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Previews & Interviews:
- CVG + Interview with Les Benzies
- GameSpot + Interview with Les Benzies
- JeuxActu (French)
- Gamestar (German)
- GamePRO (German)
- 3DJuegos (Spanish)
- GTA Online will be completely free and will come with GTAV, but won't launch until 1st October.
- There will be a countdown timer in game to the online launch
- GTA Online begins with you arriving with no money at all, and you must first complete a few missions to get a feel for the game
- Reputation Points (RP) will be awarded for completing missions, as you progress through the game you will meet new characters and unlock more missions and rewards etc.
- There's a lot of property you can buy, at varying prices. You can even use the CCTV to spy on people.
- You can take out insurance on your vehicles and get a replacement if it gets destroyed.
- You can hire mechanic to fix all your vehicles automatically.
- You can hire a private security firm to call in an air strike
- Your customised vehicles show up as a marker on the map, and will get impounded if you leave them for too long. But you can pay to retrieve them.
- You will need to deposit your money at the bank as often as possible, because if another player kills you he can steal your wallet.
- You can call up a friend to hide your blip on the map to make it more difficult for other players to find you
- Passengers can change the radio station in vehicles
- You will have contacts that can provide various services, such as hiding you from the map as mentioned above, or setting a bounty on another player.
- Some vehicle customisation shops might not be willing to change your license plates or respray your car, and instead you'll get a wanted level.
- Weasel News will report on players who have wanted levels
- Apartments have planning rooms for organising heists
- When in a heist, you can invite your friends who will be instantly teleported to your location
- You can share cash, weapons, ammo among your team
- Your ranking in GTA Online will be based off your shooting, driving, flying and parachuting skills
- There's a "passive mode" which allows you to free roam and not be killed by anyone, in turn, you can also not kill other players
- Bad behaviour, such as blowing up another player, will cause you to get a "Bad Sport" stat. Persistent bad behaviour will result in punishment
- Matchmaking system is based off ranking, prioritising the ranks of your friends, crew members, and strangers.
- The game automatically tracks who your rivals are, and will notify you if they come online so you can get revenge.
- When using a headset, if you speak, your character will broadly lip-sync.
- In addition, if you rob stores, your crew members will stuff money into bags more quickly if they hear urgency in your voice.
- The Content Creator allows players to create and share their own missions and activities via the Social Club. Other players can attempt to beat your targets and rate your mission. You'll be able to follow other creators and get a feed of missions they create
- A Twitter-like "Feed" will be available to relay all your emails, texts and messages from Social Club.
- The game world will constantly grow and change as new content is added by Rockstar, and at some point GTA Online will head into new locations.
- Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.
Rockstar's Own Words:
Grand Theft Auto Online is a dynamic and persistent online world for 16 players that begins by sharing gameplay features, geography and mechanics with Grand Theft Auto V, but will continue to expand and evolve after its launch with new content created by Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto community. Grand Theft Auto Online takes the fundamental Grand Theft Auto concepts of freedom, ambient activity and mission-based gameplay and makes them available to multiple players in an incredibly detailed and responsive online world.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, players 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.
Players can invest in their character through customizing their appearance, improving their stats, owning customized vehicles, purchasing personal property, and taking part in missions, jobs and activities to earn reputation and cash to open up new opportunities to rise through the criminal ranks. The world of Grand Theft Auto Online will constantly grow and change as new content is added, creating the first ever persistent and dynamic Grand Theft Auto game world.
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.