Some More Details on Grand Theft Auto Online

Posted on September 25 2013, 2:09pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games

Dear All,

We are humbled and overwhelmed by the response to Grand Theft Auto V – literally overwhelmed in the case of some of our servers! We sincerely hope you're enjoying your visit to Los Santos and we know many of you have plenty of questions about Grand Theft Auto Online. First, we thought it would be useful to provide some details of the roll out of GTA Online, and how we hope you will be involved in making the game everything it can be.

  • Grand Theft Auto Online is going to be something brand new for us: a fully realized and living world for multiple players that will continue to grow and take shape over time.
  • The ultimate shape of GTA Online will be determined as much by you, the player, as by the work we put in. What you like and don’t like, what you play and what you want will determine how the game develops and what it turns into.
  • Everything we do will be informed by feedback from you all – from the types of missions that roll out to all kinds of future content.
  • We are planning for a constant stream of new content, tweaks and updates in the weeks and months ahead.
  • The first couple of weeks we expect to be heavily focused on tuning the experience as it goes from internal testing to the reality of being played by tons of people in the real world so that all the usual teething problems for an online game are overcome. We hope it will all run incredibly smoothly, but please bear with us if it doesn't, and help us fix any and all problems!
  • After that, we will begin releasing content updates and giving you the opportunity to make your own content.

GTA Community Feedback Needed from Day One
This is vital for the ongoing success of the game. The first few months of Grand Theft Auto Online will be critical as everyone enters this dynamic new world for the first time. Plenty of issues are bound to occur. Remember this interesting character?

One thing we are already aware of, and are trying to alleviate as fast as we can, is the unanticipated additional pressure on the servers due to a significantly higher number of players than we were anticipating at this point – we are working around the clock to buy and add more servers, but this increased scale is only going to make the first few days even more temperamental than such things usually are. This is part of the problem some of you have been experiencing with the iFruit App and some Social Club services – we apologize in advance for this and thank you for your patience in this area.

More than ever, we need your help to report your experiences, findings, likes, loves, dislikes and hates – and we will be looking at your feedback constantly to tune the game into its optimal shape and help guide how Grand Theft Auto Online will grow and evolve past this initial period. We will be checking out how people are playing and what they are not playing or not enjoying, while also monitoring feedback via two other new Rockstar channels:

  • This email address will be active from launch day as a place to send your input and feedback direct to us relating to the game.
  • GTA Online Forums at Social Club: At some point this fall after the initial release of GTA Online, we are planning to launch Social Club Forums where players can chat with one another about their online experiences as well as access a GTA Online Suggestion board to post about any suggested features, tweaks and changes you want to see.

Here’s a rough overview of what you can expect on day one as well as initial details about how the GTA Online world will evolve from there.

The Launch of Grand Theft Auto Online:
From launch, up to 16 players can enter the world together to partake in everything from:

  • Open-World Crime and Chaos: 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.

  • Jobs: Los Santos and Blaine County are ripe with opportunity for the ambitious and criminal minded. Take on Missions and an array of other Jobs as a lone wolf, team up with your Crew or join fellow mercenaries and degenerates to pull off a wide range of robberies and illicit activities together.

  • Races: Everything from classic street competition and off-road tracks to boat racing on the open ocean, or take to the skies in aerial events. Jump into the madness of a GTA Race, or try out a brand new race type, Rally, where driver and co-pilot work together to navigate treacherous courses at high speeds.

  • Sports: Join your friends / any random stranger for a game of tennis, a round of golf or go base jumping and more, all for cash and Reputation.
  • Customization: Create your character using the Character Creator – then earn some cash and spend it getting dressed for success. You can also collect and customize cars for your garage and personalize your full weapons cache.
  • Reputation and Cash Flow: Reputation is earned from all your online exploits in everything you do in GTA Online – and will help you rank up, providing access to new features, weapons and criminal contacts. Spend cash you’ve gained on cars, clothes, guns, properties and much more. You can either quickly accumulate cash through profitable activities like knocking over armored cars, winning street races, doing stick-ups or a host of other cash-making endeavors – or if you’re the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy denominations of GTA$. You will have the option to purchase GTA$ through the in-game Store. 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.
  • Growing Pains: There will be the typical growing pains for an online game, including but not limited to crashes, glitches, crazy bugs, gameplay modes and mechanics that need re-balancing and other surprises! Even in GTAV Story Mode, some of you may have seen a few odd and even amusing little glitches out there last week. This sort of thing is inevitable in a massive open-world game and there’ll surely be lots more unexpected oddities like this in the Online world next week – rest assured we’ll be monitoring and actively doing all we can to smooth such things out as they happen, but we need your help to find them, as well as your feedback to help fine tune all of the game's systems so everything is perfectly balanced.

