GTA 5 Launch Timeline
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December 16, 2021Rockstar Games ends support for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online as well as Social Club connectivity for those and other games of the console generation.
December 15, 2021The latest major DLC for Grand Theft Auto Online drops titled "The Contract". It is essentially a continuation of the GTA V story and would have likely been the storymode DLC we had expected but never got.
July 20, 2021The Los Santos Tuners update brings more vehicles and customization to GTA Online with a new mod shop and places to show off your rides.
December 15, 2020Rockstar Games adds a whole new island to explore (and rob) in GTA Online with the Cayo Perico Heist.
August 11, 2020The Los Santos Summer Special adds more vehicles and co-op missions to GTA Online with a summer fun theme.
June 11, 2020Rockstar Games announced the almost 7 year old Grand Theft Auto V would make its way onto a third generation of consoles including the PlayStation 5 in the second half of 2021. The game would be updated to take advantage of the new consoles. GTA Online will be making the jump too. PC users will continue to see updates as well.
December 12, 2019A new heist is added to GTA Online involving the Casino.
July 23, 2019After many small DLC updates over the past year, the under contruction casino in northeastern Los Santos finally opened for business nearly 6 years after GTA V's initial release.
July 24, 2018Rockstar had been busy releasing REMIX versions of previous game modes but even with Red Dead Online being their main focus, Rockstar managed to squeeze out a new DLC: Arena War. The mode brings apocalyptic vehicle battles to the Maze Bank Arena.
July 24, 2018Following various vehicle and game mode releases, Rockstar Games introduces GTAO: After Hours which brings new adventures to the Los Santos nightlife.
January 30, 2018Following the Ubermacht Revolter, the Pfister Neon is released along with Hardest Target Mode.iGTA5
January 16, 2018After the release of the Annis Savestra and Lampadati Viseris, the Grotti GT500 sports car and Air Quota Mode are released.
December 12, 2017The Doomsday Heist offers a new way to save San Andreas and the world. The heist involves 3 acts while you and some powerful people fight off other powerful people trying to take over.
October 17th, 2017More vehicles and aircraft were released for Smuggler's Run and then Transform Races became the new way to drive, fly, and drive again around GTA Online. Later in the month Halloween returned.
August 29th, 2017After numerous vehicle releases and new adversary modes for the previous DLC expansion, Smuggler's Run is released for GTA Online.
June 30th, 2017Another new Adversary Mode: Dawn Raid plus the Vagner Supercar and the return of Independence Day specials.
June 13th, 2017After a month of various discounts and bonuses, the next big DLC release is Gunrunning. Players are also encouraged to log into GTA Online to get a tax refund in the future. iGTA5
April 25th, 2017Billed as an Adversary Mode, Tiny Racers takes stunt racing down to a smaller level.
April 11th, 2017Once special for returning players in story mode, the Duke O'Death is now available for all in new-gen GTA Online.
April 11th, 2017Land Grab Adversary Mode is a new take on Capture-the-Flag.
April 4th, 2017The Turismo Classic joins GTA Online.
March 28th, 2017Resurrection Adversary Mode is released along with the Infernus Classic.
March 21st, 2017The Hijak Ruston is added and the Stunt Race Creator gets an update.
March 14th, 2017After adding more stunt races and related items earlier in the month, Rockstar released Cunning Stunts: Special Vehicle Circuit featuring new vehicles.
February 14th, 2017Valentine's Day returns in GTA Online with the return of items from the previous year.
January 17th, 2017Collection Time is the next new Adversary Mode released plus the Dewbauchee Specter makes its debut.
January 2nd, 2017A new Adversary Mode titled Vehicle Vendetta is released along with the Pegassi FCR 1000. Later the Progen Itali GTB Custom becomes available.
December 20th, 2016Festive Surprise returns to GTA Online featuring the return of holiday content and other special bonuses.
December 13th, 2016After additional vehicles being released for the Bikers DLC, a whole new DLC titled Import/Export is released featuring plenty of new vehicles, new garages with tons of space, and new ways to make money.
October 4th, 2016After two months of bonus weeks in GTAO, the long-awaited and requested Biker DLC is released. Similar to the VIP content you can form your own motorcycle club/gang and take on business ventures in Los Santos and Blaine County.
