It'll definitely happen sooner rather than later I think. Perma bans on hackers and modders wouldn't hurt either.
Yes and yes.
Map DLC will happen. I am sure.
and yes Permabans on Hackers and modders will make this game a whole lot better. I don't dare to play Free roam right now... :S
And for the people telling you it won't come due to RAM limits...
Map size has nothing to do with RAM. only with memory. As long as you have enough space on your HDD there should be no problem.
The glitch where you could go to North Yankton did not have any performance hit on the consoles.
Due to cell loading (which GTA uses) a part of the map will only become detailed when close enough. In the distance they have a very low poly model which does not have any performance hit.
Why don't we have a super sized map then?
Well because of this:
Why should you make a lot and sell it for 60 dollar, if you can sell it for way more in loose packages? Also I believe that there should be things to do in the map otherwise it will become boring.
Rockstar is working on that right now. Make a few missions and heists in SP there and bring out the cut content along with it:
You have a DLC which you can sell for 30 to 40 dollars.
Instead of selling the game of a minimum of 40 dollars, now they catch 80 for it...
you get my point?
same with LC etc. They can do the entire world if they want and also Rockstar North president: The Benz said this Himself:
"WE ALREADY HAVE PLANS FOR WHAT THE NEXT WORLD HOLDS... WE'VE GOT A BUNCH OF OLD STUFF WE'RE TOYING WITH USING..."
"We're just going to add on NEW things to it, NEW places all the time. We've set this up so there are NO limitations. The only limitation is the size of the disc and how much memory we've got. We could, if we wanted, simulate the entire world, different countries, whatever."
And GTA Online is their baby... they want it to last forever... How can it last forever in one map? Not. So how will R* reach this goal? yeah you guessed right