How Will Grand Theft Auto Online Be Affected By Red Dead Redemption II Next Year?

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As you’ve been seeing over the past few months, Grand Theft Auto Online has been seeing a hefty amount of updates. Some new modes here, some new cars there, and always something on sale to spend your hard-earned in-game cash on. And it doesn’t look like that’s going to slow down anytime soon, since Grand Theft Auto V continues to sell like hotcakes.

But what about 2018? Well, Rockstar Games is still laying out its plans, but it’s very likely that the company will pour a lot of its resources into hyping the long-awaited Red Dead Redemption II, which will arrive after its most recent delay.

So what does that mean for Grand Theft Auto Online in the face of the forthcoming sequel? During a recent interview with Game Informer, Rockstar director of design Imran Sarwar noted that there’s quite a balancing act there.

“We don’t yet have a fixed end point in mind, but the rollout of updates may change a little in order to encourage players to try Red Dead Redemption II when it launches,” he noted. “It would be great to have players splitting time between two incredible worlds, but we shall see how things evolve. One of the enjoyable things about working on a project like this is that you can iterate quickly, and change and evolve plans fairly quickly too, so we don’t have to be as clear in our plans as with other projects.”

With that, there’s always the possibility of special cross-over events to get players excited about Red Dead, or even the possibility of unlocking items for play in either game, like special hats or weapons. That’s just spitballing, of course, as it’s really up to Rockstar however it goes.

Regardless of what’s happening with Red Dead, support for Grand Theft Auto Online will continue as planned, with plenty of sales, seasonal events and special activities for players to take part in. They probably just won’t be as frequent.

You can enjoy Grand Theft Auto Online for yourself right now, as it’s part of Grand Theft Auto V, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.