|QUOTE (Ferocious Banger @ Saturday, Jun 22 2013, 16:01)|
|Why can't they release it this time around, along with the console versions? Look at Watch Dogs- that game was built with PC's in mind. It also releases on consoles, albeit scaled down.|
The difference here is that Watch Dogs is a next-gen title while GTAV is still a current-gen title. The new consoles use the x86-architecture, thus they are so similar to PC's like no console in the history. That's the reason why some of the next-gen games do have PC as lead-platform. The programming of these three platforms is pretty much the same which makes it easy to develope a game on one platform, and then porting it to the other platforms. It's not as easy with the consoles we have now, because the architecture is entirely different. Hence, Rockstar isn't doing it with GTAV. I'm not sure why they keep delaying their games for PC, when they managed an almost simultaneous release of Max Payne 3 for all platforms, but it might be due the fact that we're talking about another studio now, namely Rockstar North and not Rockstar Vancouver (or better said Rockstar Toronto since the Vancouver studio merged with them around a year ago).
Perhaps, it has something to do with the communication within the departments of Rockstar Games. Hopefully, this is the last time we have to think about whether the PC version of GTA is going to be decent or great, or perhaps just average or bad. It should be theoretically
possible that Rockstar North themselves port future GTA titles to PC, but that's just the theory so perhaps I'm missing something important. I don't work for Rockstar so it's just speculation, at this point. It will be certainly interesting to see what the future offers...