Today Rockstar Games has revealed how GTA V’s online mode will work on day one. Specifically: what will be in it, what is coming and how microtransactions play a part in this world.
GTA V’s online mode will be going live in less than a week and today Rockstar Games has detailed exactly what is going to be in the game at start, what potential problems there are and how the in-game store is going to work in regards to microtransactions. When GTA V Online goes live on October 1st players will be able to join worlds with up to fifteen other players in order to engage in a wide range of activities that will build up a persistent character.
In a post by Rockstar Games today that detailed that in GTA V online you will have a highly customizeable avatar that is entirely separate from the singleplayer (money is separate too) and you will be able to join up with others to go skydive, race, watch movies in a theater, mountain bike, golfing, take on the police and seemingly the large majority of the activities that are available in the singleplayer mode. However, larger activities like heists will be coming in future updates, which will all be free and released in a timely fashion.
It is unclear how these activities will work in regards to other players, but they will be plentiful and any of the sixteen players can be doing their own activities at anytime in the same world. You have a reputation system that you can earn points in for completing missions or activities. Getting points will let you rank, which will in turn unlock new weapons, criminal contacts and features.
Now, the microtransactions. You can purchase in-game money with real money, but Rockstar is claiming that it is 100% optional and the online mode is balanced towards the majority of players who will never spend a dime on the in-game store. They explained it more by saying: “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.” If you are concerned about that based on how slowly money is earned in singleplayer then do not worry because money is easier to earn in the online mode.
Rockstar is bracing for servers to crash and are trying to deal with that in advance by getting new servers, but they seem to expect things to be rough for the first two or three days. That’s it for now, but there is plenty more about GTA V Online over on Rockstar Games’ website and head on back to BeefJack later for more news on GTA V.