With Grand Theft Auto Online, Rockstar aims to mesh the two worlds of singleplayer and online multiplayer together to provide a seamless gaming experience with a multitude of content. The prestigious offering promises more than just your supplemental online gameplay; Rockstar is planning to introduce a wealth of entertainment that may eventually include the entire Grand Theft Auto franchise.
Rockstar North President Leslie Benzies told Game Informer that the studio plans to utilize GTA Online to “create an entire Grand Theft Auto world that consists of everything we’ve done or are going to do then let the player freely move between them.”
This is a tremendous undertaking for the studio, who has already fashioned one of the most expensive video games in production history–beating most Hollywood films in costs. To balance that out, GTA V has quickly risen to become one of the most anticipated games in recent gaming history, selling more pre-orders than CoD: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 combined.
Benzies continued by revealing that Rockstar North has always wanted to make something akin to a MMO version of the Grand Theft Auto series, complete with a robust open-world with a massive and constantly-updated content offering:
“We’ve always wanted to create a world with the complexity of a single-player Grand Theft Auto game with the addition of real players. We wanted a world where people could spend years without getting bored of playing the same content over and over.
“I think we’ve managed to achieve something very close to our dream.”
The interview continues onward to divulge new updates about GTA Online‘s initial content offering, including missions and other details. The online mode will launch in October with over 500 missions right off the bat, many of which are split between singleplayer and multiplayer and contain a variety of objectives and gametypes.
In GTA Online players will have the opportunity to join a crew or tackle missions with their friends on Xbox LIVE or PSN, and will also feature skill-specific matchmaking options when your friends are offline.
Rockstar has included a dynamic character creation tool that’s straight out of a MMO, giving players the opportunity to select their cosmetic appearances and choose specifics such as lifestyle and even their parents–all of which affect starting stats.
As far as content, GTA Online is known to feature every singleplayer activity in GTA V including everything from bank robberies to recreational activities like playing tennis: “heists, missions, robberies, assaulting gang hideouts, hijacking armored vehicles, and races” will all be available.
Rockstar’s official trailer highlighted many of these elements and also discussed the main point of the online mode: to complete missions, amass cash, buy cars and hideouts and overall build your crew and character up. Rival crews will always be warring and clashing in the streets, adding a familiar competitive aspect to gameplay, and interestingly enough players can actually steal the cash off their dead enemies, which can be particularly frustrating after completing a big score.
Visiting an ATM and depositing your hard-earned cash alleviates this problem, but this mechanic alone affords for a wide variety of strategies and is just one example of the treacherous actions players will come across when facing rival crews.
All in all GTA Online looks to be the definitive Grand Theft Auto experience, affording for a huge range of gametypes from competitive deathmatch firefights to taking part in big heists with your crew. The aspect of wanton crime is also a major part as well, giving players the chance to even the score against rival gangs or generally wreaking havoc across Los Santos.
The freedom that the mode offers is staggering, and is the perfect offering to compliment GTA V‘s dynamic open-world singleplayer campaign. It will be interesting to see the full array of content that Rockstar offers with GTA Online when it rolls out, and what the future will bring for their digital playground.
Grand Theft Auto V is slated to release on Sept. 17, 2013 and GTA Online will launch a few weeks later on Oct. 1, 2013. The online mode comes free with every copy of GTA V.
Via Game Informer