VIDEO: Rockstar reveals Grand Theft Auto Online

Rockstar has announced Grand Theft Auto Online, a dynamic and persistent online world for 16 players”.

It’s pitched as a playground for an assortment of organised and spontaneous frolics, with players able to developer persistent characters.

Importantly, this is a standalone product from Grand Theft Auto V, although it will be free to all those who buy a copy of GTA V which is released on September 17th. It is being described as a "small download" that will use the base code of the main game.

Grand Theft Auto Online will be available a little later – October 1st to be precise.

In Grand Theft Auto Online, players 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, all with the personality and refined mechanics of Grand Theft Auto V,” the release reads.

Players can invest in their character through customizing their appearance, improving their stats, owning customized vehicles, purchasing personal property, and taking part in missions, jobs and activities to earn reputation and cash to open up new opportunities to rise through the criminal ranks. The world of grand theft auto online will constantly grow and change as new content is added, creating the first ever persistent and dynamic Grand Theft Auto game world.”

Here’s the video:

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