Rockstar has announced that they will be shutting down the online services for three of their PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games. This includes Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire, but will most notably see GTA Online go… offline.
The schedule for the server shut down is as follows:
September 16th 2021
- L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3 – Online services for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, including website stat tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club no longer available.
- GTA Online – PS3 and Xbox 360 Shark Cards for GTA Online are removed from sale.
December 16th 2021
- GTA Online – Online services for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, including website stat tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club no longer available.
In all cases, the single player side of each game will remain playable.
There is no feature available to transfer character data or progress from these platforms to a newer generation. Virtual currency and purchases are also platform-specific and cannot be refunded or transferred, and any stat tracking for PS3 and Xbox 360 via Rockstar Games Social Club will also be removed.
All that effort you put into these games, whether it was just last week or 7 years ago is going to become dust.
Of course, it makes sense for Rockstar to want to see the back of the PS3 and Xbox 360. The consoles are sure to be just a tiny portion of their player base at this point, with GTA Online receiving its final update on that generation of hardware all the way back in 2015.
Not only that, but the company is gearing up for the new generation. GTA V is set to release for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in November. GTA Online will be free to PS5 owners for the first three months, as Rockstar and Take Two clearly hope to bring as many PS4 players into the new generation as they can. The game has been a huge money spinner for Take Two over the past seven years, and nobody at the company wants that to change until GTA 6 is ready to ship!