The introduction of GTA Online was a watershed moment for Grand Theft Auto, and apparently it has gone some ways in slowing down the development of GTA VI, which is expected to be released in time for the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
Due to the amount of money the free-to-play GTA Online has been making through microstransactions – $500 million to be exact – Rockstar has put off work for the next GTA title, according to Master Herald.
The developer has been too busy creating extra content, expensive yachts and all, for players to spend on and as far as money-making is concerned, Rockstar has gotten its priorities straight.
Consistently bringing in new content has also helped keep sales of GTA V afloat, whether via retail or digitally, as the game continues to be among the best-selling games in the market – it has not once dropped out of the top ten in sales charts since its release in 2013.
Another reason for the slowing down of GTA VI development is work on Red Dead Redemption 2, which some reports have claimed is going to be a prequel the first title but will remain an open-world Western game.