Before we get into the trailer, it's worth noting that the amount of different vehicles available in Rockstar's new open-world games is breathtaking - we spotted muscle cars, exotics, police cars, ATVs, prop planes, fighter jets, attack helicopters, jet skis, boats, motorcycles and parachutes. Honestly, at this point, we wouldn't be surprised to see one of the game's three protagonists landing the space shuttle in a trailer.
As for the multi-player action, Rockstar is looking to revolutionize it by going beyond simple capture-the-flag matches. Like the single-player game, multi-player looks to be a world unto itself, with unique quests and the ability to form crews. The social aspect, which we've seen many games claim to have harness of late, seems strong here. Players can team up to commit heists and compete for money, which can then be used to upgrade and customize the player's avatar.
While GTA V arrives in stores on September 17, Grand Theft Auto Online won't be available until October 1. Until then, take a look at the full multi-player trailer below, and the screenshots gallery up above.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, players have the freedom to explore alone or with friends, work cooperatively to complete missions, band together to participate in activities and ambient events, or compete in traditional game modes with the entire community, all with the personality and refined mechanics of Grand Theft Auto V.
Players can invest in their character through customizing their appearance, improving their stats, owning customized vehicles, purchasing personal property, and taking part in missions, jobs and activities to earn reputation and cash to open up new opportunities to rise through the criminal ranks. The world of Grand Theft Auto Online will constantly grow and change as new content is added, creating the first ever persistent and dynamic Grand Theft Auto game world.
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.