GTA Online Update: All the latest news on upcoming updates to Rockstar’s popular online violence extravaganza.
GTA Online – The latest news
Rockstar has provided details of the next big update to GTA Online, entitled Gunrunning. The update is set to launch in June and will see players get involved in the world of illegal arms trafficking.
Players will be able to buy underground bases in Blaine County where they can establish their illegal arms stores and produce military vehicles. The bunkers will also come with gun ranges so players can work on their shooting skills, and other features include weaponised vehicles, whereby players attach armored panels and roof-mounted guns to their rides.
Of course, there’ll also be new vehicles available as part of the update, including an amphibious armored personnel carrier. Meanwhile, the Mobile Operation Center will allow for vehicle customisation on the go.
Rockstar writes in the announcement: “While sharply dressed CEOs trade Special Cargo from lavish air conditioned suites, and leather-clad Bikers own the roadways moving illicit consumer goods; new opportunities are opening in a highly lucrative and equally malicious network hidden underground ripe for takeover by the VIPs, CEOs, and Biker bosses of Los Santos and Blaine County.”
A final release date is yet to be confirmed, but the update will arrive in June.
Rockstar’s 2017 plans
Rockstar will be providing players with yet another series of updates to GTA Online in the coming weeks and month 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 already gifted players with a free update that adds 15 new stunt races in late February, but it seems more are on their way.
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 – Tiny Racers
Following the launch of Land Grab mode in early April, Rockstar launched a new Tiny Racers mode later in the month. Tiny Racers arrived for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and is inspired by top-down retro racers. The developer provided a new trailer to show off some of the action, which you can see below:
As you can see from the clip, the update includes cars, buggies, and bikes, as well as weapons.
Land Grab mode, launched earlier in April, pits up to four teams against one another as they try to claim territory by marking it with their team’s neon color. Land Grab follows Resurrection mode, which launched at the end of March and allows players to bring back deceased team-mates by killing off members of the opposing team. Lovely stuff!
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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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Let us know if you’re looking forward to the Import/Export update in the comments.