Remember the days when Grand Theft Auto V was only playable on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360? Rockstar was denying any plans for next-gen ports or even a PC version. While we all sort of knew the studio was kind of lying, those statements have become less true than ever. Rockstar has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto Online will no longer have substantial updates. The team is focusing their efforts on the current generation and PC versions.
This is all in the name of innovation and improvements though. The previous generation versions of the game are at a point where any additional content would break them. Newer hardware is more capable of interesting gameplay additions, such as the upcoming Freemode events.
“After almost two years of regular free content updates delivered to those systems, we are now focused on the opportunities provided by the more powerful PS4, XB1 and PC – and we’ve got some really fun ideas on how to make the most of these more powerful machines. Bringing the Rockstar Editor to the newer consoles and the changes that come with Freemode Events are a great start and only the beginning of what we want to accomplish with GTA Online long term.
“Aside from simply allowing us to utilize more memory and pack additional assets into the game itself, the additional power will mean we can create more complex game types and deliver on some of the ideas we have that only these newer systems can allow. We are really excited for how GTA Online can continue to evolve as a platform with these new systems.”
— Imran Sarwar, Director of Design at Rockstar North
While it sucks that early adopters of the game are without updates,
Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online are both packed with a substantial amount of content already. The alternative to this would be the end of updates entirely. While every consumer must be acknowledged, there comes a time where we must be out with the old and in with the new. For Grand Theft Auto, that time has arrived.