GTA 5's Next Online Update Brings Flight School and Gameplay Changes

No, there's still no word on online heists.

Rockstar today announced the latest free update for Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer component, Grand Theft Auto Online, and it focuses primarily on flying.

Launching tomorrow, August 19, the San Andreas Flight School update will introduce new jets and helicopters (for use in new "aerial solo challenges"), as well as new land vehicles. There will also be new parachute designs based on various countries' flags--including the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom--and it looks as if new, Air Force-style attire will be available, too. The trailer above gives a brief overview of what to expect, and Rockstar promises there will be "much more" than what it's detailed today.

Also included in the update are a variety of changes to GTA Online. The two provided examples of this are bigger rewards for completing more difficult missions and bonus in-game money for playing missions with other players. Further details will be announced when the update goes live tomorrow.

This is the latest in a series of free updates for GTA Online. It is not, however, the one that's been most highly anticipated since launch: online heists. Those were expected to be out this spring, but were delayed in June because they are "taking more time to create" than anticipated. A new release date for online heists have yet to be announced; likewise, we don't yet know when the first expansion to the game's single-player mode is expected.

The San Andreas Flight School update will be available tomorrow on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of GTA V will be released this fall with enhanced visuals, increased draw distances, and new wildlife.

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jamessimon123
jamessimon123

I find it fascinating how this game has evolved into a flight school / flight simulator. Sure, it doesn't compare very well to games like Ace Combat when it comes to realism (and that's saying something, Ace Combat is pretty fantasy-based) but it's still not bad. My little bro plays all the time and all he cares about doing is jacking planes to take for joyrides.

http://www.harfordair.com/?page_id=6 

themc_7
themc_7

When they failed to release online Heists, I stopped playing GTAO. I sucked at the PVP and got bored driving around robbing liquor stores. I hope they release singleplayer DLC for next gen definite edition.

xtsenglivex
xtsenglivex

Gordon Bennett! More vehicles? I hope nothing more noobish than an abrams tank? Do all
AMERICANS invoke the Second A. to the extent of blowing each other up? :L Or, is that just GTA? 

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

Yet, still no option of turning off the kill indicators for a more seemless and immersing experience. I guess R* thinks everyone is still a newb, who needs a screen flash and an X to pop up to notify us when we've made a kill.

Operator35
Operator35

I want to let others know it is possible to continue to gain money without using shark cards. Yes things are overly priced, yes their aim is to try and get people to buy shark cards. Since day one I have not used a single shark card. I have not used any money glitches or have cheated. I have all the limited time vehicles, own two places with 10 car garages with fully customized cars, all weapons. I play once or twice a week with my friends in my crew and just complete missions over and over again. With the latest update everyone can make decent money with all missions as long as you have another person with you. I will continue to play this game online until my PS3 blows up.

S001_PRIMAL
S001_PRIMAL

How about actually making the game better for the player rather than for yourselves. seriously, forcing people to obtain shark cards is pretty annoying. this is what happens when microtransactions comes into games like this. it ruins it for everyone. and then they wonder why people do money glitches

grin89
grin89

wish it would come to next gen already.

ptown58
ptown58

Really disappointed with all the single player dlc they've put out lately.

mtoomb
mtoomb

Still play GTA every day. Can't wait to go get some Flight School in.. All you haters can just shut up, have your mom sell the game for you, and go play Call of Duty.

fredwilkins
fredwilkins

This update is extremely disappointing.  Lowering payouts yet again makes it even more disappointing.  

catsimboy
catsimboy

It's been so long all the people I wanted to play the heists with have moved on to other games. Even if the heists came out today I probably wouldn't play them.

dom7766
dom7766

right....so where the fucks heist ?

matty1053
matty1053

I got tired of GTA V Online.... Why?


Too many kids.  I literally hoped on a few days ago, and my god.... it was literally Chuckie cheese's.  All you hear was kids on their silly mics their parents bought for them and such.  I really wish RS Games gave option to play with only 18 y/o players.  Not 10 year olds 24/7.  


Spawn Killing.  This really was a killer for me.  Since, I accidently shut my TV off while I was flying a heli.... and crashed into a tree.  (My TV has auto off after 3 hours lol).  So, I spawned in at a hospital.... was killed about 4.5 seconds after spawning in.   So, I spawned in again.... KILLED.  It was completely retarded.  I then left and joined another 'server' or session.  Then it wasn't that bad, but I noticed SK a ton.  (Spawn killing).  My buddies on PS3 noticed that too.  But not as much on 360 apperently.


