Grand Theft Auto V has been out for a couple of weeks, but a big chunk of the game — the entire multiplayer part, actually — was missing at launch. Tonight, the ambitious GTA Online multiplayer suite launches as a free download for anyone who owns the base game. Tonight at 9PM AEST, to be more specific.
In a sizeable update to the company blog, Rockstar has laid out a bunch of guidelines for players to get ready for to take GTA V online. Right up front, they made it clear that they’re not entirely sure when the online component will launch, though they’re pegging it for sometime in the early morning on October 1 (or 9PM tonight AEST):
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with your copy of Grand Theft Auto V. On October 1st there will be a small downloadable Title Update released on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE. Upon installation of that Title Update, direct access to begin GTA Online will be unlocked in your GTAV game menu. You will be able to jump right into GTA Online via the 4th (bottom) slot in your GTAV character wheel.
We’ve received many questions asking for a specific confirmation of what exact time GTA Online will be available but of course this is contingent on both Title Updates becoming available on each console’s network. As a general timeframe, we do expect the Title Update to become available on PSN and Xbox LIVE starting around 7AM ET tomorrow morning, and your best bet is to stay tuned throughout the day here at the Rockstar Newswire and by following us on Twitter and Facebook where we will be keeping everyone updated.