Grand Theft Auto Online

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Grand Theft Auto Online
GTA Online boxart
DevelopersRockstar North
PublishersRockstar Games
PlatformsPlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Release dates

Xbox 360 - 1 October, 2013
PS3 - 1 October, 2013
Xbox One - Fall 2014
PlayStation 4 - Fall 2014
PC - Fall 2014

EngineRAGE
ProtagonistUser-created character
LocationsSouthern San Andreas
Los Santos
City of Davis
Los Santos County
Blaine County
Year2013, before the events of GTA V

Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA Online, GTAO or GTA O) is an online multiplayer universe for the GTA series. Grand Theft Auto Online is accessible through retail copies of Grand Theft Auto V. There is no monthly subscription fee. GTAO is a dynamic and constantly growing world, as it will continue to expand as content is added either by Rockstar or GTAO players, thus making it larger than GTA V. Though it mimics GTA V at first and is accessible through that game, Rockstar are treating it as a standalone, separate entity from GTA V, essentially even saying that they feel GTA V has no multiplayer mode because GTA Online is so separate.[1]

Game Information

Game Content

Game Modes

Main Articles


Grand Theft Auto series
chronology of events

2D Universe
GTA 1 Era

1961London 1961
1969London 1969
1997Grand Theft Auto 1


GTA 2 Era

2013GTA 2

3D Universe
GTA III Era

1984GTA Vice City Stories
1986GTA Vice City
1992GTA San Andreas
1998GTA Liberty City Stories
2000GTA Advance
2001GTA III

HD Universe
GTA IV Era

2008GTA IV

The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony

2009GTA Chinatown Wars


GTA V Era

2013GTA Online
2013GTA V

Information

Character creation

  • Character creation involves choosing the heritage of the protagonist's parents, then using a gene dominance meter that determines which parent the protagonist's looks more closely resemble.
  • Owners of the GTA V Collector's Edition can choose Niko Bellic (GTA IV), Claude (GTA III), or Misty (GTA III) as parents.
  • The protagonist's daily activities can also be customized.
  • Family time, illegal work, sports, and lounging on the couch all impact the protagonist's appearance and skills.

Missions and storylines

  • GTA Online is a story-driven experience that intertwines with the single-player story. The player-created character is new to Los Santos and wishes to make it big. Through the player's actions, he/she will rise up the criminal ladder and meet several characters from the single-player story, such as Lamar Davis, who will give them missions.
  • There are over 700 missions, appearing in random order depending on the protagonist's rank. More complex missions require higher rank.
  • Almost every mission from GTA V will be carried over.
  • Certain missions will require specific vehicles, characters, or weapons.
  • There is a collective limit on how many times a team member may die before a mission is failed.
  • Custom missions can be created through the Rockstar Games Social Club.

Money and heists

  • Completing matches and missions earns the player money, which can be spent on customizing their character's appearance, weapons and vehicles. More options become accessible as the storyline advances and as cash is acquired.
  • Players can also spend money on a customizable apartment for their character, and a garage in which they can store and customize up to 10 vehicles.
  • Banks and stores throughout the world can be robbed by the player. Teaming up with others makes pulling off the heists easier; however, there is a chance that a member of the team may run off with the take, making trust a vital part in planning.
  • During a heist, Grand Theft Auto Online uses a voice recognition system. If one or more players yell commands at the bank staff such as "faster!", the moneybag will be filled faster than usual, allowing for a quicker getaway.
  • Money earned during gameplay is not safe unless deposited into the player character's bank account. If killed, any loose money will be dropped and can be taken by others.
  • Players can insure their vehicles so that if they are destroyed, lost or stolen, they are replaced free of charge. The cost of insurance depends on the the vehicle's class, which in turn is determined by its performance and modifications.

Teams

  • Crews were carried over from Max Payne 3 into Grand Theft Auto Online.[2]
  • It is essentially a GTA MMORPG, though groups of players are limited to just 16.

Game World

  • As of the 1 October launch, the game world will was identical to that of GTA V. New locations will appear from time to time.
  • There are lots of property to purchase, including buildings and land, vehicles, weapons, and clothing.

References

  1. CVG's GTA 5 o'clock: Massive GTA Online Preview
  2. Crews in GTA V