Rockstar Still Believes in Single Player Games, Hallelujah

There has been a lot of talk recently about the lack of future facing single player games. But hope may not be lost as Rockstar Games has come out in support of the lone ranger dynamic. After all, it has served them well over the years with their Grand Theft Cowboy offerings.

These comments couldn’t have come at a more decisive time. With the longevity and monetisation that multiplayer offers, there is little incentive for developers to pursue single player games that struggle to turn a penny beyond their initial release. And even Rockstar has been guilty of such neglect. Grand Theft Auto V has never had a single player expansion, despite the success The Lost and Dammed, and The Ballad of Gay Tony received in Grand Theft Auto IV Liberty City.  Instead the studio, which is known for its vast open worlds and immersive tales, has switched its focus to Grand Theft Auto Online. And there is no denying that it has paid off, with a healthy player base and even healthier bank balance.

However, it sounds like Rockstar hasn’t forgotten their roots and still sees a future in single player titles. Even if other developers are avoiding them like the plague.

As a company, we love single player more than anything, and believe in it absolutely – for storytelling and a sense of immersion in a world, multiplayer games don’t rival single player games,” Imran Sarwar, director of design, said to Game Informer.

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He also had an answer to V’s lack of expansions, which is an obvious problem faced by every man, woman and dog. Time, or more specifically, the lack of.

With Grand Theft Auto V, the single player game was absolutely massive and very, very complete,” he added. “It was three games in one. The next-gen versions took a year of everyone’s time to get right, then the online component had a lot of potential but to come close to realising that potential, also sucked up a lot of resources. And then there are other games – in particular Red Dead Redemption II. The combination of these three factors means for this game, we did not feel single player expansions were either possible or necessary.”

We can probably say with certainty that Grand Theft Auto V will be succeeded without receiving a main campaign add-on, especially as the base game continues to sell like hot cakes. But perhaps Red Dead Redemption II will have more to offer offline. Who knows?

Are you still running riot in Grand Theft Auto Online? Or would you have liked to see a current-gen expansion to rival those of years gone by? Comment below if you’re not currently distracted by those pesky police cars. 

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