Grand Theft Auto 5 was released way back in 2013 but remains a firm favorite even to this day. In sticking with the times, the franchise never shied away from going online with the rest of the gaming industry and now GTA 5 Online is about to hit Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Announcements of termination and release of GTA 5 for Different Consols
This comes after Rockstar Games announced its plans to terminate GTA 5 Online for the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles on the 16th of December this year.
Rockstar Games had previously set the 11th of November as the release days for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S remaster. However, on the 9th of September, the company announced that fans who wanted to play the game on either of the consoles would have to wait until March 2022.
Rockstar did not give much in the way of explaining their reasons, only stating that “the game requires a few additional months for polishing and fine-tuning. We look forward to sharing more details about these expanded and enhanced versions soon,”.
However, Rockstar did make mention of a number of interesting new features – namely, a standalone variety of GTA Online that is set to hit the generation of Playstation and Xbox. Moreover, PS5 players will have the opportunity to claim GTA Online for free in the 3 months after launch.
In the meantime, waiting PS5 and Xbox Series X/S players can still enjoy the world of GTA through backward compatibility. Minus all the bells and whistles that would come with a version that is tailored to next-gen consoles of course.
Important points to make note of regarding GTA 5
There are two main effects that the addition of a PS5 and Xbox Series X/S could have. First of all, this move could help give GTA Online unchallenged continuity – even in the face of a GTA 6.
Secondly, it could open up more possibilities for multiplayer playing with a way of a marked reduction in the game’s storage demands. However, it is worth noting that these particular points are highly speculative at this point in time as the company has not yet confirmed this.
Grand Theft Auto 5 was a class act in gaming right from the very beginning and games with that much entertainment value are by no means a walk in the park to create. The gap between GTA 5 and its predecessor is proof of that.
Therefore, it would be a little unrealistic to expect a GTA6 any time soon – especially after Rockstar’s most recent big deal launch of Red Dead Redemption 2.
But then again, it’s not like they would be in a hurry. GTA Online boasts a massive following that keeps Rockstar’s war chest well. Stocked through the purchase of in-game currency, while the company still enjoys the seemingly endless buyers’ appetite for GTA5 – simply remastering for the next-gen just made more sense.