With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of GTA V, Los Santos is about to get a whole lot shinier.
After months of silence, Rockstar has finally updated us on the hotly-anticipated next-gen upgrade of Grand Theft Auto V. Players will be dropping back into Los Santos this Winter when the game drops for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on November 11, 2021. GTA Online, which is now available separately from the full game, will also launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on November 11.
This will be GTA V’s second re-release and third console generation. The open-world game launched way back in 2013 on PS3 and Xbox 360 before a subsequent upgrade on PS4 and Xbox One was released in 2014.
Despite being a near eight-year-old game, GTA V still receives semi-regular updates – to GTA Online specifically; fans are still waiting in vain for DLC for the game proper – and the main game has sold over 140 million copies since its launch.
Rockstar did state that the PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X|S versions of the game would be arriving with “new features and more”. However, they failed to detail any specific ways in which the new consoles would benefit this upcoming release. (Native 4K, probaly? Ray tracing, maybe?)
Along with the additional money that PlayStation players have currently been receiving each month to spend in GTA Online, the multiplayer will be free to all PS5 players for its first three months – ending in February 2022.
While many will be glad to revisit one of their favourite video game cities in whatever next-gen glory is afoot, it seems the continued success of GTA V negates the need for a sixth installment. However, Rockstar teased some “fun surprises” ahead with the upcoming 20th anniversary of Grant Theft Auto 3 in October 2021. Whether this will be a remastered version of the series classic is yet to be seen.
In the meantime, it seems GTA V has no intention of fading. However, with the continued success of GTA Online it is easy to see why Rockstar is keen to keep the ball rolling. GTA V and GTA Online will both launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S on November 11, 2021.
The image above is from the PC version of GTA V, released in 2015, because we haven’t been supplied any PS5/Xbox Series X|S screens. (And trying to capture stills from the trailer looked rubbish.)