Meta announced in 2021 its was working with Rockstar Games to bring Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to Quest. While a recent comment made by the company over the weekend sparked renewed hope the iconic open world game was still in development, Meta was quick to delete the comment with no further explanation, which isn’t exactly confidence inspiring.

In the comment section of a recent YouTube video for Racket Club (2023), Meta responded to user ‘internetpebble4731’ asking if there was a release date for GTA: San Andreas or whether the project had been officially cancelled.

What seemed like a longshot actually garnered a response from Meta itself, stating “we don’t have a release date yet, but we’re working on it!”

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We reached out to Meta while the comment was still live, and have yet to receive confirmation back whether they’re indeed “working on it” or it’s been officially cancelled. In the meantime, the company has deleted the comment, which feels more than just a bit like being ghosted.

Granted, Meta’s response seems fairly boilerplate as far as a social media management goes. A vote of confidence though, even a fairly miniscule one like a YouTube comment, wouldn’t need to be deleted if it were actually true.

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At the time of its announcement in 2021, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed Rockstar Games has been working with the company “for years” to bring the game to VR, which was supposed to target Quest 2.

“This new version of what I think is one of the greatest games ever made will offer players an entirely new way to experience this iconic open world in virtual reality,” Zuckerberg said at the time.

The last we heard about was at Connect 2023 when Meta told Road to VR it didn’t have “any updates to share on GTA: San Andreas.”

So, is it cancelled, or is Meta just playing it tight-lipped? As bad as it looks, there’s really no telling for now. The company’s Connect 2024 developer conference may be the next logical opportunity for any sort of update, which takes place September 25th-26th.

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  • gothicvillas

    I think it was a hardware issue.. just need to wait on some huge advancements in mobile VR tech.

    • MasterElwood

      Nah. I've played this like 10 years ago on Android. Power and ram are not the problem.

      • Seanm57

        You played it on Android at what frame rate and what resolution? It’s not so simple to say because it ran at 720p 20fps on phone hardware that it can run at 4k 90fps on Quest 2 hardware.

        • philingreat

          in addition, you always need to render 2 screens in VR which cuts the performance in half

          • ViRGiN

            no it doesn't.

      • Peter vasseur

        You didn’t play it ten years ago on anything vr. Current vr hasn’t even been out 10 years. And no it wasn’t available on the Samsung phone vr junk.

  • Nothing to see here

    Do tell!

  • John G

    I have nearly purchased GTA5 a few times as there are VR ports out there (or were) but following all the malarkey about it, decided to never purchase a game from Rockstar.

    I'm focusing on Fallout and Skyrim right now, at least Bethesda was a little helpful. Not a lot though.

    • Munadzam Samsudin

      is free before on Epic, and I use it to played in VR with LukeRoss mod

  • ViRGiN

    What a bullshit article.
    This isn't Meta statement. This is just random Meta employee expressing the most neutral statement.
    You could ask if there are ever plans to update Half-Life Alyx to suport left handed players, and they would say pretty much the same.

    Or you could ask valve directly if they are working on VR, and they would make the same vaguely obsolete statement, which they actually did on occassion of Steam Deck release with Norm from Tested.

  • another juan

    deleting the comment seems too deliberated. a lowkey official cancellation announcement seems inevitable now.

  • Nevets

    The comment of a junior employee is unlikely to reflect reality. Given the need for long-term secrecy, first-line social media responders will have been exposed to the same amount of information as the average live chat handler – in other words, everything already released to the public, and absolutely no more.

    That said, given the elapsed time, there are certainly inferences that can be pondered from the company's deletion of the comment. It would make sense to definitively confirm that the game is no longer in development if it is no longer in development. But which inference is correct remains, of course, a matter of debate.

  • same.. got lspdfr and using spacemonkey to get Telemetry on my H6.

    • Peter vasseur

      You’re playing gta v with your h6, I got a h3 .

  • ApocalypseShadow

    Guess it all comes down to that it's still coming and they need more time as the game might have been pushed to Quest 3.

    Or, it's canceled and they are waiting it out until gamers stop caring if it does get canceled.

    Hopefully, they didn't use this as a dangling carrot to get more headset sales by lying. Like Microsoft in that they said Scale Bound was coming to then cancel it after the Christmas season. Or, VR was coming to Xbox and that Xbox One was so powerful and capable to play VR. Then, canceled console VR.

    We'll just have to wait and see.

    • Nevets

      Did Microsoft ever say VR was coming to Xbox? I don't remember that's at all.

      • Sven Viking

        Can’t post links here, but Google “project scorpio vr”

        • Nevets

          Interesting. Never knew that

  • ViRGiN

    I agree, my valve index is a dead headset despite it being technically functional

    • ViRGiN

      'cept I don't own one, only a hatred of Valve as do the rest of my cult following (2 members strong).

      • ViRGiN

        I’m not complaining how great it functions as door stopper!

      • NicoleJsd

        Pls just stop bre4thin g at this point so countless eyes dont bleed out from second hand embarrassment

  • ViRGiN

    How can pcvr be dead when uevr supports 11000+ games?

    • Peter vasseur

      Exactly l, you’re like a politician. You blow with whatever direction the breeze is blowing. I can’t even count how many times your screamed pcvr is dead. Now here you are saying the opposite. Not surprising, that you didn’t catch the sarcasm.

  • Nevets

    Isn't it equally likely that they're saving the announcement for Quest 3S launch or for Connect? I would have thought that if it was canceled they would have admitted it by now.

  • xyzs

    If the VR version was supposed to be based on the “definitive edition” disgusting remaster, maybe it’s better to cancel…

    • Jonathan Winters III

      Yes, so I think very possibly have moved production to either a different build or a different GTA title.

  • Everyone was sharing that comment on social media, so it became an important statement, while actually was just a stock answer written by a minor PR person. That's the reason why Meta canceled it

  • Natia