If you were among those deeply invested in either Grand Theft Auto Online or Red Dead Online but worried you’d have to put those games on the shelf when the PS5 or Xbox Series X and S arrived, consider your fears assuaged: Rockstar has confirmed that backwards compatibility for both GTA V and RDR 2 — and their respective online shared worlds — will be available day one for both consoles.
For those who own either game in disc form, it’s simply a matter of feeding said disc into your system (provided it has a disc drive, so in other words, the PS5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series S consoles are excluded), while those who own digital game copies will just need to re-download whatever Rockstar games are tied to their Xbox Live or PlayStation Network accounts. “Your current progress and accomplishments in both Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online will also carry over, provided you are using the same PlayStation Network or Xbox Live account on the new console,” announces the post.
In other news, Take Two Interactive has had its earnings call, which sees the company’s net revenue down 2% to $841.1 million and net bookings up less than 1% to $957.5 million, with NBA 2K20 and NBA 2K21 ending up as top earners. In that same earnings call, Take Two president Karl Slatoff appeared unconvinced by games subscription services as major earners, noting, “We’re highly skeptical that subscriptions will be the only way or the primary way that interactive entertainment is distributed.”