GTA Online deathmatch & race creator available at launch, more to follow says Rockstar

Thursday, 15th August 2013 15:45 GMT By Dave Cook

GTA Online will launch on October 1 with the option to create custom deathmatches and races, Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies has confirmed. However, these are just the start of the game’s creative elements.

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Speaking with CVG, Benzies explained, “Well, let’s take the most simple example: a deathmatch.

“You open up the Creator, you place all your spawn points, place some props, place cars, place planes, place anything you want around the world. When you’re happy you’ve playtested it, when you’re happy to publish, hit the button, and it sends it up to the Cloud – our Social Club Cloud. That’s then available for everyone else in the world to use.

“So, when [your friend] boots their game up, they could pick you as a preferred creator, and then all your content will get sucked back into [their game]. It’s constantly evolving. Everybody creates things. You choose whose content you want to see. You set up a blue marker, and that’s kind of the instigator of the mission.

“You walk in there, and then it triggers whatever you’ve created. And that will constantly be evolving, so we’ll be creating content all the time – every day you’ll boot up the game and there’ll be new things coming in.”

Benzies added that you’ll only be able to make races and deathmatches initially, but that much more will follow. He continued, “Initially, you’ll be able to create races and deathmatches, which are probably the simplest. And then, over time, when we feel comfortable that people are ready to get the new creators, they will be released.

“So it’ll be a trickle, but it’ll be a constant release of new creators and new content. We don’t want to overdo it. It’s a complex system. That’s another reason for the two week delay between single-player and Online. We want to give people an opportunity to actually get their heads around what’s happened, because even single-player is a big advancement from the old games. There’s a lot of new things to learn.”

Benzies also stressed that Rockstar North is keen to show that GTA Online and GTA 5 – while existing in the same engine – are separate games altogether. The studio wants GTA Online to be something bigger, more long-standing.

He confirmed that GTA Online is set before the events of GTA 5 and that your custom avatar will appear in the game’s world map on October 1.

What do you think?



  1. deathm00n

    What do I think? I think I need this game right now or I will die of anxiety.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. KAP

    Rockstar you out did yourselfs.

    The three main features Ive heard today that blew me away is

    1. Being able to insure your car.

    2. You and a friend can rob a 7/11 store and share the proceeds

    3. Watch your mates in a police chase on the Weazel news on your own TV


    #2 1 year ago
  3. SlayerGT

    Going out on a whimper huh Cliffy? Ass.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. spazman

    social club cloud, perpetual world, dedicated servers perhaps? GTA6 a full game on blu ray in 4 – 5 years? Or a pay monthly subscription instead? I think the writings on the wall.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Badger

    Gotta be honest, I really did not see this coming. I guess I was expecting the multiplayer to be somewhat throwaway, but good god, this is a whole bunch of stuff I didn’t know I wanted. Looks amazing. This has to be my most anticipated game, maybe even ever.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. tsilenzio

    @2 Where did you hear those features. or did I miss this somewhere?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Eon

    @6 There’s a load of info that has been released via GameSpot regarding it. Looks crazyyyyyyyy good.

    #7 1 year ago

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