GTA 5 Expanded and Enhanced reassessed for re-release on PC
Grand Theft Auto 5 is seemingly determined to challenge The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim for the crown of getting the most re-releases on new platforms. Following the recent release of Developed and improved on Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5, Rockstar may soon try to double down on PC gamers with an upgraded re-release.
When Rockstar revealed next-gen ports of its mainstream hit which has already seen two re-releases since its launch in 2013, only the two current console families were mentioned. There was no word on a PC version of Expanded and Enhanced, or if the enhancements will come to this platform as well. Since PC isn’t bound by hardware generations like consoles are, it wouldn’t make sense to turn off new options or new content.
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Even so, E&E launched on consoles with exclusive content and features – when it comes to Xbox One and PS4, that makes sense. When the Enhanced Edition launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, it featured improvements, mechanics, and new content that weren’t available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but it made sense due to the hardware limitations of the time. Now, thanks to the ESRB we may know why Rockstar is blocking content again when there is no technical reason to do so in the case of PC.
This most recent re-release of GTA 5 has just been re-evaluated by the board, with “Windows PC” added to the platform lineup alongside PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S on the official ESRB website. Instead of any official news on the subject from Rockstar, it’s sparked a flurry of speculation – naturally, as everyone’s curious what form E&E might take on PC price-wise.
If you look at the re-release with the eyes of a PC gamer, there are fewer benefits on display. Thanks to a wider selection of graphics options and access to graphics mods, visual improvements (which may not even be improvements if you have a beefy rig) are hardly a strong selling point, this which leaves the UI redesign, Career Builder, and exclusive online content – which, so far, is Hao Special Works.
The sentiment among fans is mixed – there are a lot of jokes about how Take-Two will try to sell people a game they already have, yet again, at full price and many gamers are expressing their disappointment and annoyance. tired that GTA 5 is “milking” so excessively.
At the same time, others point to the price cuts for E&E on current-gen consoles, how Rockstar initially released the ports at deep discounts, and put the standalone version of GTA Online on sale from the start, while still even distributing it on PS5. Considering the game’s main source of revenue is microtransactions, the name of the game here is to have more boots on the ground – so lowering the initial purchase price is something the company is absolutely willing to do.
Realistically, we see this playing out in two ways: ideally, current owners of GTA 5 on PC will receive all the improvements and access to new online content that comes with Expanded and Enhanced as a free update; many game companies have chosen to make their own next-gen upgrades free, usually with great public approval.
The other scenario – arguably more likely, depending on your cynicism – is that existing owners of GTA 5 on PC will be offered the E&E upgrade at a lower price, rather than being a brand new product that you have to repurchase. at full price. That could mean fans would be looking at a $5-$10 upgrade fee to get access to all new content, both current and future.
If E&E comes to PC, that means Online will also split into its own entity on that platform. This will likely go hand-in-hand with the removal of the older version of GTA 5 from all storefronts as Rockstar transitions into this new era.
Leaks are one thing, but leaderboards are official news – so it looks like GTA 5 is getting an enhanced re-release on PC. As for the details, they have not yet been revealed.