August 2nd, 2016The Content Creator for GTAO is updated to include stunt races and a new Adversary mode called Entourage is released.
July 26th, 2016Five more stunt races and another set of three vehicles are added to GTA Online's Cunning Stunts DLC.
July 19th, 2016Six additional stunt races and three more vehicles are added to GTA Online's Cunning Stunts DLC.
July 12th, 2016Rockstar pleases the stunting and racing community with the Cunning Stunts DLC featuring more vehicles and plenty of sky-high fun as you race around above San Andreas.
June 21st, 2016Power Play is released which is yet another Adversary Mode that will take you back to what video games used to be. Rockstar also releases the first of three new super cars as part of the Further Adventures in Finance update. The other two were released one at a time later.
June 7th, 2016Rockstar expands VIP criminal empires in GTA Online with Further Adventures in Finance and Felony. You can now buy an office and a warehouse for your illicit goods.
May 3rd, 2016Another new Adversary Mode titled In and Out is released. iGTA5
April 12th, 2016Rockstar adds the new Inch by Inch Adversary Mode plus the Vapid Minivan becomes customizable at Benny's.
April 5th, 2016The Tornado becomes available to customize at Benny's featuring the usual lowrider options that will make South LS gangs rage with jealousy.
March 15th, 2016Adding to Benny's customer base is the Lowriders: Custom Classics DLC. You can now customize a Slamvan, Virgo, and make the previously released Faction into a donk ride. Two new weapons include the Compact Rifle and Double Barrel Shotgun.
February 26th, 2016Rockstar adds a new Rhino Hunt Adversary Mode to new-gen GTA Online. It is a simple premise: a small army of "hunters" tries to take out a Rhino tank.
February 10th, 2016The Be My Valentine DLC releases featuring items from the original Valentine Massacre permanently available plus new items including the Roosevelt Valor variant which has even more customization options.
January 28th, 2016A small update to GTA Online for new-gen includes a new Drop Zone Adversary Mode and the ability to customize a Sultan or Banshee at Benny's to turn them into super fast race cars.
December 23, 2015Adding to the Festive Surprise, Rockstar brings back the snow, adds the new Beast vs Slasher adversary mode, and unleashes the Tampa back into the GTA realm.
December 21, 2015Once again Rockstar celebrates the holiday with Festive Surprise 2015. Christmas items in GTA Online return along with some new ones.
December 15, 2015After a month of small job updates and event weekends, Rockstar releases the Executives and Other Criminals DLC for new-gen GTA Online. In addition to new armored vehicles, two new weapons, and new pads (including a yacht), players can now have or become bodyguards to another player with cash to burn.
October 29, 2015The Halloween Surprise is released for GTA Online. Two killer vehicles are added along with a flashlight weapon, new masks/face paints, and the new Slasher adversary mode.
October 20, 2015Another month of silence which ends with the release of the Lowriders DLC for GTA Online featuring two new vehicles and numerous options for a few others. Two new weapons are introduced and other updates to GTAO are made available. iGTA5
September 15, 2015After a quiet month in August, Rockstar releases the Freemode Events Update for GTA Online which is a new, streamlined way to play jobs during free roam. This DLC marks the first to be only for new-gen platforms. No further large updates to the old-gen will be made. The Rockstar Editor also debuts on the PS4 and Xbox One consoles with the Freemode Events Update.
July 8, 2015Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 releases with even more high-priced goods to spend your heist money on. "The Lab" radio station also makes its way onto all consoles.
June 10, 2015The DLC drought ends with the release of Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 for GTA Online. The update features more gold than the Union Depository. And the items cost accordingly.
May 13, 2015The first PC video editor contest goes live. The challenge is to create a music video for "Leave" by Wavves.
April 18, 2015Don't have a monster gaming PC to play GTA V maxed out? Rockstar Games is giving away a custom Digital Storm Velox PC.
April 14, 2015After a long, long wait Grand Theft Auto V finally makes it to PC.
April 13, 2015With the PC version launching soon, Rockstar gives an introduction to the updated video editor.
April 8, 2015Hands-on previews of GTA V for PC are posted by gaming media. Things are looking up for the PC version.
April 2, 2015Rockstar releases a 60FPS trailer for GTA V on PC exclusively on their site.
