We’ve seen a lot of negative fan reactions in 2021, but one flew under the radar. In September, Rockstar Games revealed that Grand Theft Auto V would be coming to next-generation consoles in 2022. Admittedly, the list of new features is pretty meek, with the trailer making vague promises like “improved graphics” and “seamless character switching”, but the negative response was surprisingly comprehensive. You probably would have seen a better reaction from fans if Rockstar had unveiled a line of NFTs based on Trevor’s stained underwear for GTA Online.
At the time of writing, the trailer has 299,000 dislikes and just over 64,000 likes. It’s not that Grand Theft Auto V isn’t great, or that GTA Online doesn’t get enough attention, but after eight years with no meaningful single-player updates people seem to be getting bored.
Growing up with Grand Theft Auto has meant meeting colourful characters, travelling to iconic cities that capture a moment in time, and, er, abstaining from violent rampages every time a parent enters the room. The relatively recent addition of GTA Online gives you the pen to write your own story through street races and epic heists, but after so many years it’s hard not to feel nostalgic for the joy of a new single-player adventure set in Rockstar’s criminal sandbox.