The future of GTA Online is clear: Rockstar will not only continue to provide the multiplayer mode of Grand Theft Auto 5 2021 with new updates and content, but will even make it its own game. This means that GTA Online will be available and playable separately from GTA 5 next year – as publisher Take-Two (via GameSpot) has announced.
Last update: Aug 21, 2020 at 2:45 p.m
Added: Alleged information and speculation about new content for GTA Online
GTA Online breaks free from GTA 5
GTA Online Standalone Coming in 2021: A specific release date has not yet been set, the release period has been limited to the second half of 2021. At the same time, Grand Theft Auto 5 will also be released for Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X – you can read about how this version differs from the currently available game from our GamePro colleagues.
Standalone version of GTA Online not free2play: It is not known how much the release will cost. Take-Two and Rockstar didn’t even explicitly state that the separately available multiplayer mode will cost anything. However, a free campaign for PS5 buyers suggests that in the first three months after the release, Sony customers can download and use GTA Online for free – provided that a PS Plus subscription would probably be available for this.
Exclusive content for PC and NextGen: « New updates » and « exclusive content » are planned for GTA Online players on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X. So PS4 and Xbox One owners are unlikely to get this content. What the new content for GTA Online looks like is currently not known.
GTA Online parallel to GTA 6? Take-Two revealed a few weeks ago that the sooner or later release of GTA 6 does not automatically mean the end of GTA Online. Quite the opposite: according to CEO Strauss Zelnick, GTA 6 and GTA Online should be able to coexist – that both games could run successfully at the same time is not ruled out.
What does the future of GTA Online look like?
For players of GTA 5’s multiplayer mode, Rockstar is currently planning the « biggest heist yet », which will take us to a »completely new location« in the course of an upcoming update. What this looks like in concrete terms is currently unknown.
»Vice City Online«
The securing of a new web domain by Take-Two caused a stir: The Rockstar publisher not only renewed the rights to »gtavi.com«, but also snapped up »gtavicecityonline.com«. With that, the rumors about one won Vice City setting for GTA 6 set in the 80s of course back to tailwind.
However, there is another possibility: Vice City Online could also be the major content update for GTA Online act, which lays the foundation for the standalone version of the multiplayer mode.
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Vice City Online is a new domain from the GTA publisher: what does that mean?
But before you get too excited: It’s not uncommon for major video game companies to regularly grab the rights to certain terms or domains without ever doing anything with them. Vice City Online does not necessarily have to become a reality – whether as GTA 6 or an update for GTA Online.
What is currently happening in GTA 5 and GTA Online?
Regarding GTA 5, Take-Two revealed that the title has meanwhile sold over 135 million copies – five million times in the first quarter of 2020 alone Epic Games Store Free Promotionwhich could bring GTA Online veterans back into the game alongside new fans.
A few months ago, Rockstar Games also announced that it would donate 5% of GTA Online and Red Dead Online sales to support the fight against Covid-19. It has now been announcedthat with that over $15 million to 180 different charities could be passed on.
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