Grand Theft Auto V

You may be able to earn some serious paper from bank jobs and crafty accounting in Grand Theft Auto V, but that takes effort. It seems like the upcoming Grand Theft Auto Online will allow you to eschew that hard work by purchasing a dodgy bank card – for a fee, of course. Reddit users have uncovered an XML file on Rockstar Games’ website which appears to hint at the inclusion of microtransactions in the title’s multiplayer component. You’ll be able to buy these packs in denominations of $100,000, $200,000, $500,000, and $1.25 million.

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“Cash is king in this town,” notes the leaked file. “Solve your money problems and help get what you want across Los Santos and Blaine County with the purchase of cash packs for Grand Theft Auto Online. All purchased cash is automatically deposited into your character’s bank account. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting.”

The publisher’s yet to confirm anything, but naturally web forums are freaking out. The biggest criticism seems to stem from the fact that it’s quite difficult to earn money in the sandbox sequel’s single player campaign. If the same extends to the online option, then you may be forced to shell out on a bank card or two in order to afford the things that you want. Personally, we don’t have a problem with optional microtransactions – but if the game is balanced in a way that forces you to use them, then we reckon that that’s a little bit shady.

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