A job posting advertising a position at Rockstar Leeds has offered hope that the company's most recent games, including the as-yet unreleased Grand Theft Auto V, will be coming to the PC.
Despite an early focus on PC gaming - its first major hit, the original top-down Grand Theft Auto, was written for Microsoft DOS before being ported to Windows, PlayStation and Game Boy Colour - recent Rockstar titles have been console exclusives. Its last major title, open-world spaghetti western Red Dead Redemption, has been sorely missed on PC, gaining a Metacritic score of 95 on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but never receiving a port to the platform on which the company got its start.
Thus far, it seems that Grand Theft Auto V is going the same way: the company has spoken up about how it is pushing the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 console platforms to the limit with its latest crime simulator, but has been entirely silent on what plans - if any - it has to bring the game to the PC. While its predecessor, unsurprisingly called Grand Theft Auto IV, was brought to Microsoft's Games for Windows platform in December 2008 following its console début in April that year, the fact that Red Dead Redemption is still missing after three years doesn't bode well for the sequel.
There is hope for those who would like to see Rockstar return to the PC, however. A job advert, since removed but not before being spotted by fan site RockstarWatch
, has asked for a graphics programmer to work at the company's Leeds studio 'to help bring our latest titles to the PC platform.
The advert explained that the successful candidate would be working with Rockstar studios world-wide to port titles to the PC - and with Grand Theft Auto IV already available on the PC, they can only be talking about newer games. Red Dead Redemption seems like a good place to start, but the company is almost certainly thinking ahead to Grand Theft Auto V too - especially given mention of the applicant 'working with skilled developers on Next Generation games
For now, however, Rockstar is being silent on its plans for Grand Theft Auto V - except to release a gameplay video, reproduced below, which shows the title running on an unspecified current-generation console platform.