The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is a rumor that refuses to die. A new report published by Gamereactor says that pre-orders for the PC GTA 5 will begin this week.
A source at Nordic retailer Elgiganten told GR that the chain will begin accepting pre-orders on Friday. If this turns out to be false, at least we'll know soon.
Speculation about a PC version of GTA 5 well before the game even launched on Xbox 360 and PS3. In late 2012, a retailer began advertising the game for PC. Soon afterward, a Rockstar animator mentioned the port in their resume. Once the game launched, fans found clues to a PC version in the companion mobile app.
Eligiganten wouldn't be the first retailer to offer pre-orders for GTA 5 on PC. Amazon has been doing it in Europe for months. An additional retailer listing the game for PC does lend the rumors more credibility, though.
It seems plausible that Rockstar would release the game on PC. Every other "main" GTA game made its way to that platform eventually, even if it took a few extra months. Rockstar, however, has yet to announce a PC version.
"The only versions of the game that we have announced are for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 which are set for a September 17th worldwide release," the studio said in July. "We don’t have anything to share about the possibility of a next-gen or a PC platform release at this time and we are completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now."
While PC gamers wait for Rockstar to finally bring the game to their platform, they're making sure that the company knows they're interested. A petition for a PC version has been steadily collecting signatures since November 2012. The petition now has over 650,000 signatures.
Rockstar parent Take-Two Interactive will announce their latest earnings report on February 3rd. There's a chance that they'll announce a PC version around then to bring a smile to their investors' faces. If not, I imagine they'll make a reveal sometime soon. If they wait too long to announce the port, there's a risk that gamers will move on and fixate on other releases.