Many PC gamers have been calling for GTA V to be released on the platform for some time, now; so much so, a petition requesting Rockstar deliver a PC version of the blockbuster title managed to generate over 655,000 signatures. Created by Canadian resident Mike Julliard in November 2012, the petition suggests it would be a mistake, on the developers part, to skip the PC gaming community.
Rockstar employees appeared to be toying with the idea of developing a PC version of the game and, considering all the other main titles in the franchise made their way to the platform, it certainly seems likely. The petition was originally prompted by Rockstar’s Dan Houser, who claimed “Everything is up for consideration.”
Take-Two Submits Copyright Claim
Meanwhile, new footage, alleged to reveal gameplay of GTA V running on the PC, recently made its way onto the Internet. A short segment of gameplay was uploaded by YouTube user warrockteam1 – best known for his modding talents on games like GTA IV, Assassin’s Creed II and Crysis.
It is worth noting, the individual responsible for uploading the footage has not posted any other footage in the last two years. Along with the video, the user added the following description:
“Honestly, I have some bad news for those who think this is a fake, the video was recorded on 12.11.2013 and what you see here is the early developer PC version. I risked a lot putting this here.”
When rumors begin circulating over PC footage of GTA V, most people are, understandably, rather skeptical. However, what lends some credence to this particular clip is that Take-Two Interactive – a multinational video game publisher and distributor that owns Rockstar Games – ordered takedown of the video, due to copyright infringement.
A number of media outlets suggest the clip to contain genuine footage of the PC version of GTA V, principally based upon Take-Two’s involvement. Indeed, it’s difficult to believe that the publisher would become embroiled in unnecessary copyright infringement cases involving hoax videos; it is unlikely the expenditure, in terms of time and money, would be worth it.
In addition, as was pointed out by Cinema Blend, the video clip was entitled IMG_0373.mp4. This name is not conducive to ensuring the video enters YouTube video search filters, and would seem imprudent for advertising fake footage of GTA V on PC.
Analysis of Alleged GTA V PC Gameplay Footage
CVG‘s Dan Dawkins and Andrew Kelly also posted their analysis on the gameplay, itself, weighing up the pros and cons for its legitimacy. The footage opens with one of the main protagonists of GTA V, Franklin, running along the street outside his house.
Adding credence to its authenticity, the in-game menu provides a host of additional features that are commonly found on PC. The graphics menu appears to include standard options, including VSync, FXAA, MSAA, anisotropic filtering, ambient occlusion, view distance and detail distance. In addition, quality settings are present for textures, shaders, shadows and reflections.
Another feature, commonly seen in PC iterations of Rockstar’s games, is the video memory allocation limit; this was found in the PC version of GTA IV and Max Payne 3.
On the other hand, unusually, the gameplay segment appeared to be running at just 30 frames per second. Although this is standard for console games, many PC games run at higher frame rates than their console equivalents; however, CVG rightly explains that the frame rate depends upon the PC rig the game is being played on. Also, although the gameplay is reportedly showing gameplay in the early stages of development, the menu loading times are slightly sluggish – as is the mouse movement.
The primary concern is that the footage has been heavily edited, and the menus were doctored to make it seem as though the gameplay is legitimate. The overall quality of the footage, which seems to have been filmed using a camcorder or mobile device, is remarkably poor; therefore, it’s impossible to evaluate its performance, relative to the console versions.
Release Date Rumored for March
Rumors continue to circulate over GTA V‘s highly anticipated release date for the PC. Several retailers have also indicated that the game will be arriving on PC on March 12, 2014. This includes an Amazon employee, who recently informed a customer, during a live chat, that the game was due for release in March:
“As per sources the release date is March 12, 2014.”
Meanwhile, TechieNews provided a similar report, stating that an executive at the Brazilian retailer Nuveem had confirmed GTA V‘s PC release for the afore-mentioned date. However, a different Amazon representative told Sixth Axis they were unsure as to the specific release date, but anticipated stock by February.
Nonetheless, Rockstar is yet to officially announce the release date of GTA V for the PC. Although a copyright strike against the latest gameplay video gives it a little extra credibility, the footage is still to be verified.
By James Fenner