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Grand Theft Auto Online micro-transaction pack prices revealed

You'll be able to spend between £1.99 and £13.49 in Grand Theft Auto Online for individual packs of in-game money, people with early access to the mode have told Eurogamer.

The four GTA Online currency cards spotted yesterday in the code of Rockstar's own site are still to be officially announced, but we understand they will have UK prices of the following amounts:
$100,000 Red Shark Cash Card - £1.99
$200,000 Tiger Shark Cash Card - £3.49
$500,000 Bull Shark Cash Card - £6.99
$1,250,000 Great White Shark Cash Card - £13.49

Update:

Rockstar: “The economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash,” said Rockstar. “There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game.

“You don’t have to spend real money to attain the cars, guns, clothes, flash and style of a high-roller in Los Santos, but can if you wish to get them a little quicker. The economy is balanced differently from the single player economy, and cash earned in one cannot be taken over to the other.

“Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode.”

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majiebeast975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

Well that just killed my hype for GTA online, if this is really in the game. It wasnt cool when Deadspace 3 did it and it isnt cool here. Like paying 50-60$ dollars isnt enough anymore.

Fake money for real money you know what that means goldfarmers gonna be invading GTA online.

black0o975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

they didnt kill the hype .. they r going to kill the efforts that hardcore players puts into the MP

aiBreeze975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

And that's killing the hype for many people. Hardcore player spends 100 ingame hours earning all this vanity stuff and feels proud of his accomplishments, then someone achieves the same thing in the time it takes for him to buy the dlc packs without spending a single minute ingame.. that's a new low for DLC from such a big game.

caseh975d ago

You can still earn this cash online by grinding it out though right?

Kind of like how Planetside works? Earn it the hard way over time or pay real moneys but get the same equipment?

xPhearR3dx975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

You still have to rank up and unlock everything. So even if you spend $100 day 1, you're not going to be able to buy everything without ranking up first.

Not to mention this is LEAKED. Look at all the leaked GTA V footage that turned out to be fake (well not fake, just not entirely true) like car damage, not being able to rob stores etc. This is why R* hates leaks because people (like in the comments below) jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts, then feel stupid afterwards.

SirBradders975d ago

@caseh planetside 2 is ftp though so they need revenue from somewhere.

Gta online can still be great as long as purchasing money doesn't give players god like status.

Still bummed by this though because the story mode is great.

KumquatGOATBEEF975d ago

@xPhearR3dx

If this weren't true, Rockstar would probably have come out and denied it already. I'm sure they are already aware of the press they are getting regarding microtransactions. It seems like it would be in their best interest to come out and deny it already since we are less than a week away before online launches if it weren't true.

The sad thing is that people will "buy" into this idea and they'll make millions more. Gone are the days of working hard for your money... disappointing.

Angrymorgan975d ago

Isnt that the main idea?
Earn money..so if I just buy money....whT im I supposed to do?

fredrikpedersen975d ago

@Caseh

But PlanetSide 2 is FREE! That's the difference.

xPhearR3dx975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

Oh what's this? Like I said, you all jump to conclusion and now feel stupid. You're welcome.

"There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game. You don’t have to spend real money to attain the cars, guns, clothes, flash and style of a high-roller in Los Santos, but can if you wish to get them a little quicker."

http://www.rockstargames.co...

Christopher975d ago

***they didnt kill the hype .. they r going to kill the efforts that hardcore players puts into the MP***

I disagree that it will kill the effort. What a person earns is not about others who take the easy way out, it's about what they accomplish. Whether someone else sees it or not, it doesn't really matter. You know you did it. That's what counts.

The age of achievements has made some people forget that some accomplishments aren't about what others see out of it but what you gain from it.

KiLLeRCLaM975d ago

They did the same crap with BF3 as well..

mikeslemonade975d ago

This doesn't matter. Auto-aim is going to ruin online gameplay and Rockstar North doesn't realize this. It's just one simple feature that is going to lose them money.

PoSTedUP974d ago

ill prob get the 100,000 card, and tell me i aint a hard core gamer ill run circles around you in a tshirt and no shoes in cops n crooks. yall make the hardcore gamer sound like a concieded "look at me, look at me!" gamer. its the mentality of a trophy whore. im going to have what i want from the jump which is awesome, so i can get an earlier start on playing cops n crooks for hours on end. the hardcore gamer plays for his own satisfaction. this aint WoW, its not gonna take so long to acquire money. this is the last game id take seriously, its just fun. i take hardcore games seriously, and by the sound of that autoaim, this sint going to be as nearly as hardcore as i like. matter in fact i dont know any hardcore game that i play that lets you do something like this.

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KonsoruMasuta975d ago

Although I am dissapointed in this, I do have to point out that Rockstar has been advertising these as two desperate things.

