Rockstar announces GTA+ for new PS5 and Xbox Series X remasters GTA online isn’t in itself a terrible idea, but it’s a bad time. Since 2021, Rockstar has made moves that have steadily upset its fan base. This is a developer that once received praise, even with the occasional controversy. While I’m not ready to ring the bell that declares Rockstar’s halcyon days over, the beloved developer needs to do better.
The announcement of GTA+ happened at the worst possible time. The service is an exclusive subscription for the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 versions of GTA online and offers member benefits. For $5.99/month, players get $500,000 in cash and in-game discounts, reward boosters, and free items. At the moment there is no notable secure content or anything of that nature, GTA+ is just a completely optional booster. Had this been posted a few years ago, it might have caught the eye, but in the end, it probably wouldn’t have turned into a howling match on social media.
But, it will be released in 2022. Over the past year, Rockstar has largely overlooked red dead online compared to its GTA counterpart after making it standalone, confirmed that it will charge $40 for Grand Theft Auto Vthe latest remaster of will debut in June 2022and released the much maligned GTA trilogy that only underlined the new era of Rockstar. While these ports/remasters were primarily handled by Grove Street Games, the Rockstar logo was still prominently featured on the box. It is typically a stamp of excellence, but it was anything but with the trilogy.
GTA+ doesn’t help Rockstar disprove the idea that it’s gotten a little greedy. Numerous responded to the news with concern. Will this result in significant content updates to GTA+ in the future? Will in-game payouts for things like the Cayo Perico Heist be rolled back in favor of pushing fans towards GTA+ perks? No one knows yet, and these are questions fans probably wouldn’t have asked if the developer wasn’t on a streak of misfires. We’ve reached out to Rockstar for clarification on long-term plans for GTA+, but haven’t received a response.
Of course, he’s a developer who needs to make money. We know they are working on the next Grand Theft Auto now and it will take time, so something needs to fill the void and please shareholders. Games like Call of Duty have opened the door to annual battle passes in premium titles, so it’s not a new concept, it’s just one that doubles down on consecutive misjudgments.
Just a few weeks ago, people were expressing their frustration with how disappointing the new GTA V remaster is. To follow this up with GTA+ news, it seems insane. We still have no idea of the long-term plan for red dead online is that there is still no story DLC in sight for GTA V Where Red Dead Redemption 2 after years of requests, and much more. Of all the things Rockstar could have chosen to announce or discuss, this was the wrong one and it came at the wrong time.
Of course, with the lack of fan goodwill, it’s hard to say when Rockstar might have timed this news. Maybe when the next big update will come out? Maybe after the first trailer of Grand Automatic Flight 6, if it is planned for this year. There had to be a better way to soften the blow after fans were asked to pay $10-20 for the remaster before the price rose to $40 this summer.
I’m not writing this to ride a Rockstar Games hate wagon, but rather to point out a growing problem with Rockstar’s communication with its fanbase. Confirming a new Grand Theft Auto was a big step in the right direction, but there needs to be more transparency so we don’t feel like there’s a significant disconnect between the developer and the community. . An FAQ that addresses concerns about GTA+ would do wonders. Hopefully the backlash of this news doesn’t fall on deaf ears, but sometimes it’s hard to tell. GTA+ isn’t such a bad idea, it’s just inappropriate at this particular time.