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.
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