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Rockstar Discusses Heists, Future Plans, and More


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People ask Rockstar questions all the time, and today the company chose to answer some of the most common ones in a special Asked & Answered feature. These may be things you’ve also wondered about, so now we can give you official answers.

If you were hoping the new first-person mode for GTA V would come to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions as well, we have to disappoint you. Due to the memory required for GTA V’s first-person, it will remain limited to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game.

Heists, on the other hand, are coming to every version of GTA V and are planned for early 2015, as announced yesterday. However, Rockstar also confirmed that cross-platform co-op, such as PS3 and PS4 players working together in GTA Online, is currently impossible. If that disappoints you, don’t forget that you can transfer
your GTA Online progress to the new versions. Transfers to the PC version are possible from any of the four consoles, even if you’ve already transferred your progress between generations.

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While there may eventually be GTA V and GTA Online updates that can’t be supported by the older consoles, that time is still far off and Rockstar will support the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions as long as they can. Speaking of updates, the rumors of holiday DLC may hold some truth, as “a few seasonal treats” are on the way.

Many of the questions Rockstar receives are requests for new features. This Q&A didn’t give definite answers to those listed (leaving your car running, animals in GTA Online, and gambling options), but reiterated that you should email in all of your feedback and suggestions.

Finally, fans also ask the company questions about its future plans. If you aren’t a fan of the new GTA V first-person mode, rest assured that Rockstar still plans to make solid third-person games. And when it comes to other series, such as Red Dead Redemption… sequels are a possibility, but nothing is confirmed.

Check out the Q&A for the full answers, and don’t forget to send Rockstar any of your own unanswered questions. The article closed with a promise that GTA V PC requirements will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

Heists Set for Early 2015, New Trailer and Screens


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At last, we have an official release date for GTA Online heists. It isn’t December 23, as recent rumors believed, but isn’t far off. Today, Rockstar released a new heist trailer and a plethora of screenshots, with the promise that heists will become available to all players for free “early in 2015.” Check it out.

Heists will involve four-player cooperative gameplay in which players pull off elaborate heists in the world of GTA Online, with coordinated efforts and multi-stage objectives on the way to success. GTA Online producer and lead mission designer Imran Sarwar went into more detail in an interview with IGN.

According to Sarwar, the reason heists have been delayed for so long is that creating “a series of multi-tiered missions featuring diverse prep work, a range of different types of gameplay and a big finale, where team coordination and playing your own distinct role could make the difference between success or failure” was more difficult than Rockstar expected, particularly since every player has to have a significant role to play. For example, getaway drivers can’t just be ignored during the action the way they might be in a movie or in GTA V’s single-player mode:

“…to make this work for multiple players, we needed to create situations where the driver has something interesting to do at exactly the same time the rest of their team are locking down the bank and making their way to the money.”

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All players involved in a heist mission must be at least level 12. The heist leader will need to have a high-end apartment in order to plan out the heist. The leader will handle both the management of the heist and the cost, and will be paid at the conclusion of the heist, while the other players will receive money from the prep missions. As with the example of the getaway driver, Rockstar wanted to make it a unique and fun experience to be both the leader and one of the regular participants.

Many special rewards are planned, as well, such as bonuses for playing all the heists with the same team, for playing all the heists in first-person mode, for completing a heist within a certain amount of time, and so on.

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Not all heists follow the same structure. For some, all four players might stick together as a team, while others might require the group to split up and perform different objectives. Communication is key.

Of course, there will be new weapons, vehicles, and items included in the heist update, and Sarwar teased “surprising locations” you’ll visit as you perform these missions. Some of this may correspond with the supposed leak we learned about the other day, but while that named six missions, Sarwar said there will be “five unique strands” with more than 20 missions between them. All together, this update is expected to involve 20 hours of gameplay, not including the replay value as players try new roles and approaches. You’ll have many different options in each heist.

