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Yesterday we posted about the Internet rumour that Rockstar was preparing to micro transaction us to death in GTA V online with the ability to buy cash using real world money. Well Rockstar has responded and confirmed that this is in fact entirely true.

But according to them it’s not as bad as you think.

In a blog post explaining how GTA V Online will work they have stated the following:

“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.”

They then continue with:

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.

I don’t really like the ability to buy cash in the game, it just feels like it cheapens the experience but then again it doesn’t look like the cash is really going to change too much apart from it possibly leading to overpowered weapons.

I’d also prefer to be able to transfer my cash from single player to online. I can understand if they wanted to put an exchange rate between the two versions, but if I could rake in the money in single player and then send it to my online guy it would give me even more reason to head back into the single player section regularly and push me to purchase every property in the world… total domination is the minimum expectation.

But more importantly, what do you think? Have Rockstar sold out or is this just the way of the world?

Last Updated: September 26, 2013

was reviewed on PC

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