Because they’ve received so many questions about Grand Theft Auto V since it launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last month, Rockstar decided to post an Asked and Answered feature on their website, giving members of the community answers to frequently asked questions.
Addressing the delay of Grand Theft Auto Online Heists to early 2015, Rockstar said:
We’re happy to say that the pack we are now finalizing is something we are excited by and eager to release as soon as it is ready. We, as a company, have always been about trying to make something that is good rather than hitting a date. We apologize when this gets frustrating but firmly believe that rushing out second-rate content does not do anyone any favors.
Because of the delay to Heists, they added, “We are going to give you a small Christmas gift to keep you entertained until we are done with them.” In a later response, Rockstar teased that they “have a few seasonal treats in the works for players on all four systems to enjoy this coming holiday season in GTA Online. Look for details on that very soon.”
Moving to first-person mode in GTAV on the new-gen systems, Rockstar shot down the idea of making all of their future games in first-person. “We are excited by the response to our first effort at a first-person experience,” they said, “but remain committed to third-person games and may or may not use first person as a camera option in the future.”
As for first-person mode on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, Rockstar reiterated that it isn’t possible due to memory restrictions:
There are thousands of new animations added to the game to facilitate first-person mode, which would have been impossible to do on the previous generation of consoles without seriously compromising the game in some other capacity.
Sticking with GTAV on PS3/360, there “may be a point where we reach the limits for the previous generation of consoles as there may be some updates that are only technically possible on the new hardware,” but Rockstar hopes to keep delivering updates for as long as possible.
Rockstar then explained why they have Shark Cards in GTA Online:
The reason we included optional in-game currency in Grand Theft Auto Online, rather than directly selling DLC, was because it was the only way that we could distribute DLC without dividing the player base each time we brought out a new content pack, which would destroy the online community very quickly by splitting players up. Thanks to Shark Cards, we have been able to give away every piece of DLC so far for free in order to keep the community whole and give people options as to whether they want to earn new content by playing the game, buy new content with Shark Cards or simply don’t get new content and still keep playing the game.
Meanwhile, there’s “no technical way” to allow PS4 and PS3 owners of GTA V to play against each other, and it’s “impossible” to enable PC players to join console-based lobbies.
Also, if you have any questions about transferring your Grand Theft Auto Online progress to PS4, Xbox One, or PC, check out this FAQ.
Finally, moving away from Grand Theft Auto, many people wanted to know if Rockstar was working on a sequel to Red Dead Redemption. They stayed vague in their response by saying, “We thank longtime fans such as yourselves as always for your amazing support and please stay tuned in 2015 for announcements of what’s to come from Rockstar Games.”
What do you hope gets announced in 2015?
[Source: Rockstar Games]