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Grand Theft Auto 5 Takes the Sandbox Online on 1st October

Posted by Sammy Barker

Limitless potential

As promised, Rockstar Games has pulled back the curtain on Grand Theft Auto V’s multiplayer mode. The online component – set to launch on 1st October – will see you collaborating and competing with other players in a connected world, all in order to earn reputation and rise through the ranks. The developer considers this the start of a multiplayer journey, which will evolve over time.

And you’ll play a part in the progression. Much like in LittleBigPlanet, you’ll be able to create custom deathmatch maps and races within the Los Santos sandbox. You’ll then be able to share these with friends and the wider community, with the best creations elevating to the top. The studio will also be adding to the number of activities over time, with new characters and content promised after launch.

Rockstar considers Grand Theft Auto Online the start of a multiplayer journey

It’s an incredibly ambitious system, but one that will essentially ensure that the game has a never-ending supply of content. “It'll be Grand Theft Auto Online; it's not part of Grand Theft Auto V,” Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies told CVG. “Obviously it's set in the Grand Theft Auto V engine, but it's going to grow and evolve into its own thing."

Your multiplayer journey will start by selecting a fourth protagonist from the character selection wheel. Two weeks after the open world adventure’s launch, a patch will open up access to the online mode. This will suck you into the online environment, where you’ll create a new hero and be introduced into the experience.

Once you’ve completed the tutorials, it’s down to you to do whatever you want. You’ll be interacting with 16 other players, and you’ll be able to collaborate or compete against friends or strangers. You’ll be able to partake in heists, play leisurely rounds of golf, or just drive around the world on your own if you prefer. It’s up to you.

It’s a system that will ensure the game has a never-ending supply of content

Everything that you do, though, will reward you with fame and cash, which can then be splurged on apartments, garages, and new clothes. It sounds a little bit like PlayStation Home, just with less players and much, much more to do. There are “hundreds and hundreds and hundreds” of missions, according to Benzies.

But the complexity doesn’t stop there. You’ll be able to insure your cars should someone shoot them out, draw money out of the bank which you’ll drop if you get taken down, and purchase stocks which you can fiddle with your crew. And if all of that sounds a little bit too much like life in the fast-lane, a passive mode will allow you to enjoy the experience without getting sniped.

It’s pretty much the online component that we’ve always dreamed of. The game’s due out on 17th September, with Grand Theft Auto Online set to launch two weeks later. Check out the trailer below – which is running on the PS3, we’re told – for the first footage of the multiplayer in action. Then feel free to scribble your thoughts in the comments section.

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Manic7Muppet8

#1

Manic7Muppet8 said:

Think the potential for this is huge... Let's hope Rockstar can successfully pull this off...

ShogunRokAdmin

#3

ShogunRok said:

R* have really went all out here. The amount of content in GTAV is phenomenal - I can't believe all this is coupled with a huge single player game.

ViciousDS

#4

ViciousDS said:

I still can't believe this is current gen.....theres just SSSSOOO MUCH, this can easily hold anyone till PS4 launch EASILY.

get2sammybAdmin

#5

get2sammyb said:

I've updated the article with a lot more information now. I absolutely lost it when it showed a Wave Race-style multiplayer race. Oh my goodness, how I've longed for a jet-ski game on PS3. Amazing that it's just a tiny little bullet-point in GTA5.

This really does look phenomenal. I almost want to doubt it, but I know that Rockstar will pull it off. Ridiculous.

Visiblemode

#6

Visiblemode said:

I LOVE GTA, buy anything Rockstar and have this Pre-ordered. I'm excited as hell. BUT....

This is current gen? I dunno guys. Something just sets alarm bells off. It's an open world game with some of the best graphics out there, with infinite draw distance running at that framerate? I want to believe...but....

get2sammybAdmin

#7

get2sammyb said:

@Visiblemode I kind of agree. The demo that CVG saw — whether it's the same as this — was supposedly running on PS3. I guess we'll have to wait until the game ships to see if we've been duped.

