It’s the end of an era. Unless you’re playing GTA Online on current or previous generation consoles.
Rockstar Games announced today that it will shut down the game’s PS3 and Xbox 360 servers on December 16, 2021. The eventual shutdown affects more than just your ability to play the game. Stat tracking via the Rockstar Social Club will also be unavailable as of December 16. Shark Cards, GTA Online‘s in-game currency booster, will be unavailable for purchase on the platforms on September 15.
It’s important to note the single-player aspect of Grand Theft Auto V will still be playable. “Please note, these changes are strictly for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, and will have no impact on access to, or progress within, the Grand Theft Auto V Story Mode.”
Beyond GTA Online, stat tracking will also shut down for the following titles:
- The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Max Payne 3
- The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of L.A. Noire
Grand Theft Auto V originally launched in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with GTA Online following two weeks later. It received an upgraded re-release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014 and a Windows version in 2015. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions are in the works and are scheduled for release in November 2021.