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Rockstar Explains The Lack Of Single-Player DLC In Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V was a stellar game when it was first launched for last generation consoles in 2013, and so was the ports for the current consoles and PC. But there’s one thing missing: single-player DLCs. There were hints of plans for more missions coming to the single-player story but as the development shifts to support GTA Online- the game’s multiplayer component, it never has been materialised.
This is disappointing for some, since Rockstar has a great track record with its DLCs. The Episodes From Liberty City for GTA IV and Undead Nightmare for Red Dead Redemption are good examples when it comes to post-launch content, even for today.
When asked by Game Informer about it, Rockstar’s Director Of Design Imran Sarwar explained why they decided to not make single-player DLC for GTA V:
“We would love to do more single-player add-ons for games in the future. 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.”
He later talked about how other projects like the upcoming Red Dead Redemption II as well as the ports for PS4, Xbox One and PC have taken up the team’s resources that did not allow for single-player DLC. It did not help that Rockstar believed that the main story- which revolves around three characters with different perspectives from the get go this time- is complete.
“With GTA V, the single-player game was absolutely massive and very, very complete. 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 realizing 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, but we may well do them for future projects.”
Fans of single-player games should not hold their breath for anything coming for GTA V. The good news is Red Dead Redemption II is still on track for release next year. Despite Rockstar’s current focus on supporting online multiplayer content, they are not going to pivot out of single-player games anytime soon.
“We would love to do more single-player add-ons for games in the future,” Sarwar says. “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.”
Check out the full interview by Game Informer, which covers a lot of the past, present and future of GTA Online.