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Rockstar confirms GTA V PS5 / Xbox Series X|S release for November
“Expanded and enhanced” versions will include technical improvements and new features
Rockstar Games has confirmed the “expanded and enhanced” versions of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online will release for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on November 11, 2021.
As previously stated, the next-gen console versions will include new features, and the Online portion will be available for free exclusively to PS5 players during the first three months.
Rockstar announced its intention to release PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of GTA V last summer, when it said the versions would feature “a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the latest hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever.”
Since the announcement, PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 have been able to get GTA $1,000,000 (deposited into their in-game Maze Bank account within 72 hours of log-in) each month they play GTA Online.
On Tuesday, Rockstar said that this summer’s updates to GTA Online will include “special benefits” for players to take advantage of the expanded and enhanced versions when they drop.
Plus, in honor of the upcoming 20th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III, “more fun surprises” are planned, including some specifically for GTA Online players.
Commenting on the next-gen versions of GTA V in March, the CEO of Rockstar parent company Take-Two said he was confident the remaster would deliver a strong experience for players.
“We’ve done great with the Mafia series, for example, and Grand Theft Auto [V] is now heading into its third generation which is incredible,” said Strauss Zelnick.
“It was a standard-bearer when it was launched, it continued to be the standard-bearer in the second generation, we’ll see how Grand Theft Auto does in the next generation. Obviously, I’m confident that Rockstar is going to deliver just a great experience, but you can’t do that if you’re just doing a simple port.”
Take-Two previously offered a non-committal response when asked about the potential for remastering older Grand Theft Auto games.
During the company’s third-quarter earnings call in February, Take-Two revealed that Grand Theft Auto V has reached another major sales milestone.
“Grand Theft Auto V remains one of the most iconic titles ever released and it continues to exceed our expectations, having sold in over 140 million units,” Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said.
“In fact, in calendar 2020, more copies of Grand Theft Auto V were sold than in any other year except for 2013 when it first launched on PS3 and Xbox 360.”
A Kotaku report claimed last year that work on the unannounced next GTA title was “still early in development” and that it could be “moderately sized” upon release, partly to reduce employee stress and crunch, before being regularly expanded over time.