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.
This week has seen the release of several pre-rendered cinematic trailers. Exciting though theywere, brows were raised, then furrowed, then frowned in the PCG office as we noted how precious little these dramatic scenes reflected the actual action of the game.
It need not be so. Even fully pre-rendered trailers can do a better job of encapsulating the games they promote - and probably do a better job of selling them too. We cast our minds back to our favourite trailers of yore, and picked out the five that we felt best captured the games within, while offering visuals that are every bit as thrilling, powerful and cool.
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.
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.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of GTA 4 modding. For years fans and modding enthusiasts have been messing with the guts of Rockstar's big budget blockbuster. If you want to make it prettier, a wealth of visual mods, shader tweaks and texture packs bring it bang up to date. If you want to expand the game, there are mods that can let you pursue a career as an assassin, or a cop, or as a leader in a gang war.
If you want to get weirder still, turn off the friction, play the entire game as an FPS, become Superman, or Agent 47, or Christiano Ronaldo. If there's one thing I've discovered about GTA mods, it's that Rockstar's knack for social commentary and bawdy, slapstick comedy is only enhanced when you replace Nico with The Incredible Hulk. Read on for our round up of the best GTA 4 mods in the world.
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."
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.
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...
Rockstar have released an update for Max Payne 3, introducing the Multiplayer Card feature, improved load times and anti-cheat measures.
The Multiplayer Card feature displays player stats, while improvements to the party system mean party leaders can now pull their friends out of existing games and into new ones. According to Rockstar this update also "enables Payne Thresholds, which will go live next week across all three platforms following the release of the free Disorganized Crime Pack DLC".
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.
The GTA 5 screenshots we've seen so far look like they've sprung out of an adventure holiday pamphlet. There are three empty picture frames left on the Grand Theft Auto 5 front page. Perhaps the screenshot releases will mirror the arc of the announcement trailer. We're in the idyllic phase right now, it's all tennis and hang gliders and lovely views, but beneath this serene suburban lifestyle robbers are plotting heists, weapon dealers are stocking up on RPGs and someone, somewhere, is planning to steal a fighter jet. Get a sense for the peaceful flip side of all that with these three new GTA 5 screens.
Rockstar have drip fed a few more teasing images of GTA 5 onto the Rockstar Newswire. The pics, spotted on Edge, show three modes of transport from the mundane old human-powered bicycle to a fighter jet with six underslung missiles. Rockstar promise more before the end of the week. These transport shots join the two vista shots released last month, which confirmed that helicopters will feature, though they're now very much losing the GTA 5 coolest vehicle top trumps battle.
Still no sign of GTA 5's protagonist, mind, unless they turned up in the GTA 5 announcement trailer.
Rockstar Games has given us a gym bag of shattered memories and lost dreams... shattered memories being a Zotac Amp Edition GeForce GTX 670, and lost dreams a collection of Max Payne 3 loot: stickers, patches, an ash tray, "pain killers," a gun magazine flask, a t-shirt, and a logo-emblazoned bullet. We love giving you stuff, so here's your chance to dig inside this bag and scrape out the pain (totally great prizes).
The iCEnhancer has been beautifying GTA 4 for players for more than a year now. The mod uses custom shaders and post-processing effects to massively improve GTA 4's visuals. Images like the one above from Ducan Harris' Dead End Thrills demonstrate iCEnhancer's power. Eurogamer note that version 2.1 has now been released, which is great timing. You can grab a pack of every GTA game for just £4.99 / $12.49 as part of the Steam Summer Sale.
Rockstar have been awfully quiet about GTA 5. Maybe we've reached the magical stage where the GTA name is so big that it automatically hypes itself, the marketing equivalent of cold fusion. It's been a while since that debut trailer arrived, but now two new screenshots have been released, and they're surprisingly peaceful. Take a look.
Max Payne doesn't serve up universal, global, or even regional justice, just Local Justice, the first multiplayer map pack. It'll be here on July 17 with 55th Battalion HQ, The Imperial Palace, and Departure Lounge maps; a Light Fingers Item for faster looting; an M4 Assault Rifle with attachments; and a new faction, the São Paulo Police.
We still have a couple weeks to wait before Max Payne 3 is spilling whiskey all over our keyboards, but while we’re busy fighting a demonic horde of server errors, analog stick soldiers are getting drunk on bullet time right now. Making us even more jealous, our friends over at GamesRadar have sliced together a video showcasing a couple of great throwback Easter eggs: Max Payne 1 and 2 skins, and a complete Captain Baseball Bat Boy cartoon. See the magic above.
Yesterday we mentioned that Rockstar are revamping their Social Club social networking network thing. It'll let us log in, set up personal profiles and form multiplayer crews that will carry over from Max Payne 3 to GTA V. The appearance of the Games for Windows logo on one of the screenshots had us wondering whether Max Payne 3 would end up using GfWL. Good news! It won't.
Update: We've taken another look at the new Social Club and realised that it's GfWL implementation doesn't necessary mean that Max Payne 3 will use the software. We've contacted Rockstar to confirm one way or the other.
Rockstar have relaunched their Social Club service in advance of the release of Max Payne 3 on the 1st of June. You can build a customised profile and register in-game multiplayer crews that will carry over from Max Payne 3 to Grand Theft Auto V later in the year. You can also hook the Social Club up to your Facebook and Twitter profiles, for some reason.
There's also a real-time activity feed that keeps you appraised of your friends' in-game progress, much as an activity feed might be expected to do.