PC Gamers waiting for Grand Theft Auto V will have to weather another delay as Rockstar Games announced that the Windows PC version of the game will be pushed back to April 14. In addition to announcing the delay, Rockstar also announced that online heists would finally be making their debut in GTA Online on March 10
The delay from the previous March 24 release date for the PC version is the third confirmed delay for the PC version of GTAV having already been pushed out of a January 27 launch date. Fans might remember that when the PC version was announced, it was originally scheduled to launch alongside the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions on November 18, 2014.
Online heists have long been a feature that GTA Online players have been clamoring for as the heists have been widely regarded as the best part of the single player game. Having been pushed significantly past the original launch of GTA Online in 2013 it is kind of a miracle that the feature is coming out at all.
Rockstar has been very proactive about the delays, being very involved in the community to encourage their GTA Online player base to continue playing by offering incentives including $200,000 in game money for PC preorders to use in the online component.
I don’t particularly mind the delays as Rockstar has such a stellar track record for supporting their titles properly. GTA Online had a shaky launch, but Rockstar rewarded players with in-game currency and was quick to create a solid foundation for a community that has been loyal in its following. The new editions of GTAV have also been received well with the graphical updates, the addition of first person mode and the long anticipated launch of the PC version. Rockstar certainly has the pedigree to deliver on their promises, so these delays, while significant, will most likely be worth it in the long run.