GTA Online will feature real money microtransactions

Rockstar Games will seemingly be introducing real world currency microtransactions for GTA Online, the GTA 5 multiplayer experience.

Gamers will be able to spend real money in GTA Online by purchasing so-called “cash cards”, which offer additional in-game currency for a price.

According to one Reddit user who has discovered an XML file within one of the in-game GTA 5 websites that details of the four cash cards that will be available to purchase to boost your bank account in GTA Online.

“Cash is king in this town. Solve your money problems and help get what you want across Los Santos and Blaine County with the purchase of cash packs for Grand Theft Auto Online”, reads the information attached to each card. “All purchased cash is automatically deposited into your character’s bank account. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting.”

Some users have found that it is fairly difficult to actually earn cash in GTA 5, despite the option to play the stock market and invest in properties across Los Santos.

However, it seems Rockstar is making it possible for gamers to buy their way to success in GTA Online, which may irk the majority who won’t want to spend any more money on GTA 5, having already spent around £40 for the game itself.

GTA Online will launch as an additional free download for GTA 5 gamers. A type of MMO, GTA Online brings the GTA 5 experience to an online world for up to 16 players at any one time.

Available from October 1, GTA Online will let gamers completely personalise their multiplayer character and participate in nearly all the activities available to do in the main GTA 5 game.

“Grand Theft Auto Online brings the freedom of the Grand Theft Auto experience to multiple players in a dynamic shared world,” said Rockstar Games when releasing the GTA Online trailer. “The game combines a persistent and continually expanding world full of personalities. With a wide array of redesigned mechanics, and a huge range of structured and unstructured activities for you to do.”

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