Is GTA Online shutting down?

We know it sounds like an outrageous claim, but could GTA Online be shutting down at some point in the future? Grand Theft Auto 6 might be a fair way out, but it is on the way and this could mean that GTA Online is going to start shutting down. However - it might not. Here's what we know so far.

Is GTA Online shutting down?

Grand Theft Auto 5 lends almost all of its assets to GTA Online - GTA Online, as much as it's an independent entity from the single-player experience, is very much Grand Theft Auto 5's Online mode. It launched alongside the game and unlike Warzone, it's not drifted off into its own sphere quite so eloquently.

This is almost definitely due to the fact that Call of Duty games are annual releases and Grand Theft Auto games aren't, but it isn't helped by Grand Theft Auto 5's lack of post-launch content.

GTA Online is constantly updated with new weapons, new cars, new clothes... Just lots of content in general. Grand Theft Auto 5, however, is not. This isn't a bad thing, because Grand Theft Auto 5 is fine on its own and it doesn't need updates. However, a Live Service game like GTA Online does.

GTA Online Shutting Down
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We don't know a lot about Grand Theft Auto 6 - it isn't even officially on the way - but it seems highly unlikely that it will be set in Los Santos like Grand Theft Auto 5.

We've never seen consecutive Grand Theft Auto games released with the same map and this spells trouble for GTA Online. It would be a step backwards if GTA Online didn't update alongside the new mainstream Grand Theft Auto game - so this could mean GTA Online as we know it is shutting down. However, it's unlikely that it will be gone for good. We could see an expansion that adds a whole new map to the experience - or we could see GTA Online finally set free from the shackles of Grand Theft Auto 5 and become its own experience. You can download GTA Online without Grand Theft Auto 5 already, but it's hardly its own game just yet.

If GTA Online is shutting down, there's a long time before that happens. You're probably safe to invest some money into some Shark Cards. There's at least another few years of GTA Online, yet.