Grand Theft Auto Online revealed: how multiplayer works in GTA5

In Grand Theft Auto Online, you'll have the freedom to explore alone or with friends, work cooperatively to complete missions, band together to participate in activities and ambient events, or compete in traditional game modes with the entire community.

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"Grand Theft Auto Online" is the name of Rockstar's ambitious multiplayer offering for Grand Theft Auto 5. And while it may sound like a stadalone game, Rockstar says it's included "free with every retail copy" of the game.

Jumping online gives you a "dynamic and persistent" world that supports 16 players. In GTAO, you'll be able to explore the world alone or with friends. In addition to assorted activities and "ambient events," there will be a number of co-op missions to play through as well.

Players will be able to create new content for GTAO, with a Content Creator letting the community develop races, deathmatches, and more.

It's clear that GTAO will be a platform for DLC in the future, as Rockstar Games promises to have the game "continue to expand and evolve after its launch with new content." Hopefully, this doesn't mean that the studio will no longer work on single-player content a la the Episodes from Liberty City.

The online mode won't be available at launch, however. While the game launches on September 17, GTAO will be available post-launch, on October 1. Here, take a look at what Rockstar has to offer:

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    August 15, 2013 7:05 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto Online revealed: how multiplayer works in GTA5.

    In Grand Theft Auto Online, you'll have the freedom to explore alone or with friends, work cooperatively to complete missions, band together to participate in activities and ambient events, or compete in traditional game modes with the entire community.

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      August 15, 2013 7:47 AM

      Ambitious! Sounds like it could be great if done well.

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      August 15, 2013 7:58 AM

      I can't even comprehend how Rockstar is doing this on this generation of consoles. This game looks so astounding. Beautiful visuals, massive world, countless things to do.

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      August 15, 2013 8:07 AM

      Game looks so fine.

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      August 15, 2013 8:12 AM

      Sounds interesting, but I really wonder how many players we're talking about here. They make it sound like it's an MMO, watch this being like 16 players per server, lol.

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        August 15, 2013 8:22 AM

        It's 16 per server according to what I read on a few other sites.

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        August 15, 2013 8:24 AM

        "Jumping online gives you a "dynamic and persistent" world that supports 16 players."

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      August 15, 2013 9:55 AM

      Abrasion approved?

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      August 15, 2013 1:28 PM

      I'm sold. Although this seems like a prelude to a GTA MMO.

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      August 15, 2013 1:47 PM

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        August 15, 2013 3:59 PM

        What the fuck? It seems like it's going to be straight up fantastic. What is there not to like? It pretty much caters towards every single kind of player imaginable.

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        August 16, 2013 8:28 AM

        How so? That was an evolution of GTA 4 mp, and this should be a major evolution of that. The lack of activities did get tiring, but I definitely can't see that being an issue here.

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      August 15, 2013 3:02 PM

      Oh dear. I've soiled myself.

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