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Rockstar Games to Shut Down GTA Online Servers for PS3, Xbox360

Rockstar Games announced they will be shutting down GTA Online service for PlayStation 3 and Xbox360.
Rockstar Games announced they will be shutting down GTA Online service for PlayStation 3 and Xbox360. / Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games announced they will be shutting down GTA Online service for PlayStation 3 and Xbox360.

The announcement came via the official Rockstar Games Twitter account on the morning of Tuesday, June 16. In a tweet published at 9:57 a.m., Rockstar linked a detailed blog post explaining exactly what will happen with the shutdown and updates going forward.

"As we continue to move forward with updates and support for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto Online," they wrote, "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."

Rockstar Games to Shut Down GTA Online for PS3, Xbox360

Service will conclude on Dec. 16, 2021. Shark Cash Cards for the platforms will no longer be sold as of Sept. 15—about three months prior.

"Please note, these changes are strictly for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, and will have no impact on access to, or progress within, the Grand Theft Auto V Story Mode." They wrote.

The post goes on to explain the other Rockstar social-specific features that will also be discontinued as part of the shutdown. On Sept. 16, website stat tracking for both Max Payne 3 and LA Noire will no longer be available. Additionally, Max Payne 3 players on the affected platforms will not be able to access online multiplayer or leaderboards.

"We’d like to thank the GTA Online community for their continued support, and look forward to seeing players continue their journey in Los Santos with us on new platforms." Rockstar wrote.

We recommend those looking to preserve their progress make the jump to the next console up—the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively—as soon as possible.