With crossplay becoming the standard for multiplayer games, Grand Theft Auto: Online fans are eagerly awaiting its arrival. Here’s everything we know about crossplay for GTA Online.
Although GTA Online has been out since 2013, its popularity hasn’t declined thanks to roleplaying servers and consistent updates such as the Perico Heist. With GTA Online still being one of the biggest online games that’s available across PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, many players want to know if the game has crossplay.
Why doesn’t GTA Online feature crossplay?
Unfortunately, GTA Online doesn’t have crossplay yet, but details announced for the game’s future point towards its arrival.
When Rockstar’s GTA V and its online component first launched in 2013, crossplay was a mere fantasy for gamers. This was nearing the end of the Xbox 360 and PS3’s lifecycles, and various agreements between Xbox and PlayStation prevented crossplay from being a reality.
GTA V then launched on the Xbox One and PS4 in 2014, and the PC edition came a year later in 2015. This was still before crossplay was considered a possibility.
Cut to 2018, and Fortnite set the bar for crossplay across games. For the first time ever, players on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, even Switch and mobile, could play together. This has now become the standard for multiplayer games, but GTA Online is yet to make the jump.
Never mind the coding required, a significant amount of balance tweaks need to be made for a game to fairly become cross-platform. PC players can take advantage of higher graphics and framerates, while console players have aim assist, and these all need to be considered to make a fair playing field.
It’s likely that a lot of work would need to go into making GTA Online crossplay, and this doesn’t coincide with developers current plans for the game. However, with next-gen editions of GTA V set to release in the latter half of 2021, could crossplay come then?
When will GTA Online get crossplay?
There is no official word for when GTA Online will receive crossplay. However, with GTA Online set to release for the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, it’s possible that crossplay will come with these enhanced editions.
The current generation of consoles have hardware more in-line with a high-end PC’s capabilities, so this would be the perfect time to introduce crossplay. As this is a separate endeavor to regular GTA Online updates, this is the most likely time during the development cycle for it to be included.
To further bolster this theory, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick promised that the new versions of GTA V won’t be a “simple port.” He said: “We actually take the time to do the very best job we can making the title different for the new release, for the new technology that we’re launching it on.”
As crossplay becomes more and more common, it’s highly likely that developers will take full-advantage of this system with GTA V’s next release.
We’ll be sure to update you with any and all information regarding crossplay for GTA Online.
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