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GTA 5 Online to Add New 'Freemode Events' For PS4, Xbox One, PC; New Feature Coming in September 15

( [email protected] ) Sep 11, 2015 09:24 AM EDT
Rockstar Games is finally adding a game mode that many players have been expecting to be part of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA) since launch. The new “Freemode Events” will let players hop into the online portion of the game called GTA Online with no menus, no lobbies, and more importantly, no loading screens.
Rockstar Games will add new Freemode Events into GTA Online on September 15. Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games is finally adding a game mode that many players have been expecting to be part of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA) since launch. The new "Freemode Events" will let players hop into the online portion of the game called GTA Online with no menus, no lobbies, and more importantly, no loading screens.

The game developer has announced that Freemode Events will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC version of GTA Online next week along with the new Rockstar Editor feature.  A recent post of the developer's official website details how the new addition will work once it goes live on September 15.

Players only need to log into the game and walk out into its virtual world or drive their car out of the garage. They can freely participate in any event as it happens and do not have to queue up or wait for an invite. Gamers also will not have to stay in the lobby waiting for more players to join.

There are also new Events including Hunt the Beast, where one player can have the ability to turn into a werewolf. The remaining team will hunt the player down. Meanwhile, the King of the Castle event involves players fighting to defend and control a designated structure.

This GTA Online update also comes with two new Adversary Modes. These include Cross the Line where team members have to make it into the heavily-armed territory of their opponent and Hunting Pack where players have to deliver a vehicle that will then explode if it drops below a certain speed.

As mentioned, the new Rockstar Editor will also be included on the PS4 and Xbox One version of GTA Online. It will sport a handful of recently announced tools such as a sound effects library and an ambient audio.

A new report has also shed light why Rockstar decided to release this update only on the current generation PS4 and Xbox One consoles. The developer recently told Kotaku that previous generation platforms like the Xbox 360 and PS3 can no longer accommodate the things they want to add into the game.

They knew that there might come a time when they will reach the technical capacity of what the older generation of consoles can handle as every downloadable update needs additional memory both for assets and for added scripting.

"We have continued to optimize the entire game over time in order to squeeze as much memory as we possibly could out of the last-generation hardware and at some point, continuing to add content for those systems could cause the risk of instability to the game overall," Rockstar Games explained.

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