GTA Online’s Heists will go live early next year, says Rockstar Games.
The developer is promising 20 hours of gameplay, along with new weapons, vehicles, and items.
Players will be rewarded for completing all five Heists in order, as well as completing them in the new first-person mode on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
“We never want to have to move a date but if something is delayed, it’s because it’s not at the level we expect of ourselves,” Rockstar lead mission designer Imran Sarwar told IGN.
“And while we’re not there yet, we’re getting close and Heists will be ready early in 2015.”
GTA Online Heists will function in a similar way to those in the main game.
“A series of multi-tiered missions featuring diverse prep work, a range of different types of gameplay and a big finale, where team coordination and playing your own distinct role could make the difference between success or failure,” said Sarwar.
“We also wanted each one to have a unique thread that brought you back in touch with some of the characters from the story.”
Heists will require four players at Rank 12 or above, and whoever is the leader will need to own a high-end apartment in order to plan out the job.
The leader will be contacted by Lester when there’s a job available, and he or she will also have to invite players, then pick outfits and weapons.
The leader must also pay all set-up costs for the job. On top of that, the other three players will be paid per mission, but the leader won’t get their payout until the Heist is complete.
A Heist ends with a big set-piece, and will include “some surprising locations and interacting with some familiar characters from the story,” said Sarwar.
Elsewhere, Sarwar teased a prison break, along with demolitions, piloting, and undercover work.