Last week, we saw the release of another full trailer for Rockstar’s upcoming entry into the Grand Theft Auto series. It looked incredible.
Ignoring the pure graphic quality, this trailer shows a lot of really impressive set pieces involving trains, car chases, and leaping from planes. Grand Theft Auto, as a series, has never been a stranger to awesome action scenes and events, but this trailer highlights what looks to be a game loaded down with enough heists, robberies, and random acts of criminal wrongdoing to fuel at least ten different Hollywood action movies.
Additionally, Rockstar’s knack for making interesting characters from a wide variety of backgrounds continues along in this trailer. While others have voiced some unease about the multiple character narrative, I think it’ll add a few added narrative layers that should potentially vary up the game’s interweaving plots into something other than ‘rags to riches’, Scarface-style criminal ‘coming of age’ stories.
However, Rockstar is playing chicken in the worst possible kind of way, and I think it just might cost them sells (whether a significant amount or not is hardly my point), including myself.
I am a PC gamer first. I do have access to a Xbox 360 (now), so I would easily be able to purchase GTAV upon release. However, why should I? My greatest memories of the series all come from playing it on a computer. I even remember my cousin and I having a sort of ‘arms race’ to see whose computer could run Vice City. Grand Theft Auto is not just a classic game series, but for me and many other people, it is a classic PC game series.
Even in their most recent interview with IGN, when asked specifically about a PC release, Rockstar failed to give a real straight answer. Dan Houser, Vice President of Rockstar, told IGN in regards to the PC platform: Everything else is up for consideration. That’s all I can give you. The main thing is we are not… we are a third-party publisher. We’re not Nintendo, we’re not Sony, 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.
I get it. You need to turn a profit. That’s why I will accept that Microsoft might get the DLC first, or that the consoles my get earlier releases, or even the port you end up giving me barely supports the keyboard I used to search for the title on Steam and buy it. I hate to deny myself a good game on principles, but as a PC gamer who already sacrifices so much to play games that really found their calling on the Greatest Gaming Platform of All Time, won’t you sacrifice something for us Rockstar?