Rockstar details GTA Online plans, confirms microtransactions

Grand Theft Auto Online will indeed let players inflate their bank accounts with microtransactions, Rockstar revealed in a Newswire post about GTA 5's multiplayer portion today.

That said, its economy has been balanced toward players who do not plan to spend a dime of real-world money, Rockstar said, and even impatient players with thick wallets cannot buy their way to the top; weapons, cars, clothes and more will require a set Reputation level to unlock, and reputation can only be earned by advancing through the game's missions and activities.

Those missions and activities will, at launch, include deathmatches, robberies, tennis, golf, BASE jumping, races (typical GTA style as well as a new two-player co-op rally mode), and your typical open-world mayhem with 16 players. Heists and a Capture the Flag mode are both planned for free updates in the weeks after its launch.

Two new weapons, four new vehicles, and more than 300 items of "down-tempo leisure wear" will be added with the Beach Bum Pack. Rockstar says all currently announced updates to the game will be free, and players will soon be able to add content of their own with custom deathmatches and races.

GTA Online will open on Oct. 1, but Rockstar is warning players that it might be a bumpy first few weeks as servers settle and bugs are squashed.


  • wcwwolf - September 26, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    I just wish I could give rockstar 20 or 30 dollars and just get in the online with my friends. After the bout of depression that was GTA4s story, I have no desire to try out another one
  • Shreknado - September 27, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    But the story is really good in Gta V! It isn't really depressing, it's pretty much a blast the whole way through!
  • TeraFiedPsycho - September 26, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    If these microtransactions mean free expanisions than im okay with this but if its balanced horribly and becomes a pay to win game than ill just stick to the single player
  • thesilentassassin - September 25, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    I know this sucks I really do but...... It has me hesitantly hopeful? Not that their is micro transactions but to me it feels like Rockstar is planning on making this more of a MMO type thing then a online component to a game. This could really be some thing a MMO GTA? That would be some thing pretty special and even though I can't condone paying for "cash" I would give them money just to see this grow into some thing even huger in scope. Who knows down the line we might even be looking at a monthly subscription type deal. Then again i'm to excited about GTA online to get disappointed about any thing at this point.
  • Talvari - September 25, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    At least there are restrictions to stop it from being like, right to the top pay to win kinda thing. It's still lame that Rockstar are even doing this though.

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