Grand Theft Auto V
More New GTA Online Details Released, Including Planned Updates
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Rockstar has released more details regarding GTA Online, an experience it calls, "a fully realized and living world for multiple players that will continue to grow and take shape over time."

Encompassing the game's open world and offering jobs, races, sports and of course chaotic crime sprees, GTA Online is looking like it's going to start huge and get even... huger. Rockstar already has a number of updates lined up which will include the addition of new vehicles, clothes, mode creators and most excitingly, heists.

Beyond that it's, somewhat, up to you. Rockstar says, "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."

"We are planning for a constant stream of new content, tweaks and updates in the weeks and months ahead."

GTA Online launches on October 1st, but Rockstar is warning users to expect the worst as an estimated 15 million users all attempt to fire it up pretty much simultaneously. There will be server issues at first, that's pretty much guaranteed.

The Launch of Grand Theft Auto Online:

From launch, up to 16 players can enter the world together to partake in everything from:

  • Open-World Crime and Chaos: Go on your own or round up your friends to explore the open world together – catch a movie, go mountain biking, hit the shooting range and much more. Want to test the law? Knock over a convenience store, take down a gang or rob an armored truck for easy cash and Reputation.
  • Jobs: Los Santos and Blaine County are ripe with opportunity for the ambitious and criminal minded. Take on Missions and an array of other Jobs as a lone wolf, team up with your Crew or join fellow mercenaries and degenerates to pull off a wide range of robberies and illicit activities together.
  • Races: Everything from classic street competition and off-road tracks to boat racing on the open ocean, or take to the skies in aerial events. Jump into the madness of a GTA Race, or try out a brand new race type, Rally, where driver and co-pilot work together to navigate treacherous courses at high speeds.
  • Sports: Join your friends / any random stranger for a game of tennis, a round of golf or go base jumping and more, all for cash and Reputation.
  • Customization: Create your character using the Character Creator – then earn some cash and spend it getting dressed for success. You can also collect and customize cars for your garage and personalize your full weapons cache.
  • Reputation and Cash Flow: Reputation is earned from all your online exploits in everything you do in GTA Online – and will help you rank up, providing access to new features, weapons and criminal contacts. Spend cash you’ve gained on cars, clothes, guns, properties and much more. You can either quickly accumulate cash through profitable activities like knocking over armored cars, winning street races, doing stick-ups or a host of other cash-making endeavors – or 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. 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. 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.
  • Growing Pains: There will be the typical growing pains for an online game, including but not limited to crashes, glitches, crazy bugs, gameplay modes and mechanics that need re-balancing and other surprises! Even in GTAV Story Mode, some of you may have seen a few odd and even amusing little glitches out there last week. This sort of thing is inevitable in a massive open-world game and there’ll surely be lots more unexpected oddities like this in the Online world next week – rest assured we’ll be monitoring and actively doing all we can to smooth such things out as they happen, but we need your help to find them, as well as your feedback to help fine tune all of the game's systems so everything is perfectly balanced.

Currently Planned GTA Online Content Updates:
Here is a quick overview of a few initial things we’re working on for the first few weeks of Grand Theft Auto Online, alongside an aggressive period of tuning and finessing the game. We will give you dates for all of this content as soon as we have them – bear in mind that the order of things may well change, and we will probably add some extra stuff as well!

  • 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.

[via Rockstar Wire]


User Comments

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Comment #1 by Pieville
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 03:37:19 AM
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Sounds really, really, REALLY cool!
And it's good to know they'll be constant updates. Looking forward to it. :D

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Comment #2 by Larsson91
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 03:37:27 AM
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Awesome can't wait. I've got 85% completion now so will try and get to 100% before Oct 1st. It's already been the best game of the year even without multiplayer

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Comment #3 by howling crazy
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 03:39:58 AM
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Bring it on. Hopefully they have prepared themselves for server outage etc. But it still is going to be fun.

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Comment #4 by Backlashlaze
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 03:40:16 AM
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Really want to get all of the offline achievements before this. Currently on 55%. I have one long weekend ahead of me...

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Comment #5 by A Garden Shed
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 03:44:31 AM
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Really can't wait. Atleast they warn you there may be problems with connections at first. Also good news for people against micro transactions. If you don't like them don't buy them.

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Comment #6 by General Boredom
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 03:48:23 AM
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I like how they neglected to mention the microtransactions...

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Comment #7 by danqrl
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 03:56:24 AM
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At least they are honest about the potential for issues, nothing worst than developers denying faults exist

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Comment #8 by howling crazy
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 03:56:51 AM
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@6 they haven't neglected mentioning it they have made it quite clear that they are available just because its not mentioned on this article. As @t has mentioned you don't have to use them if you don't want to.

