GTA 6 Needs to Exceed Players’ Expectations, Rockstar Admits

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It’s been almost a decade since GTA 5, and developer Rockstar is perhaps beginning to feel the pinch. The studio – which admitted this week it’s effectively abandoning Red Dead Online – said that it understands “more than ever the need to exceed players’ expectations and for [GTA 6] to be the best it can possibly be”.

To be fair, it’s not been the finest period for the gaming company. Disgruntled Red Dead Online fans are preparing an in-game funeral for the multiplayer mode, as Rockstar diverts resources elsewhere. Meanwhile, last year’s GTA Trilogy was critically panned, and while it has enhanced over the past few months, it’s still not as good as it could and should be.

All of this, of course, serves as a backdrop to its ongoing reliance on GTA 5. While the recent PS5 port of the 2013 open-world classic is excellent, it’s starting to show its age, and a sequel is long due. The good news is that the company is finally hearing fan feedback for GTA Online, and will roll out a slew of critical advancements later in the summer.

But the jury’s still very much out on GTA 6. rumors have it that this will be a considerably diverse experience from what long-time fans expect, with a focus on multiplayer and online connectivity. It’s going to be intriguing to see what the company comes up with – especially when you consider that a very high-profile, veteran staff has since moved on to new green pastures.

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