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Grand Theft Auto Online launch: What You Need To Know

Grand Theft Auto Online launch: What You Need To Know

"Grand Theft Auto Online" launches tomorrow - Tuesday, October 1. The mode won't be available in Australia until 2 October, but Rockstar has yet to comment specifically on Europe.

Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with your copy of Grand Theft Auto V. On October 1st there will be a small downloadable Title Update released on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE.

Rockstar has provided details on how you can access GTA Online once it's launched. Here’s some more information to share to help get everyone ready for tomorrow!.

GTA Online will require user to download a small update. Upon installation of that Title Update, direct access to begin GTA Online will be unlocked in your GTAV game menu. You will be able to jump right into GTA Online via the 4th (bottom) slot in your GTAV character wheel.
However, be aware that Rockstar has been priming people to expect there to be problems with GTA 5's multiplayer mode when it launches, so don't be surprised if you have problems accessing GTA Online when it launches.

Up to 16 players will be able to connect to the same gameplay session. Players can work together in co-op missions, take part in "ambient activity" or play more traditional game modes. As Rockstar puts it: "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." A number of jobs and missions will be available to play either solo or as part of a team.

Players can create and customise their own GTA Online character, as well as customising their own cars and weapons caches. Every action performed in GTA Online earns the player Reputation, which is used to level their character up and unlock access to new items.

The payment system was leaked by a Reddit user perusing a Rockstar XML file, who discovered code suggesting "cash cards" for $100,000, $200,000, $500,000, and $1,250,000. In the same detailed blog post, developers explained that players don't have to spend real money in exchange for the cars, guns, clothes, and flash that comes along with being a high-roller in Los Santos. But it certainly wouldn't hurt.

Players can either earn money in-game to buy these new items, or spend real-life money on denominations of GTA$ to enable them to buy the items quicker. Despite this above, Rockstar assures: "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."

To celebrate the release of Grand Theft Auto V for PS3 and Xbox 360, Rockstar is currently giving away special GTA V gear and collectibles to Rockstar fans and followers on Twitter and Facebook.

Fans of the game can enter the competition on Facebook to win some collectibles by October 4, 2013. Prizes include the GTA V Body Bag Sleeping Bag, the Hundred Dollar Bill GTAV Yoga Mat, the Chop Stuffed Animal, the Official GTAV Zippo Lighter, the Black V Hoody Sweatshirt, the Los Santos Sheriff Trucker Hat, the Bugstar Van Keychain, the GTA V Bullet Dog Whistle, the GTA V Safe Lock Kitchen Timer, and GTA V Official Logo Tees.

Source: www.rockstargames.com