I was wondering how they were going to profit off of something like this. They plan on constantly updating it with new missions and content and that costs money. It's kind of like a MMO.

aiBreeze975d ago

Yeah and the majority of MMOs don't even stoop this low for making money. They could have easily added some well thought out content through DLC, they just went for the easy, effective and most damaging for the gamers.

Assuming everything is available from the get go and you don't need to meet any other requirements, what people spend hours upon hours to earn, little cocky underaged brat can get in seconds thanks to Daddy's credit card. That's seriously low.. I'd even go as far to say that not even EA would stoop that low and that's saying something.

majiebeast975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

So if these are 2 seperate things how come it isnt free to download or sold seperately? It says multiplayer on the back of my game box dont know about yours.

They could have done a better job and keep it at cosmetics like cameo outfits from Bioshock borderlands weapons skins stuff like that. This directly influences the game. What they did is the sleazy f2p mobile games monetization.

Why they want this to count seperate, is because it probably would have taken off the singleplayer review scores.

PSPMAN07975d ago

@aiBreeze

I was with you until you threw EA in there. EA wouldn't even stoop this low, is like what? They are the kings of microtransaction hell they are the ones that took the concept and started applying it to their games on a regular basis at one point.

But as far as the topic goes its definitely saddening such an anticipated and (I assume from the storyline gameplay) quality game to include microtransaction which can absolutely deteriorate a game. It is said that you still have to unlock everything, which I hope is true to mitigate the loss of integrity, otherwise it'll just be a game to pass the time until the next big thing comes out (Battlefield 4 and COD Ghost on the horizon)

medman975d ago

I think you meant disparate?

H0RSE975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

@aiBreeze

"Assuming everything is available from the get go and you don't need to meet any other requirements, what people spend hours upon hours to earn, little cocky underaged brat can get in seconds thanks to Daddy's credit card."

- So now dedicated "hardcore's" can't boast their achievements and stroke their epeen, because other players utilized an optional feature and obtained the same results hassle free? Get over yourself...

If you want to do things the traditional way, there's nothing stopping you from doing that. The "need" for some sort of satisfaction or pride that comes from boasting said accomplishments, are problems that lie more with the gamer, not the game. This sort of mindset is similar to the FPS crowd labeling certain guns a "noob" weapons, as some sort of justification for choosing the hard/traditional way to obtain the same or similar results.

Rockstar isn't here to cater to your ego. They are offering optional features for those who want them, without removing the traditional alternative. They are adding options, not taking anything away. The recognition you and others might crave for your efforts, are your own problems, not theirs.

Corpser975d ago

You either spend time grinding or spend real money, I don't see the difference

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cleft5975d ago

Not everyone has the time to dedicate the hours needed to get to the top in order to afford the best stuff. So long as I can get all of this stuff naturally, then I am okay with them doing this move. It becomes a problem if I am locked out of cool stuff because I am not willing to pay for microtransactions.

dmeador975d ago

Why such outrage? If you dont want to spend the money, then play the game and have fun. If you do, go for it and give more $$ to the people who have spent 5 years making an incredible single player, and probably a fantastic multi. I guarantee they are going to support the multi, so the people who are willing to pay will add to the value of the game for people who dont want to (like me).

There wont be any locks or limits on what you can do if you dont pay, other than the obvious. Lets not be outraged just for the sake of being outraged, and look at the positives.

KillrateOmega975d ago

The outrage should be pretty obvious to any hardcore players out there or at least anyone who has worked hard to get something.

People are wary of micro-transactions, because they can very easily lead to a 'pay-to-win' scenario. A scenario wherein the man with the most money to blow on the game is king and the guys who work hard to attain an award or an achievement have all their efforts rendered meaningless.

People are worried that GTA Online will become a 'pay-to-win' game. Their worries are understandable, after all, the name of the game in GTA Online is to make as much money as possible. With these micro-transactions, people will be able to bypass most of the hard work just be cracking open their wallets and dropping a few bucks.

H0RSE975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

@KillrateOmega

The sense of entitlement or recognition you describe, is not a characteristic of a "hardcore" player, is a trait of a self absorbed one, where they believe their choice to do things "the hard way," should be met with special treatment. It seems more and more that people are using the phrase "hardcore gamer," to represent, well, essentially elitist assholes, who only play games to win, wouldn't dare play a game that isn't skill based or challenging, and on occasion, mock those who don't follow the same mindset.

The term "hardcore" should essentially be interchangeable with "enthusiast", since that is what they are - gaming enthusiasts. they love everything games, not just playing them, but gaming news and other happenings in the community. The fact that some people don't play on super hardcore difficulty mode or put in 40hr. a week gaming to earn $1,000,000 of in-game currency opposed to spending $2 in real world currency to achieve the same result, doesn't change this.

