Rockstar Games has today announced more details on Grand Theft Auto Online which is set to launch within GTA V on October 1st. On the rollout the company says that it the world will grow and take shape over time, how you play, what you do and don't like will determine how the game developers and what it becomes. Rockstar Games is planning for a constant stream of new content, tweaks and updates in the weeks and months ahead. They except that the first few weeks will be focused on making the experience as best as possible to overcome the 'usual teething problems' an online game can have, so they say to expect glitches and bugs. After this the company will begin releasing new content and giving users the chance to make their own content.
GTA Online will support 16 players, not the 32 that some sites are reporting. You'll basically be able to do almost everything you can in single player including robbing convenience stores, steal from armoured trucks, watch movies, play sports, create and customise your character, customise cars, customise weapons, and mountain bike. You'll be able to do missions on your own or team up with your crew to pull them off, as well as race in all kinds of vehicles.
You'll earn reputation online by doing such things, which will allow you to rank up, unlock new features, weapons and more. You'll be able to spend money that you've earned on guns, properties, cars, clothes, and more. To earn this money you can win races, rob stores, complete missions, or buy GTA money with real money via micro-transactions. On this Rockstar Games said:
The game and its economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash. There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game. You don’t have to spend real money to attain the cars, guns, clothes, flash and style of a high-roller in Los Santos, but can if you wish to get them a little quicker. The economy is balanced differently from the single player economy, and cash earned in one cannot be taken over to the other. Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode.