‘Grand Theft Auto Online’ Will Not Be Sold Separately From ‘GTA 5′

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Grand Theft Auto Online Not Sold Separately

As promised, Rockstar Games finally confirmed a highly anticipated and of-requested feature was finally making its way to the Grand Theft Auto universe: online multiplayer. While multiplayer isn’t exactly something new for the franchise, how Rockstar plans to implement it in Grand Theft Auto 5 could be pretty revolutionary.

In fact, Grand Theft Auto Online is such a sought after feature that many wondered whether Rockstar could package the multiplayer as its own standalone experience and sell it. Save for a few other titles, like Elder Scrolls Online for example, gamers have been requesting something like Grand Theft Auto Online for more than a decade now, so much so that they would likely pay for that experience and forgo the single player story altogether.

As it stands now, however, Grand Theft Auto Online is a free “add-on” for GTA 5 set to hit two weeks after the proper game’s release on September 17th. And, unfortunately, it’s likely to stay a free add-on. In a statement to Polygon, Rockstar confirmed that there are no plans to sell Grand Theft Auto Online as a standalone release.

“We don’t have any plans to sell GTA Online separately. It will come free with every copy of GTA V and doesn’t require a code, online pass, or anything like that.”

And even if they did want to, it sounds like Grand Theft Auto Online is built directly into GTA 5‘s infrastructure. Gamers launch the experience straight from their GTA 5 campaign, and the multiplayer uses that game’s sprawling open world of Los Santos as its setting.

Grand Theft Auto Online - Competitive Mode

It might be strange to consider that some gamers aren’t looking forward to experiencing the story of Michael, Trevor, and Franklin but there are likely those people out there. Yes, a 16-player online experience isn’t exactly what we imagined when we thought GTA Online, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction and worth checking out. For now, though, gamers that want to try GTA Online out will have to purchase Grand Theft Auto 5 for full price.

Grand Theft Auto Online will hit on October 1st, about two weeks after the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5. In case anyone forgets, though, a handy timer will appear in the fourth character slot will be there as a helpful reminder.

More importantly, the experience is entirely free and Rockstar promises to keep it well stocked with new content and features. And maybe if it’s a hit, the next GTA title we hear about will be a proper Grand Theft Auto Online, an MMO open world crime game.

Do you think Rockstar should sell Grand Theft Auto Online separately? Which are you more interested in: GTA Online or the GTA 5 story?

Grand Theft Auto 5 is out September 17, 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. A PC version might be in the works, but it’s just rumors at this point.

Source: Polygon

TAGS: Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 5, PS3, Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive, Xbox 360

  • KnowledgeIsKey

    “Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.” – Rockstar President Leslie

    Hope this cleared up most of these pointless arguments on here lol

  • cistamlaka

    can i play gta online if i bought a used gta 5 game

  • goonie1989

    I am looking forward to GTA online. I honestly love the story from GTA 5, played it, beat it. Took about 45 hours for me to complete. I was on non-stop from the release dang near, stopping only to sleep. I think it is a really good idea for them to include the GTA online through the game itself. Reason? If you do not like the story you can just play online right? Then you can treat it as just making the purchase for online play. Otherwise, those that like the stories and the crazy antics put in there it feels more like you are getting a free game with the story. My opinion only though.

  • goonie1989

    Sorry, Posted without reading others. If the DLC is setup in a way that you do not have to buy, I.E. Borderlands was still a hell of a lot of fun without the DLC and I personally only have one map pack for Black Ops II, then it would not bother me personally so much if it was there. However the initial release will be free right? And I, as the gamer still have the option to say “No I am not going to pay for that” right? I could deal with that setup.

  • Sean

    F*** yess Rockstar is the most anti-cortporate publisher out there, not that they dont want to make profit, but they know we ‘true gamers’ will buy any game that is made with care instead of made to SELL, look at COD black ops 2, they make the whole game then put 25% on a disc and the rest well be released as DLC 4 15 bucks a pop, Rockstar and Bethesda r in my opinion the best game makers out there because they make GAMES worth the 60 bucks and dlc. Bought GTA 5 yesterday, and comming from an honest gamer, GO BUY THAT F***IN GAME NOW!!! It has already proven to me to be way better then gta 4, lets hope it will even beat GTA San Andreas but I cant tell just yet! PEACE

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  • http://Google Daniel

    I definitely beleive gta online should be sold a ls a seperate, free game on all the online stores like psn, live shop, and steam (hopefully on steam machine)

  • Proximo

    Rockstar stated that GTA online is a separate game and not GTA V multiplayer. This is why they are supporting it on it’s own like an MMO with new missions, jobs, social features, and it will evolve based on user feedback. The only reason you require GTA V to play GTA Online is because it uses the same “Los Santos” world and Rockstar decided not to charge for it. This means you must own GTA V to play GTA online but it’s not an add-on.

  • Doubt Man

    How to switch to GTA online from GTA 5 ?[Note:I Didn’t buy now but i will next month so i don’t know ]

  • David Miller

    How do I get new code to play online?

  • youngkid1

    ok, i need this sold sepreatly with a lower rating, MA at least, ive watched vids of it and i really want the online mode!