Grand Theft Auto Online may not be closing its doors, but Rockstar’s recent “Thank You” feels an awful lot like a farewell.
Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily, given that GTA Online, the multiplayer version of Grand Theft Auto V, has been going for nine years. Red Dead Online, on the other hand, was around for a meagre four years before Rockstar revealed they weren’t adding new content.
There’s zero chance that Rockstar will shut GTA Online down any time soon, given how much money it rakes in. In 2021 it was making the company an average of $2.5 million per day through in-game purchases and, though that figure may well have dipped since then, that’s still an awful lot of money.
“Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online represent the combined efforts of our global team over many years. We want to acknowledge and thank everyone who has contributed to these games, from their original launch in 2013 all the way through to present day.”
Rockstar has previously, around the same time they revealed Red Dead Online’s fate, confirmed it was shifting virtually their entire focus to the as-yet-undated Grand Theft Auto 6. This added touch makes it feel as if it’s drawing a line under Grand Theft Auto V.
The good news is that they are, apparently, genuinely crediting everyone who’s worked on the game. We’ve heard enough horror stories about developers who have been omitted from a game’s credits simply because they weren’t there too the end.
Could this mean we’ll hear more about Grand Theft Auto 6 soon? It’s possible but don’t count on the full game arriving this year. In the meantime, Grand Theft Auto Online remains playable, as does Red Dead Online, so there’s no need to abandon ship just yet.