In an announcement via the Rockstar Newswire, Rockstar have confirmed that the Heists for GTA Online we be made available in early 2015.

Although there was no concrete date set for the new feature, Rockstar have said that the new mode will feature new vehicles, weapons, clothing and much more:

“GTA Online Heists are coming early in 2015 – check out the new trailer for the four-player co-op mode for Grand Theft Auto Online that allows players to plan, prepare and execute multi-tiered Heists across Los Santos and Blaine County. These will require tight communication and coordination, with players taking on specified roles at each point to accomplish multiple objectives on the way to each Heist’s epic finale. Featuring new gameplay, new vehicles, new weapons, new clothing and much more.”

The heists will apparently work in a similar way to the single play heist missions, in that you assemble a crew of seasoned criminals, gather all the relevant materials and items required for the job, and then execute the finale in any way you see fit. Players are also able to be the heist leader, meaning that they can choose who will take part, how much they will get from the job and Lester will contact them directly with any info. However according to GTA Online Producer and Lead Mission Designer Imran Sarwar, there is a downside to this:

“Being a heist leader has advantages and disadvantages. On the upside, Lester contacts the leader directly when there’s news of a job and it’s up to the leader to invite players into the crew, assign positions, pick outfits and allocate each player’s cut. On the other hand, the heist leader will need to personally front the set-up costs in order to successfully pull off the heist.”

Pay is also paid out in a slightly different way to single player:

“Unlike the leader, other crew members get a cash payout for each prep mission, while the leader won’t receive their cash until the finale is complete.”

The issue of why the heists took so long to be released was also addressed by Sarwar, stating that they were more difficult than Rockstar had anticipated:

“As it turns out, creating missions of that complexity for multiple players at the same time was much more difficult than we anticipated and every time we thought we were close, something would send us back to square one. Having already let players know of our intentions with Heists, every setback only increased the pressure to make sure we got them right.”

Grand Theft Auto V is available now for the Xbox One and 360, Playstation 3 and 4, and will be available on PC on 27th January 2015. Watch the video below for the GTA Online Heists trailer





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