Just in time for the upcoming holiday weekend, Rockstar Games has once again more free content for Grand Theft Auto Online in the form of a new competitive Adversary Mode.
Rather than having players compete in a hellfire of bullets however, this week’s newest addition to GTA V has added a new match type that gives fans the ability to enjoy a strange game of vehicular football. While detailing the launch of the new Adversary Mode on the Rockstar Newswire blog, the developer revealed that the sports-themed feature was added to GTA Online to honor the American connection between football and Thanksgiving
“Today, we’ve got a brand-new addition to the permanent roster of GTA Online Adversary Modes for PS4, Xbox One and PC In the spirit and tradition of American Football this Thanksgiving week, we present a new mode entitled ‘Running Back‘.”
GTA Online players will be put in one of two opposing teams in the new Running Back Adversary Mode. Similar to a down of football, Rockstar Games explained that gamers will have different goals depending on whether they are playing offense or defense. The player designated as the running back must try to make it down a stretch of highway with the support of his teammates while their opponents must try to do anything in their power to stop the runner.
“Two teams (a total of 4-8 players) square off from opposing sides of a roadway. The elusive Runner, behind the wheel of a Benefactor Panto, must go the distance and get across the end zone line at the far end of the highway with the help of their offensive teammates in BF Biftas. Meanwhile, their defensive-minded opponents (also in Biftas) must ruthlessly block, crash and pummel their way to try to stop them.”
GTA V players don’t have to worry about going out of bounds in the new Adversary Mode either as the matches can only take place on the La Mesa Bridge, the Raton Canyon Bridge, or the Zancudo Tunnel. This will force the Running Back matches to stay confined to the street which will help maximize the kind of twisted collisions that will come from a result of the clash of blocker vehicles.
Rockstar Games will also be live streaming Grand Theft Auto Online‘s new Running Back Adversary Mode throughout the week on their official Twitch and YouTube channels. Judging from how the developer has handled new content additions to GTA V in the past, fans might also expect there to be a special event involving the football-inspired matches to be held over the upcoming holiday weekend but no official announcement has been given just yet.
This means that Rockstar Games and Take-Two also don’t intend on releasing new Grand Theft Auto games on a more regular schedule. Zelnick feels that tuning the GTA franchise into an annual series would actually hurt the property so fans shouldn’t expect to see GTA VI for at least a few more years.
What are your thoughts on this week’s new football mode for GTA V? Do you prefer to be the running back or do you have a better time smashing into other vehicles as a blocker?
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