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GTA 5 PC delayed again to April 14, online heists coming March 10

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The Windows PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 will now arrive April 14, while heists are finally set to launch in Grand Theft Auto Online on March 10, publisher Rockstar Games announced today.

The new date for GTA 5 on PC represents the third delay for that version. Rockstar originally announced last June that it planned to release the PC version alongside the remastered PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions last fall. In September, the company delayed the launch to Jan. 27, and last month, Rockstar pushed the release date back by nearly two months to March 24. The latest delay means that fans will have to wait an extra three weeks.

"Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC," Rockstar Games said in a blog post today. As a "gesture of thanks," the post reads, anyone who has pre-ordered the PC version will receive an additional $200,000 of in-game money in GTA Online.

The PC version will be available digitally and at retail. Rockstar announced the system requirements last month; you can check them out here.

Online heists are another long-awaited, oft-delayed GTA release. In December 2013, a few months after GTA 5's original release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Rockstar said heists would be coming to GTA Online sometime in 2014. In April 2014, the company said online heists were scheduled for a spring release, but in June it pushed the window back. Rockstar's next update came in mid-November, when the company said it would launch online heists "soon" after the PS4 and Xbox One versions of GTA 5. And in December, Rockstar delayed the launch into "early 2015."

"We know it's been a wait, and appreciate your patience," Rockstar said today.

The addition of online heists to GTA 5 will bring the single-player campaign's most complex, multifaceted, exhilarating missions into GTA Online. Online heists will support four players, and Rockstar said it will provide more details in the run-up to next month's launch. In the meantime, you can check out the campaign's first heist in first-person mode above.

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