Rockstar North’s eight year old open world juggernaut, Grand Theft Auto V, leaves Game Pass very soon. That’s according the official page for the subscription service. The massive urban sandbox is listed under the “Leaving Soon” filter alongside games like It Lurks Below, The Touryst and Undermine.
It’s unclear on what date these four games will be leaving Game Pass, but it ought to be soon as games tend to depart from Game Pass around the second week of every month.
The departure of Grand Theft Auto V is particularly noteworthy as the game is a fairly recent addition. It joined Game Pass in April of this year, making its time on the service as little as three months. This isn’t the first time GTA V has been on Game Pass though. It debuted on the service in January of 2020 and remained for as long as five months.
All that being said, Game Pass is set to receive a handful of notable games in the coming weeks. Open planet air travel sandbox Microsoft Flight Simulator lands in Game Pass tomorrow. Cyberpunk top down shooter The Ascent and underworld roguelite Hades will also be launching later this month. And closing the month will be the long-awaited Psychonauts 2.
Meanwhile, if you’re still in the middle of a playthrough of the misadventures of Trevor, Michael and Franklin in Los Santos and mean to continue through to September, consider picking up Grand Theft Auto V Premium Edition for $14.99 (down from $29.99) on the Xbox Summer Sale. Or you could hold out and see if it returns to Game Pass again.
That seems unlikely though. Chances are that Grand Theft Auto V is leaving because Rockstar is preparing a current gen version of the game for Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 for release this November. It’s doubtful they’d want players to have had their fill of Los Santos before trying to sell a version of the game that supports Quick Resume, 4K, HDR, 60 FPS and fast loading.