It looks like at least 600,000 PC gamers are going to be happy today. That's how many have signed an online petition asking Rockstar to bring its multimillion-selling hit Grand Theft Auto V to the platform. On Thursday, specialist news site Eurogamer claimed to have heard from this multiple sources: a release date is planned for the first quarter of 2014.
Although Rockstar is yet to confirm anything (and it won't until it's good and ready), the rumours come at an interesting time. On Monday, Chris R Silva, director of marketing for Intel's premium notebooks, controversially told PC Gamer: "I don't think it'll be console exclusive very long. But that's what happens when you have a brand new launch with two companies that have lots of money trying to make sure they have content. Somebody paid a lot of money to make sure that title was exclusive."
However, Rockstar has a history of releasing its GTA titles on console first, before announcing a PC edition months later. GTA: San Andreas launched on PlayStation 2 in October 2004, but didn't arrive on PC until the following June, while GTA IV hit consoles in April 2008, with the PC version arriving in December. And if/when it does show up, it should be worth the wait: the PC version of GTA IV feature a number of improvements, including doubling the number of players in online games to 32 and adding customisable radio stations.
Meanwhile, back on console, Rockstar has released new patches for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA V, designed to rid the Online mode of its major bugs. In a statement released on Thursday the company said:
This title update will resolve the cause of players losing their gameplay progress except for some specific instances where players purchase a vehicle and the save does not occur due to a cloud save failure. A fix for that particular issue is being worked on and we will provide an update as soon as we know when this will be resolved.
Various other bugs and glitches have also apparently been resolved, and Rockstar is reminding players that if they want to ensure progress is saved, they should always end their Online sessions by hitting pause and selecting to leave – rather than, say, rage quitting in the last five seconds of a Crooked Cop mission because you've accidentally driven your car into a river.
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