An executive at chip-maker Nvidia recently let it slip that the next instalment in the Grand Theft Auto series will arrive on PC in autumn this year, though the company now claims his comments were made in error.
During Nvidia’s earnings call last week, senior director of investor relations Chris Evenden referred to “a strong roster of games coming this fall” and included Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV and Grand Theft Auto V in that mix.
CraveOnline spotted this comment in a transcript by SeekingAlpha, but a PC edition of the much-anticipated video game has not yet been confirmed by game developers Rockstar Games. There’s even a Change.org petition that has received more than 300,000 signatures – has these gamers’ wish come true?
Further comments from Evenden indicate why Rockstar may be keen to get the game to PC as soon as possible: “PC game revenues are expected to reach around US$20bn annually by 2015, whereas the total for both PlayStations will be less than US$10bn and Xbox is only around half of that.”
However, an Nvidia spokesperson speaking to Forbes stated that the inclusion of GTA V on Evenden’s list of games coming to PC this autumn was merely “expressing enthusiasm for the games industry in general, and was not intended to represent specific knowledge possessed by Nvidia”.
“Nvidia does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error,” the spokesperson added.
What we do know for certain, though, is that Grand Theft Auto V will finally arrive on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 17 September.
Last month, Rockstar unveiled a teaser trailer featuring gameplay footage from the upcoming release and also hinted at an exciting new multiplayer component. Grand Theft Auto Online is expected to be revealed on Thursday, 15 August, with yet another gameplay video. Meanwhile, the fictional world of Los Santos and Blaine County has been given its own dedicated tourism site so fans can familiarise themselves with the game’s environment.
Further reveals are expected to trickle out over the coming weeks and, with Gamescom happening next week in Cologne, Germany, the anticipation is only going to get more intense.