'Grand Theft Auto 5' Release Date Nearing? Rockstar Expected To Announce PC, Xbox One And PS4 Versions At E3

Rumors of a big announcement at E3 surface, Rockstar remains tight-lipped.

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on March 11 2014 11:05 AM
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Will Rockstar make a big announcement at E3 this year? Courtesy/Rockstar

Is “Grand Theft Auto 5” coming to the PC, Xbox One and PS4? More evidence is piling up in favor of Rockstar bringing the 2013 action-adventure title to next-gen consoles and the PC.

Sony held an exclusive conference from Feb. 24-28 entitled Destination PlayStation, an industry-only event that discussed Sony’s plans and exciting new updates for the PlayStation 4. The meetup was created to show off Sony’s recent endeavors and upcoming gaming projects.

Twitter user Lokiolr, whose personal description states “co-founder of the Voice of Geeks Network, Host of Orange Lounge Radio XBOX,” tweeted about New York City-based developer Rockstar Games’ presentation – or lack thereof.

"Rockstar had something amazing to show but bailed at the last minute. Expect an E3 announcement from them this year. Likely ‘GTA V’ on nextgen," Lokiolr reportedly tweeted. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, which showcases developments from the upcoming year in gaming, will take place from June 10-12 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Earlier this month, a PS4 version of “Grand Theft Auto 5” popped up as available for pre-order on Worten.pt, leaving gamers to wonder if Rockstar’s action-adventure title will hit shelves sometime in 2014.

worten "GTA 5" on Worten.pt.  Courtesy/Worten

The Portuguese site listed the game for sale, though no release date has been set. Eurogamer contacted the site to address the game’s listing, and Worten responded, “We would inform you that we have the information that Worten stores will sell the game in question.”

On Feb. 4, SuperGamer.cz showed the title as being available on June 13 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Though many eager gamers were hoping for a PC and next-gen release, the PC cover art was somewhat suspicious. On the top of the cover, it said “Games For Windows Live,” the collective name for a set of services and software Microsoft no longer uses.

Leaked footage of the game may have appeared online in mid-January. User warrockteam1 posted the clip, claiming it showed gameplay from a PC version of “GTA V.” The video was quickly removed, with YouTube claiming copyright infringement from NYC-based Take-Two Interactive, the publisher which owns Rockstar.

While some users suspected the clip was fake, others wondered if the gameplay could be an early version of a PC edition of “Grand Theft Auto V.” Thiago Diniz, CEO of Rio de Janeiro-based electronic distributor Nuuvem, confirmed that the title was coming to the PC in March. "I see no problem talking. I think until now been confirmed. Is scheduled for March on PC, if I'm not mistaken, for the 12th," he said to Brazilian web site Condigo Fonte.

An additional “GTA V” PC rumor began when a retailer in Norway stated that the game would be released on March 18 this year and was already available for pre-order. The same launch date was mentioned by an Amazon rep, who promised Rockstar would make an announcement by the end of 2013. When the game developer remained tight-lipped, many fans began to doubt the rumored launch date.

“Grand Theft Auto V" launched last October for the Xbox 360 and PS3 and is an open-world action game developed by Scotland-based Rockstar North and published by NYC-based Rockstar Games. “GTA V,” which received highly favorable reviews, was the 15th installment in the “GTA” series and the first game since 2008’s “GTA IV.” The Spike Video Game Awards gave the title the Most Anticipated Game award in 2012. Following its release, the game received the Game of the Year award at the 2013 Golden Joystick Awards. Only three days following its release, IGN listed “GTA V” as second on its list of “Top 25 Xbox 360 Games.”

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