‘GTA Online’

Leak Suggests ‘GTA Online’ May Feature Micro-transactions

With the absolutely outstanding success of GTA V within its first week, fans of the franchise have only a week to go before the next big GTA add-on release: GTA Online. However, according to a Reddit user, there are some files within GTA V that suggest players may be able to purchase in-game money for GTA Online with real money.

This has already sparked a cautionary warning within me, and apparently I’m not alone with such a feeling – at least according to the comments of the same Reddit post, which are surprisingly tame and even offer up positives. That being said, however, there is negativity aplenty.

The file in question is an XML file, which is a computing “markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable,” according to Wikipedia. Multiple times within the code of the XML file includes the following statement:

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.

From the same file the user has created a mirror of the text just in case the original is removed or altered, and has also converted some code into images of bank cards that are referenced in the file.

Rockstar have never used micro-transactions in their titles previously, and have instead used the DLC line of business a while after launch.

Okay – so, here are my thoughts.  Admittedly I have not played GTA V yet (and apparently it’s quite difficult to earn in-game money) but I assume GTA Online is going to be free to play anyway, since it’s just a multiplayer add-on to GTA V. As long as everything else that can be obtained through in-game ways then that’s for to me. It’ll take a bit of a grind, yes, but my ideal thoughts of this concept would have you be able to purchase in-game things through in-games means.

If if you have to use real-life money to buy in-game things then those things you can buy with real-life money must have to also be obtainable with a bit of grind and elbow grease without having to spend anything.

If there are things in-game that can only be exclusively be bought with real-life money, and are flat out better than what you can get through in-game means, then I have a problem. If said exclusive things are balanced with what’s already there in-game, and the real-life money purchase is served as nothing more than a quickstart, then that’s okay too. At no point should any means of purchasing, be it in-game or real-life, be overall superiour than the other – ideally speaking.

This move may not be as bad as it may appear to some, but there is – at the time of writing – still no official statement from Rockstar on the matter.

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Chirps to Develop and Reddit. Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you next time!