A massive amount of info has leaked about the possible future of Grand Theft Auto V, and if you’re a fan of single-player you may want to close your eyes. At the very least put down that torture kit and back away from me, I'm just the messenger. According to the source (a reputed leaker of GTA content), a number of single-player expansions have been cancelled and are now being converted into online add-ons set in Liberty City, Las Venturas, and more. The success of Grand Theft Auto Online’s microtransactions are cited as the reason. Rockstar’s online component still attracts millions of regular players over three years after its launch, driving the studio to focus on this.
The leaker originally posted info about this as far back as 2013 and almost everything they revealed then has since come true, including specific free mode events and info on the heists. The full contents of the leak are comprehensive, outlining Rockstar’s grand plan for GTA 5 and GTA Online through to 2018 and beyond. It’s also claimed that its success has meant Grand Theft Auto VI has been pushed all the way back to an expected 2020 launch.
Between now and September 2017 we’ll allegedly be getting the usual mix of GTA Online free content. The leak begins with the recently released Biker DLC and also details Law & Order, Luxury Living and Blaine County and Paleto DLC. These include being the police in chases and getting a hunting license and tracking down free roam animals.
Then we get to the real meat of the leak. North Yankton and Liberty City (From GTA 3) make up the first Online Map Expansion and is coming in September 2017 at the same price as a full new game. I'll admit to being a little bit suspicious of Rockstar releasing a huge expansion like this around the same time as Red Dead Redemption 2 is expected to launch, although it could be a necessary step to ensure GTA Online doesn't empty out around RDR2's arrival.
The following year is the same deal but San Fierro and Las Venturas in October 2018. These last two were apparently built for GTA 5 but stripped out due to the limited capabilities of the PS3 and X360.
It’s not clear at the moment whether players will be able to switch between the new environments at will or whether they’ll be entirely separate games.
While unsurprising news, it’s definitely disappointing for those not enamoured by the online component of GTA 5. GTA Online was met with a tepid response at launch, but from the sounds of things it’s gone from strength to strength and is quite the money spinner for Rockstar these days, certainly more so than releasing a single-player expansion.
If true what do you make of this decision from Rockstar? Is the right choice to focus on Grand Theft Auto Online or would you have preferred some story-based DLC? Let us know!