Bad news for Indian gamers today... following the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai, e-Xpress Interactive, the official Rockstar / 2K distributor in the country has decided to postpone GTA IV's PC release indefinitely. Speaking to gaming blog theANGRYpixel, e-Xpress said:
it would be insensitive (not to mention, asking for trouble) if the game is put on shelves less than a week after what is one of the worst terrorist incidents India has ever seen.
Grand Theft Auto games are incredibly popular in India, and we can back that up just by looking at our visitor statistics, with the country now ranked 4th in the world. Easy to see why when you realise just how cheap games are in India - GTA IV was going to set a record as the cheapest price worldwide for a AAA title:
this couldn't have come at a worse time for e-Xpress, considering the fact that the Indian launch of GTA IV PC is a spectacular record, marking the first time in the history of Indian game sales that a brand-new AAA title will be available for the cheapest price worldwide, selling for a scant INR 499, when the usual going rate for a new title averages between INR 999 (~ US ) and INR 1299 (~ US ).
Let's hope the game does eventually get released in India so the fans don't remain game-less for too long.
Thanks to GTA4.net for the heads up.
Shit, Didn't see that coming, I hope they don't delay it for too long, Bombay(Mumbai) is known for its spirit to get back to normal as soon as possible. Stupid ass terrorist.
And even though angry pixel is an Indian gaming site so they should know about the cost of games and as such, I've never seen a brand new game go for 499. 1299 is common though.
Not delayed anymore:
"it looks like you really wouldn’t have to wait after all if you were planning to drive Mr. Bellic around town on your monster PC. So yes, the game is coming out on December 3rd, as originally planned and yes, it will be available at the previously mentioned low, low price of INR 499, so there’s really no excuse not to buy one copy for playing and one NRFB copy for a keepsake, like someone I know is planning to do."