Grand Theft Auto 5 will finally hit the PC platform soon (after an eternity of waiting), having it be delayed several times due to the amount of work required to port the title. Since the release date is getting closer, Rockstar has disclosed how it will handle the PC version in relation to the console counterpart.
It seems that the developer plans to work on all platforms at the same time, having them release updates for the PC and consoles simultaneously. At least this is what Lead Gameplay Designer, John Macpherson, stated in a conversation with GameSpot.
“We plan to deliver updates to PC and consoles simultaneously. There can be occasional variations in timing based on specifics from one console to another but PC will not be on a separate timetable to other platforms.”
Macpherson has also given some insights on why the PC version always arrives after it’s released on consoles, stating that the company wants “each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be”, thus taking a lot more work and time to get it to the Rockstar standards.
“It comes down to bandwidth. We want each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be, and that means having the core members of the original GTA 5 team working closely with the best PC developers from across all Rockstar studios.”
“The same crew that did great work on the PC versions of Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire and GTA 4, essentially. A large portion of the team that worked on GTA 5 for PS3 and Xbox 360 also worked on the PS4 and Xbox One versions and all of the GTA Online content, including Heists.”
“Since the new generation console versions and the PC version share similar architecture, the team also continued to work on the PC version. With each version adding features and requiring the focus of the same key people, that takes time.”
Rockstar will be releasing Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC on April 14th, having Macpherson eagerly awaiting for gamers to experience the company’s “ultimate version of an amazing game”. How excited are you for the title’s release?
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