The GTA V PC petition, started back in late 2012, has now managed to achieve a handsome signature count of over 657,000. The petition was created by Canadian resident Mike Julliard. With the Grand Theft Auto series’ original roots on the PC, a number of GTA fans are calling for Rockstar Games to continue development on the platform. Julliard argues that it would be a huge mistake not to bring GTA V to the PC, before making his appeals to Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive Software.
In trying to make Rockstar realize the existence of a large PC gaming demographic, that could potentially purchase the game, Julliard constructed the following petition request to the GTA V development team and publisher:
“Please release GTA V on PC. GTA games have been a large part of so many people’s lives and it’s a big shame not seeing the newest iteration of the game being released on the most powerful platform. Things like modifications have always been a HUGE part of PC gaming and modded GTA is some of the most insanely fun times you can have.”
Julliard provided a YouTube video update to the petition site, change.org, where he explained the progress of the campaign and his thoughts on the console iteration of GTA V. After having generated approximately $800 million in worldwide sales, during the game’s first 24 hours on sale, Julliard questions how much more they could have garnered from the extra PC sales.
Julliard also briefly alludes to the contention that a number of developers offer in justifying their decision not to develop PC games, based upon the revenue lost from piracy. He believes that the sales lost through illegal downloads represent a mere fraction of legitimate sales. In addition, he explains that pirated, console copies of GTA V almost immediately appeared on the Pirate Bay – a renowned peer-to-peer file sharing site that provides torrent files – indicating that piracy is not solely limited to the PC.
To reach the next milestone, the petition requires just under another 343,000 signatures.
GTA V was launched on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on Sept. 17, 2013, generating enormous commercial and critical success. Although Rockstar has remained silent over the possibility of developing a PC version of the game, representatives from a number of retailers have reported the release day to fall around March of this year; this includes employees from Amazon and Nuveem. However, Rockstar Games and Take-Two have yet to confirm a release date.
Footage of the PC version of GTA V was, allegedly, leaked onto the Internet by YouTuber warrockteam1, on Jan. 13, 2014. In response, Take-Two filed a copyright claim to remove the content. The PC gaming community immediately started to scrutinize the contents of the gameplay to assess its legitimacy.
The video showed the user, seemingly, opening a graphical user interface that revealed PC-centric features, including a hoard of graphical customization options specific to the platform (e.g. FXAA, MSAA and ambient occlusion). However, it has been suggested that pre-existing console gameplay of GTA V was doctored to include a fabricated version of the menu, in a bid to dupe the community.
Redditors claim the footage derives from a previously uploaded “Let’s Play” video – which did not contain the new menu – uploaded back in September, when the game was originally released for the console platforms. Unfortunately, that footage was also taken down by Take-Two, and side-by-side comparisons are no longer possible to establish whether warrockteam1’s upload was a hoax.
Meanwhile, although Rockstar has not acknowledged Julliard’s petition, he maintains they are certainly aware of its existence. With over 657,000 signatures in counting – if Rockstar were not already planning on releasing the game for the PC – the petition’s success will likely make the developers sit up and take note. During October of last year, Eurogamer alleged that various industry experts had confirmed GTA V would be making its way to PC.
By James Fenner