GTA Online Microtransactions Are “The Gift That Keeps On Giving”
The gift is wanton destruction.
Ever since the shaky release of Grand Theft Auto Online last October, Rockstar Games have been doing their best to fix and tweak and perfect the online experience and now they’ve got something really good going on, albeit something that has become a safe-haven for all those retarded teens who got bored of Call of Duty and decided they’d like to ruin games somewhere else.
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Nonetheless, Rockstar Games remain proud of their efforts with GTA Online and Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick is particularly happy with the game’s microtransactions, calling them “the gift that keeps on giving.”
To the rest of the world ‘microtransactions’ is a disgusting word but as Zelnick explained to Fox News (of all the places in the world to discuss positive points about a GTA title, right?), the success of GTA Online makes it the most interesting change to the long-running franchise and shows that players are happy to join in the fun online.
And by fun we mean murder, larceny, willful destruction of property, aggravated assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and of course, grand theft auto.
Oh and did we mention that according to Zelnick, seventy perfect of Grand Theft Auto V players have played GTA Online? Cool right?
“Just a few years ago when we put out a product, no matter how big, when we put out a hit we collected our money, we went onto the next,” he said. “Now what we’re finding is we’re creating recurrent consumer spending and we have the gift that keeps on giving.” To Rockstar?
Zelnick mentioned that when he took over at CEO, a need to cultivate recurrent spending among players was something he emphasised and now “it’s nice to see it coming true”.
As much as the gamer in me dislikes that mentality, I do understand it from a business perspective and in fairness, Rockstar Games are doing their best to support GTA Online. Coming soon to the online experience is a capture mode for content creation and cooperative heist missions, although which a much smaller payout according to rumours.
With over thirty million copies of GTA V sold, the game is fast approaching the record for best-selling console game ever. And rightly so, if you ask me. No game from last year is as deserving of such a record. Do you agree? If not, let us know why in the comments.