Do you remember when the Grand Theft Auto games were all about stealing cars and beating people up in the streets? GTA Online has become a Grand Theft Auto game in and of itself, with a consistent rollout of some pretty sprawling updates and no shortage of heists, bunkers, Motorcycle Clubs, and gunrunning enterprises. With GTA Online‘s new Doomsday Heists, the stakes are bigger than ever. Armed with a militia of futuristic weaponry and vehicles, The Doomsday Heists are a culmination of all the batshit insane gadgets and doohickeys that have been introduced in the game over the last couple of years.
According to Rockstar:
A billionaire tech mogul, an idealistic intelligence agent, a socially awkward conspiracy theorist and a neurotic supercomputer have been forced into an unlikely alliance to save San Andreas from total annihilation. As apocalyptic threats mount from enemies unknown, you and your criminal crew are enlisted to un-tangle mysteries and eradicate threats spanning from the bustling streets of downtown Los Santos to the ocean floor and all the way to the inner depths of Mount Chiliad in an epic new online adventure.
I’m all for this idea, in theory. A balls-to-the-wall, apocalyptic super heist sounds like a blast. With the right team, a Doomsday Heist could be the most fun you’ve ever had playing GTA Online. But the key words here are “right team,” and frequent GTA players know exactly what I mean. If you’re not already linked up with a reliable group of players and a bottomless pit of money, you won’t get too far with any of these updates. I play GTA Online pretty regularly, and even I struggle to keep up with all the demands of maintaining these businesses, networks, and moneymaking schemes.
There’s also the matter of financial accessibility. Maintaining a proper gunrunning business in GTA Online costs a lot of money, and if you’re not constantly playing and racking up in-game funds, you’ll need to invest in Shark Cards. There’s been a lot of recent controversy surrounding game companies forcing players into a lot of microtransactions that start adding up, and it’s hard not to feel left behind when you simply can’t afford to play. Hopefully, Rockstar figures out a way to make these Doomsday Heists more inclusive for people who don’t want to constantly be filling their fictional bank accounts with real money.
Grand Theft Auto V’s Doomsday Heists will begin on December 12th!