GTA Online Update: We've rounded up all the information you need on the latest and upcoming updates to Rockstar's popular online violence extravaganza.
GTA Online – The latest news
Rockstar will be providing players with yet another series of updates to GTA Online in the coming weeks and months starting in March, following a relatively dry patch in January and February of 2017.
The developer announced it will be adding "new criminal enterprises to dominate, new vehicles to acquire and more" in the near future. Rockstar has already gifted players with a free update that adds 15 new stunt races in late February, but it seems more are on their way.
According to a release from the developer, the next big title update will be coming this month, and will introduce an all-new style of stunt races specifically designed for special vehicles: the Rocket Voltic, the Ruiner 2000 and the Blazer Aqua. It seems each set of races will require players to use each vehicle's specific super powers to launch across massive gaps, traverse land and sea, and free-fall into vehicular base jump-style races.
You'll also be able to create your own stunt races for the special vehicles, which is a nice bonus addition.
We're not sure when this month the big update will launch, but Rockstar is offering stunt race event bonuses until March 13, so it could be the update will launch on or after March 14.
Beyond the big title update, Rockstar is promising new Adversary Modes, to be introduced throughout the Spring, including a "gallows humor take on dodgeball" called Resurrection, and a "nostalgic homage to the 2D GTA era with some explosive twists" called Top Down. Sounds exciting for fans of the original GTA titles, and with more promised, things are looking good for GTA Online in the coming months.
Of course, Rockstar couldn't leave out new vehicles, and will be adding some of the most requested classic GTA vehicles to GTA Online, such as the Turismo Classic and the Infernus Classic. The latter first made its appearance in GTA 3 and should be a welcome addition for long-time GTA players.
And finally, this later this spring and during the summer, another big update will see players taking on militias across the state of San Andreas. New features will apparently include new weaponised vehicles alongside new missions that will have players fighting for control of the illegal arms trade and using high-powered military hardware. More carnage? Just what we wanted.
GTA Online – Import/Export Update
Last year's Import/Export update came with a whole load of new additions to the game. It followed the Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update earlier in 2016, which introduced plenty of new black market opportunities. But Import/Export, available now for free on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, allowed users to get into the field of high-volume exotic car theft.
Rockstar has been pretty diligent when it comes to adding new and exciting features to the online portion of its latest GTA instalment, and with Import/Export, it gave players the chance to steal a load of luxury cars.
The developer says the update allows "CEOs and their organizations [to] boost, modify and resell the most wanted vehicles in the city for big profits."
In terms of what the update brings to the game specifically, there's new vehicles in the form of variants on existing cars, along with entirely new rides.
Here's a list of the new vehicles and properties:
• BF Ramp Buggy
• JoBuilt Phantom Edge
• Karin Technical Aqua
• Nagasaki Blazer Aqua
• Brute Armored Boxville
• MTL Wastelander
• Imponte Ruiner 2000
• Coil Rocket Voltic
• Principe Diablous and Diablous Custom
• Annis Elegy Retro Custom
• Pegassi Tempesta
• Ocelot Penetrator
• Vehicle Warehouses
• Executive Garages
Completing certain import/export jobs will knock the price down on these cars, so it's worth getting out there and building your exotic car theft empire. Or you can buy the cars outright for the higher prices.
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The new "Executive Office Garages" come with up to three floors of showroom quality storage for as many as 60 vehicles, and you'll also be able to customise the new buildings with décor and a "Custom Auto Shop".
Unfortunately, it looks like the 60-car space will cost you almost $7 million. But, on the plus side, it seems you can now change your appearance for a cool $100,000. Plus, you'll be able to don one of the 10 new masks if you're looking to add some flair to your CEO style.
You can read a full run-down on the Import/Export update and its various new features here.
Rockstar also provided players with an update in the first week of January 2017, which brought new bonuses, vehicles, and game modes. The main new mode is 'Vehicle Vendetta' which see players team up with others and take on an opposing crew in battle. Gaining powerups is the aim of the game, as a particular powerup can change the balance of the battle in a second.
Also added to the game was a new car and customisation option, in the form of the Progen Itali GTB Custom from Benny's Original Motor Works shop.
The developer provided the following description: "This sleek jungle cat packs serious speed, devours tight turns with ease, and is sure to terrorize opposing racers across the circuit. Endlessly customizable, Benny's latest includes options to modify everything from engine performance to the finest interior details."
GTA Online – Further Adventures in Finance and Felony
Earlier this year, Rockstar released the Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update, introducing opportunities for players to buy and sell illegal goods across their city-wide empire.
Further Adventures allowed players to purchase a load of new deluxe office suites from which to run their new criminal enterprise.
The offices were more than just fancy-looking headquarters, and came with a full-time assistant, helipad, boardroom, Don’t Cross the Line arcade game, and storage spaces such as Gun Lockers for personalising your chosen implements of destruction.
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The update also introduced investing in warehouses to store "Special Cargo", and trafficking product throughout the city, while players had to manage their inventory and sell when prices were right to maximise margins.
In terms of how the new features worked, Rockstar put it like this: "Missions are grouped into three categories that increase in difficulty based on how many crates of contraband you intend to purchase and how much risk you are willing to take on. With greater risks – whether from the FIB, LSPD or rival player Organizations – come greater rewards."
New gameplay modes were introduced in the form of VIP Work and VIP Challenges, along with a host of new weapons, cars, and clothing items.
You can find a full rundown of just what the Further Adventures update brought to the game here.
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