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Rockstar releases more GTA Online details

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I think it’s safe to say that by now, GTA V might just be one of biggest games of the year. We’ve played it, loved it and reviewed it. And that’s without even indulging in the online side if the game. Here’s some more details on that mode, straight from Rockstar.

I’ll say one thing about Rockstar, they’re not sugar-coating the fact that the launch of of GTA Online might be rough for a few weeks before all the kinks are ironed out. “One thing we are already aware of, and are trying to alleviate as fast as we can, is the unanticipated additional pressure on the servers due to a significantly higher number of players than we were anticipating at this point – we are working around the clock to buy and add more servers, but this increased scale is only going to make the first few days even more temperamental than such things usually are” Rockstar said on their site.

This is part of the problem some of you have been experiencing with the iFruit App and some Social Club services – we apologize in advance for this and thank you for your patience in this area.

More than ever, we need your help to report your experiences, findings, likes, loves, dislikes and hates – and we will be looking at your feedback constantly to tune the game into its optimal shape and help guide how Grand Theft Auto Online will grow and evolve past this initial period. We will be checking out how people are playing and what they are not playing or not enjoying, while also monitoring feedback via two other new Rockstar channels.

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With that being said, expect to have plenty to do when you take the game online. Here’s a bunch of features, which I copied and pasted direct from the site. Don’t look at me like that, less work means more GTA V time:

From launch, up to 16 players can enter the world together to partake in everything from:

Open-World Crime and Chaos – Go on your own or round up your friends to explore the open world together – catch a movie, go mountain biking, hit the shooting range and much more. Want to test the law? Knock over a convenience store, take down a gang or rob an armored truck for easy cash and Reputation.

Jobs – Los Santos and Blaine County are ripe with opportunity for the ambitious and criminal minded. Take on Missions and an array of other Jobs as a lone wolf, team up with your Crew or join fellow mercenaries and degenerates to pull off a wide range of robberies and illicit activities together.

Races – Everything from classic street competition and off-road tracks to boat racing on the open ocean, or take to the skies in aerial events. Jump into the madness of a GTA Race, or try out a brand new race type, Rally, where driver and co-pilot work together to navigate treacherous courses at high speeds.

Sports – Join your friends / any random stranger for a game of tennis, a round of golf or go base jumping and more, all for cash and Reputation.

Customization – Create your character using the Character Creator – then earn some cash and spend it getting dressed for success. You can also collect and customize cars for your garage and personalize your full weapons cache.

Reputation and Cash Flow – Reputation is earned from all your online exploits in everything you do in GTA Online – and will help you rank up, providing access to new features, weapons and criminal contacts. Spend cash you’ve gained on cars, clothes, guns, properties and much more. 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.

Growing Pains – 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! Even in GTAV Story Mode, some of you may have seen a few odd and even amusing little glitches out there last week.

This 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.

Currently Planned GTA Online Content Updates

Here is a quick overview of a few initial things we’re working on for the first few weeks of Grand Theft Auto Online, alongside an aggressive period of tuning and finessing the game. We will give you dates for all of this content as soon as we have them – bear in mind that the order of things may well change, and we will probably add some extra stuff as well!
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.
Just to be clear, all of these updates will be free.

We’ll have more info on this and much more additional content as our plans develop through the launch period, and as we get feedback from you. Please stay tuned for further info and updates. And remember – we need your help to make this experience all it can be.

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Personally, I’m not drooling for any online content just yet. That’s because GTA
V is just so damn massive already, and I’m having a ball of a time uncovering all kinds of secrets. Still, going online is a good move for Rockstar. The game may have sold plenty already, but this way, they’ll be keeping second hand sales to a minimum, and shifting even more units at a premium price.

Well played lads, well played.

Last Updated: September 26, 2013

53 Comments

  1. What about territory wars ala GTA SA?

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 26, 2013 at 14:04

      That would have been awesome!

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    • ThaT One Guy

      September 26, 2013 at 15:18

      Let em know!

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  2. oVg

    September 26, 2013 at 13:09

    You did not do the side missions? That’s like 2 thirds of the game.

    SPOILER

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 26, 2013 at 13:15

      I freaking love the side missions!

