GTA 5's online mode finally gets Heists later this spring

Grand Theft Auto Online to add long-awaited feature in the coming months; plus, Rockstar teases that GTA 5's story mode DLC will be announced this year.

Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer mode for Grand Theft Auto V, will finally add "Heists" later this spring, Rockstar Games announced today. When the long-awaited feature arrives, players will be able to team up with their Crew members or other random players to pull off daring missions for big payouts.

It's unclear how Heists will work in GTA Online, but the way they worked in the GTAV main story was fairly straightforward. You assembled a crew, chose how to approach a Heist (options were often "strategic" or "guns-blazing"), and then you executed the mission. Your "cut" of the Heist earnings were divided between crew members, and presumably it will work the same way in GTA Online. Rockstar says "much more information" about Heists in GTA Online will be announced soon.

On the more immediate horizon, Rockstar Games also announced today that the Capture Creator for GTA Online will go live next week. This tool lets you create your own Capture Jobs and then upload them to the Social Club for the community at large to try out. Players get to tweak variables like where weapons are placed and what guns are used. And like the player-created Deathmatches and Races, Rockstar will select the best Capture Jobs and label them "Rockstar Verified."

Also coming to GTA Online this spring is the High Life Update, which adds new high-end apartment options to the game, as well as the Bullpup Rifle, new wardrobe items, the Dinka Thrust motorcycle, and three new cars to choose from. The High Life update also introduces multi-property ownership to GTA Online, allowing players to own multiple properties at the same time.

Looking forward into 2014, Rockstar said it is planning to release holiday-themed updates for GTA Online and GTA V. The company also plans to finally announce the main game's first story mode DLC.

Finally, Rockstar today provided patch notes for GTA Online's next major title update. These changes are listed below, courtesy of Rockstar's official description.

  • "The addition of a 'Non-Contact' option for Races. This will allow you to play standard Races with collisions disabled between player vehicles. Other players will appear as semi-transparent and you'll still be able to collide with non-player traffic, structures and other scenery, but this mode--for those who want to play it--will eliminate the "rubbing is racing" mentality that some wish to avoid.
  • Players will be able to call Lester and have him tell his cop buddies to turn a blind eye to any crime you may or may not be committing for a short period of time.
  • As a reward for players who leave feedback on Jobs, there will be some bonus RP granted every time a player likes or dislikes content after playing it.
  • GTA$ payouts will be increased when completing Parachute, Races, Deathmatches and LTS Jobs with less than 4 players.
  • As part of our ongoing commitment to target cheaters and keep the game as fair as possible, we are closing RP exploits and will be adjusting the RP totals of players who we know for certain to have gained illegitimate RP by cheating. Your RP will only be adjusted if you participated in mods, hacks, DNS redirects, manipulation of cloud files, or other similarly nefarious behavior. If you grinded short legitimate missions or otherwise gained a small amount of RP without modding, your RP should not be affected by this correction.
  • We'll be fixing the issue where players who had upgraded personal vehicles prior to Title Update 1.10 were only able to sell them for $10,000."

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187 comments
Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

Just patch in an option to let us turn off the screen flashing kill effect and little X maker that pops up every time we fatally shoot someone. GTAV already has good blood effects and death animations. Seeing the screen flash with a little x over every enemy killed, just ruins finer details and makes kills look censored. In Red Dead you could turn off the screen flash, in max payne 3 you could turn off the x, let us have these options in GTAV also.

vannacut
vannacut

i really hope watch dogs will be much better than it looks now. so we can forget about rockstar for a sandbox, as they dont do pc anymore...

Hellcanwait
Hellcanwait

ohh great, too bad noone cares anymore.


ppl are still loosing their toons when the online game crashes, but hey now you can Loose your toon while on a heist...

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Well R* did such a good job sucking all the fun from the game to the point where I couldn't be bothered to play any more, this came way too goddamn late.


Sorry, but late 2013 I might still have cared. But now? You already lost me.

ParanoidPaal
ParanoidPaal

Still no real news on a PC release? I'm sure the port will be poorly optimised, but still... I wonder what's taking so long. Not sure if I'd even bother buying it, though. I played through GTA IV got the first time last year and it was honestly dull as fuck. I have friend who praised the shit out off it for the story and gameplay, but I didn't really get the hype :p

djwood84
djwood84

Seriously not trolling - but are people still playing this game?  Might have to jump back online and have some more fun!


PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Sounds like a pretty big update on the way and possibly the most looked-forward to one so far. I wonder if Rockstar are looking to bring more players back online.

The 'no collision during races' is a good update.

macaque12
macaque12

Well, I'm done with games. The good things are all for MP, which was annoyng and boring. I hate MP, it's a f*ckin cancer! Single player was short, but good, and the good addictions are for MP, which is a maskarade RPG-ish. I miss Vice City so much

Johnny-n-Roger
Johnny-n-Roger

This game should have been next-gen.  Don't waste time and resources augmenting a broken MP mode that no one plays anymore. I can't imagine how long we'll have to wait for a next-gen GTA.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I beat the game got bored traded it in, cause MP was boring and broken, decided to buy it again cause of a sale then fell asleep playing the MP and said screw it traded it in and never looked back sorry R* but you took to long and I am not coming back to your boring and broken game.

chemicalegypt
chemicalegypt

Gta v and its hype took me to such heights that i had myself flying only to find lots of deleted content from a short singleplayer campaign and a boring multiplayer. 

