GTA V files hint at online microtransactions

XML file says "cash is king in this town"

A nosy gamer has uncovered evidence that Grand Theft Auto Online could feature micro-transactions when it launches in October, with players invited to buy in-game cash.

The XML file uncovered by Reddit user 1880 lists a number of cash cards in different denominations and a short description of how the cash packs work.

"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."

There are $100,000, $200,000, $500,000 and $1,250,000 cash cards listed in the file, as well a collector's edition, a special edition and an atomic blimp.

It could be that these files are old and now redundant, but it seems likely that Rockstar will offer some type of free-to-play style monetisation for players that want it when the online portion of the game launches.

GamesIndustry International has contacted Rockstar for clarification.

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Craig Burkey Software Engineer 4 years ago
Makes sense if they want to support the game post release, and add extra areas to the entire game community without pay walls dividing it, worked well with Mass Effect 3
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend4 years ago
Just as long as I don't have to pay for multiplayer I don't mind the odd in-app here and there.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
I agree. Limited microtransactions are perfectly fine (see: Guild Wars 2). The multiplayer itself is free which is great.
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Spencer Franklin Concept Artist 4 years ago
As long as money can be earned in game..and is not gimped to make it an unrelenting grind for cash...all good. I was hoping to make my millions being a great jewel thief... or some such..=)
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Chris Murphy Community & Live Manager, Ubisoft4 years ago

You say that the multiplayer itself is free. Unless I missed a big announcement (which is entirely possible), you still need to purchase the game in order to play the multiplayer, right?

Right from the mention of GTA Online, it sounded very much like they were going to launch a F2P element of GTA, and I have no doubt tha they will; however I would imagine that the MP will be exclusive to purchasers of the game for some time before going F2P .
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Ben Campbell Graphic Designer / Freelance Games Journalist 4 years ago
*Comment deleted because I posted it in the wrong article,
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