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Grand Theft Auto Online has been around for what feels like an eternity. In reality, the online portion of Rockstar's GTA 5 has only(!) been going for just shy of eight years. Gracing three console generations, it's hard to believe that the game will ever not be around, but for some people it will be departing this year.
In GTA Online, players have spent years in the fictional city of Los Santos, doing missions, buying houses, leveling up their custom-made characters and generally blowing each other to smithereens.
Indeed friends, it has been a wild ride. Why not rest your aching thumbs and watch some of the finest moments ever to grace the long-running game?
In a tweet by Rockstar Games, the developers said that Grand Theft Auto Online for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be shutting down come December 16th, 2021.
In a blog post on the Rockstar Games website, the reasons for the closure were elaborated on and, as you'd probably expect, the service is being terminated on those consoles as the devs look to the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and modern PC versions of the game. The statement also reads that stat tracking via Rockstar Games Social Club will stop, and players won't be able to buy Shark Cards (the game's form of currency) from September 15th onwards on the outdated consoles.
Fear not though, as people playing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and above won't have their game affected by this closure. It will also have no effect on the Grand Theft Auto 5 story mode and player progress within it.
As you can imagine, the majority of the replies to Rockstar's tweet simply ask the dev to release Grand Theft Auto 6, a game that is wrapped up in so much mystery it'd take Scooby Doo and the gang to find it. It would be a pro gamer move if they actually acknowledged Dave from Cardiff's request and just dropped it right here, today. We're waiting, Rockstar.
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