Will Grand Theft Online feature microtransactions?

We already knew we were in for some surprises in Grand Theft Auto Online, when Rockstar‘s multiplayer mode kicks off next week, but microtransactions weren’t one we were expecting. However, it seems that’s potentially what we’re in for, as an eagle-eyed gamer spots a description the publisher might have wanted to keep quiet.

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.

It sure sounds like something from Rockstar – and that’s exactly where this fan claims he found it. Careful analysis of an XML file on the publisher’s website apparently reveals plans to charge gamers for in-game cash injections.

The financial boosts come in denominations of $100,000, $200,000, $500,000 and $1.25 million – exactly the sort of thing that could really help in Los Santos. No word at this stage on the exchange rate to real-world money.

Rockstar is remaining characteristically tight-lipped on the topic, but fans are anything but. Many are upset over the publisher charging more for a game that already boasts a hefty AAA price-tag, but others have formed conspiracy theories: Is this why it’s so difficult to earn some cash in the game?

We won’t be waiting long to find out. Multiplayer comes to Grand Theft Auto V on October 1st, bringing new gameplay modes for up to 16 players.

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