Rockstar Games was one of the developers that presented a game during PlayStation’s much-anticipated showcase this week. But instead of a new game, Rockstar’s announcement was for Grand Theft Auto 5 and Grand Theft Auto Online coming to PlayStation 5 in 2022.
After nearly a decade of continued success and popularity, GTA’s fans are ready to move on and are letting Rockstar know it.
There’s no way rockstar released another trailer of GTA 5 😭😭 let the game rest pic.twitter.com/MlUqeNyndB
— shbz (@shbzz) September 9, 2021
With a shelf life that will eventually extend across three console generations and millions of sales under its belt, folks already know about GTA 5 and still play GTA Online in droves. But since being first released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles back in 2013, fans just don’t want to hear about GTA 5 anymore.
As of this writing, the latest GTA 5 and GTA Online Remastered trailer from the PlayStation Showcase has 32,000 dislikes compared to just 15,000 likes. A similar dislike-to-like ratio appears on the same trailer across different channels including Rockstar’s own official YouTube.
“Welcome back to Los Santos?” one commenter writes in the YouTube trailer on the official PlayStation channel. “No thanks. Been stuck there since 2013.”
The trailers advertising the re-release of an already massively successful game might sting less if the trailer didn’t highlight things like “Seamless character switching,” which is a feature of Grand Theft Auto 5 and not necessarily something new that’s only possible on the PlayStation 5.
Fans have also called out how the trailer highlights the improved graphics and enhanced gameplay. Without specific details, many say the visuals and gameplay look largely unchanged from existing versions of the game.
And though fans have been happy to celebrate GTA 5’s success, in the past year or so, the community has shifted focus towards a possible sequel, Grand Theft Auto 6. One fan even went so far as to crash a German game show to ask Rockstar on live TV where GTA 6 might be.
Unfortunately, Rockstar hasn't said much at all about a potential Grand Theft Auto 6. Rumors have suggested a sequel will not arrive until 2024 at the earliest, and Rockstar itself has undergone some changes after Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser left the company earlier this year.
— Carlton Banks’ Burner Account (@banksburner25) September 9, 2021
With the hype cycle in full swing for the next GTA game, fans are now more than happy to take shots at GTA 5. After all, with 150 million units sold as of 2021, they’re punching way up.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.