- In a recent update, Take-Two Interactive affirmed that the next-gen port of Grand Theft Auto 5, set for release in 2021, will feature exclusive content.
- The new content will also be available on PC, continuing the pattern seen with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ports.
- Although it's not clear when the exclusive content shift will occur, previous generation changes involved some content overlap.
In a recent earnings report, Take-Two Interactive addressed a few questions regarding the upcoming next-gen port of Grand Theft Auto 5, which will bring the game to yet another two platforms, with PS5 and Xbox Series X versions launching in 2021.
When the new ports were announced, Rockstar already clarified that the new ports will feature exclusive content in GTA Online, and that this content will also be available on PC. This approach mirrors the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 port's content support cycle, which eventually left the Xbox 360 and PS3 behind.
During the earnings call, which also revealed that GTA 5 has shipped a wild 135 million units worldwide, Karl Slatoff, president of Take-Two, reiterated and confirmed this piece of information.
What we don't know, however, is whether the switch will happen immediately upon release, or if there will be a brief overlap period during which DLC is released on both current and next-gen consoles.
There was some overlap during the previous generation change, with a few bigger GTA Online DLCs launching on Xbox 360 and PS3 concurrently with Xbox One and PS4. Eventually, however, the hardware limitations of the old consoles forced Rockstar to make content support exclusive to the newer platforms, as well as PC of course which doesn't have generation-based hardware specifications.
The stronger potential hardware available for PC users means such restrictions aren't needed this time around either, so whenever the content leaves the current gen behind, PC players will still be invited along for the ride. With the next-gen ports, the total number of platforms GTA 5 has been released on will rise to seven, and if the previous two re-releases taught us anything, it's that somehow another couple of million people (and likely many more) will buy the game.
With the next-gen ports, the already insanely successful GTA 5 will stay alive and relevant for years to come - however, Activision has assured fans that this won't affect the development and release of the next game in the series.