Earlier today Rockstar released their official Grand Theft Auto online gameplay video (watch it above), and we'll all be able to get our hands on it October 1st. You may be confused by the fact it comes out almost a month after GTA V, but Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies has stated that while Grand Theft Auto Online uses GTA V's engine, it's a completely separate entity.
If you buy Grand Theft Auto V you'll have instant access to Grand Theft Auto Online as soon as it drops, but its also assumed you will be able to purchase it as a separate entity if you wish to.
As for the gameplay itself, Grand Theft Auto online looks pretty much like an MMO in the sense that it's open and all the content within the world is dynamic. Rockstar has also confirmed that Grand Theft Auto online is something they will continue to support for years to come. So this is clearly something more than we previously expected. Here's some information on Grand Theft Auto Online directly from Rockstargames.com:
Grand Theft Auto Online is a dynamic and persistent online world for 16 players that begins by sharing gameplay features, geography and mechanics with Grand Theft Auto V, but will continue to expand and evolve after its launch with new content created by Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto community. Grand Theft Auto Online takes the fundamental Grand Theft Auto concepts of freedom, ambient activity and mission-based gameplay and makes them available to multiple players in an incredibly detailed and responsive online world.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, players have the freedom to explore alone or with friends, work cooperatively to complete missions, band together to participate in activities and ambient events, or compete in traditional game modes with the entire community, all with the personality and refined mechanics of Grand Theft Auto V.
Players can invest in their character through customizing their appearance, improving their stats, owning customized vehicles, purchasing personal property, and taking part in missions, jobs and activities to earn reputation and cash to open up new opportunities to rise through the criminal ranks. The world of Grand Theft Auto Online will constantly grow and change as new content is added, creating the first ever persistent and dynamic Grand Theft Auto game world.
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.
It seems like we're in for a treat with Grand Theft Auto online, and I look forward to playing it. Look out for some epic Koalition game nights in the future.
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