It seems the rumors are true, and GTA Online, which goes live on October 1st, will feature micro-transactions. Eurogamer, talking to a source with early access to the game, reports you will be able to buy in game cash from between £1.99 and £13.49.
Prices for weapons, cars, property and more differ in GTA Online to GTA V. Many expensive items such as cars and property are much cheaper online, whereas things like customizations are more expensive. You will only be able to buy items once you’ve unlocked them by ranking up playing the game.
You will be able to buy credit cards, worth the following:
- $100,000 Red Shark Cash Card – £1.99
- $200,000 Tiger Shark Cash Card – £3.49
- $500,000 Bull Shark Cash Card – £6.99
- $1,250,000 Great White Shark Cash Card – £13.49
These credit cards are mentioned in the satirical radio ads in GTA V, although it seems like the ‘Basking Shark‘ card for the ‘bleeding heart liberal’ will not be on sale for real money in GTA Online
The worry about this is whether Rockstar can implement micro-transactions without turning GTA Online into a ‘pay to win‘ game. If getting in-game cash by completing missions and heists etcetera is too slow, and matchmaking isn’t good, players who pay will have a big advantage.
GTA IV‘s online mode was eventually spoiled by players using hacks to cheat, which ruined everyone else’s fun. If players are paying for upgrades, it’s even more important that cheating is kept out of GTA Online.