Rockstar Games has done a great job of bringing GTA Online to where it is today. These days, the multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto Online is now a standalone game with more content than most people would know what to do with. As much as there is already a lot to do in GTA Online, the game could have had even more.
According to Bloomberg, Rockstar has shelved a GTA Online mode similar to GTA 4’s “Cops ‘n’ Crooks.” and wicked people”. It is believed that Rockstar canned the mode after senior executives felt the public might misinterpret the narrative “during a time of heightened skepticism and mistrust of American police.”
In particular, the general public had negative views of law enforcement in the summer of 2020 following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.
The report adds that Rockstar has no plans to bring the mode back in the future as part of the company’s plans to be more politically awake.
Rockstar is no stranger to controversy. However, recent events have forced the company to make several changes. The report explains that Rockstar has taken several steps to change the narrative and improve its internal culture. To do this, Rockstar converted several full-time contract employees and added in-bed sanity breaks to change the perception of its crunch-happy work environment.
Interestingly enough, cancellations seem to have become a recurring theme for Rockstar Games these days. The report follows rumors that Rockstar has also shifted its resources to work on GTA Online and GTA 6 at the expense of GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption remasters as well as a next-gen Red Dead Redemption 2 upgrade.