Rockstar Games has remained steadfast in its refusal to talk about the chances of “Grand Theft Auto V” coming to PC and/or next generation consoles ahead of the PS3/360 release tomorrow.
Then a week ago we saw the leak of both the 360 and PS3 versions of GTAV on torrent networks. In the days since, computer geek fans who downloaded those copies have been going through the game’s code and file structures.
A 4chan user has posted on Reddit an XML version of the Xbox 360 version’s config file with nearly 2,000 lines of code. It would appear they found something very interesting.
With a lot of multi-platform games not developed for mobile these days, developers will build the game around a code base. Then, they’ll use a single config file to configure the game’s specifications for each platform it’s available on.
That means if you open up a game’s config file on any one version, you can see what other platforms the game has been developed for. In this case, the code shows that the game has been developed for four systems – Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, and Orbis.
‘Orbis’ was the codename for the Playstation 4 used as the operation system name in development kits. There’s also no listing for ‘Durango,’ the equivalent name given to the Xbox One.
Does this mean PC and PS4 versions are on the way? It looks likely, though the bigger question really is when. Rockstar is understandably not announcing any such release in case it would stop people from buying the current gen version.
Meanwhile reviews have gone online across the board today and, no surprise, they’re gushing. Over at Metacritic it’s at 98/100 on 360, and 97/100 on PS3. In both cases it and the fourth game in the series have the highest scores on MC for the current gen (GTAIV scored 98/100 on both).
Their nearest competitors are “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” (96), “Batman: Arkham City” (96), “LittleBigPlanet” (95), “Red Dead Redemption” (95), “The Last of Us” (95) and “Portal 2” (95) on PS3; and “Bioshock” (96), “The Orange Box” (96), “Mass Effect 2” (96), “Skyrim” (96), “Red Dead Redemption” (95) and “Portal 2” (95) on 360.