March 27, 2015New screenshots are posted for GTA V on PC and a trailer is announced for the following week.
March 10, 2015GTA Online Heists are finally made available!
March 9, 2015A third short heist video previews a bank robbery.
March 6, 2015Another short heist video is released showing the Hydra being stolen from the Navy. This is on top of Rockstar announcing a new radio station called "The Lab" to debut with the PC version. Later in the day Rockstar posts some tips on setting up your crew for heists.
March 5, 2015Gaming media post hands-on previews of GTA Online Heists. Worth the wait? They make a good case for that. Rockstar posts a short video showing the heist on Humane Labs too, which coincides with the previews. iGTA5
February 27, 2015Rockstar releases 15 new screenshots for the PC version of GTA V.
February 24, 2015Heists are officially set for a March 10th release but the PC version of GTA V is delayed another month to April 14th, 2015.
January 13, 2015Just two weeks away from the PC release, Rockstar delays it to March 24th, 2015. On the upside heists are said to be coming before then for consoles. PC specs are also revealed.
December 18, 2014Rockstar wraps up the holidays with the Festive Surprise GTA Online event lasting from December into January.
December 16, 2014Rockstar finally shows us some updated GTA Online heist gameplay - plus they announce heists are coming early in 2015 - and IGN gets an interview for more information. Plenty of new screenshots are made available.
November 18, 2014Grand Theft Auto V enters the new-gen with its release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
November 12, 2014Rockstar gives some additional information about the new-gen GTA Online including double the amount of props in the creator.
November 10, 2014With 8 days until release, Rockstar Games reveals the new-gen launch trailer for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One:
November 4-6, 2014IGN gets the first preview of the new-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V. It is revealed that a first person view will be added and the closer view requires more than a simple graphics overhaul. Further previews talk about the increased pedestrian and animal populations plus a quick look at 30-player GTA Online matches.
October 31, 2014On the heels of the San Andreas anniversary, Rockstar celebrates Halloween with a weekend of bonus RP & GTA$ plus discounts on various items of interest and a Snapmatic contest.
October 28, 2014Details are revealed for exclusive content coming to the new-gen version of GTA V for returning players from the last-gen. New vehicles, side missions, and a Rail Gun are shown in screenshots.
October 23, 2014Rockstar celebrates the 10th Anniversary of GTA San Andreas with a special event weekend for GTA online featuring discounts on green apparel and a snapmatic contest.
October 2, 2014Another surprise DLC comes in the form of the Last Team Standing Update featuring new weapons, vehicles, clothing, jobs, and more!
September 17, 2014On GTA V's first anniversary Rockstar releases numerous GTA V and GTA Online artworks as wallpapers.
September 12, 2014Rockstar confirms the release dates for the new-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto V. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will get it on November 18th and PC users will need to wait until January 27th, 2015.
August 19, 2014Rockstar takes to the skies with the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online. The update features access to three new aircraft and the Coquette Classic plus new Air Force clothing and jobs too.
July 1, 2014Ammu-Nation sponsors the Independence Day Special which runs through half of July. 'merica!!!
June 17, 2014Rockstar goes against mainstream corporate strategy and releases the unannounced "I'm Not a Hipster" Update.
June 9, 2014During Sony's E3 event, Grand Theft Auto V was officially announced for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One with a Fall 2014 release.
May 13, 2014The High Life Update is released providing high-end apartments and new jobs for GTA Online. Plus new vehicles, the Bullpup Rifle, and other items.
April 11, 2014Adding to the Creator tools, Capture jobs can now be created. Choose to make Contend, GTA, Hold, or Raid styles of Capture.
March 4, 2014The Business Update is released featuring new GTA Online jobs, a few high-end vehicles, two new weapons, and appropriate clothing.
February 13, 2014Rockstar releases the Valentine's Day Massacre Special content. The 1920s gangster-themed pack features new GTA Online jobs, new outfits, Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun, and a classy Albany Roosevelt automobile.
February 4, 2014A Social Club update increases the member limit for Crews. You can now have up to 1000 people in a user-created Crew!
December 24, 2013Rockstar gets into the Christmas spirit with holiday themed clothing and even a snowday for GTA Online!
December 19, 2013An additional (free!) mode called "Capture" is made available in GTA Online. Capture is about more than flags.
