If you’ve been waiting for Rockstar to announce the existence of some story DLC for Grand Theft Auto V, you may be left waiting for a rather long time. In a recent interview with IGN, Rockstar North’s design director, Imran Sarwar, reiterated that Grand Theft Auto Online is the developer’s main focus over any story-related DLC as of now.
Right now our focus is on GTA Online which has exceeded our expectations. We currently have all key members of the team that launched Grand Theft Auto 5 focused on supporting GTA Online in every capacity. The community we’ve been able to foster is massive, growing each day and we have so many ideas that have yet to make it into the game.
The comments will come as a blow to those of you who fondly remember the excellent Lost And The Damned and Ballad Of Gay Tony DLC for Grand Theft Auto IV, but it seems like Rockstar have all of their staff tied-up with the hugely successful online portion of GTA V.
The stance also echoes a statement made by Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick back in August at a financial call:
Grand Theft Auto 5 has sold in more than 54 million units worldwide, and Rockstar Games is successfully driving engagement with the title and meaningful incremental profits through their release of new content for Grand Theft Auto Online.
Rockstar Games has driven sustained engagement through the ongoing release of free content updates, most recently The Ill-Gotten Gains updates Part One and Part Two, which were launched in June and July.
Never say never, but if Rockstar do eventually intend to release any story DLC for Grand Theft Auto V, it won’t be for a long time yet. At least not until GTA Online loses some of its popularity.