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Tons of new info released from Rockstar about Grand Theft Auto: Online

by: Nathan -
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Grand Theft Auto: Online launches next week but Rockstar wants everyone to know that it may be a bumpy ride for the first few weeks to a month after release. In a blog post on the Rockstar Newswire they gave us the lowdown on what we can expect out of Grand Theft Auto: Online. First off, Rockstar says that they are currently aware of the numerous problems people are experiencing with both the iFruit app and the Social Club content within the game. Rockstar had no idea the response for Grand Theft Auto V would be so huge and it has taken a toll on their servers. They are currently in the process of getting more servers up to fix the problems. 

Rockstar wants Grand Theft Auto: Online to be fully shaped by the community and they want all the input they can get. Years down the line Grand Theft Auto: Online will be what it is because of the community. Starting at the launch of Grand Theft Auto: Online Rockstar will allow you to email them at GTAOnline@rockstargames.com to give them your input and feedback. Rockstar also expresses that since this is the first time they are trying an online game like this, there will be expected issues such as bugs, glitches, crashes, gameplay modes and mechanics that need to be balanced. Rockstar wants to assure everyone that the first few weeks after launch will be dedicated to ironing out all the bugs and glitches that may occur and Rockstar is committed to making sure the online experience is fun.

The talk of the town the past few days seems to be the rumor that micro-transactions would be in Grand Theft Auto: Online. Rockstar did confirm that there will be micro-transactions but they assure everyone that the economy will be balanced so it won't become pay to win. It's pretty much for the people that want instant gratification. 

Rockstar then details what you can expect when Grand Theft Auto: Online launches next week.
  • Open-World Crime and Chaos: Go on your own or round up your friends to explore the open world together – catch a movie, go mountain biking, hit the shooting range and much more. Want to test the law? Knock over a convenience store, take down a gang or rob an armored truck for easy cash and Reputation.
  • Jobs: Los Santos and Blaine County are ripe with opportunity for the ambitious and criminal minded. Take on Missions and an array of other Jobs as a lone wolf, team up with your Crew or join fellow mercenaries and degenerates to pull off a wide range of robberies and illicit activities together.
  • Races: Everything from classic street competition and off-road tracks to boat racing on the open ocean, or take to the skies in aerial events. Jump into the madness of a GTA Race, or try out a brand new race type, Rally, where driver and co-pilot work together to navigate treacherous courses at high speeds.
  • Sports: Join your friends / any random stranger for a game of tennis, a round of golf or go base jumping and more, all for cash and Reputation.
  • Customization: Create your character using the Character Creator – then earn some cash and spend it getting dressed for success. You can also collect and customize cars for your garage and personalize your full weapons cache.
  • Reputation and Cash Flow: Reputation is earned from all your online exploits in everything you do in GTA Online – and will help you rank up, providing access to new features, weapons and criminal contacts. Spend cash you’ve gained on cars, clothes, guns, properties and much more. You can either quickly accumulate cash through profitable activities like knocking over armored cars, winning street races, doing stick-ups or a host of other cash-making endeavors – or 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.
  • Growing Pains: There will be the typical growing pains for an online game, including but not limited to crashes, glitches, crazy bugs, gameplay modes and mechanics that need re-balancing and other surprises! Even in GTAV Story Mode, some of you may have seen a few odd and even amusing little glitches out there last week. This sort of thing is inevitable in a massive open-world game and there’ll surely be lots more unexpected oddities like this in the Online world next week – rest assured we’ll be monitoring and actively doing all we can to smooth such things out as they happen, but we need your help to find them, as well as your feedback to help fine tune all of the game's systems so everything is perfectly balanced.

Finally, the following items are planned content updates for the first few weeks after launch. Best of all, this content will all be free! 
  • 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.
Be sure to check out the full blog post here http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51422/some-more-details-on-grand-theft-auto-online.html