It looks like Grand Theft Auto Online‘s success, while good for Rockstar Games, is bad for players who’d rather have a new entry in the series instead of “free” updates to a slight online game that’s designed to gouge players for real money.
According to a recent financial report from publisher Take-Two, the overwhelming success of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online has led to a huge financial gain compared to the same quarter last fiscal year. This means that “[Take-Two] has determined that it is necessary to extend the life of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online for purposes of calculating deferrals.”
GTA Online‘s Shark Cards have been steadily increasing Take-Two and Rockstar Games’ revenue for over a year now, significantly contributing to the recent success of digital game sales, not to mention that GTA V has been sitting pretty on the NPD’s monthly top five for a while now, which is especially impressive considering the game was originally released in 2013.
The extension of GTA V‘s lifespan could easily mean that GTA VI will be placed on the back burner, depending on how Rockstar allocates its development resources. On top of that, Red Dead Redemption 2, which was originally scheduled for an October 2017 release before it was pushed back to at least April 2018, might also have an online component similar to GTA Online, which will further require continued support on the part of the developer.
Considering that Rockstar is already counting Red Dead Redemption 2 as a huge success before its even been released, we think it’s safe to say that spending millions of dollars to make Grand Theft Auto VI when Rockstar could be raking in millions by simply adding small updates to existing properties is the furthest thing from the developer’s mind.
GTA VI was said to be in the early stages of development all the way back in March 2016, though a recent hoax has us doubting how much progress Rockstar is actually making towards the series’ next entry. On top of that, a recent leak suggests that Rockstar is developing a new Midnight Club, which may suggest that Rockstar is looking to revive some more long-forgotten franchises. Bully 2, anyone?
Source: Game Rant