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.