Last year, with the latest console launches imminent, Rockstar revealed it will be bringing another generational upgrade to Grand Theft Auto V in 2021. Although the studio went silent about this enhanced version following that, today, it gave an update announcing the launch date as November 11, 2021.
The "expanded and enhanced" release is hitting Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 consoles, though this time Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available as a standalone experience if anyone just wants to jump into the multiplayer side of things. The summer update heading to GTA Online will include "special benefits" just for those who will be enjoying the game through the new and upcoming version.
While the latest consoles from Sony and Microsoft can play GTA V right now, they are only presenting the old-gen version via backward compatibility. In the original announcement, Rockstar said it will be utilizing the power of the next-gen consoles to deliver "a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements" alongside exclusive content.
Meanwhile, PlayStation 5 players won't have to pay up for the GTA Online standalone edition when it arrives, at least at first. Rockstar is giving three months of free access to the multiplayer component for all PlayStation 5 players at launch. Pricing details for GTA V and GTA Online enhanced edition have not been revealed just yet.
Lastly, with the 20th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III coming up, Rockstar also hinted at something special being planned for the event. Aside from saying it will also include content for GTA Online players, the studio didn't go into much detail.