Eight years after launching, GTA Online — the online multiplayer component to Grand Theft Auto V — is finally shutting down on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This also includes the website stat tracking for these consoles via the Rockstar Games Social Club.
Those who are still playing GTA Online on PS3 or Xbox 360 have until December 16, 2021 before the servers are shut down; however, Shark Cash Cards will no longer be sold after September 15, 2021.
The single-player Story Mode for Grand Theft Auto V will remain unaffected, so you’ll still be able to play the main game on either of these older platforms even after December.
GTA Online launched for PS3 and Xbox 360 in October 2013, just a month before the launch of the Xbox One and PS4, which didn’t get GTA Online until a year later. Although you can play GTA Online on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S via backward compatibility the enhanced next-gen versions are scheduled to launch this November 11, so it makes sense that Rockstar would stop supporting the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions in December.
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GTA Online won’t be the only casualty for PS3 and Xbox 360. Support for Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire will also be trimmed in December. This includes website stat tracking, online multiplayer and leaderboards for Max Payne 3, as well as website stat tracking for L.A. Noire. Similarly, the Story Modes for both of these games will remain unaffected.
Today’s announcement about GTA 5 was met with, well, the usual response online; fans questioning when Rockstar Games will announce GTA 6. Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive used its time during E3 to host a virtual panel about the importance of diversity within the gaming industry. Not everyone was expecting this and we know the internet can be a harsh place, so you can imagine the response from those who were waiting for a GTA 6 reveal.