Rockstar has warned that it is not running any beta programme for the upcoming PC port of Grand Theft Auto V, following the discovery of phishing scams using the promise of pre-release access to part gamers and their account credentials.
The morally ambiguous, satirical steal-'em-up was confirmed as heading to Windows in June this year
following numerous leaks. The PC port is being developed alongside Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions, all of which are said to offer improved graphics, textures and special effects compared to the version released for the last-generation Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.
As with any triple-A release, the hype-machine is running full-tilt ahead of launch - and ne'er-do-wells are taking advantage. There have been numerous reports of phishers and spammers using the promise of pre-release beta access to GTAV's Windows port in an attempt to gain account credentials and even payment information from gamers. Rockstar's message is as simple as can be: there's no beta.
'Please Note: There is no pre-release ‘beta’ test for Grand Theft Auto V,
' the company states in a warning
on its official website. 'If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam.
Those disappointed that they won't be getting early access to the title are advised to keep their eyes on the Rockstar Newswire
where additional details about the game will be posted in the near future.