GTA Online players are abuzz this week about a new rumor that suggests the online version of Grand Theft Auto V may be getting a massive update that’ll include a “map expansion” for the game. The current map itself is huge and has plenty to do, but if the rumor plays out like GTA Online players hope it will, it’ll be the first map expansion of this kind that’ll happen in the history of the game. That same update will also reportedly add things like another heist with all that new content sure to keep players busy for a while longer.
The rumor comes way of Rockstar Mag, which claims it's heard the above information from more than one source. Further, it cites the recent Gorillaz GTA 5 music video, which has since been taken down, and seemingly teased a new island location at the end of it.
Bolstering this claim, Rockstar Mag points out that during its latest earnings call, Take-Two Interactive -- the parent company of Rockstar Games -- and its CEO Strauss Zelnick, told their investors that they are expecting the biggest ever quarter for GTA Online to close out the fiscal year which is running until April 1, 2021. Zelnick doesn't go into detail on why he and Take-Two Interactive are projecting such a huge quarter for the game, but he does tease investors that the game's biggest update is nearing, suggesting this is the reason behind the bold projection.
"Both Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online will receive major updates later this fiscal year, featuring an extension to existing Frontier Pursuits for Red Dead Online, as well as Grand Theft Auto Online’s biggest update ever, featuring a new take on Heists in a new location," said Zelnick via Business Wire.
As you can see, Zelnick flat out teases a "new location" alongside the new Heist and the new update, but many assumed this new location would be something akin to the Diamond Casino, not a proper map expansion. And it may still very well be just this, but according to Rockstar Mag, the map expansion is a big reason why this update is being billed as it is.
For now, Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive haven't disclosed a release date for the update beyond that it will release sometime before this fiscal year ends on April 1, 2021. The current expectation is the game will get a substantial update next month, but it remains to be seen if this will be the "biggest update ever."