Rockstar Delays GTA Online Heists

"We are very sorry for the delay," developer says about the introduction of the long-awaited feature.

Rockstar Games had planned to add Heists to Grand Theft Auto Online--the multiplayer mode for Grand Theft Auto V--sometime this spring, but that's not going to happen. Writing on the Rockstar Newswire, the developer apologized for the delay, saying Heists are "taking more time to create" than originally expected.

"We are very sorry for the delay, and are working hard to bring them to you as soon as we can. Please know that we are focused as always on making the best possible content for you to play and we are thankful to all of you for your patience, understanding, and support," Rockstar said.

It's unclear how Heists will work in GTA Online, but the way they worked in the GTA V 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.

Though Heists aren't coming to GTA Online on schedule, that doesn't mean GTA V players don't have new content to play. Just yesterday, Rockstar released the "I'm Not a Hipster" update for GTA Online, adding new outfits, cars, and weapons to the game. Rockstar is also working on the game's first story mode expansion, and is bringing the game to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC this fall.

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146 comments
mikemaj82
mikemaj82

Screw online heists. GTAV online sucks. Do something with the hidden spaceships in the sky and add a jetpack.

Marky360
Marky360

You see stuff like this wouldn't happen if Activison owned Rockstar because they would force them to hurry up and release this Heist add-on immediately so the fans could get to playing.

jeremy3852
jeremy3852

don't care about online content. give me story DLC. that is far more interesting to me.

amar1234
amar1234

what's wrong with rockstar  get the pc version out now please then do what you want!!!

NineteenthCross
NineteenthCross

Who would have guessed this business is so Sadist Friendly?

I mean, it's been the same thing for over a year now. People lining up to cheer it on, only to whimper and cry back into the corner when it's delayed, yet again. Someone at Rockstar must be getting off on this.


mappyislove
mappyislove

stop comparing EA to R*, seriously, that's stupid. R* may sometimes be an asshole to their market, but they're good assholes. EA just wants your cash.

maximo
maximo

I can't even play online anymore without getting kicked from a mission or something glitching out.


But I still love the game.... so I'm confused!


Anyway, it's been a year nearly since we were promised heists. Its quite clear now that they will probably be released parallel with Next Gen release.



Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

Screw heists, fix the game first. Let us shoot people without seeing annoying strobe flashes and X markers popping up on the screen. let us turn off the cinematic score, and fix the police.

lnamla
lnamla

I think Hiest will be the most incredable thing in this game , so don't be angry < i think it's normal to be delayed 

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

I've moved on from this joke of a game R* I've seen you for what you are and traded in my copy. Guess what I got back $35 for my trade in because your games was worth only $25

haze0986
haze0986

you wont be getting heists until xbox one and ps4 also pc get gta 5, i predict that there will also be an announcement stating no upgrade deal and if that happens rockstar will lose alot of two time buyers

dovonob
dovonob

Does sound like R* are becoming a bit to EA. I don't think the important people who made the original games work there anymore (could be wrong don't quote me on that) which is probably why the series has lost it's way since GTA4, 

Sounds like the money men in suits have taken the priorities from making near perfect 10/10 games to everything being about the money. Which I know is what its always about in the capitalist world but R* used to have a good balance between quality gaming and letting the quality of the product bring the money in rather than massive marketing drives, broken promises and PR nonsense. 

quidditch3
quidditch3

I have given up on Rockstar they keep using heists as a carrot on a stick and string us along trying to keep us following obediently with these little free "shiny DLCs". I expected this since there was no news release about such a large dlc coming about 2-3 weeks ago. I am Done!

Cero89
Cero89

Aaaaaan this is why I waited for the ps4 version, who knows even then we may not see those heists :/

fredwilkins
fredwilkins

If you've ever read any of my other ravings, you know that I'm not at all surprised that heists are being put off yet again.  R* knows that gamers will be disappointed in heists because the payout will not be what they are expecting.  R* will not meet gamer expectations for payout because they are only concerned about selling shark cards.  They will not give gamers a means to "earn" decent money in the game.  
 
