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Evidence builds for GTA V microtransactions

Pricing for GTA Online 'cashpacks' unearthed prior to October 1st launch

Evidence is building that GTA V's competitive Online modes, launching on October 1, will be supporting microtransactions to buy in-game cash.

Suspicion was initially aroused when a Reddit user spotted some telltale phrases in this publicly viewable XML file on Rockstar's website. Various cashcard values are mentioned, ranging from $100,000 to $1.25 million, along with this accompanying text: "Cash is king in this town. Solve your money problems and help get what you want across Los Santos and Blaine County with the purchase of cash packs for Grand Theft Auto Online. All purchased cash is automatically deposited into your character's bank account. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting."

Rockstar declined to comment on the questions raised by Reddit users and press alike, but a user with early access to the game's online systems has now confirmed both the existence and UK pricing of the cashcards to Eurogamer. (See sidebar.)

The move would mark the first time that the series has implemented microtransactions and is likely to raise some hackles amongst gamers, particularly thanks to the fact that the cash buys offer quite clear "pay-to-win" advantages for players who want to short-cut the job of money making.

However, that aspect will be ameliorated by level and achievement based restrictions on what can be bought by players, with starting characters only given the option of buying a set of pistols or some new tires for a vehicle. Much more is available to unlock as players progress, but so far no short cuts to that equipment are known of.

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Latest comments (3)

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd3 years ago
I don't think the term pay-to-win applies in a sandbox, as there is no victory to be had. There are deathmatches and races that can be set up in GTA Online, but you can limit the available weapons and vehicles in them. So I would say at the very least calling this pay-to-win is jumping the gun by a pretty high amount.
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Marco Ferrada Studying Analista Programador, Inacap3 years ago
I Agree with Nicholas. I might be wrong but I think that behind these microtransactions (if true) there are just props like armor, clothes, cars and other character customization addons that should be bought with that kind of money from the character's bank account. Like the text says "Cash is the king", the more things you buy in gta online the more powerful is your character. Who knows..
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Oh, puh-leeeze. Read between the lines. "Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting" means a lot here. So I'd say it's NOT a pay to win "scheme" at all some are getting all hot and bothered about. I'd call it an OPTION Rockstar is offering, not a mandate. People who want to play GTAO legitimately will do so. These cash packs probably buy nothing but better looking exclusive duds, rides and weapons that will probably not be all that special other than to make those who didn't buy them jealous. Having the best weapons and cars but being a crap player means nothing in this sort of game, I'd bet...
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