Rockstar Games and parent company Take-Two Interactive have done extremely well with Grand Theft Auto V even despite controversy about the game being pulled from shelves in Australia and accusations of it being too misogynistic. The game broke records with its PS3 and Xbox 360 release last year and later opened up the multiplayer Grand Theft Auto Online mode for all players which was received as positively.
The game’s online was directionless, full of glitches and exploits and poor design choices that contradicted the fundamentals of the franchise’s gameplay. Worse, Rockstar attempting to build in some shoddy microtransaction nonsense where players could spend real money on in-game money. Not good.
The saving grace and the biggest selling point of the online play was idea of heists – co-op missions that players could tackle together that would draw elements from some of the dynamic single player story missions. Those heists, Rockstar promised, would come later but they never did. The main focus was on selling the next version of the game for PS4 and Xbox One, and that they did.
Instead of just improving the graphics slightly for the more powerful gaming machines, Rockstar added new content, loads of new music and radio options, an even built in an entirely new way to play the game: a first-person mode. The online features were expanded to support more content and more players and the re-release won an award at The Game Awards, but still, no heists. They did tease that the next major patch for the game would finally add Heists but no date has been given. It might have just been leaked however.
You can expect to see the Heist DLC and Holiday DLC (1.05/1.19) for all consoles on Tuesday 23rd December 2014. Look forward to it!— NillxModz (@NillxModz) December 11, 2014
• 23rd December 2014 (PS3 and PS4) @ 05:00AM. • 23rd December 2014 (Xbox 360 and Xbox One) @ 10:30AM.— NillxModz (@NillxModz) December 11, 2014
According to Grand Theft Auto V info gatherer DomisLive who we’ve shared videos of before, Heists are coming alongside the Holiday DLC on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 5AM EST on PlayStation and 10:30AM EST on the Xbox platforms.
The other rumored DLC, according to leaked lines of code, indicates that Grand Theft Auto V could be getting snow, Christmas-themed clothing and the oft-rumored “Cops N Crooks” multiplayer mode. There’s no official info either way from Rockstar just yet but expect some soon.
Would the addition of heists bring you back into Grand Theft Auto Online or convince you to purchase the PS4/Xbox One versions? Or should we all wait for the PC version?
[Update: DomisLive’s YouTube channel was terminated while he was uploading another GTA video due to copyright claims. Maybe Rockstar wanted him to stop revealing info?]
Grand Theft Auto V is available now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. A PC release is slated for January 2015.
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