After a carefully worded warning that the servers might struggle with the initial rush of players, the Edinburgh-based company have revealed that up to 16 players will be able to do basically everything that can be done in single player mode. Gangs can roam the open world, take on Missions in co-op mode, race against each other, and give EA a good run for their money with multiplayer sports games.
Whilst playing online with your criminally-minded cohorts, you’ll be able to earn reputation and improve your stats, as well as earning more money in return for mo problems (or not), clothes, cars, and guns. Rockstar have said that there will be an option to buy certain denominations of in-game cash, but have promised that the in-game economy will be balanced; you will not be able to carry over cash earned from online play into single player mode and vice versa.
If that’s not enough bang for your delinquent buck, Rockstar are also working on a content creator to make your own races and deathmatches, a new capture the flag mode, fully co-operative heists, and the intriguingly named ‘Beach Bum Pack’ that includes “4 new amazing beach fun vehicles, over 300 new items of incredible down tempo leisure wear and 2 new but not remotely relaxing weapons”. All this fancy new content will be free.
So there will be a plethora of new and exciting content. Rockstar have been very careful in their announcement to say that yes, there will be bugs, and yes, they will work incredibly hard to iron them out. Some server shenanigans are to be expected, and it will be interesting to see how gamers react post-Sim City, but the future of GTA V online looks very promising.