GTA Online is currently making a lot of money for Rockstar Games as the studio continues to release new content for players to enjoy. However, with GTA 6’s release date set for 2025, a debate has begun over the fate of the current game and its online multiplayer mode. While some players believe it will go away, others think it will continue to get stronger.
Since Grand Theft Auto 6 is a highly anticipated title, fans believe that the entire community will instantly switch from Grand Theft Auto Online to it once the studio releases the game. However, it is not as simple as this. Many factors will affect this migration and we will talk about them.
This article will take a deeper look at the fate of GTA Online once Grand Theft Auto 6 finally releases in the future.
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Note: Some parts of the article are subjective and reflect solely the opinion of the author.
GTA Online won’t disappear instantly after Grand Theft Auto 6 launches
Even with all the predictions about GTA 6’s release date, Rockstar Games has yet to confirm a specific date. Notably, even the 2025 release date is only for PS5 and Xbox Series S/X and doesn’t mention anything about PC or other consoles.
Many believe that Rockstar Games will take another year or two before finally releasing the game for PC. This means that fans of this platform will continue to enjoy Grand Theft Auto Online. This means that the studio will not shut down the servers as soon as the next installment in the series is released to the public.
Among the various GTA 6 features that fans want to see, they like to talk about one that will apparently allow them to migrate their existing accounts and start over with those characters. However, it will still be impossible for Rockstar Games to incorporate all the features and gameplay mechanics of the previous title into the new one. Again, this means that Grand Theft Auto 5 Online will continue to work even after the next game is live.
It’s also worth noting that Grand Theft Auto 4’s online multiplayer was active for quite some time after the release of Grand Theft Auto 5. So there’s no way Grand Theft Auto Online is going away as soon as Rockstar Games releases its next project.
Red Dead Online is another great example of how multiplayer survives even after the developers abandoned it. While the game still received updates, they are sparse and mostly just old events repeating themselves. However, even with limited content, players still wander around and enjoy the game and want Grand Theft Auto 6 to borrow its features.
Therefore, it is evident that the game will start receiving fewer updates and new content after the release of Grand Theft Auto 6. However, it will take a long time until it dies and the entire player base abandons it.
Hopefully, Rockstar Games could reveal more information about the upcoming title’s multiplayer mode.
Poll: Do you think GTA Online will close soon after the release of GTA 6?
No, that won’t happen for a long time.