After weeks of mounting speculation over the highly anticipated reveal of Grand Theft Auto 6, fans were left in the lurch as the rumoured October 26 reveal date came and went without a word.
The absence of a reveal has had notable consequences on Rockstar Games’ stock, leading many to speculate that the company may delay the official announcement until next year.
Amid this speculation, Rockstar Games has rolled out an important update that could affect a considerable segment of its GTA Online player base. Starting January 30, 2024, the online gaming platform will cease support for Microsoft Windows 7 and 8 operating systems.
In an official statement, Rockstar Games advised: “In light of Microsoft’s end of support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems, Rockstar Games will no longer officially support these operating systems beginning January 30, 2024. To prevent any future interruptions of service and ensure continued access to the latest platform features, we recommend Windows 7 and 8 users upgrade to a supported operating system as soon as possible.”
While the exact number of affected users is unknown, data from 2021 indicated that over 100 million PCs were operating on Windows 7. Although no recent figures are available for 2022 or 2023, it’s reasonable to assume that millions of gamers could potentially be impacted by this change.
The lack of a GTA VI reveal has had a ripple effect on Rockstar Games’ financial performance. With the touted October 26 date yielding no new updates, the company’s stock took a hit, leaving fans and investors alike in a state of anticipation. With the absence of a new reveal, all eyes are now on Rockstar’s next move, which many believe won’t occur until next year.
As the gaming community awaits further news on GTA 6, those still using Windows 7 and 8 are urged to upgrade their operating systems to continue enjoying GTA Online without interruption. This move marks a significant operational shift for Rockstar Games and could have wide-reaching implications for a large portion of the player base.