Over the last few days, Grand Theft Auto fans have been in a flurry regarding the possibility of Rockstar Games hitting up players for paid content in the game’s multiplayer component, GTA Online. More recently, Rockstar has confirmed that players will have the opportunity to buy in-game items with real-world cash, writing on the official blog:
“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.”
In addition, Rockstar says that GTA Online has 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.”
GTA Online, Shaped By You
With GTA Online, Rockstar is intent on listening to its fans and players of the game in order to tweak and continue to iterate on the multiplayer, writing:
“The ultimate shape of GTA Online will be determined as much by you, the player, as by the work we put in. What you like and don’t like, what you play and what you want will determine how the game develops and what it turns into.”
Everything that Rockstar puts into GTA Online “will be informed by feedback” and the team is planning “a constant stream of new content, tweaks and updates in the weeks and months ahead.” From the very start, the focus will be on this content and tweaks, but also on ensuring that players are able to have a consistently stable experience online:
“We hope it will all run incredibly smoothly, but please bear with us if it doesn’t, and help us fix any and all problems!”
The Online Oyster is Your World
Rockstar has also outlined just some of the activities that you and up to fifteen online buddies and enemies will be able to take part in, with street, off-road, aerial and ocean-bound races (including pilot and co-pilot rally races!), jobs (including robberies and other “illicit activities”), sports like tennis, golf or base jumping, and, of course, simple open-world pleasures like movie watching, mountain biking… and outright chaos.
You’ll of course also be able to customise your virtual self with additional cars and weapons to collect, while keeping in mind your online Reputation which is earned while taking part in anything and everything that the in-game world has to offer. As mentioned, there will be the option to purchase in-game currency (which seems to be called GTA$) to get cars, weapons and other items sooner rather than later, but this is optional.
Free DLC and Beyond
Rockstar has a bunch of updates and extensive content releases planned for GTA Online, too, which include:
- 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.
The order and exact content for these updates may change, Rockstar warns, while final release dates will be made known closer to the time. These updates will also be free, says Rockstar.
This portion of Grand Theft Auto V will launch on October 1st, but there are no precise times for the roll-out yet, says Rockstar, while other specific details are currently being kept under wraps for now.
What do yo think of Rockstar’s plans for GTA Online so far?
Source: Rockstar Newswire