Grand Theft Auto Online will offer microtransactions but Rockstar says they're intended for "instant gratification types" who don't want to make money by actually playing the game.
Confirming the rumor that went up yesterday and gained strength earlier today, Rockstar has doled out a pile more information about GTA Online, including the fact that microtransactions will be supported. "You can either quickly accumulate cash through profitable activities like knocking over armored cars, winning street races, doing stick-ups or a host of other cash-making endeavors - or if you're the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy denominations of GTA$," Rockstar wrote.
"The game and its economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash. There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game," the message states. "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."
That's that, then, but there's a lot more information in the post as well, including descriptions of some of the kinds of jobs you can take on, what kind of races and sports will be available, customization options and plans for content updates. Rockstar also made a point of noting that there will inevitably be bumps in the road when the game first launches, perhaps to cool down the overheated expectations of fans.
"There will be the typical growing pains for an online game, including but not limited to crashes, glitches, crazy bugs, gameplay modes and mechanics that need re-balancing and other surprises!" it wrote. "This sort of thing is inevitable in a massive open-world game and there'll surely be lots more unexpected oddities like this in the Online world next week - rest assured we'll be monitoring and actively doing all we can to smooth such things out as they happen, but we need your help to find them, as well as your feedback to help fine tune all of the game's systems so everything is perfectly balanced."
Grand Theft Auto Online opens its doors to the world on October 1.