The online multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto V will be available to download on October 1, two weeks after the main game drops.

According to Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto Online is a dynamic and persistent online world for 16 players that will initially share gameplay features, geography, and mechanics with Grand Theft Auto V, and it will later expand thanks to new content created by Rockstar and the game’s community.

Players will have the freedom to explore alone or with friends, work cooperatively to complete missions, band together to participate in activities and ambient events, or compete in traditional game modes with the entire community.

Grand Theft Auto Online takes the fundamental Grand Theft Auto concepts of freedom, ambient activity and mission-based gameplay and makes them available to multiple players in an incredibly detailed and responsive online world,” said Rockstar.

Players will be able to customise their character’s appearance and vehicles, improve their stats, purchase property, and take part in missions and activities to earn reputation and cash to rise through the criminal ranks.

According to CVG, players will be able to upgrade their apartments with working CCTV, a home entertainment system, and a garage for 10 customised vehicles.

On top of that, vehicles can all be insured, players can delve into the stockmarket, and characters will lip-sync anything said via a headset.

It is not yet clear whether Grand Theft Auto Online requires Grand Theft Auto V to run, or if it might also be made available in a standalone form.

Rockstar has simply said “Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V”.

Rockstar unveils GTA Online: customisation, content creation, a stockmarket