surfaced on the Polish website, indicating a release date of spring 2013. No particular surprise there, even if the reliability of this source remains unclear. But what is a bit disconcerting is that the PC is not listed as a platform.

The photos, which appeared on the website last week before being picked up by Kotaku, advertise the release of the game on Xbox 360 and PS3 and bear a European ratings label, but there is no mention of PC at all. Let's hope Rockstar aren't going to do a Red Dead Redemption on us all over again.

What we want to see in Grand Theft Auto V

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We know that Grand Theft Auto V's anti-hero is a father who relocates to San Andreas' Los Santos, and we can guess at themes of economic depression from the trailer. That's it. In its typically coy fashion, Rockstar is only serving nibbles of information - appetizers to makes us salivate over the imagined deliciousness of the main course...

GTA 5 screenshots break out a biplane

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Is there any vehicle that won't be in GTA 5? The fine biplane you see above is showcased in the latest batch of GTA 5 screenshots. There are FOUR this time, a veritable bounty of stills showing some evening cruising and a showdown between a gunman and a chopper. Previous pics have shown fighter jets, dirt bikes and choppers. Take a look.

Grand Theft Auto V release date listed as "October 2012" in employee résumé

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A Rockstar North employee apparently listed Grand Theft Auto V's release date as October 2012 in his CV and on LinkedIn. The mention of GTA V's release, which was noticed by Dave Oshry, has now been removed, but Joystiq grabbed a screen before it was taken down.

GTA 5 trailer remade, shot by shot, in the GTA 4 engine

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This is the Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer, recreated in Grand Theft Auto 4, as spotted on CVG. The GTA 5 trailer didn't strike us as a huge visual leap forward for the series when we first watched it, but it makes GTA 4 look positively dreary. I wonder what it would look like if someone did a similar recreation with a few GTA 4 mods installed. You'll find the debut GTA 5 trailer below for comparison.

PC Gamer US Podcast #293: Tribesunal

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For the first time in awhile, we're all playing the same game at PC Gamer—Tribes: Ascend. And we're more than glad to share our hours of experience in the game's just-launched beta. It can't last long, though: Call of Duty, L.A. Noire, Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, all loom in November, each powerfully incompatible with a healthy personal life. Between those upcoming releases, we also chat about the bungled launch of Sword of the Stars II, Blacklight 2, the GTA V trailer, and Mechwarrior Online.

PC Gamer US Podcast 293: Tribesunal

Grand Theft Auto 5 set in Los Santos, will be Rockstar's "largest and most ambitious game"

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In a post on their official site, Rockstar say that GTA 5 will be the "largest and most ambitious" title they've developed yet. They also confirm the setting, saying "Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present day Southern California."

GTA 5 will take place in "the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches." Just the one city, then. No mention of San Fierro (San Francisco) and Las Venturas (Las Vegas), which featured alongside Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Rockstar say that GTA 5 represents "a bold new direction in open-world freedom," and confirms that there will be online multiplayer.

Those are all the solid facts so far. It's been less than a day since the debut trailer landed, and the rumour mill has already gone into overdrive. Are you looking forward to returning to Los Santos?