GTA 5 PC petition passes 700,000 signatures, game is now taking longer than GTA 4 to hit PC

Petition calling on Rockstar Games to release PC version of open-world game crosses new milestone; it's now been 224 days since GTA V originally came to consoles.

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The Change.org petition calling on Rockstar Games to release a PC version of its critically and commercial successful open-world game, Grand Theft Auto V, has surpassed 700,000 signatures. It has gathered more than 709,000 signatures to date. Just last week, the GTA V PC petition surpassed 690,000 signatures, up from 650,000 earlier this year.

2008's Grand Theft Auto IV launched in April for consoles before coming to PC in December of that year. If GTA V is indeed coming to PC as the rumors say, it's taking long to do so than its predecessor. GTA IV was released for PC 217 days after the console version arrived. By comparison, it's now been 224 days since GTA V originally launched for consoles.

The game is widely expected to come to PC sometime in 2014. In October, multiple Eurogamer sources said GTA V would be released for PC in early 2014, while a representative for Chip maker Intel has said that GTA V is not expected to be a console-exclusive for much longer.

GTA V was released in September 2013 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In addition to a positive critical reception, the open-world game generated $800 million in 24 hours and more than $1 billion in three days. It has since shipped 32.5 million copies.

Rockstar Games cofounder Dan Houser said in November 2012 that a PC version of the open-world game is "up for consideration," though that's all the company has said on the matter. Another high-profile Rockstar Games title, 2010's Red Dead Redemption, never came to PC.

The petition says it is a "big shame" that GTAV is not announced for the PC, specifically calling out the modding community being a "huge part" of PC gaming. "Modded GTA is some of the most insanely fun times you can have," a line from the petition reads.

If GTAV does come to PC, it may not be the only new platform for the game. Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian contends that the game will be released for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014.

Though we've yet to hear about a PC version of GTA V, that doesn't mean Rockstar is sitting by idly twiddling its thumbs. The studio continues to support GTA V's online mode, GTA Online, with numerous and substantial content updates. On top of that, the game's first story mode DLC is scheduled to launch in 2014, though Rockstar hasn't said anything about it yet.

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