Maddens Raiders975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

@H0RSE - "The term "hardcore" should essentially be interchangeable with "enthusiast", since that is what they are - gaming enthusiasts. they love everything games, not just playing them, but gaming news and other happenings in the community. The fact that some people don't play on super hardcore difficulty mode or put in 40hr. a week gaming to earn $1,000,000 of in-game currency opposed to spending $2 in real world currency to achieve the same result, doesn't change this."

No, no, no. This makes no sense /at all/ and you proved >> no point. In fact you sound like, well, an elitist asshole. Just saying.

dmeador973d ago

@KillrateOmega

Worked hard to get something? Its a video game, if you have to work hard then you are missing the point, haha. If you mean "put in a crap ton of time", then I would agree with you. They have already said how they are going to prevent the "pay-to-win" scenario. And if your opponents are dropping real money to be better off in a video game, then you are winning in real life

@Maddens Raiders
An opinion cant really be proved. Also I think you need to read up on what an elitist asshole is, as he doesnt say anything that claims he is better than someone else

KillrateOmega973d ago (Edited 973d ago )

@dmeador

Maybe for you working may not be an enticing prospect, but for many gamers, the challenge is their main incentive to play the game.

You say that it's not fun if you have to work hard? I counter by saying that it's no fun if I don't have to work at all.

@H0RSE

"The sense of entitlement or recognition you describe, is not a characteristic of a "hardcore" player, is a trait of a self absorbed one, where they believe their choice to do things "the hard way," should be met with special treatment."

So you're saying that if I were to put in a lot of time and effort into something, that I shouldn't be any more rewarded for my efforts than some lazy ass who just threw money at the issue for the sake of an unfair shortcut?

Sorry, but that is a steaming pile of fecal matter if you ask me.

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360ICE975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

It's not enough anymore, btw.
Still. This is lame.
Then again, GTA didn't even have multiplayer until GTAIV...

rdgneoz3975d ago

Not really true. San Andreas had one form of multiplayer, co-op.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

360ICE974d ago

True enough, my mistake. I meant online multiplayer though, and I think San Andreas was only offline? At least on console. Anyway, there's the step from same-screen co-op offline to 32 player open world multiplayer online

AngelicIceDiamond975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

My only solution for this is avoiding friends who will opt to this.

I personally won't be playing with any of my friends who will use this cheap easy way out method.

Its sad because its ALL in the game, that you can unlock if you just, well, lets see play it?

Looks like I'll be avoiding and kicking rich A holes in the game.

Ryto975d ago

I just do not like micro transactions. It feels wrong, and it feels like a cheap addition.

I'll be honest, even if you can play GTA online and never need to spend a real penny to get the best stuff without grinding, it's still sort of killed it for me. I mean, isn't making over 1billion on your game enough? Why add this in too?

Very disappointed :/

BX81975d ago

Maybe I'm old school but I can't stand when you can pay to get a leg up/ unlock things early. If this is how gta online is going to work then ill trade it in after I finish the story.

ion666975d ago

You would think a billion dollars would garner something free for the fans who bought the game.

Lord_Sloth975d ago

So don't use it. I won't be using it and neither will my crew. We're gonna go through the effort and have a blast while doing so.

If somebody else wants to give money to kill their journey that's on them.

KwietStorm975d ago

Not killing the hype for me. I'm playing to have fun with my friends. Couldn't care less what other people do.

Godmars290975d ago

Or things could go the EVE Online route: Wind up with virtual robberies which involve real money.

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Prcko975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

the fuc* rockstar?
disappointed....

black0o975d ago

not rockstar it's take-two

majiebeast975d ago

Rockstar let it happen so guess what blame both.

Benjammin25975d ago

It's disappointing to see a company as respected as Rockstar stoop to this level. Whether or not Rockstar is to blame, this clearly didn't need to happen. The game has already made a billion dollars. This is just pure greed.

360ICE975d ago (Edited 975d ago )

No, this is every single game company ever. Believe it or not, even though Take-Twos turn insanely much profit on GTA, they have traditionally posted losses every non-GTA year, so it's fairly decent of them to actually spend five years on GTAV and not make an annual installment.

ion666975d ago

I guess i will never be able to buy the airport and golf course.

Sci0n974d ago

Wow im disappointed as well, as if the auto aim online wasn't enough to please the casuals they are now going to allow people to purchase money!? Damn im pissed and I was so hyped for GTA Online. Money is going to be the most important aspect of GTA Online, the rich people will have the nicest cars, properties and unlimited weapons, designer clothes etc and now instead of having to earn the in game money I can just buy it... smh. My PS4 can't come soon enough.

grassyknoll975d ago

It's sad to see Rockstar / Take Two go this route, especially as they were one of the few companies to get DLC right with the last GTA.

Tornadobounce975d ago

I just wish there was a 'simulation handling pack'