GTA Online has been blown wide open in the latest issue of Game Informer, which the internet is naturally dissecting and disseminating in short order. The anticipated multiplayer suite will feature an enormous number of missions to pursue, activities to partake in and even the ability to put bounties out on players who steal your stuff.
We've rounded up some of the more exciting details below.
According to Game Informer [via CVG, who've published a list of pertinent bulletpoints], Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies revealed that players can engage in more than 500 missions, some of which can be completed solo if you can't assemble a crew. Almost all activities from the campaign are available in GTA online, including "heists, missions, robberies, assaulting gang hideouts, hijacking armored vehicles, races," "tennis, golf and base jumping."
Set after the events of the main campaign, players are simply tasked with accruing wealth, real estate and vehicles by any means necessary. Some familiar faces will return in the online campaign, though. Various factions will come to your aid depending on how much they like you, such as a security firm who provides air strikes or a friendly biker gang turning up to raise havoc.
Other players can (and doubtlessly will) kill you, and steal any ready cash you had on hand. To this end, you'll need to regularly visit ATMs and ensure that your money stays safe. However, if another player does manage to rob you, you can subsequently put a bounty on their head and bring down the wrath of the online community upon them. Will the rewards outweigh the risks?
In terms of character creation, you'll develop a unique avatar with skills based on a chosen lifestyle, who can either be male or female. It's even possible to play as Nico Bellic's offspring if you buy the Collector's Edition, as previously reported.
“We’ve always wanted to create a world with the complexity of a single-player Grand Theft Auto game with the addition of real players,” Benzies continued. “We wanted a world where people could spend years without getting bored of playing the same content over and over.
“I think we’ve managed to achieve something very close to our dream.”
If you want to know more, you should probably buy Game Informer's October issue... or wait until GTA Online releases a fortnight after GTA V's September 17th launch.