Rockstar Games have denied reports that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 is to be delayed from its planned 27 January release date.

Rumours began to circulate over the Christmas period when the release date on GTA 5's Steam repeatedly changed, from "January" to "coming soon" to "early 2015" as it says now.

Concerned fans flocked to the Rockstar official forum to ask the developers directly, and they duly responded. "GTA V will be coming to PC on January 27th. We have not announced any changes to this date at this time," said a spokesperson.

On 18 December Rockstar said in a Q&A that the game's PC system requirements would be shared "in the coming week" but that information has yet to be published.

A PC version of the world-conquering open world game has been sought since before the game's initial release in 2013, and might even be more highly-anticipated than the remastered versions for PS4 and Xbox One that were released last year.

A PC version would be open to modding, with near-endless possibilities for creation within the huge sandbox world created by Rockstar. The PC version of GTA IV was supported for many years after its release, leading to some silly and some extremely impressive mods.