In a huge Grand Theft Auto Online related post that Rockstar posted earlier today, the company confirmed the earlier leaked information surrounding Grand Theft Auto Online containing microtransactions letting players use real money to purchase virtual money.

After one Reddit user did some snooping, they discovered an XML file that contained details on microtransaction cash cards that’ll be appearing in GTA Online. Rockstar have detailed exactly what microtransactions will feature as well as reassuring players that this will not affect those that don’t use real cash to buy GTA$.

If you’re the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy denominations of GTA$. You will have the option to purchase GTA$ through the in-game Store. The game and its economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash.” the post reads.

“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.”

So for those who were unhappy about the online game containing the option to essentially buy their way to the top can be safe in the knowledge that the game has been balanced for those who want to “get rich quick”. All though the post didn’t contain specifics on how much the GTA$ cards will cost, Eurogamer has received insider information on the games microtransactions.

  • $100,000 Red Shark Cash Card – £1.99
  • $200,000 Tiger Shark Cash Card – £3.49
  • $500,000 Bull Shark Cash Card – £6.99
  • $1,250,000 Great White Shark Cash Card – £13.49

Finally those of us worrying about earning money in the Online world because it’s so damn hard to earn cash in the single player world will be pleased to read the following.

The economy is balanced differently from the single player economy, and cash earned in one cannot be taken over to the other. Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode.”

Grand Theft Auto Online is scheduled to launch on October 1 as a free update for Grand Theft Auto V. Players will get the chance to play online with up to 16 other people and complete over 500 missions some of which are from the single player campaign.

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