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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.

Go deeper: The inevitability of mobile gaming, like it or not

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PlayStation tops the Steam charts

Screenshot: Steam/Axios

Sony PlayStation's "Days Gone" is currently the top-selling game on PC gaming marketplace Steam, just a day after a release that was unthinkable not long ago.

Why it matters: For the last several years, once unbreakable rules about where games appear have snapped, as games from two of the big three console makers now frequently make it to PC and even mobile.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.