Currently Planned GTA Online Content Updates:
Here is a quick overview of a few initial things we’re working on for the first few weeks of Grand Theft Auto Online, alongside an aggressive period of tuning and finessing the game. We will give you dates for all of this content as soon as we have them – bear in mind that the order of things may well change, and we will probably add some extra stuff as well!

  • The Content Creator: The Content Creator will launch with tools to tailor and publish your own Deathmatches & Races.
  • The Beach Bum Pack: Featuring 4 new amazing beach fun vehicles, over 300 new items of incredible down tempo leisure wear and 2 new but not remotely relaxing weapons.
  • Capture the Flag: GTA Online’s take on the classic CTF mode including the ability to make your own using The Content Creator.
  • Heists: This update will introduce full-on cooperative Heist missions that will require careful planning, teamwork and sharp execution – along with the Heist Planning Board for your apartment.

Just to be clear, all of these updates will be free. We’ll have more info on this and much more additional content as our plans develop through the launch period, and as we get feedback from you. Please stay tuned for further info and updates. And remember – we need your help to make this experience all it can be.

Thank you everyone,
Rockstar Games

  • R* Yon October 1 2013, 7:32amFlag
    To everyone going online for the first time today, if you have any technical difficulties, the place to report issues is to our dedicated Support Team at
    And if you have any non-technical related feedback or suggestions to make, please send us a note at and we’ll have a look.
    Thanks all!
  • PickeyMickeyon September 14 2016, 8:54pmReplyFlag
    For GTA 5 online you guys should put in motels that you can rent for 30 GTA dollars, seriously!!!
    • TakaraGmr4on July 3 2016, 5:02pmReplyFlag
      hello rockstars i was in my friends home played my game there and now i get home log in and and get a 10days banne it is not my folt that i go in a online loby and a modder drops millions on me...Plz lift the banne kill the modders not the players im not happy coz avry time i go online i get killd many times by players lvl8000 , not hapy coz you guys only uptade ps4 and again i played all gta games and the modders always win ( look at you tube streamers with billions on the video ) and so on plz do your job properly banne the modders not the players ...
      • wetdrivting44989on April 20 2016, 7:00pmReplyFlag
        dear Rockstar games. please make the dubsta & dubsta 6/6 armored and powerful as a Mercedes from the update big bosses. and tuning them serious. thank you
        • wetdrivting44989on March 14 2016, 2:17amReplyFlag
          please make armored dubsta & dubsta 6/6 deystvitelno here is the update, and what you show in fact no one is interested. you are asking to write reviews and offers.
          • Tjones2011on June 19 2015, 3:45pmReplyFlag
            Rockstar u should put skateboard on gta online
            • KiraHikikomorion May 3 2015, 10:51amReplyFlag
              For next gen future updates I would like to see features for online or either story mode where we are able to go to the liquor store and purchase a different bottles of alcohol as well as buying another one for yourself after friends have helped themselves to all of your alchohol adding this will just give the player a real life & immersive feeling to the game as well as having more things to do, same goes with marijuana. I and other people I'm sure would like to be able to go down to smoke shops/dispensaries throughout Los Santos and purchase different strains of Cannibis & smoking devices such as your typical bong/bowl. And also maybe smoke joints/blunts as we walk around the city other than just smoking at your apartment. i know Rockstar doesn't focus much on this type of subject but I thought I should just share my ideas. Peace & love, Dueces. ✌️
              • nirav101on April 11 2015, 5:07pmReplyFlag
                Make changes online on Gta 5 about Gloves being compactiable with all outfits
                • DMCRUIVOon January 15 2015, 5:08pmReplyFlag
                  I think Rockstar should in online or solo make a new mode (for ps3, xbox 360, ps4 and xbox one)

                  The mode is like gang mode(almost as gta san andreas, gta vice city stories and gta iv), the player is the same as the online character.

