Grand Theft Auto 6 is still a complete mystery, despite being the most talked about upcoming game right now. Reports claim the game is in development, with a release date still years away. There are also rumors that it will be a huge game that compiles cards from previous entries in the series.
While this is hearsay, there’s a question I’m wondering – will this happen to Xbox Game Pass at launch? It’s a question I ask about a lot of games these days, but it especially comes to mind when I think of Grand Theft Auto 6. Developer Rockstar has played well with Microsoft’s subscription service over the past few years, opening the door to Game Pass’s biggest powerhouse to date. It would be a moment of complete checkmate.
It will be a long time before we get a firm answer here, but there is a new reason to speculate: Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition. The Next Collection is the first GTA game to be released since 2013 Grand Theft Auto V. The Xbox Game Pass didn’t launch until 2017, so this is the first chance we have to see how determined Rockstar is in bringing a new series entry to the service.
The response turns out to be mixed. The full remastering trilogy is not coming to Game Pass. Instead, Game Pass subscribers will get Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – Definitive Edition November 11, the day it was launched. Rockstar is doing something similar for Sony’s PS Now service, although the deal is a bit less good. Grand Theft Auto 3 – Definitive Edition will join the service on December 7.
It’s a bizarre move and one that shows that Rockstar is not yet ready to give away its biggest series for free. Putting a game on every service won’t really help fans of the show. The allure of the trilogy collection is, well, the trilogy. Those who want to play all three games will have to shell out $ 60, so run San Andreas on Game Pass, it’s almost like giving a demo to Microsoft fans.
Previous Rockstar games have already arrived on Game Pass, but the approach has been just as careful. Both Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 appeared on the service, but they disappeared just as quickly. The latter joined the Game Pass in May 2020 and left the library in September. The same happened with Red Dead Online this year the timeline and everything.
Based on this story, the odds of Grand Theft Auto 6 coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch seem slim. This is going to be a cash cow for Rockstar, and if he isn’t willing to add his collection of remakes to the services, or keep his old games available, there’s no reason to think he’ll give the milk for free – especially when Rockstar has its own game launcher which should get a big boost when this game debuts.
In reality, we will probably see Grand Theft Auto 6 coming to Xbox Game Pass and PS Now a little deeper into its lifespan. Rockstar still plays ball with services like Game Pass, but their offerings are more strategic than most companies. This gives players a taste, but never enough to stop them from buying the actual game. Game Pass owners will likely have a few months with it GTA6, to find themselves having to pay to continue their progress. You won’t sign up and beat a game like this in a month. Grand Theft Auto V is still going strong after eight years.
Of course, a lot can change over the next few years. GTA6 doesn’t look like it will launch until 2025 at the earliest, according to reports. The Xbox Game Pass grows every year, and 2022 is expected to be the biggest yet. The companies will only be more and more attracted by the service. However, temper your expectations. Game Pass needs Grand Theft Auto more than Grand Theft Auto needs Game Pass. Rockstar clearly knows that, and he’s going to play with the system to increase his results, not his player count.