Rockstar has announced it will shut down Grand Theft Auto Online for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this December.
In a post on the Rockstar blog, the company said “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.”
Shark Cash Cards will no longer be sold for the older consoles after September 15. It’s also worth noting that Rockstar say Grand Theft Auto Online‘s shut down will not affect GTA 5‘s story mode or save files.
In addition, the studio has also said it will be disabling website stat tracking for two other Rockstar titles. After September 16, 2021 players will no longer be able to access stat tracking, online multiplayer or leaderboards for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire.
Grand Theft Auto: Online originally launched about a month after Grand Theft Auto V’s release back in 2013. It arrived on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 just over a year later and has had constant updates ever since.
An enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto Online for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 is set to launch in November. It’ll also be absolutely free for the first three months on PlayStation 5.
GTA Online for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Will Shut Down on December 16, 2021
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