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Rockstar finally sheds light on the lack of GTA V single-player DLC

In the years following Grand Theft Auto V’s launch, there was plenty of buzz surrounding potential single-player DLC. One of the game’s voice actors even teased additional content. Unfortunately, over the last year, things on that front have gone completely silent and now, Rockstar has finally shed some light on the lack of additional single-player content. As you might expect, we aren’t getting any, but here is why.

During a recent interview with Game Informer, Rockstar’s director of design, Imran Sarwar, explained that the studio didn’t make a “conscious decision” to skip on GTA V single-player DLC. He also added that as a studio, the team “loves single-player more than anything”, which may help quell concerns over Rockstar’s increasing focus on multiplayer, which has received much attention in GTA V and will also feature in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Here is the full quote from Sarwar when asked about single-player content:

“No, it was not really a conscious decision, it’s just what happened. 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.”

“With GTA V, the single-player game was absolutely massive and very, very complete. It was three games in one. The next-gen versions took a year of everyone’s time to get right, then the online component had a lot of potential, but to come close to realizing that potential also sucked up a lot of resources. And then there are other games – in particular Red Dead Redemption II. The combination of these three factors means for this game, we did not feel single-player expansions were either possible or necessary, but we may well do them for future projects.”

The full interview touches on a lot of other subjects, with Sarwar explaining why GTA Online’s Heists took so long, as well as touching on various other elements of the GTA Online experience. You can find the full Q&A here.

KitGuru Says: Given how great the characters were in GTA V, it is a shame we won’t be seeing more of them. Still, at least the door is still open for future games to get single-player expansions, though with Red Dead Redemption 2 getting its own online mode, I’m not convinced we’ll see any for that. Were any of you still holding out hope for future GTA V single-player content? 

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