Rockstar Games has announced that GTA: Online is getting a huge new content drop on Tuesday, July 20 known as Los Santos Tuners, which brings a little bit of Midnight Club-esque magic to the game.
It looks to be a pretty substantial update, as players will be able to engage in Tuner-based missions and races. Even more exciting is the new social space known as the LS Car Meet, where you can show off your personalised vehicle, chat with friends and even arrange some races for extra cash.
These races range from Head-to-Head challenges, tricky Time Trials, Sprint races, and Scrambles where up to four players compete to collect 20 checkpoints. Accompanying these are the Street Race Series and Pursuit Race Series, both offering unique gameplay experiences. If that wasn't enough, there will be 17 new cars coming to the game over the summer, 10 of which will be available on July 20.
The Street Race Series delivers exactly what it says on the can: bruising competition on creative tracks built on the streets of some of Los Santos’ most scenic neighborhoods, complete with shortcuts that are as much about risk as they are reward. The Pursuit Series offers drivers a more open-ended experience, with checkpoints placed sparsely throughout the map to encourage creative routes — after all, you’ll be competing against your fellow racers, as well as having LSPD’s finest hot on your heels.
If you really want to get invested, you can also spend $50,000 in-game to become an LS Car Meet Member. Along with unlocking a new reputation progression system, you'll also gain access to the Test Track, where you and your friends can drive, drift and race vehicles freely. Along with this you can compete in Prize Ride Challenges to earn special rewards, or visit a range of exclusive shops.
One of the most intriguing announcements to come out of this update relates to the upcoming Xbox Series X and Series S release on November 11. Players will be able to upgrade select vehicles with "all new speed improvements and more", and this is confirmed to be exclusive for the next-gen version of the game.
Plus, when GTA Online launches on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S later this year, select vehicles will be upgradable with all new speed improvements and more. These special upgrades will be available only on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of Grand Theft Auto V — stay tuned for more details.
The evolution of GTA: Online appears to be something Rockstar Games will be infusing throughout the entirety of Grand Theft Auto 6 as well, whenever it does eventually arrive. It's been claimed by numerous insiders that the game will feature an ever-evolving map, similar to Fortnite, in which new elements will be added on a regular basis. We'll see!
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