Ex-Rockstar dev explains why they made GTA V remaster instead of GTA 6 - Dexerto

Ex-Rockstar dev explains why they made GTA V remaster instead of GTA 6

Published: 20/Jun/2020 12:18

by Joe Craven


Darion Lowenstein, ex-Rockstar San Diego employee, has explained why a GTA V Remaster is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X, rather than the hugely anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6. 

Few games have ever been as anticipated as Grand Theft Auto 6. Despite not even being confirmed yet, the sixth installment in Rockstar’s acclaimed series is rumored to be in development.

Many fans were left scratching their heads following the PS5 reveal, in which, for a split second, some fans thought they were being shown a GTA 6 trailer. What actually transpired was a trailer for GTA V, remastered once again for next-gen consoles.

Grand Theft Auto V Characters: Michael, Franklin & Trevor
Rockstar Games
GTA V is nearly 7 years old.

Originally released for PS3 and Xbox 360, the game was quickly remastered for the PS4 and Xbox One. A similar remaster is on its way for next-gen, featuring improved graphics and world design.

Now, though, in amongst disappointment from fans expecting a GTA 6 announcement, ex-Rockstar employee Darion Lowenstein has explained why the company have chosen to remaster the 2013 title for next-gen.

“Because I used to produce games for Rockstar,” he started. “Tonnes of people are asking me why, at the Playstation 5 event, did we get an announcement of an updated GTA V, and not GTA 6?”

Lowenstein explained that developers are often not given enough time to develop a game for an entirely new console, stating that they may only hear about its tech specifications a year prior to its release.

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“You just need more time,” he continued. “The cost of updating an existing game – making it prettier – is way cheaper, way easier than an all-new one. So, if I had to guess, GTA 6 just isn’t ready, and GTA V will provide a nice stream of income and a fun Grand Theft Auto experience that everybody knows and loves.”

While Lowenstein does not work at Rockstar, he is uniquely qualified to comment on video game development. Time at Rockstar was followed by time at Activision Blizzard and EA.

As for GTA 6, it seems that fans will have to wait for a reveal and official confirmation. Rumors thus far have stated that the game could be up to 70% complete but, with an experience as immersive as Grand Theft Auto, it could still be a while yet.


Terrible GTA Online bug makes it impossible to use bunkers

Published: 24/Nov/2020 15:52

by Connor Bennett


GTA Online players are still having their bunker business missions ruined thanks to a bug that won’t let them enter their not-so-secret base. 

For the longest time, the best way to make money in Grand Theft Auto Online came through jobs and heists. Players would have to grind them out, over and over again, to be able to stack up cash.

Eventually, Rockstar Games brought businesses into the fold – allowing players to make money passively, before having to complete one delivery job at the end for an absolutely huge sum of money. 

The most lucrative of these jobs center around bunkers and the Gunrunning business, where, as the name suggests, you become an arms dealer. However, some players are struggling to run their businesses properly. 

A car driving into a bunker in GTA Online
Rockstar Games
Owning a bunker will unlock GTA Online’s Gunrunning business options.

The problem isn’t an overly complicated one, instead, it’s just simple. Players can’t access the bunkers. No matter if they’re on foot or in a car, the yellow circle that you usually use to enter just won’t do anything. 

What that means is, players like Reddit user TheAlphamale82, are left to drive around in circles hoping that something might change. But, sadly, it doesn’t and you end up locked outside the bunker unless you want to restart the game.

However, not even a restart is a magic cure, as the problem can still persist in other lobbies. It really is a peculiar problem – and it is one that is affecting different players. 

[Bug/glitch] R* please fix this, this is getting really annoying. I am unable to resupply my bunker by stealing supplies and before this was recorded someone was having the same problem from GTAV

Others like Aberfergie and r3d-v3n0m noted that they have run into the issue as well, and that they’ve flagged a ticket with Rockstar Support. However, while the devs have supposedly said they’ll work on it, they haven’t found a fix. 

The winter update, which will bring the Cayo Perico heist to GTA Online is right around the corner, and that update should address some issues. Hopefully, the bunker problem is one of them.