GTA V had one of the most memorable stories of any video game out there, revolving around not just one but three unique characters with their own stories, pasts, ambitions and struggles. But once you finish the main campaign, the GTA V DLCs didn’t have much more to offer on the singleplayer side of the game.
Then, on the other hand, there was GTA Online. Although GTA Online had a rocky start, it was eventually a hit. Even today, after over seven years since the game released, GTA Online is receiving constant free updates, welcoming thousands of players on its servers every month. GTA Online is what made the game relevant for almost a decade.
Rockstar overlooked the singleplayer element of the game in favour of GTA Online and hence lost the player base that was in just for the story. (that includes me!)
But all that is about to change! The latest update of GTA Online, the Cayo Perico heist, introduces “an all-new exotic Heist location, with a brand-new approach to Heist design that features the ability to play everything solo.”
According to Rockstar Games’ Scott Butchard, ” ”It’s something that’s been on our minds for quite some time and the community has been vocal about it. It’s something we’re keen to carry forward. We want to respect teams and players who want to play co-op. But at the same time still allow solo players to still get just as valid an experience out of it. There are perks to both. If you go in there by yourself, you’re taking 100 per cent of the cut and it’s a lot easier to do stealth and plan when you’re not on comms. With multiple players, you can split up and do multiple things at once.”
He added that players of GTA Online have already started to notice that the latest addition leans more into solo play and that the team at Rockstar is committed to making sure that content going forward will include that “singleplayer element” into the GTA DLCs.
The rumours of GTA 6 are flying all around the place, but until then, the inclusion of single-player elements in the future GTA V DLCs will be a welcome and much-awaited change.