Rockstar has spoken about why Grand Theft Auto V hasn’t received any additional story content DLC, and why it won’t. The developer has stated that it ‘loves single-player more than anything,’ and despite it opting not to do story content for GTA V, it believes that single-player is better than multiplayer at creating immersion, but the studio is just too busy.
In an interview with Game Informer, Rockstar’s director of design, Imran Sarwar, said that, ‘We would love to do more single-player add ons for games in the future. As a company we love single-player more than anything, and believe in it absolutely – for storytelling and a sense of immersion in a world, multiplayer games don’t rival single-player games.’
This claimed love for single-player doesn’t mean that GTA V will be getting additional story content anytime soon, though. Sarwar justified this by saying that Rockstar simply has too much going on at the moment. It took the developer over a year to remaster GTA V for the PS4 and Xbox One, and combined with the creation of GTA Online content and Red Dead Redemption II, it’s just not possible to create new story content.
‘At Rockstar, we will always have bandwidth issues because we are perfectionists and to make huge complex games takes a lot of time and resources. Not everything is always possible,’ added Sarwar. Sarwar said that he doesn’t ‘think you could make a game like GTA V if you did not like single-player games and trying to expand their possibilities!’
Sarwar also discussed Rockstar’s plans when it comes to the lifespan of GTA Online, stating that, ‘We don’t yet have a fixed end point in mind.’ But he indicated that ‘the rollout of updates may change a little in order to encourage players to try Red Dead Redemption II when it launches.’
In closing, Sarwar said that, ‘one of the enjoyable things about working on a project like this is that you can iterate quickly, and change and evolve plans fairly quickly too, so we don’t have to be as clear in our plans as with other projects.’