Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer portion of Grand Theft Auto V, has been an unrivalled success story for Rockstar Games – but with triumph comes cause for concern. Many are worried that, beyond Red Dead Redemption II, the company – which is renowned for its story telling and sprawling single player campaigns – may double down on multiplayer like so many other publishers appear to be. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen.
“As a company, we love single player more than anything, and believe in it absolutely – for storytelling and a sense of immersion in a world, multiplayer games don’t rival single player games,” director of design Imran Sarwar told Game Informer.
It begs the question, then: why hasn’t Grand Theft Auto V received any story expansions? After all, both The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony contained some of the best moments that Grand Theft Auto IV’s Liberty City had to offer. The answer is simple: time.
“With Grand Theft Auto V, the single player game was absolutely massive and very, very complete,” Sarwar added. “It was three games in one. The next-gen versions took a year of everyone’s time to get right, then the online component had a lot of potential but to come close to realising that potential, also sucked up a lot of resources. And then there are other games – in particular Red Dead Redemption II. The combination of these three factors means for this game, we did not feel single player expansions were either possible or necessary.”
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