With GTA 5 fans having been waiting since last year for arguably the most exciting feature of Grand Theft Auto Online to come to fruition, Rockstar has finally come one step closer to meeting consumer expectations with the unveiling of today’s Online Heists trailer.
The trailer opens with everyone’s favourite creepy hacker, Lester, briefing the would-be robber. “I know you’ve been complaining, but you weren’t ready,” he says, in a tongue-in-cheek nod to the game mode’s delay, before we’re led directly into action-packed footage of the long-awaited heists.
During an interview with IGN, Imran Sarwar, the producer for GTA Online, announced that heists should release as a free update on all platforms in “early 2015”.
According to Sarwar, the initial update will include five heists that should include more than 20 missions, each with multiple roles for players to fill. Heists will require four players.
Like the story-based heists, players will be responsible for prepping for the heist by completing a number of smaller missions that lead into a larger finale.
Heists will be available to players starting at rank 12, which is when they’re eligible to join another player’s heist. Planning a heist, however, will require a high-end apartment to act as your headquarters.
The heist leader will be responsible for most of the decision making, including assigning player roles and deciding how big a cut each participant gets. Leading a heist is a risk, however. All up-front costs are paid by the leader, who only receives a payout at the end of the final mission.
With the announcement, Rockstar also provided some justification for the trouble-ridden release schedule, indicating that trying to recapture the thrill of single player heists with multiple players was not as easy as they originally expected.
After starting from scratch several times, the developers finally feel they have created a mode that provides entertaining gameplay for all player roles and provides plenty of opportunity for replayability.
While we’re still waiting for an official release date, the trailer is an exciting glimpse at a feature that is long overdue.