When Rockstar’s open world sandbox Grand Theft Auto 5 launched on PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2013, many players were saying the game was perfect. However, some felt that Rockstar Games had missed an opportunity by not including heists in the game’s multiplayer mode, Grand Theft Auto Online. After all, they worked phenomenally well in the game’s single player mode so multiplayer would surely guarantee more thieving hijinks.
Sadly, those who bought GTA V on last-gen have had to wait for over a year to take part in heists online, while those on PS4 and Xbox One have been waiting since November. Rockstar has delayed the release of the mode several times, saying that it would be released once the PC version of the game had launched but coincidentally, the PC release of GTA V has been delayed too. Rockstar has likely had its work cut out as it works to get everything out of the door in working order and in good time.
Now, the developer is more than ready, as they even jumped the gun this weekend by releasing the heist patch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One a few days earlier than its March 10th street date. They’ve also released a new video detailing how armed robbery works and to clue players in on how to get the job done when a substantial amount of firepower is involved.
In the incredibly short piece of footage, Lester (from the game’s single player mode) talks players through the scenario, explaining that someone needs to be in charge of crowd control, someone needs to go down to the vault and actually loot the money and that they all need to be prepared to hightail it out of there once the cops show up. Heist teams are only four players, which is handy in terms of organization (since it ensures that there won’t be any stragglers left behind) but if the team takes too long to get out of there, the firepower of four players may not be enough to blast through the cops once the SWAT team shows up.
That’s perhaps why Rockstar has also released the above video too, in order to encourage teamwork. In this video, Rockstar also details a heist with a two team split; one duo makes its way into the lab to pilfer some information while the other has to control a chopper and attack the incoming security crews.
While it certainly looks like a great deal of fun, GTA Online‘s heists may throw up the same issue as Destiny’s raids in that players may find it difficult to get through them alive if they don’t already know the players that they’re taking on the mission with. It is currently unclear as to how Rockstar will get around this, or if they’ll just leave players to their own devices, but either way players will surely have some brilliant tales to tell afterwards.
The Grand Theft Auto 5 heist update officially goes live on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One tomorrow and it introduces daily objectives too.