Yesterday something Nvidia said during an earnings call instantly rocked the world of PC gamers.
Senior director of investor relations Chris Evenden was talking about how the PC market is evolving when he led on to suggest that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V would release this fall for PC.
“The PC market is evolving. As entry level laptops face pressure from tablets. Yet sales of specialty PCs like gaming systems and work stations continue to grow. The disparity reflects how consumers use these different classes of PCs. Many consumers look for PC as a general purpose device they can use for browsing, email, social media video. But much of this can be better served by a tablet. In contrast, gamers are preparing their systems for a strong roster of games coming this fall, including blockbuster franchises, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed IV.”
Now the developer has yet to even consider a PC version and their entire focus so far has been on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. So you can understand how bad the PC circle will feel when they know that the statement passed along was in fact a mistake.
Today Nvidia Senior PR Manager Bryan Del Rizzo clarified the statement with the following:
“Please note, during our Thursday’s earnings call, our investor relations team provided a list of important games that gamers are looking forward to on PC this fall, and included Grand Theft Auto V on that list. This statement was made with the intent of expressing enthusiasm for the games industry in general, and was not intended to represent specific knowledge possessed by NVIDIA. NVIDIA does not have information on any possible PC version release of Grand Theft Auto or its availability. We deeply regret the error.”
So there. Like previous GTA titles, a PC port will hopefully release next year, in the summers probably. Rockstar though can surprise us to the bone by releasing it this year. I’m sure no one will have an issue with that.