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GTA 5 multiplayer to redefine open world games, Rockstar teases

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:03 GMT By Dave Cook

Grand Theft Auto 5′s multiplayer is said to do for open world games what 2001′s GTA 3 did for single player, according to Rockstar North head Leslie Benzies.

Speaking with IGN, Benzies offered a few scant teasers regarding his studio’s ambition for GTA 5′s multiplayer, “For GTA V we want to push all of these to a new level while incorporating new gameplay elements that would not have been possible before.

“The ability to switch between different characters allows the player to do things that wouldn’t have been possible in any other GTA game, and on the multiplayer side we hope that GTA V will do for multiplayer open world games what GTA 3 did for open world single-player games.”

When asked for more information on multiplayer, Benzies replied, “That’s what we’re working on, but we’re not ready to talk about it just yet. Refining open world multiplayer into something really special has been a huge focus of development and we are very excited to share more information with people soon.”

Details are thin but Benzies talks big game. We already know that GTA 5′s mutliplayer will see the crew system from Max Payne 3 carried over, and that Rockstar wants your feedback on how to make its multiplayer better.

But what else would you like to see? Let us know below.

Also, bookmark our GTA 5 trailer #2 hub to watch the brand new clip from Rockstar North at 4pm today.

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17 Comments

  1. Khakimzhan

    MMOtype single player mode ?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    Imagine if you can play as a cop :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. NocturnalB

    Maybe the multiplayer is going to be pretty large? Almost mmo server like. Like maybe when you enter multiplayer you get tossed into a Los Santos that has say 40-100 people running around causing mayhem. THAT would be godly amounts of badass.

    I liked the multiplayer in GTA4, but it was definitely flawed. And there was never enough people around. If they could pull off a large scale amount of people on this map.. oh mama..

    Edit: And for god’s sake let us at least have the option to join a public match that allows cheat code use! I am the type of player that plays the whole game through properly, everything the right way, and then all my freeplay/replay time is spent spawning fast cars/guns,health/heli’s and going on 6 star wanted level killing sprees! Let me do it with friends!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. RoyBrown

    Yeah, not buying into any of this shit. GTA IV was the most over hyped game of all time.

    Remember that ground breaking story that was, as IGN called it “OSCAR WORTHY”.

    Seriously, you can switch characters on the fly, big fucking deal.

    GTA IV on PS3 was horrendously laggy, one of the worst experiences I have ever had. The party system on PS3 was also a buggy piece of shit.

    If you lived in Australia, you had no choice but to deal with a ping of 200 or more.

    Show me gameplay running over the net or GTFO.

    EDIT: Not saying they cannot change those things, but I simply don’t trust Rockstar anymore.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    I’m pretty sure they said the same thing about RDR’s MP and that turned out to be pretty lame.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. AmiralPatate

    I just want Free mode and/or coop. The other modes in GTA IV were useless.
    And I agree with #3, we should be able to use cheat codes (like calling 555-whatever) at least in free mode.
    Also, get rid of Games for Windows Live. I mean, seriously.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. mistermogul

    Last link Broken Dave

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 thanks bud, it’s because we changed the title of the story :) Fixing now.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!

    I used to love GTA, but GTA4 was the last one I’ll ever buy. I thought it was a tedious, drab, lurchy soulless borefest.

    Saints Row has replaced GTA for me. That’s a game that knows how to have fun!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. deathm00n

    @9 But GTA isn’t meant to be a funny game, people play it for fun because of the cheats and everything, but the history is always more serious, the characters may be funny, but the whole story has a more serious tone. For me GTA and Saints Row is a lot different from each other.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    @10
    Eh? GTA games have always had a load of humour in them. From the radio stations and billboards to the characters and missions. It’s been more subtle than something like Saints Row, but it’s still a major part of the game. Agree with Gadzooks! that GTA IV lost a lot of that.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. AmiralPatate

    @11
    There’s humour in GTA IV. You speak about radio stations and billboards, they are still there in GTA IV. There are also the fake internet websites and emails. GTA IV is full of humour, just like any other GTA.
    But there’s also a relatively deep story, which the previous GTA lacked in my opinion. GTA IV makes credible a world that is not. That’s why GTA IV is my favorite.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. MadFingerz

    Yeah, GTA4 was so gritty and serious, it really made you miss the fun of past games. But V seems to be a departure from IV and the new Los Santos is described to be vibrant and more open spaced, which to me sounds great.

    Going by what GTA4 and RDR offered on the multiplayer side, V’s MP portion will really need to be amazing for me to care much about it.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Docker Al

    Yeah Max Payne 3 was going to be a revoloution too and the multiplayer was dead inside a couple of weeks.
    @ 4 Yes! The lack of a local only or good connection option shows just how out of touch R* are when it comes to online gaming. This option is one of the biggest reasons gamers I know stick to the Treyarch COD titles. If R* don’t include it this time round they can shove their multiplayer up their arse.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Da Man

    Seeing as how Gta4 was a tedious crime sim aimed at 12 year olds and RdR was an even more tedious grindfest for deprived nerds, can’t see this happening.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mikelitoris

    @RoyBrown

    It’s not laggy because of the game, it’s laggy because of the people that join with shit connections..

    @NocturnalB

    I certainly hope so. I’m sure they’re aware of what they did with San Andreas Multiplayer and implement some stuff from that. I hope for more than just 40-100 players, especially if the maps gonna be bigger than all of them. I hope it’s up to 500 players like SA-MP was, would be cool to have houses with a monetary system, the ability to rob, be a cop, be a business man, a soldier when the stars are at ******, being able to sneak up with a knife in shadows, and still have the limited map system, maybe the ability to press select and get first person shooter camera, etc. Hoping for the Rhino too.

    I never got hyped up for it, so I’m not gonna be pissed off if it doesn’t live up to the expected hype that you all created to begin with. Stop following this trailers by the week, dumb expectation culture that CoD and Halo culture created, do something with your life rather than play games all day.

    Rock* has done what they want since day one, and I respect that. I’ll enjoy whatever they release, you videogame critics don’t make videogames, do you? If not, go and start designing games and help them instead of whining like pansies.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. gtaplayer2

    the only suggestions ima make are pretty simple,

    1. do not allow players to use turbos which are controllers that give the person the advantage over the other by shooting 10x faster than the person.

    2. give the person on the ground more equality against a guy using a helicopter it will get annoying in gta 4 that i will have to try and kill a helicopter orbiting around me and i couldn’t because he will blast me to peices and spawn kill me,it will be nice if you gave both the pilot and person on the ground a fair fight

    3. it was popular in gta 4 to kill cops for fun it will be great if you turn it into a mode like “cop survival mode” or something.

    4. also the most important thing it would be nice if the wepeans have greater range than the ones in gta 4, and that i would not have to rely on a headshot to make sure my opponent is dead for instance in gta 4 it took 2 bullets to kill someone when you shot the persons head 4-6 bullets for the torso and 2 bullets again for the knees. this seems like just a little but its not because the person will move left to right and avoid the bullets so if you were to cut the number of bullets needed to kill someone shooting their torso it will be better than just having to rely on shooting them in the head.

    5. last but not least it will be nice to make the cars have better handling than the ones in gta4 , the cars in gta 4 would simply powerslide for no reason when making a slight turn or when your trying to get away from someone.

    fixing these issues will bring more players to the game and also keep the competitive players around and make the gta online world a more fair competitive battle ground.

    p.s #4 is correct about gta 4 being laggy at times, which also brings me to suggest that you fix the fighting mechanism and make it like red dead redemption were you lose a fight but dont die that sounds fair.

    #17 2 years ago

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    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.