GTA Online will soon be shutting down on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, according to an official Rockstar Newswire post. The studio confirmed that from December 16, 2021, “the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, including website stat tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club, will officially be shutting down”, while Shark Cash Cards “will no longer be sold for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions after September 15, 2021.”
While it’s bad news for old-school GTA Online players, Rockstar reaffirms that the changes “will have no impact on access to, or progress within, the Grand Theft Auto V Story Mode.”
The studio goes into further detail about the upcoming changes, confirming that website stat tracking, which includes online multiplayer and leaderboards for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Max Payne 3, will be shutting down, while stat tracking for LA Noire for both consoles will also end.
This comes soon after Rockstar announced a release date for Grand Theft Auto V on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. The New York studio further promised “special benefits” would be included within the summer updates to GTA Online.
The standalone version of GTA Online will be available to players across both platforms and will be exclusively free to PS5 players for the first three months after launch. Despite all the talk of GTA Online and the re-release of GTA V around the corner, leaks and speculation continue to surround the long-awaited GTA 6.
In April, a prominent industry insider suggested that the sixth installments in the long-running franchise would stick with a modern-day setting. A few months earlier, and the same leaker, Tom Henderson, floated the theory that GTA 6 could for the first time feature both male and female protagonists.