If there is something that I truly hate right now it’s the current fashion of freemium games where you get the game for free but are then forced to pay out a fortune in micro transactions to actually play the game the way it should have been played.

Now we all know that we had to fork out full price for GTA V but it looks like Rockstar are still planning on milking us dry when the online side of the game is turned on.

If you go into the in game store at the moment you will notice it is closed but an enterprising reddit user decided to do a trace on the network and noticed that this file is being requested. It’s an XML file which is stock standard for web communication but the interesting parts are in four of the nodes it appears that you can buy yourself extra in game money.

The four specific items are as follows, all have the same description

Cash is king in this town. Solve your money problems and help get what you want across Los Santos and Blaine County with the purchase of cash packs for Grand Theft Auto Online. All purchased cash is automatically deposited into your character’s bank account. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting.

Red Shark Card – $100 000

redshark

Tiger Shark Card – $200,000

Tigershark

Bull Shark Card – $500,000

BullShark

And the mother of all credit cards

Great White Shark Card – $1,250,000

GreatWhiteShark

So could Rockstar really be preparing to do this even while they mock the entire idea of micro-transactions inside the game?

If you go onto the Righteous Slaughter 7 website in game, which is an obvious dig at the Call of Duty and Battlefield games of the day, it states the following

“Purchase upgrades so that you can destroy those with more skill and less money than you – just like in real life.”

Is Rockstar cocky enough to mock everyone and then follow through with the exact same thing? Personally I can’t see this being accurate as I’ve only played through half the game and I have a few million in the bank so why would I want to buy as little as $200k? What do you think, are they going to implement micro transactions and block heists in multiplayer?

Last Updated: September 25, 2013

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