Too easy.  You shouldn't be able to get a million dollars in a day.  You should be forced to WORK for your money.  Not earning like 1 million a day.  If I remember.... on GTA San Andreas Online.  (A mod for PC version), you had to earn money and it was actually enjoyable.  Yeah, everyone says: "GTA V GRAPHICS ARE BEST, ect..." yeah, true to a point.  But it's rediculously easy to get money quickly.  


Passive mode does not work.  I turned it on, and guess what?  It didn't work!!  I was driving a jeep, and some kid with an RPG Blew me up.... I thought you were invincible?  I wasn't attempting to kill ANYONE.  I am not a KOS person, believe me.  


If RS Makes changes that will make GTA online harder to earn stuff, it would be nice.  Plus, a lot of players would purchase their DLC and 'money addons'.... so they would make a lot of $$!

campincarl79
campincarl79

Haven't been able to do more than a couple missions online. I think the last I got to do was like the second one where you have to get a car and take it to a pay and spray. It's my fault for waiting so long to get this game, but if anyone wants to play online my GT is CampinCarl79...hit me up

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

I still play this somewhat regularly, mainly because I love flying around the city. This will give me a new excuse to do it.

Bread_or_Decide
Bread_or_Decide

Who cares. I haven't touched this game since I finished the way too long, redundant, and annoying single player campaign. Never touched the online. 

dancthorpe
dancthorpe

Heists have to be a relatively easy way to accrue GTA money. They want us to buy this with real money. So they don't want to give us heists. Easy. 

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

I love GTA Whoooohooooo ! 14.11.2014 a good day to buy a GTA V on a PC. Yeeees.

maximo
maximo

i want xone version

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@mtoomb So you like playing almost the same game every 5 years? But people who like Call of Duty live in their mom's basement? Really this is a fun game but Online did not live up to what it could of been.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@matty1053 Your entire post is a facepalm. I play on PS3 and only thing I notice are grown men acting like kids, shoot first mentality. Spawn Killing, try passive mode, you first should know the limits of passive mode, it does not make you invincible a vehicle is considered a weapon so as long as you do not run someone over you are fine, but it does not shield you from the vehicle being destroyed and thus killing you...that would be stupid. Play with friends if you find that you are having a hard time on a server, it makes sense to have back up or play on a free aim only server which will cut down on the auto aim kills and make you work for your kills.

Too easy, a million dollars in a day? I should slap you, do you know the amount of ranting and back and forth with R* and the ridiculously over priced online economy. You're saying it's too easy to make money, you obviously weren't around when GTA Online landed. Online pay outs are rubbish and require way too much grind, especially if you are player who doesn't like to play the death match or car combat races. The game should cater to all types of players and forcing you to run races as the fastest way to make coin is stupid.


R* doesn't need to make GTA Online harder, they just need to produce better missions that aren't the same thing but different time of day affairs. Let your stealth skills do something versus the AI, it's plain retarded for the AI to spot me when I'm sniping with a silenced rifle that is utter BS. Use a silenced pistol and even NPC who do not retaliate know you fired a weapon and the police magically know where you are even in the lonely desert when you kill someone. Lol. Make GTA harder. GTA is hard enough to make money and what is this million in a day business, did you literally sit there for 20+ hours to make that money? You need a life, it's a game not a bloody job. No one needs to break 5+ hours in order to fully tune a car, that's ludicrous to expect that of people. R* needs to not add paid for DLC considering loads of people already spend money on those sharkcards, not one piece of paid for DLC has landed and GTA Online has made millions. Lol, game is too easy to make 1 million dollars, please enlighten me on how you pulled that off easily without spamming the same few missions and races in succession, I can't wait to see this.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@daikkenaurora12 They're probably waiting for current gen and PC. Just think about all the people who haven't played GTA V in a long time. A lot of those people are waiting for the heists and/or SP expansion. If that stuff releases at the same time on all versions, or even first on PS4/X1 and PC, a lot of people will buy the remastered versions. Every month Rockstar waits, thousands of PS4/X1 consoles are going to people who've already bought GTA V last gen. R* would be stupid to release the most wanted DLC/updates at this time. 


They want those fans hungry for new GTA V content when the remastered versions drop.


grin89
grin89

@Deadlysyns87 @mtoomb gta's main attraction has always been about the single player if you come to this game solely for the multiplayer i have bad news for you.

jacobsgta
jacobsgta

@SavageEvil @matty1053  You're a liar. 80% of the GTA demographic is children from 6-17 years old, the larger fraction of Rockstar's sales. Where online can you go that there's so many adults? I can't find that place.

