Players will be able to buy in-game money with real world cash in Grand Theft Auto Online.
With Grand Theft Auto V selling like ambrosia hotcakes, it might be safe to say that there's more than a few gamers who simply can't get enough the game. That in mind, its developers at Rockstar have released an update providing details on GTA V's multiplayer component Grand Theft Auto Online, an open world experience players can share with up to 16 friends. Hoping to give gamers a little more insight into what GTA Online will entail, Rockstar has included details in the new primer explaining the state of the game and the studio's plans for it. Plans which will microtransactions.
In a section titled "Reputation and Cash Flow" Rockstar described how players will be able to unlock "new features, weapons and criminal contacts" based on their performance and prestige in the game. The section also explained that money players earn from their various gameplay activities can be used to buy things like cars, clothes, weapons and property. Players looking for a quick dose of cash however, will also have the option to purchase fixed sums from the in-game store.
Perhaps anticipating some potential gamer backlash, Rockstar immediately offered clarification on the matter. "The game and its economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash. There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game," it said. "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."
While this version of the feature does actually seem somewhat insignificant when you look at the grand scheme of the game, the issue of microtransactions in retail titles is still a hot button issue for many gamers. That in mind, it will be interesting to see how people respond to this revelation or if they'll be too enthralled with the game itself to even notice. Grand Theft Auto Online is set to launch October 1st and comes packaged with Grand Theft Auto V.
Source: Rockstar Games