Grand Theft Auto Online Questions about GTA$ Answered


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

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9 Responses to "Grand Theft Auto Online Questions about GTA$ Answered"

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  4. Fonzo Williams   October 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Zombies would rock the gaming world!! 1-16 players vs a zombie infested Los Santos. That would be crazy!

    How about a view from behind the steering wheel? That would be cool to see the gages and stuff.

    And finally, cars should run out of fuel. There are already gas stations throughout Los Santos. Gas prices could fluctuate with real world prices. And you can buy gas from ammunation as reserves to make it to a fuel station.

  5. Douglas Cobb   September 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Floate, though I have not played the online version of Plants Vs Zombies, I am just reporting what others have siad about it, and that they have been hit up every few minutes to buy something. While it might not be necessary to buy something additional, from what I’ve read the game does request people to do so every few minutes or so. The people at Rockstar Games want to contrast GTA Online with Plants Vs Zombies, saying that they will not hit up people like that.

    • Floate   October 1, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Well I’ve played the game all the way to the end of the three worlds that are in the game so far and I haven’t payed one red cent. In addition, it doesn’t bug you every few minutes to buy something. Maybe between levels or when something is unlocked, but that’s true with incredibly popular and well-received mobile games, such as Angry Birds (which does this even in the paid version).

      The problem with just hearing what other people are saying about something is that you have no idea where they’re coming from. I hate “freemium” games as much as anyone, but PvZ 2 turned out not to be a scam where the game is super hard unless you pay for certain items. A lot of the reaction to PvZ 2 was premature, and people stopped playing without actually know what they were talking about.

      Many of the items can be unlocked just by playing the game, and the items that can only be unlocked with real money are almost all holdovers from the last game and are not needed to progress. Basically what they did was include plants from the first game so that they could sell them to people who really wanted them. Otherwise, they probably would have just excluded them altogether, and no one would be complaining anything.

  6. Floate   September 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    This piece is highly misleading when it comes to describing Plants vs. Zombies 2. It criticizes Plants vs. Zombies 2 for requesting additional money and then goes on to praise GTA Online for not requiring additional purchases. This might lead the reader to believe that PvZ 2 requires additional purchases, which it does not. It does exactly what this article praises GTA Online for doing: allowing people to pay to make the game easier.

  7. Kevin   September 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Looking for players to join our crew, we are a small crew looking to
    run things together sort of like a crime family. Looking for people of
    any gender, age doesn’t really matter but preferably no children.
    15-25 crew members more likely. Mics will be much appreciated so we
    can actually communicate with each.

    Crew: Omerta Crime Family

    We aim to socialise and enjoy playing the game together plus make
    some new friends in the process.
    If interested message me on PSN/Social
    Club: The_Shiz_4801

  8. john danger   September 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Will it be released at midnight on the 1st? Or like every other question I’ve ever had “it depends on the region”


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