Visiblemode

#8

Visiblemode said:

If this had just been some PS3 Cell optimized exclusive, then I would be more open to this witchcraft, but this runs on both ps3 and 360? The same way?

Damn... again, I have it preordered for the PS3 and I expect to love it... But can it be this good?

get2sammybAdmin

#9

get2sammyb said:

@Visiblemode Haha, let's hope so. Here's the quote from CVG's interview:

The game was demoed on PS3?

Yep.

And, of course, the single-player demo we saw was also demoed on PS3. Is PS3 your lead platform?

Not really. This is probably the first game we've done where both platforms have been running in parallel. There's very, very little difference in the development state of them both. They're both very similar. It would be hard to tell them apart.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/423020/gta-v-interview-rockstar-north-president-leslie-benzies-on-gta-online/

Visiblemode

#10

Visiblemode said:

@get2sammyb I hope I'm wrong... Makes me wonder what the end of the next gen cycle games would look like. Almost seems a waste that it takes 7 years to master a platform, just in time move beyond it.

LordBagardo

#11

LordBagardo said:

I'm really impressed, it seems like R* are focusing a lot on co-op experiences with this which is always a good thing

PMasterTy9

#12

PMasterTy9 said:

wow. I really hope this doesn't disappoint because this looks epic! Imagine if they came out with a PS4 version.

rastamadeus

#14

rastamadeus said:

Looks NOTHING like Grand Theft Auto 4's truly abysmal online mode so I'm in. And - as someone who doesn't like these type of games - actually quite excited.

MorriganIsHot

#15

MorriganIsHot said:

Honestly, XB1 and PS4 would've been better off release until mid 2014 since SR4 and GTA5/GTAO will just keep me busy for months.

get2sammybAdmin

#16

get2sammyb said:

Do you guys reckon that Grand Theft Auto Online may be released as a standalone product? I mean, obviously they're going to sell millions of copies of the retail version, but it's interesting that the press material mentions "GTA Online comes free with GTA5".

I just wonder if they're going to put this up on the PSN eventually, maybe as a free download, and support it through microtransactions and stuff. Crazy idea?

rastamadeus

#17

rastamadeus said:

@get2sammyb What I thought as soon as I saw "comes free with GTA5." Can see it being a free download with micro-transactions or a full retail game. Can also see it having a separate Trophy/Achievement list to GTA5.

Visiblemode

#18

Visiblemode said:

@MorriganIsHot don't forget Beyond Two Souls... But yeah, no still...next gen is gonna rock, can't wait. Luckily current gen will fill the gaps during the launch period.

Reverend_Skeeve

#19

Reverend_Skeeve said:

Oh my god! I just watched the trailer and my eyes are bleeding a little bit. This looks so awesome! Even harder for me to believe now that this runs on PS3 (no offense). But if this is really running on current gen, Watch_Dogs doesn't look as impressive anymore, suddenly. Consider me officially intrigued now! :)

(still waiting for the PS4 version, though...but the wait has just become harder)

Reverend_Skeeve

#21

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Subie98 It sure does. But the Watch_Dogs videos we saw were supposedly running on next gen hardware and it doesn't look that much better than the GTA trailers if you factor that in. Still, didn't want to diss Watch_Dogs, the game looks gorgeous and I can't wait to get it into my hands (and into my PS4). :)

odd69

#23

odd69 said:

I think it will be standalone but I think we will be able to unlock it via PSN. Like in a form of DLC which I would love

drumsandperc92

#24

drumsandperc92 said:

im just dying to play this on PS4.
have a 360, but an old one, with a 20gb harddrive. with the mandatory install and how hard it's gonna push the system, plus the fact that i havent had XBL Gold in over 2 years but plan on getting PSN+ on PS4, this game sounds like it's meant to be on the next gen!
If Rockstar does a PC port it only makes sense to do a PS4/Xbone port too, i really hope they do!!! i'm holding out on GTAV for now.

Gamer83

#25

Gamer83 said:

@ViciousDS

That's exactly what I'm counting on, actually, I'll probably still be playing this even after I get the PS4. Seems like there should be a ton of stuff to do.

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