GTA V didn’t get single-player DLC because it was “complete”

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Grand Theft Auto V is still one of the best-selling games on the planet. Since its release on the old generation of consoles all the way back in 2013, to its subsequent current-gen and PC releases, the game has consistently hovered near the top of the game sales charts worldwide. That’s thanks, in part, to the deluge of regular content for GTA Online. Those who prefer to keep their video game solitary have often wondered why GTA V didn’t receive any of its promised single-player DLC.

It’s because it didn’t need it. At least, that’s the story Rockstar’s touting now. Speaking to GameInformer, Rockstar director of design Imran Sarwar explained away the single player DLC by saying that GTA V’s existing campaign was “very, very 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.”

Of course, GTA Online has been Rockstar’s big cash cow, earning the company a frightful amount of money. That doesn’t (apparently!) mean that Rockstar doesn’t believe in investing in single-player experiences.

“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.”

The next big single-player Rockstar game is, of course, Red Dead Redemption 2, which is out next year. It has some lofty expectation to live up to.

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Last Updated: October 24, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Original Heretic

    And here’s me, having played only 10 minutes of this game and found that it was not to my liking.

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Then there’s me with 160+ hours in SP and around 350 hours in GTA Online.

      • Original Heretic

        Perfect example of “to each their own”.
        I don’t like the same game you do? No need to threaten you and talk kak about you. No need to launch into a tirade about it or try and find alternate sources to back up my opinion. I won’t try and shove down your throat that “your taste in games suuuuuck, dude!”.
        The game choices out there are as diverse as the people. If you’re a gamer, you will find a game that you like.

        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          I don’t think he was berating you, just pointing out his penchant for the game?

          • Original Heretic

            I got that, no worries. I was sincere in what I said, “to each their own”. I will never ever begrudge someone for liking something that I don’t.
            Except Bieber fans, because fuck’em, they need better taste.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            Or maybe shame the bad taste out of them

          • Original Heretic

            They’re Bieber fans. They have no shame.

        • VampyreSquirrel

          Totally agree. I get a lot of kak for not liking Final Fantasy, but it’s just not my kind of thing.

          Different strokes for different folks.

          • Original Heretic

            Ha! ANOTHER example! I’ve always loved the FF games.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            What is a final fantasy

          • Original Heretic

            “a final fantasy” is a man’s last porno wish before he dies.

            Fanal Fantasy is a series of JRPG’s for people who have way too much time on their hands.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            And an affinity for emo teen protagonists with squeaky Beiber voices.

          • Dutch Matrix

            I would have guessed fanal fantasy to be the last porno wish thingy.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’m not complaining with the 80+ hours of game play in SP.

  • Hammersteyn

    Yeah and Valve never developed HL3 because the story was complete. Oh but there’s another Steam sale coming. No need to develop a game that you can only charge for once and not monetize further through loot boxes.

    The story may be complete but GTA4 had two single player DLC games with different characters.
    The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. Rockstar should take that excuse and GITS where they’ll hopefully get bitten buy all the shark cards morons bought.

    • BakedBagel

      Ayyy they released it twice XD both at full price, and those shark cards online XD

      As much as i love R* i cannot deny that they are as money hungry as Gabe

      • BakedBagel

        Looking back at it now, what they did was shady af. smh :/

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    RDR 2 will launch in 2019 after two more delays.

  • BakedBagel

    So SP heists after the fact are just mute?

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    By saying that GTA V was complete, that implies what we all knew from the beginning. Everything else is sold INCOMPLETE.

    And I will not say fuck microtransactions and DLC. Fuck the people who bought into it and made it a viable business practice.

  • Face Palmer

    Sorry for missing it but when did they promise SP DLC? They promised us heists and we did get that

  • Matthew Holliday

    The story was complete, but its an open world game, its about more than the story.
    Id have liked a little more something to keep me going back after.
    Maybe then Id have bought it on PC after finishing it on PS3.

    GTA4 got expansions, full games sold on separate discs.
    Why couldnt GTA5 get the same, or atleast something comparable?

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