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Comment #9 by NUFC_Matty
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 03:58:47 AM
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@6 I guess you can't read properly, since it was mentioned in the article.

In other news, GTA online looks like its going to add more to an already brilliant game.

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Comment #10 by Darce Commander
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 04:04:03 AM
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@6 Read the 'Reputation and Cash Flow' part, it says about buying GTA$ in the in-game store right there...

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Comment #11 by I excer I
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 04:05:29 AM
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They did mention that

OT: Right now I'm glad Xbox One got delayed in my country. Got plenty of time to play this beauty.

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Comment #13 by PinkMistful
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 05:13:54 AM
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@12 blame the 6 year old hardware of the consoles for that. If they do bring out a PC version you'll get your 32 player multiplayer.

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Comment #14 by creaper210
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 05:21:18 AM
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Looks amazing. I'm almost at 100% completion. I have literally just one letter scrap left, and then I have to collect all spaceship parts. Then after that I only need to do a couple odd things, like get myself a nice hooker, and play a game of darts.

@12 Agree with you there. The world seems far too massive for just 16 players. Hopefully they make a next gen version and they will be able to increase that.

Also, #6 is unable to read.

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Comment #15 by Hurricane Of 87
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 05:38:07 AM
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@12: I'm cool with 16 players. That way you don't have to fear that every ATM is being camped on when you go to deposit your earnings.

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Comment #16 by hammycfc1888
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 06:22:59 AM
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looks like am going to be on GTA for a long time Fuck Next gen this games better then anything on XB1 or Gaystation 4

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Comment #17 by TheGreatKoala
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 06:32:24 AM
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@13 and instead we get the generic 6 year old pc elitist comment. Enjoy your overpriced virus ridden piece of crap while we are all enjoying the game

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Comment #18 by stianpuz
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 06:43:27 AM
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Just waiting for multiplayer, already have 100% ;(

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Comment #19 by sheem
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 08:01:12 AM
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Awsome cant wait

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Comment #20 by dementedlullaby
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 08:01:23 AM
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I like how they straight up say "lol servers gonna be fucked guys". You'd never get that kind of honestly from 90% of developers.

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Comment #21 by Jaganboy
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 08:44:43 AM
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At about 75%. Still have to do 35 activities, complete 5 S&F tasks, and nearly all misc.

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Comment #22 by ViNyLek
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 09:29:01 AM
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Sounds solid enough. I just hope I can finish SP before this launches lol. I wonder how much download for this will be=D But using excuse of millions of players getting on at the same time and saying that it will be crashing and freezing is sort of silly. Why don't you unlock online by regions then? Slowly introduce more as you can see how servers can handle these amounts of ppl. Seriously, shit like that just sounds stupid as there is so many safeguards they could implement...

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Comment #23 by RoundRogue
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 10:20:04 AM
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Bit disappointed that the heists won't be in the game from the get-go even though one of them was shown in the trailer.

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Comment #24 by Yourburntstar
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 11:04:41 AM
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I've been loving every moment I've been playing GTA V. Such a prime example of a true Triple AAA Title.

They always some how manage to top themselves, their only competition is there previous game before this one which was GTA IV which means when you try to out do yourself you succeed a lot more then if you were trying to out do another company who is trying to compete with you.

I'm excited to see what the multiplayer has to offer as well.

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Comment #25 by Ryda34563
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 12:32:04 PM
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I didn't think we would have to wait for the Heists. No sweat though, there will still be hours upon hours other content. Bring on Tuesday (Although I am having doubts that the servers can cope).

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Comment #26 by SPARTAN 8554
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 12:38:55 PM
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So glad I have that day off to enjoy the online madness. Trying to get 100% achievements on this game is going to be a fun challenge.

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Comment #27 by weseds90
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 04:30:49 PM
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its amazing how many people avoided or bad mouthed Dead Space 3 for having micro transactions but now this has got them, everyones going for the " we don't have to use them" approach?? seriously?? still this is a pretty good game even though it does have some glitchy moments

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Comment #28 by Chef Not Chief
Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 06:39:35 PM
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very similar to the way they did red dead redemption's multiplayer. fun to play with friends, but it never has a lasting appeal to me

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Comment #29 by gameface2k
Friday, September 27, 2013 @ 03:44:47 PM
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I hope they added:
Teamdeath match
Cops N Crooks

Because this is what I mostly played in GTA4

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US September 17, 2013
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