Retail Radar: GTAIV PC skids to December 2?

Amazon, GameStop bump ship date for Rockstar Games' top-rated open-world action adventure two weeks beyond official November 18 launch.

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In its two weeks on the market, Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 did more business than most other games could hope for over the course of their entire life spans. Take-Two and Rockstar are hoping to carry that momentum into the holiday season, given that they're releasing all-new downloadable content for the Xbox 360 edition as well as a PC version of the game.

However, gamers may have to wait just a bit longer to jump behind the wheel of Roman's taxi on the PC, if a handful of retailers are to be believed. Both Amazon and GameStop are now under the impression that the PC edition of GTAIV will be available on December 2, two weeks later than Rockstar's previously announced shipping date of November 18.

As has been proven innumerable times in the past, retailers are often fed tips by publishers so that they can properly allocate resources and promotional materials. Rockstar had not responded to GameSpot's inquiry as of press time.

Grand Theft Auto IV requires little in the way of explanation, and any perfunctory attempt would be trite at best. The game scored top marks from GameSpot upon its console release earlier this year. GTAIV went on to set a Guinness World Record for "the largest launch in the history of interactive entertainment," having sold 3.6 million units and earned $310 million within its first 24 hours on the market. As of last month, the game had sold more than 10 million units worldwide.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's exhaustive previous coverage.

Discussion

59 comments
SithLord002
SithLord002

F U C K the people who gave the first release date!!!!!

SithLord002
SithLord002

WTF! I've waited for so long!!!! Why the hell do you guys make us wait for games and then get delayed!!! I'm out of patience here!!!!!!!!

deeper_crust
deeper_crust

December 2nd is fine but any further delay than that is bad...

chwynn
chwynn

Developers: (I'm looking at YOU Rockstar!) Stop Screwing PC owners. That is all.

MatrixtheNEO
MatrixtheNEO

wth man ive waited so long and the i have to wait again no fair for pc gamers

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

why PC is always the last to get great games? i rather stick to PC exclusives like crysis, crysis 2 warhead and spore....

Avals
Avals

Whatever man, whatever, our financial ability worsens A LOT and it really doesn't matter if it's december this year or next.

g3n3r41xan
g3n3r41xan

lol i don't mind waiting for the game to get polished either. I wish I could move my holiday around rather than the release date of GTA4, that way I could play the game as soon as I hit holidays, lol.

blackace
blackace

Yeah.. I'm wondering when the Xbox 360 DLC will be released as well. It's suppose to be sometime in November or early December. I could care less about GTA IV for the PC. They can delay it until next year if they want. Hurry up and bring out Dragon Age. That and Starcraft 2 are the only things I'm really looking forward to for the PC.

Ket87
Ket87

Oh the PC version gets delayed? What about our damn DLC? Before GTA4 released wasn't Rockstar saying we would see DLC by late August? Then I heard beginning of November same time as Gears 2, well thats next week and still no word from Rockstar.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

That's my birthday, yay!...but I already have the 360 version. I wonder if the PC version will have the 360's DLC already available...

hotbodyboy_2006
hotbodyboy_2006

For christ sakes why is this releasing along with Prince Of Persia. Now i have to download both Together.

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

The last couple of weeks have been amazing for PC gamers. We saw the release of Fallout 3, Dead Space, Red Alert 3, etc. I doubt anyone will complain from this delay; it gives us a chance to refill our wallets, haha.

zodi
zodi

As long as it makes it hear for xmas.

XanderKage
XanderKage

Oh, for f's sake... Another delay? Well, ate least they still will release it.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

A two week delay is alot better then never. PC gamers should just be happy they are getting some sloppy 2nds from the consoles.

zeeshan810
zeeshan810

Played PS3 version and will play PC version!!! :D :D

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

PC version will be much better than xbox360 and ps3! It's better to wait good game than to play crappy one!

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Glad to hear of a PC version... But I would rather have some good DLC on my console version right now.

