Rockstar Games have released a debut gameplay video and details for an online Grand Theft Auto experience, dubbed Grand Theft Auto Online.
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.
Rockstar announced that they would be revealing the full details of Grand Theft Auto Online in late July when they released a collection of new GTA V screenshots that give gamers a taste of the fast life in Los Santos and Blaine County. The developers also recently released an interactive travelogue that details some of the vehicles available, car customisation, stock trading, healthcare, travel, the great outdoors, shopping and watersports.
For those looking for a little more from their GTA V experience, copies of the Grand Theft Auto V Special Edition and Grand Theft Auto V Collector’s Edition which include bonuses such as a blueprint map of Los Santos and a branded safety deposit bag are still available for pre-order.
GTA V is scheduled for release on September 17th, 2013 for Xbox 360 and PS3.