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Development of the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of GTA V also contributed to the delay, as the development teams needed to devote enough time to both projects to make them high-quality. There are some positives to the long delay, however. As Rockstar worked to develop such complex, involving missions, the heist concepts were reworked into something far better than what was initially planned.

As an example, Sarwar told IGN about a prison break mission where each player must come in at the right moment. It sounds as though GTA Online’s heists are definitely intended to make players truly work together and use strategy, rather than just firepower.

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Take a look at the rest of these screenshots to see the sort of variety heist missions will involve, from gunfights to helicopters and aircraft carriers.

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Pretty cool, right? “Early in 2015″ may not be what fans were hoping to hear, especially since heists have been delayed for so long, but this trailer, interview, and screenshots should go a long way toward restoring confidence. What do you think? Are you looking forward to heists when they arrive next year?

Rumor: Heist Update Contains 6 Missions, New Vehicles


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When Rockstar released the impressive stats for GTA Online, it was accompanied by a promise: the much-anticipated heists would be a part of the first GTA Online update after the PS4 and Xbox One launch. Yesterday, we alerted you to a rumor that both a holiday update and heists would arrive on December 23.

We still don’t know if that’s accurate or not, but this supposed leak has resulted in new details about what the heist DLC will include. The original source of the leak, NillxModz, was banned from PSN shortly after the leak. According to this information, the GTA Online heist update will include 6 heist missions found in 4 locations, as well as 5 Cops and Crooks missions in 4 locations. So far, information has been leaked about six of these:

  • Prison Van Rescue (Cops and Crooks) – capture a news van and use it to rescue an imprisoned gang member, while being chased down by the cops.
  • Weapons Deal (Cops and Crooks) – make a deal with the police to capture a criminal and bring him back in exchange for weapons and money.
  • Hostage Deal (Cops and Crooks) – while NPC gangs attempt to move a hostage, either capture the hostage as a biker gang or rescue him as the police.
  • Country Bank Heist – hold up a bank and get the money from the vault back to your safe house, playing with up to 4 criminals and 16 cops.
  • Ornate Bank Heist – hack into the bank vault and get the money to the designated drop-off location, playing with up to 4 criminals and 16 cops.
  • The final leaked mission tasks you with stealing a special artifact from a military base.

It will also come with a new layout for High-End apartments, 3 new vehicles, 3 new heist-themed outfits, 5 new hairstyles, and 2 new contact lenses. PS4 and Xbox One games will also receive new CCTV features for their apartments and 2 new Crops and Crooks-themed masks.

Heists will be listed on a special new menu screen, and the heist matchmaking features will be implemented. Players can purchase BZ Gas from Ammu-Nation to use during heist missions, and you can revive a fallen Crew member during heists by calling a new phone contact called Jeff. You can also email other members of your Crew about your heist plans, which will make you the leader for that heist. PS4 and Xbox One players will be able to print out the email and keep it in their documents.

The update also includes 34 texture modifications to 4 locations, 4 heist audio files, and unrelated measures to prevent GTA Online cheating.

Without official word from Rockstar, this is still just a rumor… but if it’s fake, it’s an incredibly elaborate hoax, with this much leaked information being reported by multiple sources. We might have a good idea now of what the heist update will contain. Are GTA Online heists really set for next Tuesday, December 23?

Rumor: Heists Arrive December 23


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What would be a better Christmas present for GTA Online players than the long-awaited arrival of cooperative heists? It’s been over three weeks since GTA V came out for the PS4 and Xbox One, after which heists were supposed to come soon. They were promised to be included in the first GTA Online update after the remastered version’s launch, and fans have been waiting.

Well, the latest heist rumor points to an early Christmas present, with heists coming on December 23. NillxModz, whose leaks have been accurate in the past, announced a list of features to be included in the GTA Online Holiday Season update. He also said heists would be released at the same time.

