If someone said to me that, eight years after release, people would still be buying, playing, and talking about Grand Theft Auto V to the extent that they are, I’d have thought you were crazy. Yet here we are in 2021, with Rockstar’s juggernaut consistently at the top of the charts.
It saw an Xbox One upgrade way back in 2015, and as expected, Grand Theft Auto V is primed for an Xbox Series X|S upgrade, which is planned for release this November.
GTA V is being proped up by its online multiplayer component: the open-world free-for-all that is GTA Online. The game is effectively keeping Rockstar parent company, Take-Two Interactive, funded, with the service having evolved into a billion-dollar brand over the years. I don’t even think Rockstar saw that one coming.
It rises and falls on the game charts across all platforms, typically boosted by new releases and offerings coming to GTA Online. Such is the success of the game, Rockstar has seemingly cancelled all planned downloadable single-player content, which is a shame given how great the expansion DLCs were for GTA IV.
The popularity of GTA V has seen it come and go from Xbox Game Pass over the years, and its most recent appearance looks set to come to an end in the coming days.
Looking at the official Xbox Game Pass app, GTA V appears in the ‘leaving soon” section of the app. Although there’s no date attached, we should assume it’s set to be removed either by the end of the week or sometime in the first week of August.
It really should come as no surprise. One, because Rockstar has a history of adding and removing its games at random — Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prime example — and two, because GTA V is set to get a Series X upgrade by the end of the year.
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