I'm furious that Rockstar scrapped 'James Bond Trevor' GTA 5 DLC

Trevor from the game GTA 5 swinging a baseball bat at a mime
(Image credit: Rockstar)

Well this is one piece of news I’m seriously salty over. Canadian character actor Steven Ogg has revealed Trevor Philips was going to get his own GTA 5 DLC where the sociopathic pilot would have been cast in the unlikely role as a “f**k up” government agent. 

"Trevor was gonna be undercover — he works for the feds," Ogg revealed during a recent Q&A with his GTA co-stars Ned Luke and Shawn Fonteno that was first picked up by The Loadout (thanks, GamesRadar+). 

Ogg — who has since used his breakout role in 2013’s sandbox smash hit as a platform to launch a successful TV career including roles in The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul and the BBC’s Boiling Point — had plenty to say about the 007-style Trevor that never quite materialized. “We did shoot some of that stuff with “James Bond” Trevor… he’s still kind of a f**k up, but he’s doing his best to pretend to be like [a secret agent],” said Ogg. 

The runaway sales success of GTA Online and its paid-for Shark Card currency likely put paid to any single-player GTA 5 DLC, which was rumored to be on the cards for the longest time. Ogg admits developer Rockstar Games pulled the plug on his character’s wild-sounding expansion, despite the fact a fair amount of work seems to have been put into the project. “We shot some stuff and then it just disappeared and [Rockstar] never did it,” reveals Ogg.

Considering I’ve finished GTA 5’s campaign at least half a dozen times, it’s definitely a downer that one of the best open-world games ever made never got single-player DLC. This is a sandbox masterpiece I love so much, Steam tells me I’ve played the PC version alone for a fairly ludicrous 382.2 hours.

It’s definitely a downer that one of the best open-world games ever made never got single-player DLC.

Meanwhile, as plans for single-player DLC were seemingly being thrown in the sea, GTA Online has continued to receive increasingly elaborate expansions, including the Doomsday Heists, the Diamond Casino Heist (which saw Rockstar insert a fully working casino into the outskirts of Los Santos), and the Cayo Perico Heist that takes place on its own unique island map.

The Bond-inspired tidbits Ogg reveals above seemingly confirm what last year’s GTA 5 source code leak hinted at, where users found a file entitled “Agent Trevor”; something The Gamer first reported on.

As much as Trevor is a truly despicable individual, I’d sure get a kick out of seeing him in GTA 6. Any hey, a cameo isn’t beyond the realms of possibility when you look back at Rockstar’s past. GTA 5 reintroduced GTA 4’s Patrick McReary as an optional heist member, while GTA 3’s antihero Claude Speed briefly appeared during a mission in GTA: San Andreas back in ye olden times of 2004.

Still, I’m going to be mourning the loss of secret agent Philips for a good while to come.

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Dave Meikleham
UK Computing Editor

Dave is a computing editor at Tom’s Guide and covers everything from cutting edge laptops to ultrawide monitors. When he’s not worrying about dead pixels, Dave enjoys regularly rebuilding his PC for absolutely no reason at all. In a previous life, he worked as a video game journalist for 15 years, with bylines across GamesRadar+, PC Gamer and TechRadar. Despite owning a graphics card that costs roughly the same as your average used car, he still enjoys gaming on the go and is regularly glued to his Switch. Away from tech, most of Dave’s time is taken up by walking his husky, buying new TVs at an embarrassing rate and obsessing over his beloved Arsenal.