Rockstar has revealed the most comprehensive spillage of information regarding Grand Theft Auto V Online and what you can expect on day one.
First thing's first, yes, there will be in-game microtransactions. Rockstar also expects the October 1 launch to be a work-in-progress and will be looking to the community at large to help troubleshoot the grand experiment.
On the day one launch of GTA Online you'll be able to traverse and terrorize Los Santos with up to 15 friends. Team jobs and missions will be availble from the go, as well as all of the other recreational activities. Your male, and for the first time, female avatars will be able to take part in every facet of criminal endeavour to earn cash.
"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."
Rockstar is stressing that is going to be an ongoing living, breathing experiment and hiccups should be expected.
"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! his 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."
Rockstar has also outlined several FREE updates inbound for the Online component of GTAV.
- 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.
Head over to Rockstar to take a much deeper look at what's inbound for the world of Los Santos.