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It’s important that GTA Online “not be permanent” says Take Two

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In an industry where we lose interest in games mere weeks after they’ve launched, Grand Theft Auto has managed to survive and thrive since it hit console way back in 2013. The subsequent remasters for current-gen devices as well as a proper PC release also helped keep it alive a bit longer, but it’s GTA Online which has been the real winner here for developer Rockstar and parent company Take Two.

GTA Online has been a phenomenal success for the company, having brought in around a staggering $500 million worth of revenue thanks to microtransactions as I check to see if I’ve been taking crazy pills again. But don’t expect GTA Online to stick around forever. Because sooner or later, it’s going to be known as GTA Offline.

So says Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, who explained at the Cowen and Company Technology, Media & Telecom Conference via GameSpot that the multiplayer mode won’t be supported forever. Although it’s safe for now, what with the upcoming update that is labelled Further Adventures in Finance and Felony. An update which adds more content to the mode. “We do expect GTA Online’s results to moderate because October will be three years since we released it,”Zelnick said.

Not only was it not our intention that GTA Online was permanent, but it’s important that it not be permanent. We have to rest the franchise at some point.

And reset it with a new GTA Online when GTA 6 is eventually released, I’d guess. But it’s an idea that Take Two has spoken about before in the past, where franchises are given some breathing room so that fan fatigue can be avoided. It’s the reason why you don’t see a new Red Dead Redemption pop up every year, as Zelnick explained at the time:

The market asks us, ‘Why don’t you annualize your titles?’ We think with the non-sports titles, we are better served to create anticipation and demand. On the one hand to rest the title and on the other hand to have the highest quality in the market, which takes time. You can’t do that annually.

Or as I like to call it, quality over quantity. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to hunt down that twat that keeps running me over with a tank in GTA Online.

Last Updated: June 2, 2016

13 Comments

  1. “On the one hand to rest the title and on the other hand to have the highest quality in the market, which takes time. You can’t do that annually.”
    http://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/aydgMZq_460sa.gif

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    • BakedBagel

      June 2, 2016 at 10:12

      Funny how they dont want it to be perma, after they made half a billion.

      Oh cockstar

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  2. Captain JJ bound

    June 2, 2016 at 07:57

    GTA V on sale for R500+
    Deus Ex Mankind Divided pre-order R499.
    Rockstar can suck it.

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    • Strawman Jim

      June 2, 2016 at 10:13

      Agreed! CD Project Red > Rockstar

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      • Captain JJ bound

        June 2, 2016 at 11:57

        Every
        damn
        time

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      • Yondaime

        June 2, 2016 at 14:48

        CD Project Red is the ultimate shit

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  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 2, 2016 at 08:42

    Shut down GTAV Online at least 1 year before releasing GTAVI. People will miss their fix.

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  4. Mark Treloar

    June 2, 2016 at 09:41

    I would just be happy if I didnt need to be always online to play GTA V

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  5. Strawman Jim

    June 2, 2016 at 10:12

    Has it been 3 years already? Wow… who still plays it though? I gave it a try for a bit, but it was so unbelievably boring… ugh!

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    • BakedBagel

      June 2, 2016 at 10:13

      I found 2 other mates,to jam with, its good fun with friends, but alone. Its more of a loading screen sim than anything else

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      • Strawman Jim

        June 2, 2016 at 10:14

        Yeah, I rolled with my crew, but eventually we found better things to do, like ordering a pizza, going on a drive-by or invading homes…

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  6. Strawman Jim

    June 2, 2016 at 10:15

    If GTA 6 is online only… Rockstar can kiss my banana butt!

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  7. Darren Peach

    June 2, 2016 at 10:18

    Trevor Phillips can beat up Chuck Norris dressed up like a mounty.

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