Rockstar Reveals Why GTA V Didn't Get A Story Expansion, Reaffirms Commitment To Single-Player

Many campaign fans were disappointed when episodes from Los Santos never surfaced. Rockstar explains why.

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EazyC361d ago

The closing statement gives me a certain sense of optimism:

"...for storytelling and a sense of immersion in a world, multiplayer games don’t rival single-player games"

Now, given that Red Dead Redemption was ALL about the immersion, I'd be a bit more hopeful that they don't go crazy with multiplayer this time. Plus, the setting/lack of commercialism doesn't lend itself to reams of DLC with trendy clothing and fancy cars. Could just be me being naive though.... here's hoping!

slate91361d ago

You didn't see the tie-dye cowboy hat and boots?!

sander9702361d ago

Yeah it really increases my hope that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be as good as the first one!


I agree, the only Issue I have with GTAV is that they stopped giving MP DLC to the SP files for about a year now. I dont expect everything to copy over, but Vehicles, Weapons, etc. should be added to BOTH

Sugreev2001361d ago

Rockstar wouldn't be the behemoth it is in the gaming industry if it weren't for Single player games. Among the many things it revolutionized, GTA III bought a whole new level of realism to storytelling in gaming back when it came out.

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Glemt361d ago

"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."

No. Just no. I love SP, but if you loved it more than anything else you would have made it. You love the money GTA Online brings you more than anything else, otherwise we would have seen less of that and more of SP DLC.

unknownhero1123361d ago

Bingo! Corporate speak is meaningless without actions behind those words and R*'s actions proved otherwise. It's the sole reason why I'm not pre-ordering RDR2 which is a first from me as I usually pre-order anything R* churns out. Not saying I will boycott it mind you, I just want to see if I will get my money's worth. with the first red dead redemption, I sure did so I shall be judging by that metric.

EazyC361d ago

To be fair, GTA V was still pretty gigantic by SP standards...I still feel like I got my money's worth despite not touching the online component. How no other stories were told in such a beautifully realised world was such a crying shame though.

I think it's a safe bet RDR 2's SP will be substantial. But I do agree that it should be a far greater focus than on V.

MrBeatdown361d ago

Speaking of actions behind those words... their games have always delivered great single player.

I don't know why you think that's all changing because of no single player DLC for one game.

You seriously think they aren't working on a new GTA? Whether it's DLC for V or GTA6, more single player GTA is coming, and you'd be crazy to think they'll phone it in because GTA Online was a success.

MoonConquistador360d ago

So you are inferring that you don't feel you got your money's worth from GTA V?

Rockstar appear to be one developer who gets the balance about right.

yeahokwhatever361d ago

they could have at least let you buy the MP things in single player. but nooooooooooooo that would negatively impact shark card sales.

Chumdiddy361d ago

This was going to be my exact reply. Thanks for doing it for everyone.

It's money. Anything else is a lie.

Rebel_Scum361d ago

He sounded pretty reasonable to me. If you can't dedicate the resources to the project (without screwing up other projects) then its not really feasible (simple Project Management logic). The expansions GTAIV had, if they were to implement something similar in V would've taken almost the whole GTAV team to work on for sure.

If staff are already working on RDR2 then what he's saying makes sense. RDR2 has probably been in development for 4-5 years by now with a much smaller team working on the GTAV online component. I guess they didn't have the numbers and probably the Housers or whoever is high up didn't feel up to working on multiple projects at once.

You act like adding SP dlc is easy peasy when its far from the truth.

Glemt361d ago

I never said SP DLC is easy-peasy, and never implied it to be. But if you claim you love doing SP more than anything else, but you do something else, it's clearly not because you love SP so much. So unless you're lying completely, you do it because the revenue of other projects is greater.
I don't contest these matters, and I don't think they should have done SP DLC (although I would have loved it, since I don't care for the MP parts that much), but the claims they make are simply not sound.

MrBeatdown361d ago

GTA5 sold over 80 million units.

80 million.

You really think those stupid shark cards are selling so amazingly well that it's not worth it to Rockstar to develop single player content that like GTA4's expansions, could be sold as standalone games?

I've paid exactly $0 on shark cards. How much are you guys spending on them to make you think they're selling that well?

Phill-Spencer361d ago (Edited 361d ago )

In 2016 alone these stupid shark cards sold well enough to make more than 700 million dollars (700.000.000)in revenue!!!

Unfortunately there are plenty of people who are willing to spend real money for ingame cash.

MrBeatdown361d ago

That article says "GTA products", so it sounds like the main game which still sells for $40 to $60 is included in that figure.

"Net Revenues from GTA products exceeded $700 million over the past 12 months"

Glemt361d ago

I'm not spending anything on them. I have a couple of cousins that play GTA Online weekly, and it's pretty much the only game they play really, and each of them spend at least 200 dollars in the last years, one of them said he probably came close to 500 dollars.

Just check the figures below. Online sales in GTA are booming. Sure, it's not the only thing R* sells, and they definitely would make money on SP DLC and new games, even new IPs I bet, but I do believe GTA Online has brings the most profit. The Shark Cards are said to be nearly 100% profit..

" Digitally-delivered net revenue grew 56% to $268.2 million, as compared to $172.1 million in last year’s fiscal first quarter. Recurrent consumer spending (virtual currency, downloadable add-on content and microtransactions) grew 72% year-over-year and accounted for 63% of digitally-delivered net revenue, or 41% of total net revenue. The largest contributors to digitally-delivered net revenue in fiscal first quarter 2018 were Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K17, and WWE SuperCard and WWE 2K17. "

Rebel_Scum360d ago

They're creating a whole new SP game from the ground up (RDR2) instead of making SP DLC for a last gen game. How does that go against their claim that you quoted in your first post?

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Psychotica361d ago

I find it amazing that after all the work they must have put in creating that three protagonist system that they just abandon it. What a waste of potential..

sloth3395361d ago

I would have rather had one protagonist the story could have been better then

MrBeatdown361d ago

There is no wasted potential.

They'll probably make another GTA. The last one did okay enough to warrant a sequel.

MoonConquistador360d ago

What gives you the impression they have abandoned it. Not everything that worked well in one game works in others.

I liked the focus on one character (OK two if you include the ending) in RDR, but thought the three protagonists in GTA V also worked for telling that story though I never built up the same connection with John Marston. (Hunting animals in the wild on your own for a few weeks would do that).

kevinsheeks361d ago (Edited 361d ago )

just say money, don't sit here and treat your audience like idiots . .hell we can look back at articles with some of the voice actors you had them come in and when you saw how big mp got you cancelled them out . .and now you must have a new product coming and you want to bs us so we purchase your product.

lmao I'm sorry I didn't actually read the article I should have the gall of these people

"The good news for story fans? Rockstar not having the bandwidth for an expanded story campaign in GTA V doesn't mean no Rockstar games will have them going forward. "We would love to do more single-player add-ons for games in the future,"

sooo basically "nah no gtv v sp expansions but we promise on the next product ;)"

but with that recent article of mass effect 3 micro cards getting upwards of 16k purchases . .this is going to be a nasty period of gaming

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