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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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    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]