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Rockstar confirms micro-transactions for ‘GTA Online’ & outlines content updates

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Grand Theff Auto V marks the most prestigious and monumental blockbuster in the history of Rockstar’s iconic franchise, breaking best-selling records and earning critical acclaim from the majority of the gaming sphere.

To compliment the game’s already expansive content, Rockstar Games will introduce gamers to an ever-evolving online mode that brings the definitive action-packed experience to the realm of multiplayer gaming.

And it will be free.

In GTA Online, players will be able to join their friends in sixteen-player matches that include everything from traditional competitive firefights to risky heists and jobs–all of which will be updated continuously with new tweaks and offerings. GTA Online1

In a recent post on Rockstar’s official Newswire page, the studio talks about some of the mode’s initial content and assures gamers that they are “working around the clock” to add more servers in anticipation of the massive over-congestion that will occur on October 1st.

The update also confirmed the recent rumors that GTA Online will contain micro-transactions, a daunting prospect in itself, as micro-transactions are often responsible for ruining many free-to-play title.

Thankfully, Rockstar allays the fears of many gamers by assuring that the digital economy–which is based on virtual “GTA$” currency purchased via the game’s Store–will be fairly balanced towards gamers who opt for the traditional experience:

“If you’re the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy denominations of GTA$. You will have the option to purchase GTA$ 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.”

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The studio continues by affirming that the core online experience will be fashioned and molded by player feedback, and lists multiple e-mail accounts where players can express their opinions about certain in-game features. By monitoring trends in online play as well as the feedback through the Rockstar Social Club and e-mails, Rockstar will be able to evaluate what players do and don’t like and tailor their updates accordingly.

“More than ever, we need your help to report your experiences, findings, likes, loves, dislikes and hates – and we will be looking at your feedback constantly to tune the game into its optimal shape and help guide how Grand Theft Auto Online will grow and evolve past this initial period. “We will be checking out how people are playing and what they are not playing or not enjoying…”

Last but not least Rockstar detailed the content updates that will roll out in the next few weeks or so:

  • 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.

If you’re looking forward to GTA Online and haven’t already joined a Crew, be sure to sign up to Rockstar’s Social Club and hook up with other players to get the most out of the online experience. We’ll likely see Crew-specific gametypes in the future, possibly including rival gang deathmatches and more. The incoming updates should also fix various bugs (such as the frustrating disappearing car bug) and glitches found throughout the game, and some of the popular exploits might also bite the dust as well. Grand Theft Auto Online is scheduled to release on Oct. 1 as a free update for GTA V. For more information please visit the game’s official website. [youtube id=”olEGtoYs_8A” width=”620″ height=”360″]

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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