Rockstar says GTA V story DLC was ‘not possible or necessary’

Back in 2014, Rockstar was planning on releasing some sort of single-player DLC for Grand Theft Auto V. Since then, GTA Online has taken off and earned parent company Take Two nearly $1 billion per year in revenue.

Today, Rockstar’s Director of Design Imran Sarwar gave Game Informer some explanation for the lack of single player DLC:

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. 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.

Sarwar would go onto to say that the team at Rockstar did not think single player DLC was possible anymore, likely after the release of the 2014 PS4/Xbox One versions. He added:

The combination of these three factors means for [GTA V], we did not feel single-player expansions were either possible or necessary. But we may well do them for future projects. At Rockstar, we will always have bandwidth issues because we are perfectionists and to make huge complex games takes a lot of time and resources. 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 GTA V if you did not like single-player games and trying to expand their possibilities!

I’m guessing that they shifted a lot of their focus to Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2015, after they shipped the PC version of GTA V. RDR2 is scheduled to release next spring, so that timeline matches up though it is just my own personal speculation.

This is probably not what GTA fans who were still waiting on story DLC wanted to hear. GTA Online took off in ways no one ever expected and quite frankly, it will be difficult to move all those GTA V users to the online component of the inevitable Grand Theft Auto 6. Though it remains unclear if GTA6 will even ship on this generation of consoles, knowing Rockstar’s long development history.

You can read the rest of Game Informer’s interview with Sarwar at this link.