Not to be outdone by the holiday season buzz surrounding the new generation of consoles, Rockstar has announced a number of updates for its PS3 and Xbox 360 blockbuster, Grand Theft Auto V.
The publisher today teased that "substantial additions" to the stories of Trevor, Michael and Franklin will land sometime in 2014; almost certainly as part of a paid DLC pack.
Gamers won’t have to wait until next year for updates to GTA Online, though, with Rockstar announcing that beta versions of its highly anticipated content creation tools for custom deathmatches and races will be available for free as soon as later today. Players will be able to upload their creations to the Rockstar Games Social Club for the entire community to download, play, rate and share; with some of the better creations being awarded ‘Rockstar Verified’ status.
A new online game mode, "Capture", touted as "a proper GTA twist on classic capture the flag", will also be available as a free update in the coming weeks. Capture will be broken down into Raid, Contend, Hold and GTA, in which up to four teams "battle to steal contraband, trucks, buses or whatever from opponents’ bases using high-speed vehicles, explosive weaponry and cunning teamwork".
Finally, Rockstar has moved to assure gamers that co-operative online heists haven’t been forgotten about and should be ready for launch in the new year. These missions will allow players to team up with their friends and crew mates to pull off some epic and financially-rewarding ‘long jobs’, similar to those featured in the main story.