The heists were the undeniable highlight of Grand Theft Auto V’s single player campaign, so it’s little surprise that Los Santos citizens have been screaming for this feature to make the jump into multiplayer. Fortunately, Rockstar Games has finally announced that the hotly anticipated Grand Theft Auto Online missions will launch in early 2015 on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

In an interview with IGN, the developer confirmed that there’ll be a total of five heists, each comprising of 20 unique mission objectives. You’ll earn rewards for completing all of these, and there’ll be additional goodies up for grabs for those that play them in first-person on Sony's next-gen format.

The objectives themselves have been designed with four players in mind, and will require you to be Rank 12 or above. Whoever initiates the heist will need to have a high-end apartment to co-ordinate the crime spree, too, so you’ll need to do a little prep work before diving into this new content. The developer estimates that all things considered, you’re getting an extra 20 hours of gameplay here.

“These are a series of multi-tiered missions featuring diverse prep work, a range of different types of gameplay, and a big finale,” explained lead mission designer Imran Sarwar. “We wanted each heist to have a unique thread also, that brought you back in touch with some of the characters from the story.”

Each of the heists will include new vehicles, weapons, items, and clothing, as well as cut-scenes and much, much more. It sounds insanely feature rich for a free expansion, but if you choose to initiate an activity, you'll need to buy in first, meaning that one or two of those Shark Cards may come in handy. Still, are you ready to break the law? Calculate the stakes in the comments section below.

[source uk.ign.com, via vg247.com]