Rockstar reportedly canceled a GTA Online mode over concerns about police brutality

Rockstar Games has done an excellent job bringing GTA Online to where it is today. These days, the multiplayer component for Grand Theft Auto 5 is a standalone game with more content than most people would know what to do with. As much as there is a lot already to do in GTA Online, the game could have had even more.

We're still not sure how a more "politically correct" GTA game will look now that Rockstar is making changes to how it will make video games going forward.

According to Bloomberg, Rockstar shelved a GTA Online mode similar to GTA 4's "Cops 'n' Crooks." The report suggests that the mode would have added a "twist on the children's game where players organize into teams of good guys and bad guys." Rockstar is believed to have canned the mode after senior executives felt like the public might misinterpret the narrative "during a time of heightened skepticism and mistrust of American police."

In particular, the general public had negative opinions on law enforcement in the summer of 2020 following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.


The report adds that Rockstar doesn't have any plans to bring back the mode in the future as part of the company's plans to be more politically woke.

For what it's worth, GTA Online already has many modes that lets you live your criminal and law enforcement fantasies.

Rockstar is not a stranger to controversy. However, recent events have forced the company to make several changes. The report explains that Rockstar has taken several steps towards changing the narrative and improving its internal culture. To accomplish this, Rockstar has converted several contractual employees to full-time and added mental health breaks, all in a bid to change the perception about its crunch-happy workplace environment.

Interestingly enough, cancelations appear to have become a recurring theme for Rockstar Games these days.

The report comes on the back of rumors that Rockstar also shifted its resources to work on GTA Online and GTA 6 at the expense of remasters of GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption as well as a next-gen Red Dead Redemption 2 upgrade.

Ray Ampoloquio
"Hmm.. nice bike," as soon as he heard those words, Ray was hooked into the world of the GTA games. Since then, he's spent countless hours gangbanging the ballas and hanging out with Roman. He insists that GTA IV is the best Grand Theft Auto title of all time. Let Ray know your thoughts on Twitter or LinkedIn.