With just over a month left until release of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar have finally given us a look at the multiplayer aspects, known as GTA Online. In the reveal trailer posted today we’ve had a tantalising glimpse of some of the fun we have in store later this year.
Despite it only being three minutes long we’re treated to a huge amount of information about the title. GTA Online is a persistent world for up to 16 players in which you can join together to partake in a vast array of past times, from heists and store robberies, to races on land, air or sea. Reputation matters in GTA Online and so does cash, as the more dollars you earn (or steal) means you can buy properties for you or your friends to hang out in or underground garages full of supercars. There’s also player customisation too so you can have your own unique character.
It’s notable that Rockstar are positioning the multiplayer as a completely separate product to GTA V, hence the GTA Online branding.
In a statement that accompanied the trailer Rockstar said;
“Watch the new Official Gameplay Video for Grand Theft Auto Online – which shows how we’ve taken the fundamental GTA concepts of freedom, ambient activity and mission-based gameplay and made them available to multiple players in an incredibly detailed and responsive online world.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, you’ll have the freedom to explore alone or with friends, work cooperatively to complete missions, band together to participate in activities and ambient events, or compete in traditional game modes with the entire community, all with the personality and refined mechanics of Grand Theft Auto V.
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.”
In an interview with CVG, Rockstar North’s Leslie Benzies confirmed that GTA 5 and GTA Online are completely separate.
“It’ll be GTA Online,” said Benzies, “it’s not part of GTA 5. Obviously it’s set in the GTA 5 engine, but it’s going to grow and evolve into its own thing.
Moving on to the inclusion of user created content, Leslie said;
“Initially, you’ll be able to create races and death matches, which are probably the simplest. And then, over time, when we feel comfortable that people are ready to get the new creators, they will be released.
“So it’ll be a trickle, but it’ll be a constant release of new creators and new content. We don’t want to overdo it. It’s a complex system.”
Benzies then explained that the two week delay between Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online wasn’t down to any technical issues or bug, but instead that if was to give players chance to familiarise themselves with the big chances to the game in general.
“That’s another reason for the two week delay between single-player and Online. We want to give people an opportunity to actually get their heads around what’s happened, because even single-player is a big advancement from the old games. There’s a lot of new things to learn.”
You will access GTA Online within GTA 5 though. “When it launches,” said Benzies, “you’ll have an extra character on your Switch Wheel. Instead of choosing Franklin, Michael or Trevor, you’ll select your multiplayer character and you’ll be sucked straight in there.”
Grand Theft Auto V hits the shelves 17th September 2013.