The GTA V heists have been a long time coming! We’ve been teased and tormented with the prospect of the heists for well over a year now, and March 10th will finally see the release of this long awaited update. I myself am incredibly excited for the GTA V heists and, in my excitement, I’ve decided to do a little background research around the update, to see what we can expect from Rockstar next week.
The main thing to remember, and most important thing in my books, is that the heist update is FREE! It’s one of my favourite words, as very little in this world is free these days. Considering that we’ve had to wait for so long to get this update, I think that it was a wise choice for Rockstar not to charge for it. Still, as you read through this article, you’ll see that Rockstar are giving us far more than just the heists. So, when you consider all of the content that Rockstar are giving us next week, it’s even more impressive that we’re getting it for free!
Going back to the main heists, the first thing to point out is that they’re going to be four player experiences. Whether this means that two or three players can take part without a fourth, I’m not sure. I hope it’s the case, however, because it’s sometimes difficult to organise four busy, working people to play the same game at one time. When it comes to setting up the heist, one player will front all of the money, and they will not get paid until the end of the heist. The other three players will then be paid per-mission, as well as getting the final payout at the end. I guess that means that the four players will have to work out what percentage each player will receive from the final cut – and I’m assuming that the player who sets up the heist will get the most money at the end. Whether or not the payout share is pre-defined by the game, or if we can agree on the share percentage, I’m not overly sure. Either way, I’m sure that there will be plenty of arguments over who fronts the cash!
Five set-up missions
Before you can start the main heist, and get that all important payout, you have to complete five set-up missions. A couple of guys from IGN have covered these in great detail, so instead of me rehashing a really good article, you might as well just read it there. From the sounds of things, the set-up missions do just that – they set up the heist. You’ll be making contacts, gathering codes for security systems, fetching vehicles for break-ins and escapes, and, I would imagine, much more. Including the heist itself, the IGN guys reckoned that it took them around 3 hours to complete. I would imagine that, with a little practice and some decent weapons, it could take 2 hours. Still, that’s a lot of extra gameplay for just one of the heists. Assuming that Rockstar are going to keep releasing more heist missions, we could be looking at a huge chunk of extra GTA gameplay from just one aspect of this update.
The heist itself
And now we reach the crux of the update; the heist itself. The actual heist sounds tough, but incredibly exciting. It sounds as though you’ll have a choice about how you tackle it, with the team splitting in to two groups – one for infiltration and one for defence and escape. I would imagine that the bigger the payout, the harder the heist, so it might pay to tackle the easier heists first to get a feel for how they work. This is basically the part of the game where all of your hard-prep work comes in useful, so making sure that you have the right weapons and gear for the job will be paramount for its success. This will be the part of the process that is most exciting, but also most frustrating. And, having read through IGN’s summation of their first heist, it sounds as though you only have one team life to get the job done with. It sounds tough, but incredibly rewarding!
New items, weapons and vehicles
With the update, Rockstar will also be giving us new vehicles, weapons and items for our online characters. New weapons will possibly include things like signal flairs, drills and suppressed shotguns. New vehicles could include a motorbike, a couple cars, a helicopter and a truck with a mounted machine-gun (whether these will be available outside of the heists is yet to be seen). Finally, the new items include clothes and masks, which should make our online characters look the part whilst completing the heists.
Moving away from the heists, Rockstar have also added a number of new activities to the game. These include new competitive multiplayer modes, such as ‘Siege Mentality’ where up to four players have to hold off a building against up to six players with unlimited lives. There’s also new Freemode activities where, for example, Lester will call you and ask you to distract the police in a certain area. The full list of this extra content can be found here, on Rockstar’s website. Personally, I really like the sounds of the siege mode, and the new random activities in Freemode should help to keep the open world of GTA feeling fresh for some time to come.
Finally, there have been rumours circulating that Rockstar might be releasing some zombie based single-player DLC with the new heists update. This is, of course, pure speculation, as Rockstar are yet to confirm or deny its existence. In my opinion, I would imagine that Rockstar wouldn’t be keeping this a secret, particularly if they’re bringing it out in a few days. A zombie mode would be a big draw for some GTA fans who might have owned the game on the previous generation of consoles, but not bothered to buy it again on the next-gen, so it wouldn’t really make sense for them to keep it as a surprise. That doesn’t mean that it won’t happen, though! For the time being, I’m more than happy with all of the added content that Rockstar are giving us next week.