Yesterday, microtransactions for Grand Theft Auto V Online were unofficially confirmed. Now they're finally official.
Rockstar Games has confirmed the existence of microtransactions – real-world money utilized to purchase in-game items – in GTAVO. Of course, players will also be able to earn money in the game by performing heists and other daring, dastardly robberies, such as knocking over armored cars.
However, don't think that you need to spend your real money in order to enjoy the online component of GTAV. The developer wanted to make it plain that they prepared for the "vast majority" of players not shelling out for in-game items:
"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."
They also added that the online portion is balanced a little differently than the single-player economy, and revealed that cash will not transfer between the single-player and multiplayer modes. For instance, you will earn cash "much faster" when playing online. Lastly, Rockstar asked gamers to be patient when GTAV Online launches on October 1; there are bound to be "growing pains" for such a huge game:
"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."
You can expect plenty of content updates, which will begin to roll out several weeks after the launch. There's a Content Creator coming, for example, which will let players devise their own deathmatches and races, and there's the Beach Bum Pack, which includes four new vehicles, 300 new articles of clothing, and a couple new weapons. Oh, and Capture the Flag and fresh Heist missions can be expected as well.
The world of GTAV Online is gonna be massive…as if anybody is shocked.
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V