Rockstar Games has long made it clear that the implementation of online Heists proved to be tricker than expected — heck, Tuesday’s trailer included a little jab at those over-eager fans. Still, to compensate for the unforeseen delay, the studio has unveiled a festive update for Grand Theft Auto V that introduces a tonne of content that will hope to get you in the Christmas spirit.
From Christmas trees to snowball fights, the timely update essentially transforms Los Santos and its surrounding area into a winter wonderland. But that’s not all, as the dev revealed that new weapons will make their debut — namely the Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines — as well as a host of slick new wheels.
In an extensive Q&A, the studio levelled on a lot of the long-running questions that have been brought before it, including the status of Grand Theft Auto V on PC and the potential of a sequel to Red Dead Redemption.
- So, where the heck is GTA5 PC? “We’re presently in the final stages of development on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 and hope to have confirmed official system requirements to share soon … in the coming week.”
- Can I transfer GTA Online progress to PC? Yes and from any platform.
- Can I have first-person GTA5 on PS3 and 360? No. Those machines don’t have enough memory to cope with all the new animations.
- Will you only make first-person experiences now? No. “Absolutely not!” Rockstar is “committed” to third-person views but likes giving people options.
- Heists took ages! Rockstar’s sorry about that, and has “a small Christmas present” prepared to apologise with.
- What, like snow? Potentially. “We prefer to keep such things as a surprise, but without giving away any details … we do have a few seasonal treats in the works for players on all four systems to enjoy this coming holiday season in GTA Online.”
- Will PS3 and 360 audiences be looked after. Yes. There are new updates “coming soon” in addition to Heists. But: “At some point in the future, there may be a point where we reach the limits for the previous generation of consoles as there may be some updates that are only technically possible on the new hardware – but we do hope to continue delivering as many updates as we can for all four consoles for as long as possible.”
- So how about a new Red Dead? “As we’ve mentioned when asked in the past about new games in other series such as Red Dead Redemption, Bully and L.A. Noire, we don’t always rush to make sequels, but that does not mean we won’t get to them eventually. We have so many games we want to make and the issue is always one of bandwidth and timing.”
Grand Theft Auto V is now available across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 with a PC release planned for early 2015. That window of time will also herald the long-awaited debut of online Heists, too. For now, however, be sure to check out some of the festivities that Rockstar has planned in the gallery below.