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      • oVg

        September 26, 2013 at 13:16

        Considering most of them are just as well thought out and even longer than the main missions.

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    • Rincethis

      September 26, 2013 at 13:37

      HAHAH! When does one get to do this?

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      • ElNicko

        September 26, 2013 at 13:38

        think about 50% in I think (well thats where I am sitting atm) , its just one of the friends and freaks missions

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        • Rincethis

          September 26, 2013 at 13:45

          Coooool! About 48% in right now.

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      • oVg

        September 26, 2013 at 13:41

        Around 35 main missions in after going nuts and flying the bi-plane into a C140s cargo hold while flying… cause why not? 😛

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        • ElNicko

          September 26, 2013 at 13:47

          that was a Bastard mission , simply because of the turbulence caused by the C140’s engines

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          • oVg

            September 26, 2013 at 13:49

            Loved it 🙂 and not a single loading screen in sight.

          • ElNicko

            September 26, 2013 at 13:53

            likewise , cant say ive had any loading probs at all , well other then when flying and something whizzes past you , but im guessing thats just a bird getting the hell out of my way

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 26, 2013 at 14:04

      Kifflom! KIFFLOM!

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      • ElNicko

        September 26, 2013 at 16:27

        to quote Michael……you sir , are a Hipster ….

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  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 26, 2013 at 13:15

    That all sounds pretty damn cool.

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  4. Sageville

    September 26, 2013 at 13:16

    Off topicish….

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    • Theo Steenekamp

      September 26, 2013 at 13:27

      There are a few of them hidden around.

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    • ElimiNathan

      September 26, 2013 at 13:51

      Ive been looking everywhere for one

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      • Sageville

        September 26, 2013 at 14:21

        If you collect all the nuclear waste you can run into this one (Top of the map).

        You also get $690 000 for finishing that mission.

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    • oVg

      September 26, 2013 at 13:59

      I heard if you fly high enough you can find one hovering. Explains why the odd shark appears in the middle of the city.
      Left overs 😛

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      • Sageville

        September 26, 2013 at 14:22

        Sharknado imo.

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  5. Hammersteyn

    September 26, 2013 at 13:17

    Hopefully one can join a random crew, if friends are lacking…

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  6. matthurstrsa

    September 26, 2013 at 13:20

    I was thinking about getting gold just for Online, but I’m going to wait a couple of weeks to see how it all pans out. Worried about the teething issues.

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  7. Sageville

    September 26, 2013 at 13:23

    Heists, I want heists, I love those missions, ala-Payday stuff rocks.

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  8. brad coetzee

    September 26, 2013 at 13:27

    I cant wait for online. Going to be playing gta iv online this weekend, just for kicks.

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    • brad coetzee

      September 26, 2013 at 13:28

      no better yet, red dead redemption online!

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  9. Rincethis

    September 26, 2013 at 13:35

    Man this makes me so excited!

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 26, 2013 at 13:41

      A man makes you excited? Why Rince, you never told me?

      😛

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  10. HvR

    September 26, 2013 at 13:48

    Do not play GTA it makes you hit your teacher with a broom while your ghetto friends cheers you on and record it.

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    • Martin du preez

      September 26, 2013 at 13:56

      I would have shoved that broom so far up that little bastards ass if I was that teacher

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      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        September 26, 2013 at 14:20

        Agreed! Through-out that whole video all I kept thinking was how much respect I have for that teacher for just being the better man and walking away… I really don’t know if I would have been able to do that.

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        • Martin du preez

          September 26, 2013 at 14:22

          Yup much respect. If he had lifted his hand and gave the laaitjie and his cronies a PK he would have been all over the news for being the bad guy.

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      • Sageville

        September 26, 2013 at 14:24

        I’d still like to shove that broom, but up that kid’s parents asses.

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  11. Mike

    September 26, 2013 at 13:54

    I enjoyed the game a lot. Finished the main story, about 90% done, but still things to do.
    And it’s these little things like http://www.lifeinvader.com/ which Rockstar did that also make it fun.

