GTA 5 - Waiting Till Midnight to Play GTA Online? Don't. It's Not Out Till Morning.

Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto Online doesn't release tonight at midnight, as many may be expecting.  Instead, the game update (a small title update) will launch tomorrow morning. It's expected that some time around 7AM EDT (Eastern Time), 6AM CDT (Central Time), 5AM MDT (Mountain Time), 4AM PDT (Pacific Time) each of the online networks, PSN and Xbox Live, will release title updates enabling access to the Grand Theft Auto Online service.  

Bear in mind that each of these time slots is a bit of a guess - as updates are rolled out to users it's typically not done all at once, and it's typically done by Microsoft and Sony themselves.  It's not an exact science. 

The long-awaited online portion of Grand Theft Auto 5 is scheduled for release on October 1st.  Called Grand Theft Auto Online, there are many new activities that you can take on with a group of people.  In GTA V Online, you can pull a heist, a robbery, or compete with others in traditional deathmatch-like online modes.

In Grand Theft Auto Online, you earn money and reputation, which you can then spend to customize characters, vehicles, or apartments and garages.  There are race modes in GTA 5 Online as well.  There is an online progression as well that has new missions and rewards, and Grand Theft Auto Online will remain 'evergreen' as Rockstar adds new content or missions to the GTA 5 Online world. 

Rockstar has confirmed that there will be microtransactions in the GTA 5 Online world - you can spend real money to get online currency.  According to Rockstar, however, this is just to speed up your ability to get in-game items, and is completely optional:  "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. 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. The economy is balanced differently from the single player economy, and cash earned in one cannot be taken over to the other. Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode."

There's also a content creator, so that people can even create new content in Grand Theft Auto Online to share with others, and of course, you can play missions and activities that other people create.  The content creator focuses on deathmatches and races. 

There will be additional content updates after the game comes out, including the "Beach Bum Pack" which will give 4 new vehicles, 300 new items, and 2 new weapons.  Later, Capture the Flag and addtional heists will be added.

Here's a trailer of Grand Theft Auto Online:

 

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Anonymous, 10/1/2013 12:55:53 AM
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Can't wait! What time is it???

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