GTA 5 PC port mentioned by Nividia executive

Company executive claims that Grand Theft Auto 5 will come to PC later this year, but then claims the announcement was a mistake

14 Aug 2013

Grand Theft Auto 5, the latest crime-filled blockbuster from Rockstar Games, has been confirmed as coming to PC later this year by graphics card maker Nvidia - only for the company to retract its statement days later.

Officially, GTA 5 has only been confirmed by Rockstar as launching on current-generation console platforms - namely the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Scheduled for a September launch, the game takes players back to San Andreas - the same Los Angeles-inspired locale used for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004.

Previous Grand Theft Auto titles have received a PC version following their console debuts, but Rockstar has been quiet on whether it plans the same for GTA 5. A western-themed game from Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption, remains a console exclusive - leaving PC gamers wondering if they'll be left out of the GTA franchise too with this next release.

Nvidia, however, suggests they have nothing to fear. In the company's latest quarterly earnings call, the company's senior director of investor relations Chris Evenden appeared to confirm a PC release for the title - even as Rockstar itself is remaining silent.

"Gamers are preparing their systems for a strong roster of games coming this fall," Evenden claimed during the conference call, "including blockbuster franchises, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin's Creed IV."

However, Nvidia is now backtracking on Evenden's statement. Responding to a query regarding the accuracy of the claim, a company spokesperson claimed Evenden was speaking in error. "This statement was made with the intent of expressing enthusiasm for the games industry in general, and was not intended to represent specific knowledge possessed by Nvidia," the spokesperson claimed. "Nvidia does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error."

For some, the retraction will come as a disappointment - but to suggest that a company responsible for half the gaming graphics card market has no information on a potential PC port of one of the biggest games of the year seems disingenuous, and we'd be surprised if Rockstar doesn't announce a PC port itself in the very near future.

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