Grand Theft Auto V, the wildly successful open-world action title that launched last year to rave reviews (and generated boatloads of cash), will be hitting next-generation consoles later this year.
Developer Rockstar Games announced Friday thatwill launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18. PC gamers will need to wait until January 27 to get their hands on the title.
While Rockstar did not say why the PC version has been pushed back to a later date, the company indicated that all three versions would come with the same updates to the original title, including "major visual and technical upgrades," new weapons, new activities, and denser traffic when cruising around Los Santos. The game will also come with more than 100 additional songs to play while driving.
Grand Theft Auto V follows three main characters, each with their own backstories and unique missions. It is set in the fictitious Los Santos, which was based on Los Angeles. Indeed, the similarities between LA and Los Santos are striking.
The game launched in September 2013 at the tail end of the last-generation console cycle. The game was nearly universally beloved among reviewers, and within 24 hours of its release had garnered over $800 million in worldwide revenue. Just six weeks after its release, the game tallied 29 million copies sold and became the fastest entertainment property in history to reach $1 billion in revenue. As of the end of last month, Rockstar had shipped 34 million units of the game worldwide.
Despite its early popularity, it was the game's impending launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that had many gamers drooling. While Rockstar has noted that the game's story won't change, it's trying to sweeten the pot a bit by offering the aforementioned upgrades. Rockstar is also planning to hand over $1 million of in-game cash to those who preorder the title.
In addition to launching Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar said that its online, open-world platform Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC gamers. Current Grand Theft Auto Online users will be able to port their characters and progress to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC versions when they become available.
CNET has contacted Rockstar for additional comment and information on why the PC version is trailing the console options. We will update this story when we have more information.