Take-Two Interactive premiered its latest trailer for the remastering of Grand Theft Auto V during Thursday’s PlayStation Showcase event, but fans are not happy. The re-release aims to provide updates to the eight-year-old title on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, taking advantage of the latest hardware advances over previous consoles. GTA V continues to draw millions with its open-world action, but players have expressed concerns about minor changes in its upcoming release.
Grand Theft Auto V has evolved into an unstoppable juggernaut over its years on the market, selling over 150 million copies as of August 2021. The title debuted on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2013, delivering an open sandbox mirroring Los Angeles, among the highest rated video games in modern history. The series also got a long-term boost through its online multiplayer, GTA Online, with regular free updates putting the game at the top of the global video game sales charts for more than half a decade.
GTA V is now among the best-selling games of all time, with its upcoming relaunch on PS5 and Xbox Series X expected to boost sales in the coming months. The re-release, branded as “expanded and improved” by developer Rockstar Games, serves as an attempt to maintain its huge installed base with the release of new consoles.
The newest trailer for GTA V (which you can see above) had a widespread reaction after its appearance on PlayStation Showcase on September 10th. The trailer posted on the PlayStation YouTube channel received more than 20,000 “dislikes” in the publication, overshadowing his 13,000 “liked”. The same video posted on Rockstar Games’ YouTube channel also received negative reception. with more than 50% rejections.
The overwhelming consensus among engaged GTA V gamers shows the trailer for its similarities to the existing game, previously updated for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014, and again in 2015 for PC. Fans have also raised concerns about pricing, expected to follow other GTA V re-releases as a full-priced title, with no upgrade path for existing players. Take-Two Interactive is also among the first video game publishers to raise PlayStation and Xbox Series X titles to $70 – R$ 350.
The backlash follows continued resistance against Take-Two Interactive’s Grand Theft Auto mods, regularly shutting down prominent community projects. Mods for GTA V on PC have helped sustain the title recently, including major graphical updates, far surpassing Rockstar Games’ console remastering.
The popularity of GTA V and previous GTA titles has spawned considerable modding communities, albeit with Take-Two Interactive regularly issuing removal notices in space. Several established GTA V makers saw themselves as the target of Rockstar Games’ parents until 2021, including popular mod projects and websites.
One of GTA San Andreas’ biggest mods, GTA Underground, also halted its development citing Take-Two’s “increasing hostility” with “imminent danger to our mental and financial well-being”.
Rockstar Games remains shy about the changes in GTA V on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, with its latest blog post touting a vague “range of technical and graphical improvements” and performance gains on some vehicles.
GTA V is now scheduled to be released on PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles in March 2022.
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