Making money should be work, so you're more valuable and achieved a greater status than a lot of other people, that's what makes it competitive. We're not all equal, some are better than others, and some people don't deserve the same things as everyone else.

It's sort of like gold. Some is pure when found, other's are mixed for pure gold with mercury, and some appear larger and therefore more valuable, but are actually built up in mass from cheaper compounds to give that illusion. So you may appear the same as someone with higher intelligence, but we all know you're grossly lacking the same capacities.

It should take consistent skills, devotion, and the kind of patience that most children wouldn't have. What else would make adults better?  The neurological cell generation rate is at a weaker frequency, but the adult mind has more important qualities, that should be used in a game that's marketed for anyone 21 years of age, or older.

Don't you want to challenge yourself. That guy was right, you know? I made $1,000,000 the day of the update. Flight school got me over $200,000 for all gold medals. 30 online races got me $240,000, 10 times of A Titan of a Job got me $180,000, and selling my Adder got me $600,000.

Before the update, it would have taken me nearly a weak to make that much money, which I still think is bull crap. It should 200 hours to make that much money. Missions shouldn't be available unless you unlock them at the right rank, I think. Rooftop Rumble was a huge exploit. The only goal in online mode is making money, after all. Too easy.


Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

@brandonmacleodE @dancthorpe Most of that DLC is hardly free. I get a few more deathmatch missions that are wildly similar to the rest of them, a few new races? Yes, we get new cars, motorcycles, helos and jets--but those are priced so high you're likely to have to either spend 15 hours grinding...or just spend a 20 on a sharkcard. 

That said...the flight school aspect of this was pretty fun when I played it last night.

maximo
maximo

@ABIBASS @maximo oh and before i forgot , Pony4 cant even crank out 30fp nevermind 60fps unlike xbox one. Thats why all the hardcore tournament players use xbox one and not Pony 4, that and the crap controller

maximo
maximo

@ABIBASS @maximo no 1080P 60fps as confirmed by R*. Unlike Pony Station with Little Big Planet and crap controller made for kids.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@grin89 the single player was too short and the combat felt cheap and weak with the strobe flash and x popping up every time you kill someone with a gun.

brandonmacleodE
brandonmacleodE

@Coren_Larken @brandonmacleodE @dancthorpe IT IS FREE 100% FREE. Do you not like free stuff? FINE THEN GO BACK TO YOUR PATHETIC COD OR BATTLEFIELD OR ANY EA GAME WITH $5 DLC THAT ADD ALMOST NOTHING TO THE GAME BUT YOU HAVE TO GET OR STAY IN GTA V WHERE YOU CAN GET FREE DLC. IT IS 100% FREE DLC. IT'S FREE DLC FREE DLC FREE DLC. THIS DLC IS 100% FREE.

gutterchrist
gutterchrist

@punisher2k8 @PS2fweak @maximo I have both... PS4 is honestly much better right now. The visuals aren't really a huge leap. PS4 has a slight edge. But you have to really look into the details. 

somepolak
somepolak

@punisher2k8 Thats called trolling, which makes you part of the problem with these console wars

punisher2k8
punisher2k8

@maximo @ABIBASS AGAIN i say...... WRROOOONNNG!  and its forget NOT forgot... you got that WRONG too.... Just shut up and go back to school.

punisher2k8
punisher2k8

@maximo @ABIBASS WWRRROONG!!  dont confuse youreself with the better console on the market.... the PS4!

jacobsgta
jacobsgta

@brandonmacleodE @Coren_Larken @dancthorpe  I agree. Free DLC is reasonable, considering the amount of problems you encounter in this game.

I stopped using some of my light bulbs just to save $5.90 a month on the electric bill, even though I'm not poor, or in any kind of debt.

I'm thinking of investing in many stocks that give me only $0.27 each, a month. That kind of profit is like free money.

Hey, free money equals free products. Free double cheeseburgers from McDonalds, Free gasoline, or free of small taxes. If I got nineteen of those shares, that's $61.56 worth of free things each year.

Rockstar's paying for these updates, not us.

maximo
maximo

@punisher2k8 @maximo @ABIBASS doenst matter how many times you say it even whenu compare ghosts PS4 with 360 version the 360 looks better in most cases.