GTA Online Is Separate To GTA 5
There was a reason Rockstar kept referring to GTA Online as a separate title rather than just GTA 5’s multiplayer component; because it’s actually persistent, open-world multiplayer game.
But first, make sure you watch the announcement video for GTA Online.
GTA Online features its own persistent world, built out of the same Los Santos to appear in GTA 5. But it’s a separate game.
Update: In an interview with CVG, Leslie Benzies – Rockstar North’s president – confirmed that GTA 5 and GTA Online are completely separate.
“It’ll be GTA Online,” said Benzies, “it’s not part of GTA 5. Obviously it’s set in the GTA 5 engine, but it’s going to grow and evolve into its own thing.
“Initially, you’ll be able to create races and deathmatches, which are probably the simplest. And then, over time, when we feel comfortable that people are ready to get the new creators, they will be released.
“So it’ll be a trickle, but it’ll be a constant release of new creators and new content. We don’t want to overdo it. It’s a complex system.”
Benzies then went on to explain the reason behind the two-week delay of GTA Online:
“That’s another reason for the two week delay between single-player and Online. We want to give people an opportunity to actually get their heads around what’s happened, because even single-player is a big advancement from the old games. There’s a lot of new things to learn.”
It will be accessible within GTA 5, however, despite being a separate entity.
“When it launches,” said Benzies, “you’ll have an extra character on your Switch Wheel. Instead of choosing Franklin, Michael or Trevor, you’ll select your multiplayer character and you’ll be sucked straight in there.”
For clarity, here’s Rockstar’s official statement on the game:
Watch the new Official Gameplay Video for Grand Theft Auto Online – which shows how we’ve taken the fundamental GTA concepts of freedom, ambient activity and mission-based gameplay and made them available to multiple players in an incredibly detailed and responsive online world.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, you’ll have the freedom to explore alone or with friends, work cooperatively to complete missions, band together to participate in activities and ambient events, or compete in traditional game modes with the entire community, all with the personality and refined mechanics of Grand Theft Auto V.
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.
GTA Online will launch two weeks after the launch of GTA 5, and is free with every retail copy of GTA 5 – does this mean that you could, in theory, only buy GTA Online and not GTA 5?
We’ve reached out to Rockstar to clarify the matter and will update this story when we find out.