I think most people have now become aware of the fact that R* is now a Wall Street greed-driven company.  Until they figure out that we gamers are their customers and not the Wall Street analysts, you'll see nothing but lies and deception from this company.  

IkrenZim
IkrenZim

I just had my account's posting privileges suspended indefinitely for posting my speculation that Rockstar delayed heists to the fall to sell more copies of next gen. I also saw about 10 posts mentioning similar suggestions and feelings get deleted. No mods will refute the claim, and they don't give a reason for why the posts are deleted. Seems pretty obvious to me that that's the plan. Hold off until the PS4 and Xbox One versions are ready to drop, then release them all at the same time to sell more next gen copies. Makes a lot of sense from a business perspective, pretty shitty to people like me who've already paid for the game and have been waiting months for heists though.

rskueem
rskueem

Looks like they are learning from BF: Hardline xD.

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

I betcha 10 buck .. it will take 15min to complete and prob earn you a max of 20k.  Your prob better off grinding rooftop rumble 100000 times.  

Dexodrill
Dexodrill

Well this is a real let down. But iv come to expect it with any news of heists. Every time they have said its coming, the wait only gets longer and longer. I dont care what the dev's say anymore heists are definitly not coming in GTA5... maybe GTA6 if there is a next one.

But I love GTA online with friends and will always dream of doing something worth my fking time on there.

vader501st
vader501st

Perhaps they're going to sync the launch of online heists with the PC/Current gen release?

saintsrowCS
saintsrowCS

No way they can live up to the hype that's been built now.

samdam3
samdam3

They'll probably delay it until either the next gen/pc release, or just before it.  It'll get the game hyped up and in turn get them more sales.  I'm more than happy for them to do this anyway tbh haha, it'll only mean more people playing online!



TacticaI
TacticaI

Hey Rockstar, you f***ed up. 

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

@Marky360 Yes Activision would force R* to add them,, BUT as a result the heists would be a buggy, glitchy mess that would drive players away, ad all that money and time spent on them would have been wasted...

jeremy3852
jeremy3852

@Marky360  yeah and release a total pile of garbage. look at how buggy GTA online was because they rushed it. if they did not take their time it would suck even worse then it does right now.

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

@mappyislove 

dumbass they all just want your cash. they are both publicly traded companies. That's their sole purpose is to make cash for investors. If rockstar could legally slit your throat to take your money, they'd do it. I hate morons that have no idea how the world works. There is no difference between EA, Rockstar, Nintendo (other than the Japanese government backing them if they fail, which is even cheaper than the us companies.) Microsoft, sony (same deal, their goverment bails them out. Sony tethers on bankruptcy yearly...but...so weak.)

NineteenthCross
NineteenthCross

@mappyislove


They all want your cash, there's no good or evil here. Please don't paint a smiley face on faceless companies.

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

Have you played GTA V? It's pretty clear it was designed to get your cash.

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

The police are ridiculous and ruin the game.

fredwilkins
fredwilkins

@dovonob This is what happens to companies that come under the control of Wall Street.  We gamers are no longer the customer.  Instead it's the Wall Street Analysts who dictate Rockstar's actions.  

protalker
protalker

@quidditch3 good metaphor. Did you use carrots because heists will be boring and get old after 2 or 3? Honestly they could just open the casino and let us play poker and stuff like they did for red dead. Thats like money on a string

quidditch3
quidditch3

@Cero89 So you missed out on a few cool limited time holiday cars that are no longer available.But yes I agree about Heist. I have given up on Rockstar they keep using heists as a carrot on a stick and string us along trying to keep us following obediently with these little free "shiny DLCs". I am Done!

fredwilkins
fredwilkins

@IkrenZim I wasn't banned (as far as I know), but my complaints on the R* newswire were also immediately removed.  They don't want to hear what we have to say.  

quidditch3
quidditch3

@IkrenZim I didn't have them suspended but every post I made with my opinion about this POS Carrot on a stick DLC that they released was deleted within five minutes. Eventually I gave and wrote a scathing email to Rockstar about how it is evident that they don't care for their community's opinions and feedback and that the fact that every post I made was deleted is evidence of that or that they are scared of the truth. I also added that because of that I wanted a refund of about $500 which included the cost of the Digital copy of the game and the cost of the shark cards, so that I could give it to a more deserving developer (Like Wargaming) who actually cares about their community. I expected this about 2 to 3 weeks ago when they didn't release any news article regarding such a huge dlc release.

