Although Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most successful games of recent years, the reality is that it did not fully meet everybody’s expectations, since much of the community was waiting for a single-player expansion similar to Grand Theft Auto IV. Apparently, the reason the sandbox never received downloadable content of this type was that Rockstar thought it was not possible or necessary.
In a recent question and answer session with Game Informer, Imran Sarwar, the design director at Rockstar, mentioned the above. The storyline of the creative was that Grand Theft Auto V already offers 3 different adventures, in addition to realizing that they needed many resources to exploit the full potential of Grand Theft Auto Online.
“With GTA 5, 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 potentials, 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 2. 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,” Sarwar said.
The good news is that this does not mean that Rockstar no longer welcomes the possibility of making additional content for single-player. In fact, he made it clear that what the studio loves most to do are experiences of this type.
“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. Not everything is always possible, but we still love single-player open-world games more than anything. I don’t think you could make a game like GTA5 if you did not like single-player games and trying to expand their possibilities,” Sarwar further stated.
It is important to note that although there were several rumors to the contrary, Rockstar Games has long made it clear that it had no plans to make additional single-player content for GTA V since its priority is Grand Theft Auto Online.
While that has been a bitter gulp for fans of Michael, Trevor, and Franklin, the reality is that it is hard to blame the company for making this decision, since the multiplayer component has left them millions of dollars.
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Grand Theft Auto V is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.