GTA Online is preparing to launch today (1 October), and ahead of the multiplayer insanity that is sure to unfold, Rockstar has explained further how the online component of the game will work.
There have been questions on how one would prevent other players from destroying or stealing their vehicles, and Rockstar has an answer for that.
“There’s plenty of havoc and treachery you can cause out in the open world of course, but in order to prevent some really annoying ‘griefing’, we’ve designed house party invitations specifically to be a friendly social affair where players can visit each other’s pads without fear of having them ruined or losing their hard-earned vehicles in the process,” explained Rockstar.
“If someone invites you into their property, then it is considered a friendly visit and you will not be able to shoot up their place or steal their cars from their garage. By the way, in any given lobby, if you and another player own the same piece of property, you will each be able to enter your own personal instance of that property at any given time.”
With regards to maintaining the balance in the game, Rockstar assures players that the microtransactions and purchases will not influence people’s power, and that the GTA Reputation Points system will provide incentive to rank up.
“All players still have to rank up with Reputation Points (RP) in order to get access to purchase high-end items. No one can begin GTA Online and simply spend a lot of money out of the gate to get a leg up. You will have to earn your stripes and play to unlock access to the aspirational clothes, guns and other items.”
Rockstar also assures that the game is not a “grind” and “hustling to afford the finer things by earning GTA$ doing robberies, stick-ups, winning races and other profitable activities is a fun gameplay experience.”
The developer also furthered explained the hereditary-based character creation system, where you’ll choose the mother and father of your soon-to-be player, along with their characteristics and habits to shape their appearance.