BraollusBeBack
BraollusBeBack

@Janpieterzun @mappyislove I'm sorry, but I assume you're whimpering about Rockstar North, GTAV devs? That company is exactly that, video game developers, who clearly like their own job, put effort and time to produce a quality game, these are simple working people, earning a living from what they do, and obviously they do what they like. Now publishers, these fellers are all about money, all about powerpoint presentations, all about deadlines and so on and so forth, they pay wages of the devs, in return for some creative control and profits after release. I'm sorry, but you seem none the wiser on how "this world" more specifically games industry works. 

Sure a business is a business, it's there to make money, but not only, people create businesses so they would make a living from doing what they want to do, so it's partly money, partly passion.

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

Yeah they will wait your right there's the used copy buy

Cero89
Cero89

@quidditch3 @Cero89 I kind of new they were going to do the whole ps4 xb1 thing with the pc, so I decided it was best to just skip it. Besides these new versions may come with stuff I missed but even so, it doesnt matter.

shadow6323
shadow6323

@Bigjoe275  Don't be surprised when you hear that the PC, ps4, and XOne releases sell well.


"But muh heists!" isn't really going to stop people from buying it.

quidditch3
quidditch3

@Cero89 I knew it would happen too, but I was a huge fan of all of the GTA series so I couldn't pass up getting this at launch. But their empty promises and Carrot on a stick mentalityhas completely turned me off.

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

So what your saying is people are going to rush out and spend $400.00 on a nextgen console and then spend $60 more dollars on GTAV. Well I have a XBO. And believe me there are better games being released come fall. But hey only time will tell huh. And trust me I'll get a copy but it will be used.

shadow6323
shadow6323

@Bigjoe275  Yeah... that's clearly what I'm saying. I clearly stated people were going to go out and buy next gen consoles and then GTA.

Trying to read between lines that aren't there much?

People with those consoles are likely to still buy it again. Just because you aren't doesn't speak for the rest of us.


People on PC are still just as likely to buy it. People aren't going to just not buy it because people like to complain about a lack of online heists.

Just because people are so vocal on the internet about it doesn't mean majority of the people even give a damn about online heists when considering the purchase.

fredwilkins
fredwilkins

@Bigjoe275 I'm with you.  I may pick up a used copy for my Xbox One, but I won't be giving R* any more money.  

soulnightshade
soulnightshade

@shadow6323 @Bigjoe275  I'm with them I will not buy 2 times it the same exact game not even super improved graphics and people are just now entering into the idea of free ranged movement between consoles like ESO and FFRR as well as discount for transferring a game already bought to next gen I am sure you are correct a lot of people wont care if they have the money to waste. but they will lose many dedicated players for a time until they can find a cheaper copy. The truth of the matter happens to be the steadfast dedicated players the one that know the true value of the game because of normal common sense engraved into their very souls understand if there isn't any grace buys available its a ploy for more money and nothing less. Dont get me wrong there are a few games I already plan to rebuy my console but no I think the majority will get their fix off of PS3/360 versions I don't have a super high level character but i'm rank 138 and R* has not come out fast enough with upgrades what doesn't count new cars? new guns? its all the same in the end so you tell me because R* is gonna have to motivate me much more then a heist to get me to rebuy if that is the only option as far as I am concerned the story of GTA 5 was at least 40 times better then online they took a bunch of stuff out then added 1 difference and that was playing with others not to mention DCs and freezes still happen its been 7 months and the new DLC you can play with in story mode with no worry of having the money to buy so no its not worth the rebuy

fredwilkins
fredwilkins

@shadow6323 @Bigjoe275 I have an Xbox One.  I will buy GTA V for it.  However, I'll wait until I can get it used.  I'm not giving any more money to R* for GTA V and especially the Online side of it.