GTA V was released in 2013, and since then the only updates for the game have been to expand the GTA Online mode.
Chances are you weren’t holding your breath for an Episodes from Los Santos type of thing then, right? Well, now you have some closure.
Speaking to Game Informer, director of design Imran Sarwar said that Rockstar didn’t consider a story expansion to be “Either possible or necessary.”
It’s certainly an odd choice of words, given that Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption both had excellent single-player expansions. Perhaps from a resources perspective, it simply isn’t worth it for Rockstar.
Given that GTA Online is bringing in millions every month for the company, and that updates have been plentiful and excellent for it, devoting time and resources elsewhere just isn’t viable.
Sarwar then went on to explain that single-player expansions are still very much something Rockstar is interested in doing, but that it just didn’t pan out this time:
“We would love to do more single-player add-ons for games in the future. As a company we love single-player more than anything, and believe in it absolutely – for storytelling and a sense of immersion in a world, multiplayer games don’t rival single-player games.
“With GTA 5, the single-player game was absolutely massive and very, very complete. It was three games in one. The next-gen versions took a year of everyone’s time to get right, then the online component had a lot of potential, but to come close to realising that potential also sucked up a lot of resources. And then there are other games – in particular Red Dead Redemption 2.”
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