May 18, 2021 - Economy

"Grand Theft Auto V" set to dominate yet again

Screenshot of the current non-enhanced version of "Grand Theft Auto V."

The current non-enhanced version of "Grand Theft Auto V." Screenshot: Rockstar Games

An "expanded and enhanced" version of "Grand Theft Auto V" will be released on Nov. 11, Rockstar Games announced Tuesday, locking in a marquee pre-Thanksgiving spot in the year’s gaming calendar.

The big picture: In a fickle industry of changing tastes and ever-improving tech, video games released in 2013 aren’t supposed to still be a big deal in 2021, let alone stand ready to be one of the year’s biggest releases.

  • But "GTA V," a crime adventure set in a fictionalized Southern California, is a blockbuster game like nothing else.
  • Across versions released for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC — and then for Xbox One and PS4 — it has sold more than 140 million copies since launch, according to publisher Take Two.
  • It is still high on the charts, including on Twitch, where it’s one of the most-watched games people stream.

Rockstar revealed last year that a new version of "GTA V," with better graphics, better controls and who knows what else, would come out for the new PS5 and Xbox Series S and X consoles.

  • The online multiplayer mode has been expanded repeatedly, as Rockstar has developed new content for the game long after it might normally have ceased.
  • After all, "GTA V" came out just five years after 2008's "GTA IV."
  • Not surprisingly, today’s announcement made "GTA 6" trend on Twitter as fans wonder when Rockstar will finally make a proper sequel.

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