Im just keeping my copy for the sake of DLC and that big secret (jetpack) something big that everyone is looking for. 

Dragerdeifrit
Dragerdeifrit

what about heists during the single player campaign? :( gimme something to do in freeroam pls, i don't like playing online, other ppl get in the way.

hewsdaddy
hewsdaddy

how about a next gen port. i dont even care if i have to replay the game start to finish for trophies, etc. itd be nice for online $ to carry over. 

jonnyc0mbat
jonnyc0mbat

Too little too late.  Rockstar have lost to the hackers, and I haven't played this game in months.


They haven't prevented hacking in the last two updates, so why does anyone expect Rockstar to get back in control?  The online experience has got worse and worse, and it now crashes more than ever.


Rockstar make great single player games (some of the best I've ever played), but their online efforts are just plain terrible.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

OMG GUYS! With all these P.C release of the game.. it will come as well as Half Life 3

ziproy
ziproy

Too little too late. Before this I trusted Rockstar as much as I do Valve and Nintendo, but after they lied to us by advertising the heists in the premier MP trailer, then we finally get the multiplayer and they tell us the day it releases that heists will be available at a later date and time. This is after we have all bought the game.


Sure you will say it's just a multiplayer mode and I'm being a baby. That'd be true if they didn't sell their entire multiplayer mode on this one thing, but they did and when that one thing doesn't end up in the game until half a year later it makes Rockstar look like they are misleading their fans. If they said the heists were gonna be added later into the game this wouldn't have been an issue, but they told us that after we had bought the game

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

Meh, I traded this game in last month because of how long it has taken them to put out Heist. Have no reasons to buy it again. Sorry Cockstar but after this mess, I'm actually going to be very hesitant about buying future games from you. Can't get down with the Microtransaction B.S you guys are pulling now. Online is just broken and boring at this point. I see the Heist being just like this....you rob a bank and now you have $50,000 to split up among 4 people. That is not a Heist. That's just a hold up.

dragoonslayer19
dragoonslayer19

I really hope the next step after fixing multiplayer is the freakin PC version. 

grin89
grin89

i just wanted to read the comments tons of flaming and no feedbacula to show it all off.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

PC.... or at least current gen.

mattcake
mattcake

They really didn't make enough of the heists in the single player campaign either. I think a lot of people would've been happy if they had been the main focus, like the pirating in AC4. I would have no problems with GTA6 becoming more Payday-ish.

Merseyak
Merseyak

this game was wasted on the last gen nobody cares when it hits pc and the new consoles let us now

chieflion
chieflion

when its on pc 

write an article 

and ill read it instead of skimming through to write this comment in spite


Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Wait there no Heists in GTA5 till now?

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Really itching for a new Manhunt game!

LonelyHippie27
LonelyHippie27

I knew they would release heists long after anyone gives a sh*t. None of my friends play GTA anymore so now I can't even have fun with it. You give us zombies and I'll be pleased

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

Finally is right. Wasn't this advertised as a prominent feature of GTAO in the little pre release video? Pretty sure it was. And yet here we are over 6 months later and it's still not in the game.


Not that it matters to me anyway. I haven't touched the online portion in months and won't ever again. At this point I'm just waiting for the game to release on PC to play the single player.

amar1234
amar1234

how about a Pc version now?? its been long enough ffs.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@vannacut  Watch dogs looks worse. Watch Dogs is all big governemnt/big brother, pro Orwellian propaganda. GTA V is a good game, I give it a 7/10, but it was expected to be a 9/10.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@macaque12 I'm all about the single player, but there's nothing wrong with multiplayer games, dude. I know enough multiplayer focussed games who think single player is pointless too.


To each their own. Enjoy the games you play, that's what gaming's about. There are games to suit every mentality, and if it doesn't fit with yours then there are thousands more out there to choose from.

barleybosh
barleybosh

@jonnyc0mbat  Speak for yourself lol I haven't seen a hacker in months. They must be getting pooled with eachother in the bad sport servers, because I've been having a great time along with everyone else I've encountered in the game. Damn, you shouldn't have cried so fast.

dogeofvatican
dogeofvatican

@ziproyI don't remember heists being the main advertising focus for MP. Also, I like how you said that "If they said the heists were gonna be added later into the game this wouldn't have been an issue..." even though they did, which you also mentioned.

pdevil21
pdevil21

@amar1234  It took 8 months for San Andreas to come to PC after the PS2 version was released. PC has has had to wait about this amount of time for ever gta since GTA 3. 

raider48
raider48

@Dredcrumb9 @vannacut How is hacking a cities security systems and using it against them pro big brother?  If anything it's the opposite, it's showing what could happen by having everything ran by a computer system.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@PlatinumPaladin @kennythomas26 No I don't the game was good while it lasted and yes I bought the game a second time due to a sale tried to play on-line and got bored and fell asleep playing it one of the nights cause of boredom and being tired and basically gave up on the game and I will not buy it again I had more fun with GTA IV when it was out. 

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@KemistiOMg @Dragerdeifrit  yeah, but in online solo, the city feels dead. The story campaign the city feels more alive, sadly the campaign is extremely short and the entire screen flashes white with a little X every time you kill someone, making all of the major battles in the campaign, feel cheap and watered down.