‘GTA V’ next-gen is delayed to 2022, fans find new trailer underwhelming
Rockstar Games is one of the major third-party studios that joined the PlayStation showcase on Thursday to release the latest trailer for the “enhanced and expanded” edition of “GTA V” for new-generation consoles. However, many fans found the new teaser underwhelming, while the developer also confirmed the game’s release has been delayed to next year.
The “GTA V” next-gen edition was announced last year and was originally scheduled to launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in November. However, fans were surprised when the latter part of the new trailer flashed a new release window for the game. The video was the first time Rockstar announced the “GTA V” next-gen version and the standalone “GTA Online” is now slated to launch in March 2022.
In a blog post released shortly after the PlayStation showcase, Rockstar said, “While we are extremely excited to be bringing GTAV to the latest generation of consoles, the game requires a few additional months for polishing and fine-tuning.” If there is one good thing to come out of the delay, it is that PS Plus subscribers will enjoy an extended period of the monthly free GTA$1,000,000 that they can claim through the PS Store.
However, the release date delay is not the only source of disappointment for many. “GTA V” fans have pointed out the lack of details on the features to expect from the next-gen edition. Several gamers commented that, in terms of visuals and graphics quality, the new trailer seems on par with the game’s current version. As of this writing, the latest teaser uploaded on the PlayStation YouTube channel has garnered 13,000 dislikes and 10,000 likes.
Some players also poked fun at Rockstar’s new trailer for seemingly putting emphasis on “seamless character switching” as a new gameplay feature. As several fans pointed out, character transitions already have relatively shorter loading times in the current form of “GTA V.” However, it may have been Rockstar’s way of saying it will take advantage of the custom SSD on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
The general reaction to the latest trailer of the “GTA V” next-gen edition is understandable. For now, though, fans can only hope that the extra time Rockstar is taking to polish the game would result in a much better final product next year.