Those of you who are still playing GTA Online on the oldest consoles, your time is almost up.
GTA 5 has been around for a while. Eight years in fact, and thanks to GTA Online’s juggernaut, it won’t be replaced anytime soon. Not before 2025, if the rumors are to be believed. Instead, new generation consoles get an improved version of the game. Despite the loud complaints following this announcement, the launch of GTA 5 is guaranteed to boost GTA 5’s revenue, which has already topped 150 million worldwide.
The game has been around for so long that it was originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360. If you’re one of the few who still happily walk around Los Santos via one of these consoles, your time is almost up. Rockstar announced earlier this year that the GTA Online servers for PS3 and Xbox 360 will be shut down for good on December 16, 2021.
As you should already know, after you opened your advent calendar first thing this morning, today is December 15th. The last day the PS3 and 360 versions of GTA Online will, well, be online. After that, you will have to switch to a current version of the game, wait for the extended edition, or stop playing GTA Online. However, you will see the arrival of Dr. Miss dre if you choose the latter.
That doesn’t mean your OG copy of GTA 5 will be out of date by tomorrow. The game’s offline history, including any related progress, will remain playable. The shutdown of GTA Online’s original servers began earlier this year when the Rockstar Social Club leaderboards closed in September. Max Payne 3 and LA Noire suffered the same fate.
Those of you who are still playing GTA Online on the oldest consoles are probably devoted enough to the game that you want to keep playing after tomorrow. The problem with this is that the eight years of progress you’ve made are non-transferable. All the vehicles and buildings you own will be gone forever the day after tomorrow. Starting from scratch could prevent you from ever playing GTA Online again, or it could sound like a fun new challenge and a way to rewind time and relive it all.
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