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Could GTA 6 be exclusive to PS5 or become a game as a service?

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GTA VI is one of the most anticipated games of the new generation (although it is not announced yet). But according to some indications we wonder: could it be exclusive to PS5 and adopt a game-as-a-service model?

Few sagas arouse more passion than Grand Theft Auto. Rockstar’s star franchise has been synonymous with quality, fun (and also controversial) since the generation of PlayStation 2 and Xbox (Nintendo never came except for portable deliveries).

GTA is also synonymous with graphic and technical marvels. GTA 3 popularized the genre of 3D open world action games, and burned into our player instinct things like that in all urban sandboxes we can take any car we want, at any time. Few games today would dare to break that rule (good luck, Cyberpunk 2077!).

The launch of GTA V in 2013 broke records, being the cultural product that raised the most revenue in 24 hours, reaching 1,000 million in just 3 days, widely surpassing the most buoyant films of that time, such as The Avengers. Today it has sold more than 135 million copies, one of the best sellers in history.

It was a milestone that did not surpass all its precedents … and that has not been repeated. GTA V came out in 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360. GTA V came out in 2014 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Y GTA V is coming out in 2021 for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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It’s not fair to say that Rockstar has rested on its laurels. GTA Online has become a game unto itself that continues to receive significant updates. And Red Dead Redemption 2 came out in 2018, the only Rockstar game for the PS4-One generation, which without reaching the levels of GTA was also a resounding success. But it’s about time for GTA VI.

Rockstar hasn’t announced GTA 6 yet, and they probably won’t until after the release of GTA V on the new consoles, sometime in 2021. However, no one doubts that it is in development at Rockstar, one way or another. Many believe that the content that is released in GTA Online serves as a test bed for the content that GTA VI will have.

And Rockstar employees have confirmed that a new installment of Grand Theft Auto is in the works … although perhaps not as many expect. That rumor pointed to a launch close to games as a service, which would expand over time.

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There are rumors about GTA VI of all types and colors, and they will continue to exist for a long time. However, here we are going to focus on something that is being heard a lot lately: Could it be GTA VI exclusive to PS5?

All of Rockstar’s recent releases have come out at once on PlayStation and Xbox, but lately we’re seeing the fruits of a commercial agreement between Rockstar and Sony that will make GTA Online on PS5 free for a limited time. Plus, he’s giving away free in-game money to GTA Online users on PS4 until launch.

Let’s also remember that GTA V was the game that opened the PS5 presentation event in June. And there are already youtubers who even claim that it will be exclusive to the Sony console. With those precedents, It is not entirely unreasonable to think of some kind of exclusivity. After all, exclusive games are being one of the main “weapons” of each company in this beginning of generation: Sony with its agreements with Square Enix (Final Fantasy XVI) or Bethesda (Deathloop) … before the latter, precisely, became part of Microsoft.

At the moment we do not know what will happen, but we can clarify … and we bet that not everything will be so black and white. If we take for granted the assumption that GTA VI has some kind of exclusivity with PlayStation, it is likely that this is partial. Either as a temporary exclusive (it’s inconceivable that a deal with Sony could offset the losses Rockstar would incur by not releasing the game on Xbox) … or as early access to modes or content on PlayStation 5 or another type of benefit.

Let’s remember again this rumor, which suggested that GTA VI would be something in the style of game as a service. Let’s go further:and if GTA VI adopted an episodic or free to play model? A priori, it sounds almost blasphemous. But cases like Destiny or Genshin Impact have shown that it is a viable economic model.

Of course, those games are far from the ambition of a Rockstar, but there is still a lot of room for maneuver in this model, and Rockstar could manage to meet the expectations that they expect of them while also betting on another style of launch.

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The benefits can be many: shorten development times to avoid the increasingly reported cases of “crunch”, bring the release date closer to amortize the useful life of the generation (and not reach the end like GTA V or Cyberpunk 2077 now, forcing two generations to adapt at the same time), integrate individual modes with GTA Online … and cover your back if the launch of GTA VI does not reach (hardly repeatable) numbers that GTA V made in 2013.

And back to the beginning Such a model would give credence to the rumors about Rockstar exclusivity with Sony, without having to involve something as drastic as depriving Xbox users of the new GTA. Only time will give us the answer, but until then it is not a bad idea to open your mind and consider other possibilities …

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