During the first segment of Develop’s Inside Rockstar series, the president of the prestigious studio, Leslie Benzies, declared that the company already has preliminary plans for future Grand Theft Auto titles. With that said, Benzies assured the community that the current status of Grand Theft Auto V and its currently unstable online component remain the priority for the developing team.
“We’ve got about 45 years worth of ideas we want to do. We don’t know what GTA VI will be, but we’ve got some ideas. GTA Online is the focus right now. There ain’t no rest between finishing V and then Online. Plus we have some other things – stuff, DLC, I don’t know how to describe it exactly – that we’d like to do, and we’ll pick the right ones.”
Without question, the fifth numerical entry in the monumental franchise pushed the ceiling for Grand Theft Auto. GTA V went on to gross $1 billion in just three days and is widely considered to be the fastest-selling entertainment product of all time. Additionally, the fact that Rockstar shifted gears and implemented a trio of playable characters for the first time hints towards the kind of underlying creativity for potential follow-ups.
As an intellectual property, Grand Theft Auto has been setting boundaries and raising eyebrows since 1997. And judging by Benzies comments, it seems Rockstar’s seminal title still has the potential to diversify further yet. For the meantime, Grand Theft Auto Online remains at the forefront of the studio’s priorities. The multiplayer mode has encountered a variety of problems since it launched on October 1st, with users reporting server issues and game-breaking glitches. The Scottish developer has since published a blog post detailing the notable bugs and is working “around the clock” to stabilise the online component.
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