The combination of being able to explore the giant San Andreas map alongside friends and enemies has made it an enduring success across all compatible platforms. Released back in 2013, GTA Online has grown in active players and ambition every year since.
But with Grand Theft Auto 6 coming out, fans are still left wondering if Rockstar Games will pull the plug on services anytime soon. Take-Two has plenty of other franchises to draw from, making it easier for Rockstar Games to focus on supporting GTA Online.
With no active releases since Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar and parent company Take-Two Interactive rely on GTA Online to produce concurrent spending. And the multiplayer is so popular with gamers that there would be no reason to shut down servers on PC, PS4 or Xbox One.
The chances of the GTA Online servers shutting down for good across PS4, Xbox One and PC between now and 2023 are improbable. IS GTA ONLINE SHUTTING DOWN?
If GTA 6 was to launch next week with its own multiplayer tie-in, Rockstar Games could be inclined to drop support. The only real reason to shut down GTA Online is if Rockstar Games were about to release a new Grand Theft Auto experience.
The full announcement from Rockstar Games explains: “As we continue to move forward with updates and support for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto Online — as well as prepare for this Fall’s launches of the new expanded and enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S — the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, including website stat tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club, will officially be shutting down on December 16, 2021. The whole idea that Rockstar Games could wait years to release GTA 6 only speaks to how strong GTA Online performs every month. But with recent reports suggesting that the next Grand Theft Auto won’t be ready to play until 2025, there seems no reason to worry about that for now.