‘Grand Theft Auto Online’ Heists Launch Today, Here’s What You Need To Know

The long awaited heists for Grand Theft Auto V launch today, but you might want to know a few things before rushing into Los Santos. These missions are different than anything experienced in Grand Theft Auto Online, so one needs to be prepared before heading into the wild.

It’s a big patch

According to a report by the Inquisitr, the patch for Grand Theft Auto‘s online heists, at least on Xbox One, is right around 5 Gigabytes. However this number seems to be only associated with current-gen consoles, as EuroGamer points out the same patch is right around 1.8 GB. Still, be prepared to wait for a bit as these patches install. It’s not like DLC for weapons or cars, but rather whole game modes and systems being added to Grand Theft Auto Online. It’s going to take a while.

Grand Theft Auto Heists What You Need To Know
Heists are about working together in Grand Theft Auto Online, even when wearing masks.

Heists are long-form missions, not short excursions

These missions will vary in terms of how long it’ll take to complete them, but one thing is for certain: heists in Grand Theft Auto are not short missions. You’ll need to plan, prep, and perform some set-up missions before actually getting to the heist itself. And then once you’ve entered the major mission a number of factors such as poor team coordination or random happenstance could lengthen the experience. Pro-tip: Don’t start a heist in GTA if you don’t have a few hours to set aside to complete it. As IGN reported late last week, it took them about three to four hours to complete their heist. Bring a drink with you.

Grand Theft Auto heists are free

In today’s video game industry, most DLC is charged for. In fact, a lot of content is sold in addition to the game’s launch on the day it’s available. However, for those playing Grand Theft Auto, whether it be on past or current-gen hardware, Rockstar is giving away the long-form heist missions to fans for free. It’s hard to imagine, but you will be able to experience all the heists in their full glory without paying anything extra to do so. For a feature fans have been asking for since Grand Theft Auto Online launched in 2013, it’s a great sign of respect for the consumer on Rockstar’s part to part ways with their content without charging, especially since they have every right to do so.

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