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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.

Last Updated: October 24, 2017


  1. Original Heretic

    October 24, 2017 at 11:00

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


    • VampyreSquirrel

      October 24, 2017 at 11:05

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


      • Original Heretic

        October 24, 2017 at 11:13

        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

          October 24, 2017 at 11:17

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


          • Original Heretic

            October 24, 2017 at 11:24

            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

            October 24, 2017 at 12:37

            Or maybe shame the bad taste out of them

          • Original Heretic

            October 24, 2017 at 12:51

            They’re Bieber fans. They have no shame.

        • VampyreSquirrel

          October 24, 2017 at 11:18

          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

            October 24, 2017 at 11:25

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

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            October 24, 2017 at 12:37

            What is a final fantasy

          • Original Heretic

            October 24, 2017 at 12:52

            “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

            October 24, 2017 at 12:53

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

          • Dutch Matrix

            October 25, 2017 at 09:55

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

  2. VampyreSquirrel

    October 24, 2017 at 11:01

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


  3. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 24, 2017 at 11:18

    RDR 2 will launch in 2019 after two more delays.


  4. BakedBagel

    October 24, 2017 at 11:56

    So SP heists after the fact are just mute?


  5. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 24, 2017 at 12:36

    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.


    • Matthew Holliday

      October 24, 2017 at 13:34

      DLC should be as it was supposed to be.
      Expansions, not completions.


  6. Face Palmer

    October 24, 2017 at 12:52

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


  7. Matthew Holliday

    October 24, 2017 at 13:33

    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?


  8. Caveshen Rajman

    October 24, 2017 at 16:31

    Mic-drop of note.


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