Grand Theft Auto Online is a persistent online world for up to 16 players. The game's core begins with shared gameplay features, geography, and mechanics from Grand Theft Auto V (which is required to play the game), but will expand and evolve as new content is added by Rockstar Games.
GTA Online gives players the freedom to explore, alone or with friends, and either play cooperatively with others to complete missions, activities, and ambient events, or compete in traditional game modes that test skills and reflexes in an urban landscape. Players can customize their character's appearance, improve their stats, customize their vehicles, purchase property, earn reputation, and find new opportunities to rise through the criminal ranks.
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V and launches on October 1st.