Grand Theft Auto Online will soon go offline for players on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game will officially be shut down on those consoles on Dec. 16, Rockstar announced on Wednesday.
Rockstar released a statement on its official website detailing why the game will be shut down on the older platforms:
As we continue to move forward with updates and support for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto Online — as well as prepare for this Fall’s launches of the new expanded and enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S — the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, including website stat tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club, will officially be shutting down on December 16, 2021. In addition, Shark Cash Cards for GTA Online will no longer be sold for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions after September 15, 2021.
In its post, Rockstar also explained what would be happening to other older games with Rockstar Games Social Club interactions. Story Modes for games like Grand Theft Auto 5 will be fine and continue to function; however, stat tracking that relied on the online service will disappear on Sept. 16. This change will specifically impact Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire.
The newly enhanced, current-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 and Grand Theft Auto Online will be available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X starting on Nov. 11.