If his information is accurate, PS3 and PS4 users will be able to access heists at 5:00 AM Eastern Time, with Xbox 360 and Xbox One users to follow at 10:30 AM. While still a rumor, this is believable. GTA Online has received updates for most other holidays, so a Christmas-themed update isn’t unexpected–and heists are supposed to coincide with the next GTA Online update.

Some players don’t think heists are coming soon, no matter what anyone says. Heists were originally announced for last spring, after all. What do you think? Is December 23 the day fans have been waiting for?

Rockstar is Working on GTA Online Problems


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GTA V is now out for the PS4 and Xbox One, but if you’re one of the returning players who was eager to transfer your GTA Online progress and see how it plays on the new consoles, you might have run into some problems. For a lot of people, this hasn’t been an issue. Players who still logged into GTA Online from the PS3 or Xbox 360 on a regular basis were able to transfer their progress.

However, if you haven’t played GTA Online yet in 2014 and tried to transfer your progress, you might have received an error message saying, “No previous Grand theft Auto Online data is associated with your Social Club account.” If you tried to log in from the PS3 or Xbox 360, then, another error message refused you access.

Rockstar is on top of the issue. If you are a PS3 and PS4 user, you should be able to download a patch now or over the next few hours to enable character transfers. An Xbox 360 and Xbox One patch should be in place tomorrow. For more information and updates, visit Rockstar’s support page. We hope this situation is resolved for everyone soon.

Heists Included in First GTA Online Update After Launch


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Following yesterday’s description of how Grand Theft Auto Online will run on the PS4 and Xbox One, Rockstar released some interesting statistics about GTA Online. To many players, however, more interesting than the game’s stats is a new promise about the ever-elusive heists.

“We know you’re all excited for more Updates to come and we’ve got some really exciting stuff in the works to continue adding to, expanding and evolving the world of Grand Theft Auto Online – including the highly anticipated launch of Online Heists which will be available for all four consoles as the first GTA Online Update to happen after the game launches on PS4 and Xbox One. We’ll have some details on that very soon as well.”

Yes, it is now confirmed that heists will be in the very first update GTA Online receives following the November 18 launch. Skepticism remains — some users are concerned this is no more a guarantee than when heists were first promised for the spring update, while others point to the unclear release date, as Rockstar promises to give details on the update “very soon.” Nevertheless, it looks like heists are on their way at last!

After that little reassurance, Rockstar went on to deliver GTA Online statistics from October 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014. In that time span, 33,384,423 people played GTA Online worldwide, across 224 countries. A handy infographic provides details on the number of jobs played and created, vehicles and weapons owned, the most popular items, and more.

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This really shows just how popular GTA Online is, and it’s interesting to see how the data breaks down. Rockstar also added a comment to the post to explain where they get their country data from and provide a fun fact: there are 7 GTA Online players in the Vatican City, and one lone player in Antarctica.

On a separate note, the European PlayStation blog has provided an overview on how the PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 controller will work with GTA V, as we briefly touched on before.

So, what do you think? Let us know if you believe heists are really coming soon or not, and if you’re one of those 7 people in the Vatican City or Antarctica’s sole player, give us a shout!

GTA Online on PS4/Xbox One


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With the launch of Grand Theft Auto V for the PS4 and Xbox One next Tuesday, GTA Online will be available for the first time on new systems. Players of the original version will be able to transfer their characters and progression, and now Rockstar has released a post outlining some of the new GTA Online features.

The new GTA V first-person mode will be available in GTA Online as well, allowing you to experience multiplayer from a whole new perspective. It will also be much more chaotic than the current versions of GTA Online, because it supports up to 30 players.

Character customization has also been highlighted, because there are new options. You can either create a new character or change you existing GTA Online character to take advantage of these new features. On a different customization note, the Creator Tool will allow for twice as many props. Combined with 30-player gameplay, user-created Jobs will be crazier than ever.

