I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering where GTA 5's single-player DLC is? As you've probably guessed by now, I'm not the biggest fan of online multiplayer content and would much rather begrudgingly glance into the eyes of a human whilst getting my butt handed to me than listen to someone chowing down on a bag of chips in Wisconsin.
But if this latest little rumor is anything to go by, it seems as if we won't be getting single-player DLC in the same vein as GTA 4's 'The Ballad of Gay Tony' (which was arguably better than the base narrative), and we've got micro-transactions to thank for it.
You Reap What You Sow
GTA Online was and still is a bloody great idea on paper, one that allows us to expand the chaos of Los Santos and draft our pals in for violence galore. There are few better feelings than jumping into a team with your mates and pulling off a heist, or flying off the side of one of GTA Online's awe-inspiring stunt courses.
And due to it being such a welcomed idea, Rockstar is currently figuring out ways of extending its life cycle beyond GTA 5 and may have settled upon something. Well, that's if this rumor is revealed to be true.
Is GTA becoming an MMO?
GTAForum user Softsecret claims to have the lowdown on what Rockstar has in store and it includes new game modes, areas and even maps. Here are the details of what could be added to GTA Online from around now to 2020:
- Biker DLC: (Bikes, clothes, free roam missions) "Purchase clubhouse to activate biker free roam missions."
- Law and Order DLC: (Police free roam and vehicles) "Purchase police vehicles to activate free roam police missions."
- The Luxury Living DLC: (Mansions & Pets) "Purchase Mansion to purchase exotic pets (Mansion grounds only)."
- The Blaine County and Paleto DLC: (Animals in free roam) "Animals online syncing workaround via VIP mission type activation."
- North Yankton and Liberty City: (Online Map expansion) "Paid DLC September, 2017."
- San Fierro and Las Venturas: (Online Map expansion) "Paid DLC October, 2018"
- "Vice City... not until GTA 6, sometime around 2020 at the very earliest."
San Fierro and Las Venturas were built alongside Los santos way back in the early development stages of GTA V, Scrapped on PS3/Xbox for obvious reasons. After more than three years of rebuilding for PS4/XBO/PC, both are still being worked on with a release target of October 2018.
Single player DLC has been replaced with Online Map expansion model. Mainly due to the unforeseen success of micro transactions and GTA online in general. Liberty City will be released September 2017. The DLC will include: an open ticket (for city slickers) to Liberty City; an open ticket (for Snow Blowers) to North Yankton; exclusive VIP membership (for High rollers) which grants exclusive access to the casino in Los Santos!
Pre Order Bonus of one million GTA Casino chips for pre order. Micro transactions can not buy GTA Online casino chips. Liberty City, North Yankton and the Los Santos Casino scheduled together to keep player migration relatively balanced. Liberty City will enable you to trade on the stock market, once an office has been purchased. Similar to the current crate set up.
Both DLC's will be priced equivalent to a full game
Whether or not any of this turns out to be true is anyone's guess, because Rockstar sure as heck won't respond to these rumors. They're notoriously silent on issues like these and are busy tinkering away with Red Dead Redemption 2! So maybe they shouldn't be disturbed.
But, in my personal opinion, GTA 5 had the weakest storyline in the series of 3rd person GTAs, so having two or three packs of DLC that sought to flesh the world out a little bit more would have been welcomed. I don't want to have to head into GTA 5's online mode to venture to new areas. And will there be a subscription to come with these new additions?
Alas, all of this may prove to be false and we'll have to stick to pulling heists and flying off the side of stunt courses with friends till 2020. What do you think?
Would you prefer new single-player content or is Online where it's at?