Grand Theft Auto 5 is undoubtedly one of the most successful video games of all time. After more than 220 million units have been shipped to date, the open world action title remains a force to be reckoned with. Not to mention, the figures on the actual purchases made for GTA 5 are quite impressive as well, for the game’s sales have hit over 54 million copies. Taking all of that into consideration, it’s no wonder that the most recent entry in Rockstar Games’ virtual crime-spree simulator has maintained chart supremacy, as it took the number 4 slot for the top selling games of August 2015.
Recently, Rockstar Games introduced new content for the title’s multiplayer component, Grand Theft Auto Online, called Freemode Events. However, the fresh material will only be playable for PC users and current-gen consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Rockstar followed up the post on their newswire section with responses and comments to specific questions clarifing that while next week’s update won’t be coming to Xbox 360 and PS3, it doesn’t entirely mean all future Grand Theft Auto 5 patches and upgrades will exclude the older systems.
Regarding the matter, a Rockstar spokesperson made the following statements:
“The Freemode Events Update is only for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. As we’d mentioned previously in our Asked & Answered series here at the Newswire . . . future content updates like this one would only be possible on the newer and more powerful systems.”
The most crucial phrase to focus on in the announcement above is “future content like this one”, which indicates that the new Freemode Events’ size is simply too big for older generation’s hardware to handle. Of course, as previously mentioned, it doesn’t mean that regular bug fixes, code patches, and the inclusion of less technically demanding content like fresh skins and vehicles won’t be a part of updates to come for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Bearing that in mind, should a new story DLC ever become available, the expansion’ proportions would likely be on par with the Freemode Events, which could mean that owners of last-gen consoles will need to move up to the PS4 and Xbox One should they ever wish to experience it.
Nevertheless, it’s highly unlikely that GTA 5 fans will see new single-player content any time soon. Most of Rockstar’s latest press releases seem entirely focused on Grand Theft Auto Online, which is understandable considering the mode’s popularity, but it’s somewhat disappointing since developers and those affiliated with the title have teased a narrative add-on in the past. But, with any luck, we’ll get another plot featuring Michael, Franklin, and Trevor in our lifetimes, be it through a prequel, an untold side-story, or maybe even a revisionist view of the choices fans can make at the end of the game.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, but Grand Theft Auto Online‘s new Freemode Events, slated for release next Tuesday on September 15, will only be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.