When Are GTA 5 Online Servers Shutting Down?

Many fans are worried if GTA V servers are closing down after GTA 6 releases, or…even before that.

With GTA 6 almost around the corner after a long wait, rumors abound about GTA 5 Online shutting down permanently. If you look up “when is GTA V shutting down” on Google, the first thing that shows up currently is a YouTube video that has the title “Rockstar Games are Shutting Down the Servers Tomorrow” which many might be assuming is a permanent shutdown.

Knowing that your favorite game is closing down its servers forever can be a piece of heartbreaking news, especially if the said game has been a part of your life for a whopping ten years. Thankfully, this time it’s just a rumor — here’s the truth behind it.

When are GTA 5 Online Servers Shutting Down?

GTA 5 Online servers aren’t shutting down anytime soon. While we don’t know the exact release date of GTA 6, it is most likely going to come out in 2024 or 2025. Even then, GTA V will still be going strong for quite a while.

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source: Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of those rare games that has been relevant (and thriving!) for more than a decade. It was released on September 17, 2013 and even in 2023, the online lobbies and roleplay servers are packed. Moreover, it still is present in the most played Steam games list, despite being a paid title, while the other top games are all free to play.

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source: Rockstar Games

Not just this, it is still in the Top 50 best sellers on Steam. Adding to the fact that the game was free on Epic for a while as well as its releases of Enhanced editions on consoles – the player count of this game is massive. The modding community of GTA V is on a whole other level too – new interesting and useful mods keep releasing from time to time.

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source: Rockstar Games

All of this proves that GTA 5 (which is a juggernaut of a game that earned $7.7 billion since its release and is on its way to $10 billion+) is not going to close down any time soon. At least not until the player count really, really dwindles. As of October 30, 2023, the Read Dead Online servers are still up too.

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source: Rockstar Games

So, if you see rumors and speculations of GTA 5 servers shutting down, they are either fake or just talking about a temporary shutdown for an upcoming update or maintenance. The developers will mention the exact timings on their official website support.rockstargames.com as well as their Twitter account.

Is GTA 5 coming to an end?

No, GTA 5 is not coming to an end anytime soon. It will most likely stay up even after the release of GTA 6.

GTA V is one of the best selling games of all time with more than 185,000,000 units sold, as per the information revealed by Take-Two. The sales graph has only seen an upward swing and it’s still going strong in 2023, as per Statista.com.

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source: Statista.com

Is GTA V Online still active in 2023?

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source: Steamcharts.com

Yes! GTA 5 Online had an average player count of 86,000+ players in October 2023 which is more than many recently released games. As per the data history, the player count tends to grow towards the end of the year or if the game has a new content update or event. But even without the updates, the core game is going strong, so players don’t have to worry about the servers closing down.

That’s everything to know about the rumors of GTA 5 Online shutting down. If you are trying to play GTA V and it says ‘blocked’, here’s what it means.