December 11, 2013The first round of Creator tools are made available for GTA Online. Players are now able to create races and deathmatches. iGTA5
December 2, 2013Wallpapers for Tracey and Simeon are released.
November 19, 2013The first (free!) DLC for GTA V and GTA Online is released: The Beach Bum Update. The update features new vehicles, weapons, and plenty of online action.
October 29, 2013Official artworks of Franklin and Chop are released as wallpapers.
October 28, 2013Themes for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are made available. The iFruit App also comes to Android.
October 18, 2013GTA V becomes available to download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
October 1, 2013Grand Theft Auto Online is made available but to unfortunate circumstances as players experience many bugs while trying to get online.
September 17, 2013GTA V is released!
September 16, 2013Rockstar releases free apps for iFruit and the full game manual. Later in the day reviews for GTA V are posted by various media outlets.
September 13, 2013Rockstar posts a Midnight Release Locator for North America and the UK. Later in the day the Official GTA V Website is updated and the final portions of the travelogue are made available. New screenshots and an artwork are also released.
September 12, 2013Rockstar launches LifeInvader.com - a fictional website crossed over into the real world. Businesses from GTA V offer discounts to their "stalkers" (via Social Club log in) that can be redeemed in the game.
Along with an interview of Dan Houser, Polygon is given a new artwork of Chop to show us - a very large artwork too.
September 11, 2013Game Informer posts their own GTA Online preview. A little more detail is learned about GTA V's multiplayer aspect.
September 9, 2013Each GTA fansite is given an exclusive screenshot to share with their visitors. A scavenger hunt ensues to find all of the new screenshots.
September 6, 2013The official GTA V website is updated again with more information and screenshots. The official artwork for Lester is also released.
September 5, 2013With a unique announcement, the Epsilon Seminar winners are announced in a unique way as well through Cult Stoppers.
September 4, 2013IGN posts the first hands-on preview of GTA Online. Needless to say we won't be disappointed.
September 3, 2013We hit the two weeks until release mark and the first hands-on previews are finally posted. New screenshots are also shown by very lucky media outlets.
August 30, 2013Rolling Stone and Pitchfork give out the first official details about GTA V's soundtrack and Rockstar fills in some other details including previews of radio stations.
August 29, 2013The fourth trailer is released simply titled "The Official Trailer" since GTA V had gone gold a few days earlier.
August 24, 2013Grand Theft Auto V is announced to have "gone gold" by Rockstar Games via comments on their newswire.
August 23, 2013The official GTA V website is updated again with a few more content features unlocked. There are also 8 new official screenshots added to the gallery.
August 20, 2013It is announced that GTA V will be available as a Day 1 Digital release on the PS3 - and a couple days later GTA V pre-load information from the European PSN is hacked into to reveal plenty of audio information. Whoopsies.
August 16, 2013The GTA 5 achievements (and similarly, the trophies) are posted by xbox360achievements.org. Many interesting things are learned. iGTA5
August 15, 2013The Grand Theft Auto Online gameplay video is released. Minds are blown by the features GTAO will contain. Previews are also released by gaming media.
August 13, 2013The official GTA V website is updated - and essentially launched - with new screenshots and features about life in Los Santos & Blaine County.
July 31, 2013The American ESRB rates Grand Theft Auto V Mature which comes as a surprise to nobody. The Australian Classification Board also rates the unedited GTA V R18+.
July 29, 2013Rockstar releases 12 new screenshots under the title "The Fast Life".
July 9, 2013The first official GTA V Gameplay Trailer was released. We have 143 screencaps created from the trailer.
Soon afterward Game Informer released two new GTA V articles. The first article is all about Customization, where discussions about guns and cars come into play. The second article was about Combat and Cover, and how they improved each by using ideas from past games to help evolve the combat from GTA IV.
Media outlets also released 15 new screenshots.
July 2, 2013Rockstar came out with a Q&A session titled 'GTA V: Asked & Answered' giving away important and interesting information like:
- The 360 edition will use two disks, but fortunately the first disk will only be used for a mandatory install (8 GB) and won't be needed again unless to reinstall.
- The PS3 version only has one disk, and will also have an 8 GB mandatory install.
- They say that they will release the first Official Gameplay Video soon.
- As of right now they still have no info for us about a PC version, and are currently "completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now."