                  The player is capable of hire members and control them, customize their clothes and choose which cars and weapons they use.

                  The objective will be dominate the ground(gta sa) of los santos and blaine county by taking the enemy bases and upgrade your own (like gta vc stories)

                  I' ve a lote of ideas and us, player, will spent more hours with this mode

                  • broskisavageon December 4 2014, 7:40pmReplyFlag
                    I really think you should make a DLC of zombies online ... where every in the city are zombies and our online characters have to survive. That would really be cool to see zombies on gta5 , i know that this would neva get to you guys at rockstar but i feel as though you can make wayyyyyy more money because everyone LOVES zombies now a days
                    • M1G1408on November 24 2014, 5:56pmReplyFlag
                      Hey rockstar is there any way we can give feedback where they would improve the gameplay.
                      • skills6on November 23 2014, 3:27amReplyFlag
                        Where are the heist? I bought the new game for Xbone and still no update for heists
                      • Oddbiscuiton October 18 2014, 11:04pmReplyFlag
                        I'd like to see some of the clothes from the story in the online e.g. Michaels leather jackets, franklin's varsity jackets, Trevor's zancudo shirt
                        Also I think many would agree that it would be a great idea to make the "classic" tow truck a normal pick-up truck.
                        And maybe a larger variety of vehicles as the super cars and sports cars with the over the top price cars are getting a bit boring although i would like to see some variations of a Ferrari or Lamborghini, and what I hope for the most an update dedicated to classic cars i.e. classic muscle cars, the tow truck as a normal pick-up truck and maybe a couple of lowriders.
                        the update could also include some weapons such as a colt m4 with a holographic sight( different from the basic sight there is now), and some more assault rifles and weapons as I know this is probably just a blip within all the other suggestions but me and all my friends have requested that you at least take into consideration the clothes cars and the weapons especially (colt m4 with holographic sight and grip modifications) please...just...take it into consideration
                        keep up the great work!
                        • ginningjarl61on September 28 2014, 6:29pmReplyFlag
                          They add the gym like in san andreas or add casinos to gamble or they could add las ventura and when is the heists update coming out i wanna plan robberies
                          • luqqyomanon September 10 2014, 5:58amReplyFlag
                            I think rockstar should add more Japanese cars in game. I get bored when driving supercars.. As they have so few customizations on it. Secondly it would be fun if rockstar add the zombie survival mode in it for the Halloween patch.. So yeah these are just my thoughts.
                          • HowlingHellgar01on August 27 2014, 1:56pmReplyFlag
                            Hello! I would really appreciate it if you could add animals onto GTA online any time soon like dogs (that you can own) so there could be another character in your GTA online career who goes alongside your main character, rather than only having him/her. I know this is a minor thing, but I think it could potentially change the game's atmosphere.
                            • jigglesshepon June 19 2014, 8:48pmReplyFlag
                              seriously tho stop being greedy fix coveted take it back to normal let us make money

                              • midgetboiion May 17 2014, 3:48pmReplyFlag
                                police should not come after you if you kill another online player
                                • Tatike-on March 8 2015, 3:52pmReplyFlag
                                  @midgetboii Police wants you for almost anything you do, It's a reason I stopped playing for a while, if you run into a police man they will want you, by killing other players they want you, stealing like 2 vehicles they want you ect. It does make sense though how they will want you but seriously it's a game I don't think they should want you for almost anything you do on this game
                              • vdmmucon May 17 2014, 1:03pmReplyFlag
                                my ps3 freezes constantly after the high life update- out of nowhere and most of the time i can't even quit to the xmb menu. Happens every 30min or so. Really annoying Rockstar: once again a hasty put out update without proper testing.
                                • Rastamanhallon April 29 2014, 6:22pmReplyFlag
                                  Would be nice to own a house and garge. Lost a few cars I put work into. Ny fault yeah but would be nice.
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