Rockstar: “Spend Years” in Grand Theft Auto Online

Yesterday, we got a look at the supposedly leaked map of Grand Theft Auto V‘s San Andreas, and it was big enough to make me believe I could spend months exploring Rockstar’s fictionalized version of Southern California and not see it all. But while there is undoubtedly plenty to see, will there always be stuff to do after the campaign is complete (aside, of course, from jumping fire engines off of cliffs and other such acts of random ridiculousness)? Yes, Rockstar claims in an interview with Game Informer. Thanks to Grand Theft Auto Online, players will be able to “spend years without getting bored of playing the same content over and over.”

CVG directs us to the latest issue of Game Informer, which includes an interview with Rockstar’s Leslie Benzies about Grand Theft Auto Online. The studio has big plans for GTAO, best summed up by this quote from Benzies: “[Our dream is] to create an entire Grand Theft Auto world that consists of everything we’ve done or are going to do then let the player freely move between them.”

“We’ve set this up so there are no limitations,” Benzies continued. “The only limitation is the size of the disc and how much memory we’ve got. We could, if we wanted, simulate the entire world, different countries, whatever. Whether we do that or not… But we’ve got a bunch of old stuff that we’re toying with using.”

To start, GTAO will feature roughly 500 (!) missions separate from the single-player campaign. These missions will be a mix of single-player and “crew” missions where multiple players are required, and Rockstar plans to continually add new missions and areas for the foreseeable future.

Grand Theft Auto Online is set for launch roughly two weeks after Grand Theft Auto V’s September 17 release. For additional details, check out the October issue of Game Informer (which should be hitting your mailbox soon) or get the breakdown from CVG.

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5 Comments on Rockstar: “Spend Years” in Grand Theft Auto Online

Michael

On September 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Still no snow in this game….

tyler

On September 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm

It’d doesn’t snow in southern California bro

Dach

On September 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

They talk like it’s going to be a huge community of people working together for greater goals but I wonder if they ever actually played the open world component of Red Dead Redemption on Xbox Live or PSN.

That game showed a lot of promise for it’s online gameplay as well, but all you ended up getting was people running around shooting everything in sight and griefing any players they came across for the sheer hell of it.

I have only ever managed to play maybe two actually game-matches and one set of co-op missions in Red Dead since it’s release. The rest of the time spent online has resulted in myself moving out of the cities and going down Mexico way to avoid the other players who only felt like gunning down people instead of experiencing what RockStar had to offer them.

I can’t really see this game giving us anything different.

rickshaw

On September 12, 2013 at 12:34 am

RockStar are so full of ..
Release the PC version timely within minutes of release, not 5000 moons too late, We(PC players) may as well sign up for mars.
Red Dead Redemption so Needed the PC community and they never delivered it to us, it needed a proper online experience not a quick bam boom one. fail.

Dipshit

On September 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

Of course it snows in California, Tyler. They have sodding mountains you can ski down.