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Post by Dan @ 08:32am 16/08/13 | 12 Comments
As promised, Rockstar Games has announced Grand Theft Auto Online, the individually branded service that will serve as the multiplayer component to the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V. The evolution from Grand Theft Auto 4's multiplayer is rather extreme, and it is obvious that a whole lot of love and attention has gone into diversifying and improving the experience for V. Here's the brief:
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.
Grand Theft Auto Online will come at no extra cost to GTA V players when the game launches on October 1st 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Posted 09:07am 16/8/13
Looks really cool, should serve to improve the replayability of a game that has easily been the most replayable single player game series for me by far.

Fingers crossed that the 16 player limit is for current-gen consoles only, and that PC and next-gen consoles will have higher limits.
Posted 09:11am 16/8/13
I'm still amazed that this is running on the xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Rockstar has definitely come a long way since the original GTA. I really hope we get a PC version sooner rather than later, I don't want to get a console just as we approach next-gen.

I'm really digging the whole "persistent world" deal, also glad they kept the other modes as well and expanded on racing customisation. I do too hope that 16 players isn't the limit on PC or next-gen (if it is coming).
Posted 09:32am 16/8/13
Looks pretty neat. I wonder how they will do servers? It was always pretty easy to find a local server for the hacked MP versions of previous GTA games - I only played GTASA online for a very brief instant (to check servers were working) and can't remember how big a deal latency was, but I suspect it'll probably have a pretty big impact in a lot of the gameplay aspects.
Posted 10:03am 16/8/13

Grand Theft Auto Online will come at no extra cost to GTA V players when the game launches on October 1st 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

I should certainly hope so.
Posted 06:14pm 16/8/13
At no extra cost to console players? Or is it somehow expected that it should cost them an its not? What of PC? Likely just left out, but it IS rockstar and they aren't cheap.

Like the sound of the online part. Might be all I play if I get the game.
Posted 06:32pm 16/8/13
Looks amazing can't wait!
Posted 07:04pm 16/8/13
Assuming there's a PC version, I hope you can host your own servers.
Posted 10:30pm 16/8/13
Its bloody amazing having all this for current-gen consoles. So this is just the online component of GTA V and not something seperate I take it.
Posted 10:36pm 16/8/13
it comes free with GTA5. you can't purchase gta online separately.
Posted 10:36pm 16/8/13
Here's a list of the new info from CVG:
Characters from GTA V will appear in GTA Online
GTA Online will not always be limited to Los Santos; additional locations are in the works
You can do anything in GTA Online that you can do in GTA V. They list the following: heists, co-op missions, gang attacks, death matches, impromptu deathmatch, races, tennis, golf, base jumping, shooting range, ambient events (hold ups of stores, armored van robberies, crate drops, import/export missions involving car theft, bounties that you can set on other players and people can claim), betting
If you are killed while holding money, you will lose a large portion of it and others can steal it. Use banks to keep money safe
An in-game smartphone can call your friends whether they are in GTA Online or GTA V. You can also use this to set waypoints for your friends. While using the phone, your avatar moves their lips with yours.
While you are driving, you can choose to grant someone else permission over the radio
In-game AI will respond to how aggressive you are on your mic (as in, if you're shouting during a robbery, the AI will react and speed up/become more frightened)
Whoever sets up a heist decides who gets what cut of the final money when that money is obtained
Garages range from two car ports to 10 car ports
Cars can have retractable roofs controlled by the player
Missions can be accessed by physical markers or through a quickmatch sort of menu
User-made missions can be favorited and rated
You can assign other players certain roles in missions based on the particular abilities they have leveled up
You can share cash and ammunition
There are stealth kill animations, possibly with a knife. The game tracks the amount of noise your character is making, and the AI will respond accordingly
You can steal physical items. During the demo, a mission was done in which a bike warehouse was robbed. The bikes had to be transported out in a large truck
"RP" are the points you get to level up your character
You can use physical gestures, such as flipping the bird
All of your info/communications in the game appear in the "Feed." Rockstar mentioned this as a sort of Twitter for GTA Online
You can purchase insurance for your car. By insuring your vehicle, if it gets destroyed or stolen, you can have it replaced by paying a small premium
Police helicopters have cameras mounted to the front of them. In real time, you can watch on live TV (on the news channel in your apartment) players with a high wanted level being chased by the police. There are additional channels with programs such as a crime noir show
Heists can have up to 20 different components. A heist is mentioned where a Titan (largest aircraft) is guarded by "Maryweather" (sp?)
There is a heli-pad on the roof of (at least) the largest AmmuNation and the store can also be accessed from there
Off the west coast of Los Santos, there is an another island with lots of buildings. This has not been seen before, but the folks at CVG saw it from afar
There is a "passive" mode where you cannot shoot or be shot
Your online world will always be populated with by 16 human players. You can still have friends in the game with you, but the other slots will fill up with random people around the same reputation level, as well

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Posted 12:05am 17/8/13
Good stuff there, Python. This has to be game of the year.
Posted 08:51am 17/8/13
this looks redic epic

but i am holding off until next gen conslols as i have no desire to buy any more ps3 games at all
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