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Rockstar Explain What Happened to GTA V Single Player DLC

GTA V has been a staple of many gamer’s catalogues for years now, but we never got to see the additional single player content Rockstar are so well known for. Rockstar’s director of design Imran Sarwar has shed some light on this in a recent chat with Gameinformer.

Rockstar did previously tease some potential single player content back in 2013 posting “For those ready to jump back into the story of Grand Theft Auto V, we have big plans for substantial additions in 2014 continuing Michael, Franklin and Trevor’s action, mayhem and unexpected adventures in Southern San Andreas,” in a GTA Online Update post on the Rockstar website. Sadly this never came to fruition, with the company instead turning focus towards bringing the game to the new generation of consoles, and further expanding GTA Online into the phenomenon it is today.

Speaking with Gameinformer, director of design Imran Sarwar stated that “With GTA V, the single-player game was absolutely massive and very, very complete, It was three games in one. The next-gen versions took a year of everyone’s time to get right, then the online component had a lot of potential, but to come close to realizing that potential also sucked up a lot of resources. And then there are other games – in particular Red Dead Redemption 2. The combination of these three factors means for this game, we did not feel single-player expansions were either possible or necessary, but we may well do them for future projects”

It certainly seems that the single player content was cut for logistical reasons more than any other, but Sarwar does raise a good point. The story to GTA V was very complete, and had various endings. One can imagine that this would have made  additional single player content a much trickier affair. It does seem however that Rockstar are set on bringing in single player content to future releases, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t expand upon Red Dead Redemption II when it releases next year.