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  12. CypherGate

    September 26, 2013 at 14:54

    This is going to sound VERY noob, but im 4 hours into the game and somehow still never met up with any of the other characters. I cant even find anymore missions. Im with Franklin. Anyone help me out on that please? lol gees this is embarressing lol

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    • ElNicko

      September 26, 2013 at 15:07

      do you see any other letters on your map ?? like a Blue “M” ?? ?? what was the last mission you did with Franklin ?>

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      • CypherGate

        September 26, 2013 at 15:09

        The last one i did was the one where i had to go tow a car, but it was the last one that that chick asked me to do. After that i dont know what to do cause on the map there isnt anywhere to go. Just the S is green on the map. No blue M’s every other franklin mission that was open i finished so far.

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        • ElNicko

          September 26, 2013 at 15:17

          Cool , then you’re on the right track , head to that green S , and you will do a mission for Simeon – the car dealership owner.
          Any letters that are green are for Franklin, blue being for Michael and orange being for Trevor.

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          • CypherGate

            September 26, 2013 at 15:29

            ah but the issue is that everytime i go to Simeon then its closed thats why i have no idea where to go or what to do. Its always closed. Unless i keep going the wrong times to him. I even tried calling him and never answers so yeah. I think i just camp out there lol

          • ElNicko

            September 26, 2013 at 15:37

            try going during normal day-time hours. certain places do close at certain times – for example the cinema or golf course.
            I’m sure you’ve tried going around to the back of the dealership ??

          • CypherGate

            September 26, 2013 at 15:49

            Yup i did a few repossessed missions and thought i did them all thats why it been permanently closed. Ill have a look tonight and see whether it will be open. Thanks!

          • ElNicko

            September 26, 2013 at 16:04

            cool man , good luck – you a long and awesome adventure waiting. alternatively you could always restart and create a new save game (possibility of your save file being corrupt , but doubtful)

          • LK

            September 29, 2013 at 14:37

            You need to go in through the back of the shop. The front was always closed for me in that mission.

          • CypherGate

            September 30, 2013 at 09:25

            Not quite hey… Turns out that i had to and park infront to start off the next mission. I felt so dumb only to find out I had to go and park infront instead of the back like the previous missions lol

  13. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    September 26, 2013 at 16:21

    I would want to do normal jobs too… I remember spending HOURS in Vice City driving the ambulance…

    Jobs I would want to do:

    – On site IT Tech
    – Store clerk
    – Cotton Candy technician
    – Bike repair man
    – The dude that comes in to clean the fake plants

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 27, 2013 at 09:09

      Oddly, and this might just be the Sims talking (i’ve rekindled my love for sims lately, went on a binge a few weeks ago), but I agree with you. I want to just play as an average joe, going to an office job everyday, and then SNAP (go postal) and rain fire and brimstone on my co-workers….

      Damnit GTA V… This is what I want!!!

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      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        September 27, 2013 at 09:12

        lol! Precisely my dream!

        But in all honesty GTA5 hit the spot 100% anything else would just have been extras that would have been cool.

        Still waiting for PC release info at some point 🙁 Needz to playz GTA5

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  14. sk3tz0

    September 26, 2013 at 18:43

    I’m curious.. Will there be local servers available.. Or is this going to be lag fest of note for he Ps3 players. .. Not sure what lags like for xbox gamers. .

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 27, 2013 at 09:11

      Both are p2p, so lag is pretty similar between the two. But, for the most part we are buffered somewhat by our gracious hosts… Red Dead Redemption had terrible lag on xbox 360 initially, and I remember Max Payne 3 was practically unplayable at first on both versions. I’ll have to check again how the PS3 version of Max Payne’s MP is again. I haven’t played that in ages.

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  15. Avithar

    September 27, 2013 at 09:04

    guys anyone bought a vehicle in gta on line i bought the little army truck but i cant find it in any of the garages help please….

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 27, 2013 at 09:07

      Much like with the tank, the army truck is way too big for your garage. If you bought it with Trevor, your truck will be in your hangar (in the desert). If you bought it with either Mike or Franklin, it’ll be in your hangar at Los Santos Airport.

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      • Avithar

        September 27, 2013 at 09:17

        thanks bud true life saver

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