If you were hoping to get a confirmation on story DLCs or Grand Theft Auto 6, Rockstar does not seem eager to deliver, instead stating that GTA 5 is focusing on GTA online for now, and that is where most of their resources will be going.
The latest installment of the successful franchise has seen even greater popularity with its online option that brings players together in Los Santos to fight it out, shoot it out or drive it out in the streets of the fictional city. And, apparently, single player might be taking a backseat for a while.
Perhaps that is not necessarily the worst thing in the world, considering that while the gameplay of Grand Theft Auto 5 is excellent and sees to the same kind of raw crime we’ve come to expect, the story lacked in comparison to previous installments.
According to design director, Imram Sarwar, Rockstar’s attention will be directed solely on their GTA Online service for now, as the already massive community is still growing every day, and they’re seeking to offer their players as a full experience as they possibly can. It wasn’t an outright statement that no additional stories will be following, like GTA 4 did with ‘The Ballad of Gay Tony’, but it was also too much of a vague statement to assume they’re cooking something up.
GTA 5 officially launched in 2013 on consoles, which means that the next installment should be in the works already, considering it has been two years. If Rockstar’s pattern has something to say about it, it means that the next installment of the franchise will be coming in the next 3 to 5 years, which will put its release between 2018 and 2020.
Hopefully, at least. It wouldn’t be the first time a videogame lacks on expanding itself in different sequels when their online option takes off. Blizzard did it for Warcraft, seemingly abandoning the concept of releasing a Warcraft 4, after World of Warcraft was met with astounding success.
However, there are no indications that the same will be happening will Grand Theft Auto, but so far, there are no confirmations that they will be launching more DLCs to expand on the story of our protagonists, or that the sixth installment is anywhere near confirmation. According to Rockstar North president, Leslie Benzies, though, they have “45 years worth of ideas” to work with, so that poses as good news.
In the meantime, GTA 5 will further update the GTA Online on September 15th, with new features introduced in the Freemode that implies more customizable sessions with your friends, including two new events to compete against other players.
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