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:

  • GTAOnline@rockstargames.com: 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
 

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  • 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
    http://support.rockstargames.com
    http://twitter.com/rockstarsupport
    And if you have any non-technical related feedback or suggestions to make, please send us a note at GTAOnline@rockstargames.com and we’ll have a look.
    Thanks all!
  • Oddbiscuit4 days, 2 hours agoReplyFlag
    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!
    • ginningjarl613 weeks, 4 days agoReplyFlag
      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
              • 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.
                  • chronicsmoker420on April 18 2014, 8:02amReplyFlag
                    I think Grand Theft Auto is a fun and addicting game BUT everytime they say they are gonna add something its like it never happens lol. Their should be more Cars to get. And maybe add some more guns. Its kinda crazy you cant get everything car or plane you see on missions their should just be more added in the game =D
                    • UndeadGunMercon March 30 2014, 5:21amReplyFlag
                      i love rockstars online mode.However it seems every day i get on and all the other players wana do is just shoot at eachother. On another note id love to see maybe some add on that allows underglow or LEDs to cars or animals,especialy some new clothing lines its very hard to make my biker look good with only a handfull of jeans pants and leather jackets . id prefer vests and the old school biker jacket personaly
                      • likeaboss69111on March 24 2014, 9:29pmReplyFlag
                        you guys should add animals that would make goining in the country more fun to play in.
                        • Skalisius1on March 22 2014, 11:55pmReplyFlag
                          Add things that are in single player please. (I.e. Earrings, bandanas over the face, certain car mods, clothes and things of those sorts). Also, id love new/more car modification possibilities. (I.e. Underglow, lower suspension, lambo doors and similar types of doors, more color layers, decals, more customization for ALL cars, especially spoilers, skirts, hoods, and racing mods)
                          • benllllldon March 22 2014, 9:10pmReplyFlag
                            you should be able to have jobs and be able to take parts off cars like hoods and doors because i like the turismo with out the hoods and the hot rod truck without doors
                            be cool if u did that
                            • Tenysonon March 18 2014, 11:30amReplyFlag
                              I myself would Luke the police in online mode more difficult to with police dogs being sent in while on foot with a 3star wanted level maybe through so tear gas like on story and I can't speak for everyone but a lobby where wanted levels are off to go to war with another team with out the worry of the local PD
                              • VIPERANTILEon February 7 2014, 3:38amReplyFlag
                                Thank You Rock star,
                                For the stimulis package you have told all of customers that you will put in our bank accounts, it is much needed for many of us to purchase the high priced necessities that will enable us to actually play the game game without getting agrivated. Please keep on trying to your product better so it is enjoyable to play, after all it's a game and games are supposed to be fun? There is already enough agrivating things going on in the real world.

                                A Harrington
                                • SuperFunDROHUNGon January 27 2014, 8:52pmReplyFlag
                                  If I want to race cars I would continue to play midnight club. This is gta so stop put a game in another game Where is robbing, stealing, killing and the crime feeling of the game. What no turf wars. This is the lamest online crime game is. Hell at least saint row4 knows how to do it up.
                                  • CakeMaster619on January 19 2014, 2:50pmReplyFlag
                                    HOW DO I USE GTA V ONLINE@?!?!?!?!?
                                    • Majest1xon January 14 2014, 6:51amReplyFlag
                                      Hey rockstar, loving gta 5 and online. Wow just incredible the amount of detail was put into this game. I was excited before release as it seemed the combat system was being drastically changed. In regards to hand to hand combat, I was amused at the physics of those massive king hit swings! I've had so many funny moments. However, I really feel as if the combat lacks in variety. I assumed you would be able to learn new fighting styles like in San Andreas which was amazing! Please consider the idea to apply new fighting styles that can be learnt through dojos or gyms. Hopefully this is possible, I feel the majority of fans would agree and it would make the experience a lot better when it comes to one on one fights with friends in online and general messing around fly kicking people in the face or tapping someone out with an armbar! Just imagine :)

                                      Joshua hall. Gta motherf**kerrrr!!!!!
                                      • Dalolson January 7 2014, 12:28amReplyFlag
                                        Sorry for spamming but another Idea more things to spend money on apart from cars apartments and guns please
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