GTA Online Official Details - Microtransactions, Heists & Customisation
Rockstar release official information on GTA Online's microtransactions, heists, reputation, customisation and more.
Published on Sep 26, 2013
Rockstar has released a wealth of information on GTA Online, confirming rumours that GTA Online will include microtransactions and providing detail on jobs, reputation and heists, amongst other things.
Here's the detail on the various things you'll be able to do in GTA Online when it launches on 1 October.
GTA Online's Open World
Just as with the main game, GTA Online will allow players to free-roam the map and make their own fun.
Rockstar has confirmed that GTA Online will support 16 players at launch. The fact that Rockstar is including the caveat, 'from launch', could suggest that rumours that GTA Online will ultimately support 32 players are true.
As well as partaking in the various activities GTA Online's world will offer, such as watching movies, or practicing at the shooting range, GTA Online will also offer the player plenty of opportunity to earn cash and to improve their reputation, either alone, or with other players.
The examples Rockstar gave for earning cash and reputation are being able to rob convenience stores, take down gangs or to rob armored trucks.
GTA Online: Heists
No doubt many of you are eager to know if GTA Online will include the much praised heists from GTA 5's single-player game.
There's good news and bad new on that front. You won't be able to undertake heists when GTA Online launches, but heists will be added at a later date.
According to Rockstar, GTA Online's heists 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."
GTA Online's heists, a planned capture the flag update and any other updates Rockstar adds later down the line, will all be free.
GTA Online: Reputation, Cash & Microtransactions
GTA Online will have a reputation system whereby you will earn reputation for everything you do in GTA Online.
Earning reputation will not only allow players to rank up, but will also be necassary in order to unlock new features, access to certain weapons and new criminal contacts, who will presumably offer the player new missions to undertake.
The cash that players earn in the game can be used to buy guns, cars, properties and clothes for your GTA Online character.
Rockstar also confirmed that GTA Online's economy is completely separate to that of GTA 5, so money will not transfer between GTA 5 and GTA Online.
It will be possible to earn money a lot faster in GTA Online than it is in GTA 5's single-player mode. Though they have yet to confirm it, rumours have suggested that items such as cars and properties will also be cheaper in GTA Online than they are in GTA 5's single-player, so it seems that you will not only earn money quicker, but that your hard earned cash will also go much further.
We recently reported that GTA Online looked set to include microtransactions and Rockstar has now confirmed that will be the case.
Players can buy in-game cash for GTA Online using real world money. though Rockstar were keen to stress that this will not "disrupt the balance of the game" and that players don't have to spend any money if they don't want to.
GTA Online: Jobs, Missions, Races & Sports
When GTA Online was initially revealed, Rockstar told us that GTA Online would have its own unique characters and missions.
It seems that just as in GTA 5, players can get missions and jobs from these characters which, presumably will be another opportunity to earn cash and reputation in GTA Online.
These missions can be undertaken solo, with your crew, or with random players.
When it comes to races, players will be able to race in both street and off road events, as well as aerial and boat races.
Rockstar has also announced the inclusion of a co-op rally mode where "driver and co-pilot work together to navigate treacherous courses at high speeds."
The various sports activities that players can take part it in the game, such as golf, tennis and base jumping, will all add to the players reputation and earn them in game currency.
GTA Online: Customisation & Content Creation
GTA Online will include a character creator where players can create the character that they will play as in GTA Online.
As discussed earlier in the article, it will then be possible to buy clothes, cars and weapons for your character using money earned in the game (or indeed, bought in the game, in you want to make use of the microtransactions Rockstar is offering).
As with GTA 5's single player mode, players can customise their cars in GTA Online.
GTA Online will launch with a content creator that will give players the ability to create their own deathmatches and races. Rockstar has said that they will be looking at updating the content creator in future so that players can also make their own missions, among other things.
GTA Online Connection Problems
Rockstar hasn't outright said that players are going to have problems connecting when GTA Online launches, but they are heavily implying it. Given the problems Rockstar has already have with its iFruit app and the Rockstar Social Club, this doesn't really come as a surprise.
"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," Rockstar said.
"One thing we are already aware of, and are trying to alleviate as fast as we can, is the unanticipated additional pressure on the servers due to a significantly higher number of players than we were anticipating at this point – we are working around the clock to buy and add more servers, but this increased scale is only going to make the first few days even more temperamental than such things usually are," explained Rockstar.
"This is part of the problem some of you have been experiencing with the iFruit App and some Social Club services – we apologize in advance for this and thank you for your patience in this area," Rockstar continued.
So there you have it. GTA Online sounds like it will have plenty of interesting features, but don't be surprised if there are plenty of problems when it comes to enjoying those features at launch.