The hype train for Rockstar’s GTA V continues to travel full-pelt as yet another trailer was released yesterday, revealing the previously under-wraps multiplayer element, known simply as GTA Online.

Needless to say, the Twittersphere exploded promptly afterwards, and though we hadn’t thought it possible, our expectations for this game have now been raised to even more impossible levels. If nothing else, this unveiling made it clear that GTA V really is striving to be the most ambitious and life-sapping video game ever made.

If the game can live up to the hype both online and off, it is destined to sit among the all-time greats, and from what we were shown yesterday, the odds are certainly in Rockstar’s favour. We already know that GTA Online will allow up to 16 players to play together, and now, here are 10 new, awesome features we know…



10. It Can Be Seamlessly Accessed


The goal with GTA V’s online offering appears to be to create a persistent world that exists within the aesthetic of Los Santos, though is very much its own beast, separate from the story and characters of the single-player campaign.

Still, Rockstar is ensuring that we can seamlessly flip between the two, as players will be able to select their “fourth character” by way of the switch wheel used to swap between characters locally. Swapping to your created online character will initiate the online mode and presumably match you with 15 other players (or friends, if you so wish).

While many games boast clunky multiplayer components that suffer from cumbersome menus and networking problems, hopefully a direct integration of the two – while still offering a distinctly different experience – will result in a smoother, slicker means of navigation, and less frustration on the part of the player.

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This article was first posted on August 16, 2013