Rockstar then released two official wallpapers featuring Lamar and Jimmy which you may have seen previously from GTA V previews.
June 26, 2013Brady Games has opened up pre-orders for the official Grand Theft Auto V Strategy Guide. Also Gamestop announced that they will be giving away free posters for those who pre-order Grand Theft Auto V from them. The poster features the cover art and heist planning artwork.
June 11, 2013At this years E3 Sony announced they will be selling an exclusive GTA V bundle containing both the game and a Playstation 3 Slim. They will also be selling an exclusive $179 Grand Theft Auto V Pulse Elite Headset.
Rockstar then released the 9 screenshots seen at Sony's E3 press event.
May 23, 2013Rockstar announced the GTA V Special Edition and Collector's Edition are available for pre-order.
May 16, 2013Rockstar released one new screenshot, and three high quality versions of screens seen in past previews.
May 13, 2013The three new artworks that were used placeholders for the third trailers are released.
May 7, 2013Twelve additional screenshots are released.
May 2, 2013The second wave of previews hits the internet. Much more is learned about gameplay and heists. Another 24 screenshots found in the previews are officially released the next day. Additional artworks were also shown in some previews.
April 30, 2013Rockstar releases a trio of trailers featuring each protagonist. All three are together in the video below.
April 29, 2013On the anniversary of GTA IV's release, a contest begins to put yourself in GTA V as an Epsilon member.
April 2, 2013While watching a mural in NYC get painted, Rockstar releases the official cover art for GTA V.
March 27, 2013After nearly two months of silence, Rockstar released 10 new screenshots.
January 31, 2013Rockstar announced the official release date would be September 17, 2013.
January 4, 2013The day started with the release of 4 official artworks for download seen previously in promotional posters including Franklin & Chop and Michael in front of the Vinewood sign.
Rockstar released full versions of all previously released screenshots featured in previews. There were two additional ones never digitally released.
December 24, 2012As a Christmas Eve present, Rockstar published 5 new screenshots.
November 30, 2012Rockstar Games releases the Trevor artwork for download.
November 14, 2012The second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V is released. Plenty of action in this one.
November 13, 2012While a trailer countdown is added in place of the future trailer, Rockstar released the artwork used for Game Informer's cover for download.
November 12-16, 2012Starting on Monday the 12th, previews from other gaming media including IGN and many from Europe are released. Some new information is learned and plenty of new screenshots make their way online throughout the week. A few interviews are posted as well. On Friday the 16th both Game Informer and IGN post Q&A articles to breakdown their previews and interviews into some simpler points. iGTA5
November 8, 2012Game Informer releases the first preview of Grand Theft Auto V. A lot of information is spilled including what makes GTA V so special. Plenty of cool screenshots are shown too.
November 5, 2012Rockstar announces the second trailer will be released on November 14th, and also starts allowing pre-orders of Grand Theft Auto V to begin. The 'Beach Weather' artwork was updated as well.
October 30, 2012Rockstar confirms Grand Theft Auto V will release in Spring 2013 among other minor information. A new artwork is shown as well, and other artworks from retail displays are posted on the internet.
October 24, 2012Two months after the screenshots Rockstar Games releases the first official artwork for GTA 5 titled "Pest Control".
August 24, 2012Rockstar released a final set of new screenshots for the week titled "Business".
August 22, 2012As promised, Rockstar Games released another three screenshots titled "Leisure".
August 20, 2012Rockstar Games released a further three screenshots titled "Transport" with the promise of more later in the week.
July 12, 2012Rockstar Games released their first 2 official GTA 5 screenshots in a Questions and Answers session on their Newswire.
March 22, 2012IGN releases official information about Rockstar's new Crew system for multiplayer in Max Payne 3 and future titles including Grand Theft Auto V. iGTA5
November 3, 2011Rockstar Games released a statement giving a small amount of detail about the game. They then launched the official website splash page.
November 2, 2011November 2nd saw the launch of the First Official GTA V trailer. This showed off Los Santos, some of the countryside and a number of characters who may play important roles in the game.
October 25, 2011On October 25th, Rockstar Games shocked the world with a surprise announcement on Twitter. They simply posted the hash tag #GTAV and linked to their official website which displayed the GTA V Logo and gave a date for the first official trailer.
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