After grand theft auto online received an update last month that added some much-requested features in private lobbies, the number of players has increased significantly. The title’s popularity hasn’t quite matched the levels it saw at the start of the pandemic, when 200,000 concurrent players were commonplace. However, after the launch of the new GTA online Criminal enterprises for private and invite-only lobbies on July 26, players rejoiced by crowding the servers.
After the release of the patch, which also included a nerf for the most powerful car in the game, Oppressor MK 2, player stats for GTA online nearly hit the peak of 200,000 players for the first time since the July 2021 update where Rockstar offered players free money. In the new patch, in addition to the Oppressor nerf and new Criminal Enterprises, players can enjoy new contract missions as well as brand new Operation Paper Trail missions for one to four players. These Operation Paper Trail missions put players in the shoes of IAA agents investigating rising gas prices in San Andreas.
Much of the praise for the patch goes to the private lobby aspect of the criminal enterprise update. GTA online players can now perform trade activities, including sell missions, in private lobbies with invite-only access. This means that Oppressor MK 2 riding sorrows, whether nerfed or not, are no longer able to ruin people’s money runs. This was one of the most common complaints regarding the game’s public lobby gameplay. There are other economic updates that should fix the issue of earning money by GTA online as well as increased payouts in Race and Opponent Mode, Premium Race, and Heist. Additionally, fees for changing gang names and fonts have been reduced.
This is clearly a major update to the free world of San Andreas that players of some other Rockstar titles would love. The publisher still seems determined to release updates, large and small, proven by GTA onlineDeclasse Draugur’s new off-roader was added to the game this week. The game’s popularity in 2022 had waned, but the community received a spark from the update, as they usually do. While player response hasn’t been entirely positive, numbers and messages like the one above speak for themselves. For a game that is approaching ten years old, the trend is surprisingly good.
Not all is rosy, however, as the game lives on updates that invigorate older players, as new blood is harder to acquire. While the list of quality of life improvements is long – and the bug fixes even longer – not everything has been fixed. The repetitive gameplay and pay-to-win aspects are probably not going anywhere, but hopefully these issues will be addressed with Grand Automatic Flight 6.
grand theft auto online is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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