While Rockstar has already announced their GTA Online, there have been some concerns whether the online portion of Grand Theft Auto would be offered separately. I think it is safe to say that will be a big, fat no. Yet, this flies in the face of their marketing strategy that would indicate the online portion is completely separate from the game itself.
GTA Online will be released on October 1st, which puts that two weeks after GTA V’s initial release. This, Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies told CVG in an exclusive interview, was to position the multiplayer offering as “a different entity, a separate thing”.
However, given titles like Metal Gear Online and Uncharted 3’s multiplayer, Rockstar doesn’t have any intention to offer the online portion separate from Grand Theft Auto V.
“We don’t have any plans to sell GTA Online separately,” a Rockstar rep told Polygon.
“It will come free with every copy of GTA V and doesn’t require a code, online pass, or anything like that,” they added.
However, if you expect to play one of the three main characters in the online game, you will be seriously disappointed. Like in many online versions of games, you will be playing a fourth character, Switch Wheel, which become available after two weeks.
Rockstar has confirmed the game will be released in North America and Europe on September 17th on Xbox 360 and PS3, and the game will hit Japan on October 10th.