Expect "Crashes, Glitches, Crazy bugs"
Rockstar has deployed a hefty post detailing what to expect from the launch of GTA Online next week.
Expect fun, basically... at least once the servers can handle the strain. Also currency micro-transactions.
According to the post, Grand Theft Auto Online will likely go through the same "growing pains" as any online launch: namely that nothing will work, everyone will be broken and balance issues will be rife for some time. Expect absolutely everything to go wrong, "including but not limited to crashes, glitches, crazy bugs, gameplay modes and mechanics that need re-balancing and other surprises!"
Once that's sorted, however, sixteen of you will be able to take to the town and raise all kinds of hell. Here's what you'll be getting up to...
- 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.
Sounds good. However, Rockstar also confirmed the rumours surrounding cash micro-transactions, which let players buy in-game currency with real money should they choose to. You'll be able to get rich quicker this way, but the rebalanced economy means that you'll get rich fairly quickly without spending an additional penny.
"If you’re the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy denominations of GTA$," Rockstar explains. "You will have the option to purchase GTA$ 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."
GTA Online releases next week, and we can't wait for what could be the single biggest evolution of the franchise to date. If you haven't already, why not check out our extensive Grand Theft Auto V review?