Grand Theft Auto 5 has curiously been without single-player downloadable content, with developer Rockstar Games focusing squarely upon expanding multiplayer content instead.
Grand Theft Auto Online is bustling with new releases, but those who enjoy single-player expansions have seemingly been left out in the cold. Fans have understandably questioned this decision for some time now, and it looks like there’s finally an answer.
In a new interview with Game Informer, Imran Sarwar, director of design at Rockstar, says that this wasn’t an intentional move on the company’s part. Rockstar is very interested in the idea of single-player gaming, Sarwar made clear, but a combination of factors like bandwidth, the potential for GTA Online, and the company’s “perfectionist” mentality have kept it from working on any single-player content for this particular game.
Sarwar said that the dearth of new downloadable single-player expansions is also the result of Rockstar Games’ design direction over the past couple of years. “It’s just what happened,” he said, noting that the single-player story was expansive and “very, very complete” upon release, spanning the size of “three games” in its entirety already.
He also noted that the team hasn’t exactly made a concrete decision against creating single-player content in the future, however, saying that the team loves single-player “more than anything” and continues to “believe in it absolutely.”
It’s also important to note that spending less time on what could have been story expansions for the single-player version of GTA 5 would have meant less time for teams to go to work on the upcoming Western-themed shooter Red Dead Redemption 2.
“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,” Sarwar said.
So the door hasn’t been closed on potential single-player endeavors in the future, but for now it’s safe to assume nothing is going to crop up in the next month or so, especially with all the focus on Red Dead Redemption 2 on the horizon.