Rockstar Didn't Think GTA 5 Single Player DLC Was "Possible or Necessary"

Rockstar Didn't Think GTA 5 Single Player DLC Was

It begs the question, then: why hasn't Grand Theft Auto V received any story expansions? The city of Los Santos was vast and the characters were all set up to have some sort of continuation, so what happened?

The online multiplayer side of Grand Theft Auto 5, Grand Theft Auto Online, is hugely popular but many fans are still eager to play through some story-based DLC for the game. The answer, it turns out, is a little from column A and a little from column B. Often, fans rationalized that the success of GTA Online was too enormous for Rockstar to develop single-player DLC, and that doom and gloom around single-player games has only deepened this year.

"With Grand Theft Auto V, the single player game was absolutely massive and very, very complete", Sarwar added. Not only did the next-gen versions of the game take "a year of everyone's time to get right", but because GTA Online had so much potential, developing the multiplayer side of things "also sucked up a lot of resources".

All told, Sarwar identifies three factors that influenced the lack of single-player GTA content: beefing up GTA Online, which initially shipped in a dire shape, porting GTA V to current-gen consoles, and developing Red Dead Redemption 2. Many are anxious that, beyond Red Dead Redemption II, the company - which is renowned for its story telling and sprawling single player campaigns - may double down on multiplayer like so many other publishers appear to be.

At Rockstar, we will always have bandwidth issues because we are perfectionists and to make huge complex games takes a lot of time and resources.

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"We would love to do more single-player add-ons for games in the future ..."

This all sounds reasonably fair, even if most people won't accept that explanation. Sarwar went on to say that "as a company, [Rockstar] love [s] single-player more than anything, and believe [s] in it absolutely".

On top of this, Red Dead Redemption 2 has already been delayed until next year, after initially being announced for a late 2017 release.

"With GTA Online, we chose to give our players access to all updates for free, because it kept our players together and allows to make their own choices about what they want from each update and in what order".

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