Microtransactions confirmed for Grand Theft Auto Online
As it sadly turns out, that XML file that emerged yesterday is not some scrapped concept, but one that Rockstar will indeed be rolling out for GTA Online.
The confirmation comes from Eurogamer who spoke with people who have early access to the mode, and the denominations reported on earlier are indeed true. According to the outlet, "details may still be tweaked prior to its final release," but as there's less than a week to go before the launch, it looks like this is how things will be.
Players will be able to purchase in game denominations via gift cards, each with its own amount. According to the Eurogamer source, the UK prices are below. We've provided the currency equivalant, but keep in mind they're not official prices from Rockstar.
- $100,000 Red Shark Cash Card - £1.99 - $3.20
- $200,000 Tiger Shark Cash Card - £3.49 - $5.61
- $500,000 Bull Shark Cash Card - £6.99 - $11.24
- $1,250,000 Great White Shark Cash Card - £13.49 - $21.69
There's some interesting adjustments between money in the campaign mode and the online game. For example, certain properties in the campaign are exorbant, sometimes ranging well into 7 figures and more. But in GTA Online, the most expensive property is a mere $400,000, likely so that it's easy for every player to have a humble abode.
On the flip side however, things that could aid you in competition against other players, like weapons and car customizations, are significantly more expensive, meaning that anyone willing to shell out real money stands a better chance at getting early access to some heavy artillery - rocket and grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, high powered sniper rifles, even military vehicles like attack choppers and tanks.
Anyone not willing to spend actual dollars that hopes to have two nickels to rub together better sharpen up their heist skills, learn how to spot a mark, and do some serious dabbling on the BAWSAQ (we've got you covered there).
Rockstar is expected to confirm all details of GTA Online before it's October 1 launch in one week from today.