Yeah, you read that right. In case robbing banks, jacking armored trucks, racing, or investing in stocks weren’t giving you enough cash flow, you will now be able to spend real money to get GTA$ in game. On the upside, Rockstar says you can still enjoy all Grand Theft Auto Online has to offer, whether you bust out your credit card or not.
“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. “
With that little bit of news out of the way, Rockstar also released a ton of info on just what you can expect out of GTA Online. Groups of up to 16 players can play together at once and experience the chaos that is the GTA world in anything ranging from free roaming to the same sort of job and mission experiences we’ve seen in GTA V. So far, we’ve had missions, races, and sports all confirmed for online play. Participation in any of these activities will earn you Reputation which gives you access to additional features, weapons, and criminal contacts. Both cars and characters will have a plethora of customization options, meaning your avatar in GTA Online won’t likely be bumping into its mirror image any time soon.
Rockstar plans to release a steady stream of content for GTA Online, even after launch. Right now, the content being worked on for the first few weeks includes the following, 100% free updates:
- 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.
Rockstar is fully expecting the release of GTA Online to be buggy and warns players to expect everything from crashes to crazy bugs. But the developer is saying they’ll do everything to get these issues sorted out as soon as possible. That’s why, when GTA Online goes live on October 1st, Rockstar is asking for your help. See a bug? Have a concern? Let Rockstar know about it via email or the soon to be launched forums. All those links and more info can be found on the original post here.