9. Rockstar Have Become The New Bioware
Maybe there'll be some future release that turns it all around, but GTA 5's "Expanded and Enhanced" trailer at PlayStation Showcase was the first Rockstar anything to receive a notably negative reception.
The reason? People are sick of being reminded that the company put all their millions into GTA Online, and continual re-releases of GTA V across an entire generation of consoles.
Worse still - and here's where the Bioware comparisons come in - Rockstar themselves are a shell of their formerly extra-creative selves.
Lead writer on every major GTA and the likes of Red Dead Redemption, Dan Houser, left in 2020. Producer Leslie Benzies - part of the "Rockstar trio" that powered the company's rise to the top - left in 2016.
Now all that's left is the supposed money-man Sam Houser, none of the lead creative forces that helped establish what Rockstar as a game studio "is", and a sales trajectory that only encourages less single player and more multiplayer.