A special Title Update will be available to PS4 and Xbox One users on Monday, to provide the final little changes needed to make the remastered GTA V the great experience it’s meant to be. Check out the official post for the full details about the PS4 and Xbox One GTA Online experience, along with information about how to get in touch with support if you run into problems.

But wait, there’s one more thing. Rockstar also mentioned in the same post that we should “get ready” for heists. Of course, most fans have been “ready” since spring, but this could be a sign that heists are imminent. The post also clarifies that heists will be available on all four consoles, to clear up any fears that only the new versions would have them. That wording has caused some fans to be concerned the PC version won’t have heists, but this probably isn’t the case. It’s more likely Rockstar means heists will release at once for all four consoles, and be available to the PC version from the start.

The PS4 and Xbox One versions of GTA V and GTA Online are almost here. Are you excited?

Rockstar Rep: Heists Are Almost Here


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Well, it’s been 7 months since Rockstar first said GTA Online heists were on the way, and maybe this time they really are. According to Gamereactor, a Rockstar representative confirmed heists will come “shortly after the launch” of GTA V for the PS4 and Xbox One.

Some people thought the heists were delayed on purpose to coincide with the new-gen releases. As terrible as that sounds, maybe we should hope it’s true. After all, if the delay was deliberate, heists probably will come out soon. Right now, most fans are too jaded by Rockstar’s previous heist promises to give much credence to this claim.

November 18 is when GTA V releases for the PS4 and Xbox One, so perhaps GTA Online will see heists before the end of the month. We’ll keep you updated.

Double GTA$ & RP Deathmatch Weekend


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Happy Halloween Weekend! Did you have a good holiday? Well, the Halloween fun isn’t over yet for Grand Theft Auto Online. All weekend long, you’ll be rewarded with double GTA$ and double RP for every Deathmatch you play.

As you enjoy this special weekend event, watch out for Crate Drops that contain Halloween treats like Fireworks Launchers, Miniguns, and vintage T-shirts. If you need a costume, GTA Online hats and masks are 50% off, as are orange weapon tints, parachute smoke trails, tire smoke trails, and ignition bombs. You can also buy Lester’s Off the Radar service for 75% off.

Use all of these things and your own creativity to create a fantastic Halloween scene, and post a Snapmatic photo to the Social Club with the tag #TrickOrTreat for a chance to win 1 million GTA$ and be featured on Rockstar Newswire. Have a look at the contest rules and then get going.

Check out the full details and note that Rockstar has commented at the bottom that “exciting stuff” is on the way to GTA Online? Hmm… heists? They have to come eventually.

(Speaking of delays, we apologize for not getting this announcement out in time for the first day.)

Celebrate San Andreas With Double RP and More


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It’s time for another special weekend event in GTA Online, as Rockstar continues to celebrate the anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Starting tomorrow, October 24, and extending through October 26, you’ll earn Double RP and Double GTA$ every time you play the San Andreas Throwback Jobs, which make up the Featured Playlist for this event.

These jobs will also be featured in a Twitch live stream tomorrow at 4 PM Eastern Time.

As you play, you’ll also have a chance to get classic radio station T-shirts, along with weapons and GTA$, by keeping a lookout for Crate Drops. All green clothing items will be 50% off, as will BMX bikes and bandanas. Lowered suspension vehicle mods will be 25% off.

Of course, you have a chance to win exclusive prizes, too! Take Snapmatic shots of your San Andreas celebrations and post them to the Social Club with the tag #GTASanAndreas. Five lucky winners will each receive a basketball, a bandana, a 10th Anniversary T-shirt, playing cards and poker chips, the Kubrick Box Set, and stickers, all with a San Andreas theme. Be sure to read the Official Rules before you enter.

Does this mean Rockstar might announce a San Andreas re-release? We can’t say for sure, but maybe we’ll learn something this weekend. In the meantime, enjoy the event! Check out the official announcement for the full details.