As of lately, it seems that Rockstar Games, creators of great series such as Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne, are losing touch with the PC market. This is clearer with the announcement that Rockstar would not commit to the PC platform.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is confirmed for release in the spring time of next year on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 but surprisingly not PC. It can be argued that the console’s hardware is years out of date now so why not PC? It seems that there is so much potential there. When IGN asked Rockstar’s Dan Houser about the matter he claimed that a PC version of the game is “up for consideration”. Continuing to state, “We’re not Nintendo, we’re not Sony and we’re not Microsoft. We love all of them in different ways. But we can do what we want wherever there’s the appropriate business opportunity and chance to find a market.”
In a statement regarding the current hardware in consoles, Houser said “Some other people talk about the limitations of the [current] hardware. We don’t feel there are that many limitations. We feel we can do some very impressive stuff and do it for a large audience.”
It appears as though Rockstar no longer consider the PC market as a viable platform. Are they trying to phase it out of their company completely? The previous Grand Theft Auto, GTA 4, did come out on the PC after a long, 6 month wait following the console. Not only that, it was riddled with tedious DRM. Having bought the game on Steam you would have to sign up for “Rockstar Social Club”. After completing that you were required to sign in to “Games for Windows Live” and only then were you able to access the game.
It isn’t unfamiliar of Rockstar to ignore PC gamer’s cries. Red Dead Redemption, another game by the company, released in May 2010 continues to remain exclusive to the consoles. More recently, L.A Noire and Max Payne 3, two games also published by Rockstar have made their way to the PC with a mediocre reception from gamers claiming they are horrible console ports.
While piracy is a big problem on the PC platform and is probably the reason Rockstar are shying away, there are still many people who pay for games. I’m not an industry analyst though. What do I know? All we can do is hope that Rockstar will take the PC more seriously and release it for us.