With less than a week away from Grand Theft Auto Online’s release on October 1st, Rockstar have taken the liberty of posting an exciting new schedule of what to expect from the first few weeks of the already internationally buzzing Grand Theft Auto V’s multiplayer experience, along with details on the features made available from the get-go and the opportunities we can take to put some weight in our virtual pockets.
From the information listed in the post, we’ve parted the wheat from the chaff to bring you this list of what to expect in the coming weeks;
- GTA Online will feature an entirely different experience compared to GTA V’s narrative, including economy changes and a world set 5 years prior to the main game.
- The future of GTA Online is dependent on you, the players; Rockstar will be monitoring missions, gameplay and feedback to upgrade and tweak the online world around you, starting from day 1.
- As time goes on, Rockstar guarantees new dynamic opportunities within the game world such as new missions and “all kinds of future content”.
- Updates, support and new content will be constantly streamed to the game over the next few weeks and months relative to user feedback.
- The ability to create your own deathmatches and races is not available instantly, this will be an expansion made available for free once Rockstar get a solid concept of how their servers will manage traffic.
- All additional activities – ie. mountain biking, basejumping, tennis, movie theatres, shooting range etc – will be available for multiple players to share the experience together, a new addition to the franchise.
- You can still assault gas stations, liquor stores and Stockade securivans for easy cash and an additional value: reputation. These assets can also be obtained through competitive games of tennis, golf etc.
- You may tackle missions to your heart’s content, either alone or with recruited company, as well as the option to participate in side-missions such as taxi fares.
- Races make a comeback with street, offroad, aerial and oceanic options, as well as the all-new “Rally” which teams two players together, driver and co-pilot, against challenging, brutal winding tracks.
- The character creator is an individual suite, where players utilise a new “parent system”, choosing both mother and father, and using a slider to determine the similarities and resemblance the child bares.
- Clothing stores are introduced to GTA Online, as well as vehicle customisation and private garages.
- You may purchase and download GTA$ packages, though it remains only as an addition and non-essential; Rockstar state “the game and its economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash. There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game. You don’t have to spend real money to attain the cars, guns, clothes, flash and style of a high-roller in Los Santos, but can if you wish to get them a little quicker.”
- Any profit made in GTA Online will not transfer to the GTA V main game.
- Rockstar states “most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode.”
Among other things, Rockstar plan on offering free expansion packs for the online experience, four of which are detailed below;
- The Content Creator: The Content Creator will launch with tools to tailor and publish your own Deathmatches & Races.
- The Beach Bum Pack: Featuring 4 new amazing beach fun vehicles, over 300 new items of incredible down tempo leisure wear and 2 new but not remotely relaxing weapons.
- Capture the Flag: GTA Online’s take on the classic CTF mode including the ability to make your own using The Content Creator.
- Heists: This update will introduce full-on cooperative Heist missions that will require careful planning, teamwork and sharp execution – along with the Heist Planning Board for your apartment
Whilst dates may still be unknown, I’m sure we can expect further announcements in the very near future, until then we can only hope that Grand Theft Auto Online kicks off to a smooth start next week.
Feel free to follow this link to the full article and brace yourself for the streets of Los Santos next Tuesday, they’re bound to be booming.