No reason has been given for the additional delay for the PC version of the game, but it is typical of GTA releases. I’m sure Rockstar factored in the additional load on its servers for GTA Online as it becomes available on three new platforms. Staggering the release makes a lot of sense from that perspective.
As well as confirming the final release dates Rockstar has also detailed why it’s worth picking up these new versions of the game, even if you played through the PS3 or Xbox 360 version last year. The main draw? New content.
Rockstar is promising new weapons, activities, vehicles, over 100 additional songs and DJ mixes, extra wildlife, a brand new foliage system, and enhanced damage and weather effects. The draw distances will be much improved, and the overall look of the game is going to be enhanced. For GTA Online Rockstar is increasing the player count to 30 on consoles, although PC isn’t mentioned so it may turn out to be even higher. We also get all the extra content launched since last September on launch day of these new versions, and you can transfer your existing characters and progression from PS3/Xbox 360.
Pre-ordering the game comes with the bonus of $1 million to spend, split in half across Story Mode and GTA Online. Are you tempted, or was the last-gen version not something you’re bothered about experiencing again in HD?