Rockstar elaborates on Grand Theft Auto Online's microtransactions

"If you're the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy denominations of GTA$."

Barely a day after the revelation that Rockstar might have a microtransaction system in place for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto Online, the company has come clean and revealed more details about it. In a blog post on the Rockstar Newswire, the company has stated that the game has been balanced so that the ability to purchase in-game money for real money will be largely optional for progression.

The company wrote that the microtransactions won’t be necessary to progress through GTA Online, but will still be available as an option for the more impatient gamers. "You can either quickly accumulate cash through profitable activities like knocking over armoured cars, winning street races, doing stick-ups or a host of other cash-making endeavours," said the blog post, "or if you're the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy denominations of GTA$.”

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"The game and its economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash. There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game. You don't have to spend real money to attain the cars, guns, clothes, flash and style of a high-roller in Los Santos, but can if you wish to get them a little quicker."

Earning money in the single player of Grand Theft Auto 5 is no easy task. One of the biggest heists in the game will reward the player with around $16-20 million, depending on certain factors, whereas even buying a golf course costs $150 million. Rockstar says that this won't be the case in multiplayer. Players will earn money faster and things won't be as expensive as they are in single player.

"The economy is balanced differently from the single player economy, and cash earned in one cannot be taken over to the other," Rockstar wrote. "Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode."

Grand Theft Auto Online is set to go live on October 1. It will be available to anyone who owns a copy of Grand Theft Auto 5, which is out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for Rs 2,999. Check out our review of the game.


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