You got to hand it to Rockstar; these guys do a really good job of adding some neat features to games like Grand Theft Auto. Granted, some sound good on paper and end up sucking during the game (in-game phone calls from family members, anybody?), but when it comes to character creation in the upcoming multiplayer portion of Grand Theft Auto V, I think Rockstar has a winner on their hands.

Everyone will get to make their own unique character for the persistent online world of GTA Online. However, instead of going through the normal character creation routine of choosing eye colour, height, hair style etc. your character will be generated depending on DNA. You see, you choose the parents of your multiplayer character, and depending on who you choose will dictate what your multiplayer character looks like.

You’ll get to customise certain elements, and you’ll get to choose what kind of person your character is. That will dictate what your multiplayer character does on a day-to-day basis while you’re not playing multiplayer. You could choose for him (or her) to be family orientated, a gym or sports nut, a petty criminal and more. Now that is what you call a “persistent online world”.

As a bonus to those who pre-order the Collector’s Edition of GTA V, previous title protagonists like Niko Bellic (GTA IV) and Claude and Misty (GTA III) will be unlocked to use as parents for your multiplayer character. So if you lump down the extra dough needed for the Collector’s Edition, you’ll be able to make a multiplayer character with a healthy dose of Eastern European heritage.

In related news, it’s been revealed that GTA Online will only release on 02 October – around two weeks after GTA V hits store shelves across the globe on 17 September. Despite the fact that GTA Online is part of GTA V and is included free with the game, Rockstar wants to treat the online version as a separate product. Furthermore, as Rockstar’s Leslie Benzies puts it, the development team wants “to give people an opportunity to actually get their heads around what’s happened, because even single-player is a big advancement from the old games. There’s a lot of new things to learn.”

Once people have had two weeks to grapple with the single-player portion of GTA V, Rockstar will flip a switch and allow people to access GTA Online after a “tiny download”. Rockstar also has plans to make sure that new content is continually trickled into GTA Online, so you can expect them to treat the online portion as a service rather than a “fire and forget” online mode.

Sources: Rockstar and CVG

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