Grand Theft Auto 5 Is Coming to the PS5 in 2021

Grand Theft Auto 5 Is Coming to the PS5 in 2021

"Expanded and enhanced," Rockstar says.

Say hello to Grand Theft Auto 5, again. Rockstar's 2013 open world epic is coming to the PlayStation 5, bringing the ever-popular Grand Theft Auto Online with it. Both are set to launch in the second half of 2021.

The reveal started with a good fakeout, too. Starting right after a montage of PS4 games, here comes Grand Theft Auto 5, still with a PS4 logo on-screen. But nope, this one's headed to next-gen, too.

The new trailer is a rundown of GTA 5's story that then spills over in Grand Theft Auto Online and its numerous updates since release. Rockstar makes a point to say that this next-gen release will boast "technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements" that leverage the power of the PS5. As for how Grand Theft Auto Online will be "expanded" upon with new next-gen exclusive content remains to be seen.

This move to PS5 means that GTA 5's absurdly long life will span three console generations, which is kind of ridiculous. With GTA 5 still regularly popping up high in the sales charts in 2020, though, it'll surely find an audience on the PS5 as well.

Also, a standalone version of Grand Theft Auto Online will be released for free, exclusively to all PS5 players, for three months when Online launches. On top of that, from now until GTA 5's debut on PS5, PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive $1 million in Grand Theft Auto Online every month. That's probably a good way to keep current players happy and engaged, and if that money carries over to the PS5... well, expect newcomers on next-gen to have to play seven years of catch up.

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