Following its release on PC next week, Rockstar says it will release updates to Grand Theft Auto V on all platforms simultaneously.
Speaking with GameSpot, lead gameplay designer John Macpherson said Grand Theft Auto V for PC would not be on a separate schedule.
“We plan to deliver updates to PC and consoles simultaneously,” he said. “There can be occasional variations in timing based on specifics from one console to another but PC will not be on a separate timetable to other platforms.”
When asked why the PC editions of Grand Theft Auto games always seem to be released so much later than on consoles, Macpherson said in this case the jump to new-gen lengthened the timeline.
“It comes down to bandwidth. We want each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be, and that means having the core members of the original GTA 5 team working closely with the best PC developers from across all Rockstar studios,” he said.
“The same crew that did great work on the PC versions of Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire and GTA 4, essentially. A large portion of the team that worked on GTA 5 for PS3 and Xbox 360 also worked on the PS4 and Xbox One versions and all of the GTA Online content, including Heists.
“Since the new generation console versions and the PC version share similar architecture, the team also continued to work on the PC version. With each version adding features and requiring the focus of the same key people, that takes time.”
Grand Theft Auto V for PC is out on April 14.