GTA V Online Might Not Be As Free As You Think
It’s now been a week since we were all at home (well, some) mashing our controls and exploring the beautiful city of Los Santos for the first time in GTA V. If you haven’t seen the sun since your first popped that disc into your console, you might want to take a little bit of a break. Seriously, don’t fuck with rickets, that’s a real thing.
Not only has it been a week since release, but it’s also now only a week until Rockstar release probably the most talked about component of GTA V, namely Grand Theft Auto Online. The first time the series has ever delved into the realm on online multiplayer is the very reason thousands of new fans bought the game last week (myself included), so it’s fair to say that Rockstar has a lot of people waiting to be impressed.
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Problem is, a data leak regarding the online component of GTA V might have just done the exact opposite.
Appearing on Reddit last night, one user seems to have found data relating to microtransaction in GTA Online, specifically in terms of how players can acquire some in-game currency. The images, which can be seen here, show four different “Cash Cards”, which players might be able to purchase in order to fill their bank accounts the cheap and dirty way. And now, robbing a bank in-game is not cheap and dirty, its hard work aright?
An excerpt that accompanies the images also seems to suggest that Rockstar are planning to implement these cards in the online world of Los Santos next week:
Red Shark Cash Card – $100,000
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. All purchased cash is automatically deposited into your character’s bank account. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting.
Now, I know microtransactions are considered the utmost evil thing to exist in the gaming industry right now (aside from Capcom), but let’s think about this for moment. Firstly, none of this has been confirmed by Rockstar themselves, so we could chalk up the images to early art for possible sweepstake promotions or something along those lines. The argument here is that not only were cash cards discovered, but also a lot of previously exclusive collector’s edition content, which looks like it might also go up for sale. Not the first time a company has done so, but certainly surprising for Rockstar to stay completely quiet about it all.
Secondly, would this actually be a bad thing? I mean, consider the possibilities. You’re playing GTA Online, and you happen to run over another player with your new, totally inconspicuous tank. Accidentally, of course. It’s another day on the job, but upon death this now deceased player happens to drop a lot more cash than usual, maybe because they’ve just drawn out some funds purchase with real-world cash and not made it home to stash. You’re now even wealthier, and you haven’t spent a dime.
I’m sorry, but if that doesn’t sound like one of the coolest ideas for an online title, I don’t know what does. The ability to steal other players DLC? Make it happen Rockstar, I beg of you.