Earlier this morning, Rockstar launched the first official look at the online component players will get with Grand Theft Auto V. You can see that trailer above, though here’s where you should probably start paying attention.
There’s Grand Theft Auto V, and then there’s Grand Theft Auto Online. These are two separate experiences, though they’ll both be accessible from within Grand Theft Auto V.
Based on the trailer and information that came with the email, Grand Theft Auto Online will be supported by Rockstar with fresh content well beyond its release. That makes it more like an MMO, for example, than a traditional GTA title with DLC. The only difference between this and an MMO is the player pool, as GTA Online is limited to 16 users.
Grand Theft Auto Online is a dynamic and persistent online world for 16 players that begins by sharing gameplay features, geography and mechanics with Grand Theft Auto V, but will continue to expand and evolve after its launch with new content created by Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto community.
It’s set in the same locale as the single player campaign, but it’s a unique experience.
Let’s focus on this line here:
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.
That comes directly from the email. Grand Theft Auto V launches on September 17th. Nearly half a month later, Grand Theft Auto Online becomes a thing. Rockstar suggests that it’s free to those who own GTAV, but does that mean people who don’t own GTAV will be able to buy it separately?
We reached out to our contact at Rockstar with those exact questions. If they’re able to provide clarification, we’ll be sure to let you know.
For now, you’ll probably buying GTAV anyways, so this is coming with it two weeks later by way of a patch.