Grand Theft Auto V has easily been one of the most well-received games in video game history, earning plenty of year-end accolades in 2013 and has since become one of the best-selling video games of all time.
With victories like that under its belt, it seemed like only a matter of time until Rockstar would eventually release an expansion for the game. Many had speculated as such, and Rockstar itself even said that it was working on story additions that would be coming by the end of 2014. However, it's the middle of 2016 now, and there is nothing of the sort in sight.
Now, it looks there is new hope for fans who had been anticipating a GTA V story DLC and never got one as Rockstar Games artist Adrian Page's online portfolio shows various locations from GTA V's Los Santos, but one of those screen shots is not like the others.
the difference between the two pics by BlackScout from GTAF. pic.twitter.com/AyACWHk915
— Fun De Panda (@TezFunz2) May 31, 2016
As you can see from the pictures above, the screen shot in question isn't from anywhere in Los Santos. Rather, it's from GTA IV's Middle Park, but using GTA V's RAGE Engine.
Granted, rumors about the possibility of Liberty City DLC have been around way before this photo came to light. For example, fans went crazy back in 2012 when ex-Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies discussed the possibility of a future GTA featuring all the cities from previous games and letting players fly in between them. However, with this latest screen shot, anticipation for a story DLC has reached a fever pitch.
So, is a GTA V story DLC coming? Unfortunately, the likelihood of that is quite low. Outside of the fact that Rockstar has yet to make an announcement alluding the possibility of such content, the grass and foliage textures look like they're from the PS3/Xbox 360 rather than current-gen consoles.
If anything, this looks like Rockstar is testing out the RAGE engine by porting over GTA IV map locations and practicing with new techniques. There's also the chance that it could have been intended content but got scrapped for one reason or another. Of course, there's also the possibility of it simply being one of the artist's favorite locations in GTA IV and this is merely a pet project.
Either way, whatever it is, it's unlikely that this screen shot means anything for the future of GTA V.
In the meantime, fans do have something actually real to look forward to. Rockstar announced last week that Further Adventures in Finance and Felony will be coming on June 7. The update to GTA Online will allow players to become CEO of a criminal organization in a bid to make loads of cash and rule the criminal underworld.