Grand Theft Auto V developer Rockstar Games revealed the first details about Grand Theft Auto Online and released a new trailer today. Grand Theft Auto Online will be released on Oct. 1 – a few weeks after Grand Theft Auto V hits retail for Xbox 360 and PS3 (there's also a rumor that the game will come out on the PC by year's end but Take-Two and Rockstar have not officially confirmed that). Access to GTA Online will be free to anyone who has purchased GTA V.
Rockstar calls GTA Online a persistent online world that it will "continue to expand and evolve after its launch." It will be updated with its own content, and will allow for user-created content such as races and deathmatches that can be shared with the community. The online mode will support as many as 16 players, according to Rockstar.
Players can gain ranks by customizing their characters, buying customized cars, purchasing property, going on missions solo or with other players such as heists or burglaries, and taking part in races and deathmatches. The mode will also feature unstructured play spread out across the open, sprawling world of Los Santos.
Rockstar has not indicated if it plans to make GTA Online a stand-alone game at some point or simply an online supplement to GTA V. Hopefully we'll learn more about the game before its release September 17.
You can learn more by checking out the new trailer released today, or by visiting the game's official site.