Is A Lack Of GTA V Single Player Content A Bad Thing?
GTA V has been going from strengh to strengh since its first launch on the Xbox 360 in September of 2013, but this Mammoth title has not stopped and because of its ongoing success Rockstar Games has continued to release free updates to GTA Online and expand upon the already huge game this has become.
Rockstar Games has flooded GTA Online with update after update but with the constant focus on the online service has left the single player experience the same as before and left people wondering if they will ever see an update on their single player action. The developer hasn’t ever mentioned a possibility of more single player DLC which for some has left a sour taste.
So with the way most Developers utilise DLC as a paid experience why is Rockstar and its parent company Take-Two Interactive not considering this and are happy to continue dropping free updates to the online element of GTA V? Well its simple really, GTA V in its life span has sold tens of millions of copies, also digital revenue from Shark Cards continue to bolster the franchises profitability well over any previous title within the GTA franchise.
Even Grand Theft Auto V parent company Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick admits to being amazed by exactly how well GTA Online manages to perform each quarter. In an interview with MCV, Zelnick revealed that the game’s online mode seems to never fail to outdo even Take-Two’s own projections. For example, the publisher stated that GTA Online had more digital sales and more concurrent players during the past few months than the game has ever seen.
“We’ve made no mystery of the fact that Grand Theft Auto Online continues to exceed expectations, and this holiday season was the best period ever, in terms of active users, consumer spending and the revenue from concurrent consumer spending. And that has a positive impact on our results.”
Of course Zelnick also stressed that Take-Two Interactive’s good fortune depends on more than just Grand Theft Auto V. The company also enjoys success with the help of their sports line-up and other popular gaming franchises.
“But we have other good results, as well. NBA 2K16 looks like it will be the most successful release in the history of the franchise. It has sold in over 6m units. We have also had a great result with WWE 2K16 and with Civilization. And of course with our catalog sales, which is led by a number of titles, including Borderlands.”
However, even with the help of other titles, Take-Two seems to be doing well thanks especially to GTA Online. Even when not actually adding new content to the game, developer Rockstar Games still manages to give players some reason to jump on the game with frequent bonus activities such as the current week-long online event.
Lets hope Rockstar consider some single player DLC soon but i would imagine they will be happy to focus on the segment that is consistently boosting its sales.
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