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Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer component included with every copy of Grand Theft Auto V, launches on October 1, introducing 16-player mayhem in the LA-inspired wonderland that is Los Santos. With only a few days until the cooperative experience is unlocked, we feel it’s important you have a solid grasp of what to expect when the game launches on Tuesday. Here’s everything you need to know about Rockstar Games’ latest GTA extravaganza.
Patience is a virtue
Rockstar Games has acknowledged that “plenty of issues are bound to occur” when millions of gamers transcend on the online game world. These issues are related to server strain, as many of us have experienced with the iFruit and Social Club issues that have plagued GTA V's’s launch.
Basically, Rockstar Games wants everyone to know that GTA Online will very much be a work in progress kind of experience, and that server issues in the first few days are to be expected. Thankfully in anticipation of the launch, Rockstar Games wants players to contact them directly with any feedback they have. You can contact them at GTAOnline@rockstargames.com.
Day 1 Game Modes
Up to 16 players can engage from October 1 in the following ways:
Open-World Crime and Chaos
Think of GTA IV’s open-world freedom, but with the added benefit of cash and reputation. You’ll be able to team up with up to 15 friends to rob convenience stores, take out gangs and rob armored trucks.
Go at it alone, join up with your crew and search for fellow random degenerates in the game world to complete missions and jobs scattered throughout Los Santos and Blaine Country.
Hit the open road, trek the rough mountains, ride the wild seas, or jump from the skies: GTA Races has everything for the prospective adrenaline junkie.
Cash and reputation are up for grabs as you battle it out in tennis, golf and base jumping.
Character, vehicle and weapon customisation will form the bread and butter of the GTA experience: are you dressed to impress? Do you look the part? Earn cash in the game world and then dress up your belongings to fit the bill.
Reputation, cash flow
When you earn reputation, you’ll unlock things like new weapons, jobs and features. You’ll then have to use the cash you’ve earned to buy these items. GTA$ can be purchased with real cash, but Rockstar says the game’s economy “has been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash,” so you need not worry about falling behind those willing to spend a few extra dollars to pimp up their character.
More to come …
Rockstar Games is planning the following game modes further down the line:
The Content Creator
With this you’ll be able to create and publish your own deathmatches and races.
The Beach Bum Pack
This adds four new breach vehicles, over 300 new items of leisure wear, and 2 new weapons.
Capture the Flag
The classic multiplayer mode will come to GTA Online, and can be molded in your own way using The Content Creator.
Arguably the most anticipated mode, Heists will introduced cooperative missions that require careful planning, teamwork and sharp execution. It will also add the Heist Planning Board to your apartment.
Most importantly, all of this extra content will be completely FREE. Rockstar Games continues to stress: it needs your feedback, and wants your help to help shape the definitive online experience.
What are you looking forward to the most in GTA Online?