Grand Theft Auto Online will becomes available to people who own GTA 5 starting October 1. Many people have wondered and asked questions about whether or not the GTA$ that they’ve earned from the single-player mode in GTA 5 transfers over, and also about what’s involved in using real cash to purchase GTA$. Rest assured, Rockstar Games wants the online version of GTA to succeed, so they are not going to pull a Plants Vs Zombies gimmick of hitting you up every few minutes for more money.
How will the virtual economy of GTA Online work?
The money that players have earned in the single-player mode playing GTA 5 will not transfer over to the online multi-player mode. You will have to earn cash starting from scratch, or…you can buy GTA$, if you’d like. It’s not necessary to purchase GTA$; it just might make accomplishing certain goals a bit faster, that’s all.
However, Grand Theft Auto Online is not entering into the world of e-commerce blindly and it does not want to fall victim to the complaints of consumers who hate to be hit up for additional money after forking over around $60 to buy GTA 5.
That’s what happened in the case of Plants Vs Zombies when it went online, and requested players to pay additional money. These purchases have been referred to as “microtransactions,” but what they amount to are ultimatums to pay extra money.
Such demands have proven to be extremely unpopular. That’s why Diablo 3, from Activision Blizzard, announced it was no longer going to request additional money from players of the online game. They were getting complaints from consumers and they finally (after a year) decided it wasn’t worth it to them to pursue the extra bucks they could gain via e-commerce.
By contrast, Grand Theft Auto Online, according to Rockstar Games, will not hit up players of the game. Microtransactions can be made at their online shop, but it will not be necessary to purchase GTA$ in order to progress further and further into the game. It’s rather meant to be a “convenience” to fans of the game who would like to progress further into it, but are maybe limited as to the time they have to play the game.
Rockstar Games has stated that Grand Theft Auto Online has been designed “for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash.” Also, they emphasize that you won’t need to spend real cash to buy the guns, clothes, cars, etc., available in the game, though you “can if you wish to get them a little quicker.”
Also, though you will have to start over earning money from scratch, the good news is that “Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode.”
Initial reports from Eurogamer have suggested that the GTA$ units you’ll be able to buy will be from about $3 to as much as $22, and it will be the GTA$ equivalent of anywhere from $100,000 up to $1.25 million dollars.
Though Rockstar Games has warned that there might be initial glitches, bugs, and crashes of the site, there will be a lot of cool features about Grand Theft Auto Online that will be sure to attract fans by the millions.
For example, there will be cooperative heist missions, new vehicles, and competitive sports galore to play and enjoy. You’ll even be able to design your own in-game levels. You can decide if you want to use them for death matches, or to race against fellow online players.
Grand Theft Auto Online will likely have its share of growing pains, but it is set to help Rockstar Games earn its second billion dollars. Though you will have to begin amassing your online criminal empire from scratch, it will be relatively easy to earn GTA$, and you will be given the option of purchasing GTA$ with real cash, but only if you so desire to do so.
Written by: Douglas Cobb