Grand Theft Auto Online Goes Live At 7AM EST Tomorrow, Be There But Be Prepared For Possible Server Issues
Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto Online will go live tomorrow morning at or around 7AM EST. In case you didn’t know, Grand Theft Auto Online is Grand Theft Auto V’s multiplayer component and its completely free. Tomorrow there will be a small Title Update everyone will have to download and after that GTA Online will be unlocked. From there, you’ll be able to jump straight into GTA Online out of the character wheel in story mode, it’ll now be the bottom 4th (bottom) slot. Yep, I know we were wondering what that blank space was for too. So that’s the when, but Rockstar did us one up and released some more information on the what and answered a few burning questions we’ve all had.
We will of course hope that GTA Online launches tomorrow morning without a flaw on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 but that probably won’t be the case. With all the people trying to get in tomorrow morning, expect things to be a little wonky at first but at least we know that Rockstar will be monitoring things and hopefully getting any bugs worked out quickly.
When does GTA Online Take Place?
To put it in context in relation to the story of Grand Theft Auto V, Grand Theft Auto Online is set a few months prior to the events of Grand Theft Auto V’s single player story.
Home and Garage Security
There’s plenty of havoc and treachery you can cause out in the open world of course, but in order to prevent some really annoying “griefing”, Rockstar has designed house party invitations specifically to be a friendly social affair where players can visit each other’s pads without fear of having them ruined or losing their hard-earned vehicles in the process. If someone invites you into their property, then it is considered a friendly visit and you will not be able to shoot up their place or steal their cars from their garage. By the way, in any given lobby, if you and another player own the same piece of property, you will each be able to enter your own personal instance of that property at any given time. You will also be able to enter each other’s instance of that property if you exchange and accept an invite. This way, multiple instances of ownership of the same property within a lobby can co-exist.
GTA$ and Fair Play
To allay some concerns they’ve heard on the subject, Rockstar says that the game is designed such that the option of purchasable GTA$ should not disrupt the playing field – and there are a few mechanics in place to help ensure that. All players still have to rank up with Reputation Points (RP) in order to get access to purchase high-end items. No one can begin GTA Online and simply spend a lot of money out of the gate to get a leg up. You will have to earn your stripes and play to unlock access to the aspirational clothes, guns and other items. Please also remember that in GTA Online, hustling to afford the finer things by earning GTA$ doing robberies, stick-ups, winning races and other profitable activities is a fun gameplay experience rather than ever being a ‘grind’.
An Ever-Growing Collection of Jobs
Grand Theft Auto Online is a long-term GTA experience that you can expect to be built-upon, to grow and to evolve in many ways in the coming weeks, months and beyond. As part of that, there will be a massive amount of Jobs available to play over time as we will be regularly adding new ones for you to enjoy. Additionally, you will soon be helping to add content to the game world yourselves, by creating custom Race and Deathmatch Jobs through the Content Creator tool they plan to release this fall.
The Character Creation System
The hereditary-based character creation system of Grand Theft Auto Online allows for a multitude of options to create your avatar that will then inhabit the online world of Los Santos & Blaine County. Choose your gender then decide on your mother and father. From there, you can choose to give one parent genetic dominance or leave them more evenly matched. The choice is yours. Next, you adjust a set of lifestyle variables which help determine your character’s appearance and starting stats. Decide how much sleep he/she gets, how much partying they indulge in, how much honest work versus illegal activity, and more. You’ll also be able to preview your end result in real-time all throughout to ensure you’re satisfied before putting your character on a direct flight to LS. Of course, once you’re out and about in the open world, you can further customize your character with haircuts, clothing and accessories to suit your tastes.
So that’s that folk. I guess I’ll see you online.