It’s been over a decade since the release of our last Grand Theft Auto title, which indicates that we can expect years of support for GTA 6!

It feels like forever ago that GTA 5 was released on the Xbox 360 and PS3. In fact, many gamers may not even remember the game’s release because newer fans of the series were kids at the time!

We finally got our hands on Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2013, a whopping eleven years ago, and Rockstar Games still refuses to let the game die.

To this day, GTA 5 has a thriving community of players, supported by regular content updates from the developer. And we expect GTA 6 to receive similar treatment!

Expect At Least 10 Years of GTA 6

If GTA 5’s support is anything to go off, we can expect well over a decade of support for GTA 6 – at least when it comes to its online multiplayer.

GTA 5’s multiplayer, named GTA Online, has been supported with regular content updates for the last eleven years.

Grand Theft Auto Online Key Art

On the other hand, Red Dead Online stopped receiving support in 2021, after just two years of post-launch content. However, since this was due to the developer wanting to focus on GTA 6, we don’t expect a similarly short-lived online mode for the upcoming game.

Through the now standalone online mode, Rockstar has progressed the GTA 5 story to the modern day and added new vehicles, weapons, and countless new ways to play the game.

Although Rockstar hasn’t confirmed its plans for GTA Online just yet, the game will likely either be replaced by GTA 6’s online mode or have its support stopped in order for the developer to focus on the new release.

Could GTA 6 Single-Player Also Receive Updates?

It’s not impossible that GTA 6 could receive more story content post-launch. Allegedly, Rockstar Games had initially planned to release single-player DLC for GTA 5, but it ended up getting scrapped.

Dataminers even discovered that eight sets of single-player DLC were in development at one point, including a Liberty City expansion.

Lucia and Jason Guns Out Robbing Store in GTA 6

GTA 4 received two DLC expansions, and we’re certain a lot of fans would love to see Rockstar return to supporting the story for years to come.

Early leaks for GTA 6 also reported that the game would feature a regularly evolving map, much like Fortnite’s Battle Royale. However, we think it’s unlikely that Rockstar would add something like this to its single-player experience.

It’s entirely possible that GTA Online will have a map that changes regularly to match its content updates, but the developer will most likely want to ensure that the offline experience is a timeless standalone experience.

Don’t Forget the Inevitable Re-Releases

Of course, one of the driving forces behind GTA 6’s years of support will no doubt be the constant stream of re-releases it inevitably receives.

GTA 5 was initially released in September 2013. Its first re-release for PS4, Xbox One, dropped the following year, in November 2014.

The GTA 5 PC port then ended up being delayed until April 2015.

GTA 5 Expanded and Enhanced Vinewood

Finally, an ‘Expanded & Enhanced’ version of the game released for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in March 2022.

Going by Rockstar’s history, we can expect GTA 6 to release in Fall 2025, before re-releasing on PC at least a year later. After that, we’re certainly expecting an upgraded version of the game to debut on the next generation of consoles, whenever they arrive!

The Take-Two CEO has already acknowledged GTA 7, but we don’t expect a new game to be released for at least another decade after GTA 6. After all, Rockstar Games always looks to create a bigger and better experience with each new title.

And since GTA 6 took over a decade to develop, a potential GTA 7 will likely be even more extensive.

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With almost a decade of experience in video game journalism, Max is a well-versed writer from Manchester, United Kingdom. His expertise shines in his comprehensive coverage of GTA 6, providing fans with the latest news and developments regarding the highly-anticipated sequel.
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