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Rockstar Games first announced new-gen versions of the 2013 game last year during the very first PlayStation 5 showcase. Exactly what makes this upcoming incarnation of GTA V expanded and enhanced remains to be seen. At the time, Rockstar teased "a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the console's powerful new hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever".
Fans have waited over a year to actually see this new version in action. To see what changes Rockstar has made to justify releasing an eight-year-old game for the third time. That wait finally came to an end during last night's PlayStation 5 2021 showcase, but the fan feedback hasn't been great.
At the time of writing, the official PlayStation upload of the above trailer has 19k downvotes to 13k upvotes, while the Rockstar Games upload has 20k downvotes to a slightly more positive 21k upvotes. Whichever way you cut it though, the message seems clear: the fans aren't happy.
Many of the critics in the comments argue that this upgraded version looks exactly the same as it did on PS4 and Xbox One. Or if it is any different, those differences are barely noticeable. It's worth noting that GTA V has always been a stunning game and that any tweaks or improvements to the graphics might be minimal... although that doesn't really help the fans angry that the game is being re-released yet again.
What the trailer does confirm is quicker switching between characters and polished up visuals that bring the game more in line with the PC version. That's all great, but many feel it's not quite enough to justify a re-release.
"I am convinced that the people at Rockstar are genuinely f*cking with us," wrote one user. "Like seriously, there is no way that they genuinely sat down and thought that this garbage is what the community wants."
"I still can't believe one of their selling points was 'Seamless Character Switching'", added another. "What a joke."
GTA V will launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in March 2022, having been delayed from its November 2021 release date. Here's hoping in that time Rockstar sheds a little more light on some of the other changes coming to the game.
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