Sony kicked off its PlayStation 5 reveal event on Thursday with the announcement that Rockstar Games’ seminal open-world blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V will be releasing for the next-gen console in the second half of 2021.
The game was first released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles back in 2013 at the end of the sixth generation of consoles. GTA V was shortly thereafter ported over to the new generation, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. It’s one of the bestselling games of all time behind only Minecraft, and its online mode continues to be a huge moneymaker for Rockstar and parent company Take-Two Interactive.
Now, it appears GTA V will continue to live on for the PS5. “With a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements, GTA V & GTA Online will take full advantage of the PS5 hardware and its new features, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever,” Sony said in a press release.
Sony and Rockstar will also be offering a new standalone version of Grand Theft Auto Online. All PS5 owners will be able to claim it for free within the first three months of the game’s launch. However, you’ll still need a Playstation Plus membership to play it, according to Sony.
We don’t have any other details about release, like whether current owners of the PS4 version will get a free upgrade to the PS5 one or whether you will be able to transfer over your save file. (You weren’t able to do so when moving from PS3 to PS4.)
Update June 11th, 5:39PM ET: Added information from Sony’s press release.