It's fair to say that the Grand Theft Auto franchise isn't what it used to be. That's not to say that what it is these days is bad, by any means, but Rockstar's current approach to producing content is drastically different to the days of San Andreas and Vice City, when it seemed like a brand-new game was dropping every few years.
Grand Theft Auto Online has remained a priority for Rockstar since it launched back in 2013, and it's not hard to see why. The multiplayer game has only gone from strength to strength in the past seven years - no wonder the developer continues to churn out exciting new updates and plans to port the game to next-gen consoles. It's really a no-brainer... even if that focus has come at the expense of single-player GTA action for the better part of a decade.
The good news for those of you who have started to wonder if we might ever see any kind of solo-focused GTA content ever again is that there is hope on the horizon. In an interview with GQ Magazine, Rockstar developers Tarek Hamad and Scott Butchard explained in pretty clear terms that studio is not abandoning single-player, despite what we might have thought.
While discussing GTA Online's impressive new Cayo Perico Heist update, Hamad touched on the online mode's single-player element. More than any previous update, Cayo Perico's narrative and activities really do support the ability to play alone or with friends. That's the kind of thing we can expect to see more of.
"I think you can see that with Online and I think going forward we're going to inject more of that single-player element in there," Butchard said.
When asked if that kind of attitude towards single-player stories will continue with future GTA projects, Hamad said, "absolutely". While he didn't elaborate any further, we can assume that he was referring to the in-development GTA VI, and that the upcoming game will remain first and foremost a single-player experience.
While this shouldn't come as much of a surprise given the impressive single-player experience Rockstar delivered with Red Dead Redemption 2, it's still something of a relief to hear the intent to create a single-player focused GTA is still there. It's been a full seven years since GTA V, after all, and in lieu of any official news on the next game in the series, fans have been left to speculate over what to expect.
It could still be years until GTA VI does launch, of course, but knowing that Rockstar hasn't forgotten what we love about the series is an encouraging update that should help make that wait just a little bit easier.
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