GTA+ is Rockstar’s latest attempt to monetize Grand Theft Auto Online

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Rockstar Games has announced GTA+, a new subscription service coming to Grand Theft Auto Online. The service will cost $5.99 a month and be exclusive to the current generation console versions of GTA Online. That means that this new service is only being offered on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

So, what do you get for your money? Subscribers will be given $500,000 of in-game wealth each month. Furthermore, each month will provide unique benefits varying from free cars, properties, and reputation multipliers.

The first month which runs from March 29 to April 27 will include the Principe Deveste Eight supercar that comes with Hao’s Special Works upgrade. GTA+ members will also receive The Auto Shop property in La Mesa, waived car meet fees, a free yacht upgrade, and various cash and rep bonuses. Rockstar also hints at members receiving content that they “may have missed out on,” so don’t be surprised to see time-limited content make a return.

The milking continues

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Grand Theft Auto V first launched in 2013 on generation seven consoles. Yes, as in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. GTA Online followed two weeks later completing what many view as one of the most complete video games ever created. Its sales supported this too with GTA V becoming the most profitable video game in history.

Unfortunately, Rockstar wasn’t happy with this level of astronomical success. Over the years it has milked Grand Theft Auto dry for every dollar possible. GTA+ is just the latest example of this and almost certainly won’t be the last.

The sad truth is that a lot of players will buy into this. Rockstar isn’t doing these things considering the risks because there are no risks. The most dedicated Grand Theft Auto players will continue playing regardless. It’s a classic case of the Sunk Cost Fallacy. No one wants to be the guy who admits that they’ve wasted thousands of hours of their life.

The GTA Remastered Trilogy isn’t going to be cheap, listed at $70

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A couple of days ago Rockstar Games announced the GTA Remastered Trilogy. This trilogy will be made up of three remasters of past Grand Theft Auto titles: GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas. Format-wise, it seems similar to Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D All-Stars which was released earlier this year. However, there is one notable difference.

Whilst Super Mario 3D All Stars was priced at $50 at launch, GTA will set fans back $70. Seventy bucks is the standard price for most next-gen AAA games but it’s uncommon for a remaster to cost that much. The implications of this pricing are interesting as it means one of two things. Either Rockstar is over charging or these remasters will provide more than expected.

Are we underestimating Rockstar?

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Many assumptions are made by many when the GTA Remastered Trilogy was first rumored.

People were talking about that it would be a lazily thrown-together collection of old games. Certainly, the visuals would be cleaned up a little. On the other hand, performance issues would be fixed, but none of the three bundled games would be true remasters.

But if this pricing is anything to go by, this may not be the case. Rockstar hasn’t released many games at all over the last decade so perhaps it used the freed-up development resources to improve this collection. If that’s true, an overhaul and modern touch make these remaster more attractive.

Sadly, there is another possibility. The more cynical view would be that Rockstar knows this collection will sell regardless so it has priced the GTA Remastered Trilogy at $70. Not because the collection justifies that price, but because fans desperate for nostalgia will cave in and buy it.

More details about the trilogy have yet to be revealed. Hopefully, in the near future, Rockstar will show us exactly what the collection looks like. All we can do in the meantime is pray that this isn’t just a desperate cash grab.