Faisal_Amir
Faisal_Amir

always better to wait a few weeks than to push out a buggy, broken game. I'm willing to wait as long as the end result is polished

Mr_Kowaski
Mr_Kowaski

Two weeks isn't to bad, it will be worth it in the end :P

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

heh I'm actually looking forward to the PC version of saints row 2 more O_õ

sivasiva
sivasiva

I played this game on the xbox 360. I would most probably look forward to the mods if i get the pc version of this game.

perfect_chao
perfect_chao

if this GTA was like San Andreas Multi on PC i would get it, but unfortunately i dont think it will be that fun.. the controls of vehicles were better in SA + VC than in GTA IV. Shame really

BloodMist
BloodMist

Must...have...GTA.....a n/m, hell Fallout 3 is way more than enough.

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

Rockstar had to build the platform first. GTA IV might have felt stripped down, but the next versions of GTA IV will keep improving as it did with GTA III.

joyyy
joyyy

well i'm not really mad or anything,if it's for good reasons,well it's alright,i still hope its greatly optimized.but hey i'll have time to play Left 4 Dead,and then GTA IV :D

lbskier
lbskier

Yeah I'm with you Richard. Better to wait a little bit longer and have a better product. Still sucks though! I was hoping Farcry 2 would hold me over, but I'm ready for GTA now.

Richard7666
Richard7666

I prefer developers to release "when it's done". Two weeks is no biggie, especially if it means a better game for the wait. Plus, I still need to finish Mass Effect...

drunkboris
drunkboris

thank god now i'll have some time to play through fallout.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

As much as I love PC gaming, I can't imagine playing GTA on one. Not unless the graphics are better, and the controls liquid silky smooth.

Braindead919
Braindead919

(I feel all the ps3 'less, people's Burden...Sweet Gta'4'S release for the pc.(Could save me millions huh (Sony)...jking,(Reduce the Ps3's price a wee bit' or Ill just save money keeping my pc as head of house hold:))))....

TheCrapp
TheCrapp

Hope Rockstar putted a big list of cheats into the PC version, if not, then i probably wouldn't buy it, if a friend may lend me his copy of the game..

Pete5506
Pete5506

Dang to bad for PC gamers

LettuceJoans
LettuceJoans

This is crazy, but I'm actually glad the release date got pushed because now I won't have to decide between playing Left 4 Dead or GTA4 on November 18th

diablo_del_bano
diablo_del_bano

I can't wait for this to come out for PC! My lack of a 360 or PS3 has kept me from playing GTA4, but now I get to! Hurry up Rockstar!

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

No we play with keyboard and mouse ... no auto aim cuz its not necessary ... game is gonna rock HARD ... why the delay though"?

man_alive
man_alive

so when is this 360 DLC coming? it's freaky they haven't even hinted at what it might be. should that worry me? i feel like if it was as awesome as they promised around launch time, MS would be shouting up a publicity storm already.

Huskerz09
Huskerz09

Far Cry 2 was underwhelming IMO.....hopefully COD 5 and NFS: Undercover deliver on the way to GTA IV (already preordered!)

JoePiervincenti
JoePiervincenti

Grand Theft Auto doesn't seem to me like a game people would play on a PC... I know very little about PC gaming but I'd assume people play a game like this with a gamepad?

Hekynn
Hekynn

Well ya there being carefull about the Piracy and they might have found some more bugs from the consoles port. :)

Keivz_basic
Keivz_basic

That's fine. I'm already waaay behind in my game list. They way the hits keep coming, it'll take me nearly a year to catch up :(

ne0man
ne0man

Well, it won't be as torturing as the wait console gamers had, cause now at least PC gamers now that what game they expect. It's a great one and now even more polished, so it'll probably be worth the wait

futs22
futs22

2 weeks? No problem. Makes sense that they'd push it deeper into the holiday shopping season which kinda starts early for some. Early as in this month. Anyway, December 2 is just a tad bit over a month away.

plague32390
plague32390

Im not going to have time for another round of GTAIV on PC when I will have Gears 2, Mirrors Edge, FarCry 2, Guitar Hero:World Tour and Rock Band 1 & 2. Not to mention the other not so big titles that are being released but interest me. IM NOT MADE OF MONEY!!!