GTA 5 Developer Rockstar Games Intended To Create Single Player Experience, Says Take Two CEO

From Xfire:

"Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, in a one-hour earnings call this week, said "The folks at Rockstar Games intended to create a powerful single-player experience and a story-driven experience... and then developed in addition, a massive multiplayer opportunity over the past years."

This could mean that Rockstar Games is going to focus on single-player games and then look to expand them with multiplayer options. Of course though, it would be very easy for them to focus on the opposite, considering the massive run away success that GTA Online has had."

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DaniMacYo52d ago

With all the gazillions of money they’ve made off of GTAV online they should have no issue money wise making single player content. SP won’t even leave a dent in their bank after all the cash they’ve got now.
I wish they would throw in SP DLC but they probably won’t.

VenomUK52d ago (Edited 52d ago )

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said: "There was an argument just a couple of years ago, not around here, not in this shop, but in some of our competitors' offices, that single-player is dead, that it's all about multiplayer. We didn't believe that I said specifically and publicly that we didn't believe that, our labels don't believe that".

Well, that's all very well but a massive 'world' was created for GTA V but no single-player DLC was released in over seven years, this was especially disappointing as the company could afford to make more after the phenomenal success of GTA Online. No single-player was released for RDR2 either so this gives us a hint about GTA VI having a campaign but no single player DLC. But I think a lot of gamers would move to play GTA online if they had more single player DLC that keeps them in the game world.

GTA VI will have single player, but only to feed the online game afterwards.

Zhipp52d ago

Gta and rdr are such massive games I can't fathom why anyone would demand dlc on top of them.

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toxic-inferno51d ago


I think the expectation from Rockstar with regards to DLC is not your average "more of the same content", but rather new and experimental experiences like the Undead Nightmare DLC for original Red Dead Redemption. No matter how big the original game is, having new experiences that are entirely separate to the main game is something that many gamers will be keen to support.

terrorofdeath51d ago (Edited 51d ago )


Yeah, totally agreed. I played GTA V Single Player back when it released, in 2013, on PS3. Didn't really bother playing GTA Online. If a Single Player DLC got released, it would probably lure me back into the game (and make more money for them)

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EazyC52d ago

I think they should try it again as a test. They were unhappy with GTA IV's DLC sales results but I think that kind of content has come a long way since then, and consumers would have far higher chance of purchasing.

I am aware of how much money micro transaction 'whales' (read: addicts/idiots) make for Rockstar but I think they should give single player DLC another chance. Red Dead 2's world is too amazing NOT to give another amazing cinematic experience a chance to exist. They didn't use the desert much at all in the single player for example.

SickSinceSix51d ago

Maybe GTA IV's DLC would have sold better if it wasn't a timed Xbox 360 exclusive.

Dee_9152d ago

The only reason the multiplayer is so popular is because everyone is waiting for the next GTA . I personally gave up with online. everything is too expensive lol
if they just focused on online it would have to be a hell of a lot better than the current "story mode" for online for me be interested.. Then again this is GTA.. of course ima be interested 😂

Rachel_Alucard52d ago

They'll definitely be making single player components that leave a very good impression on people for years. But DLC for single player generally will never sell as much as they'd like because most people aren't buying an add on for something they haven't finished. GTAV and RDR2 are very long even just rushing through missions. Most never even go back after a short burst. They are right in that they still push single player, but it's not what they push in the long term.

EazyC51d ago (Edited 51d ago )

That's very true. Even with GTA V, I think its lasting legacy will be the story, not the forgettable online.

As for RDR's not even up for debate, the tale of Arthur Morgan will live on in history, they'll be talking about it in 20, 30 years time as an example of how powerful a game can be as a narrative vehicle. RDR Online prob won't even be mentioned.

CrimsonIdol52d ago

I legitimately can't understand how people enjoy GTA online. I've tried many times and it's always been a nightmare. Like, the concept is great and it's hard to imagine how it could be screwed up, but it's completely screwed at every fundamental level.

neutralgamer199252d ago

We as gamers have to start to understand how the business aspect of it works. When GTA V launched it was the biggest launch ever let's say they worked on the DLC and released it three years afterwards chances are only a fraction of the people would buy their DLC. the reason I know that is because of how it's old during the GTA IV post launch content and even if you look at a game like Witcher 3 the DLC saw nowhere near as well as the game of all

As a single player gamer it bugs me but I understand it. I just hope that future R* games don't take shortcuts when it comes to story driven content to instead focus on GTA online. GTA5 was once in a lifetime launch where it basically launched on 3 different generations(once it launches on ps5/XSX)

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starforge7152d ago

bull crap they will only go with what makes them the most cash

Smok9152d ago

Dude this is really old news. They didn’t anticipate online blowing up the way it did. A lot of people forget we were supposed to get story DLC but the work was poured into online.

roadkillers52d ago (Edited 52d ago )

GTA's single player is what builds the base then the online keeps the money flowing. If there was no single player, this game would sell a fraction of what it does currently.

Kabaneri52d ago

I'm disappointed that we didnt get any single player dlc considering how good Lost and Damned and Ballad of Gay Tony was. That being said, they have done a great job adding content to the online portion, theres just so much to do and so many things to unlock. I hope Red Dead Online gets some heists.

EazyC52d ago

Back in 2009, T2 said they were disappointed with GTA IV's DLC sales. That was more than ten years ago however, and it was very much ahead of its time. I hope they consider it again.

CrimsonWing6952d ago

Ok, so Rockstar is making bank off GTA Online, more so than probably all their single player game sales combined, and you think they’re just going to focus on single player games and then tack on the money maker MP? Yea... I don’t think that’s how these things work. If anything I’m afraid they’ll give up on single player games.

YodaCracker52d ago

They clearly focused the vast majority of their efforts on single player for RDR2, even while GTA Online was raking in the dough. I believe they will do the same for GTA VI.

Nacho_Z52d ago

No doubt online will be a big part of GTA6, but even if it was the main focus they'd still need the SP story to add context to it. They'll need established characters and world building to link up with the online part or it'd all be a bit flat.

EazyC52d ago

I think they knew from the outset that they couldn't plausibly riddle RDR 2's world with wacky and hi-tech micro transaction content. GTA's world is virtually limitless however...and I expect that to continue with GTA VI.

isarai52d ago

Is that why we only got 1 new game last gen, but like a dozen new expansions to GTA Online?

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