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Delayed 'GTA Online' heists release date explained by 'GTA 5' publisher

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Photo courtesy of Rockstar Games, used with permission

A Rockstar Games representative has further commented on the delayed "GTA Online" heists release date. According to a report from Metro on June 19, the individual admitted that many fans are looking forward to playing the cooperative multiplayer missions. However, the feature won't be coming in the spring season as originally planned.

The spokesperson explained that "GTA Online" heists require more time to develop than Rockstar North was anticipating. He ended up apologizing for the delay, adding that the development team is planning to complete the update containing the cooperative missions as soon as possible. Finally, he teased that fans should stay tuned for more information on heists and other DLC releases.

One of the packs were recently announced as the "I'm Not a Hipster" DLC. The expansion adds new vehicles, weapons and other items at no additional costs. Some new jobs were also included in some of the match types from "GTA Online." The update should now be available as players can download the latest patch of the video game.

The new delay is actually the second time that the addition of heists to the "GTA 5" multiplayer mode ended up being pushed back. Rockstar Games initially promised that the feature would be included in the first round of updates for "GTA Online." All of the original DLC ended up being postponed due to the initial technical difficulties during the launch of the multiplayer mode for the open-world action-adventure game.

Despite another delay, fans are still showing strong interest in "GTA 5" and "GTA Online." The video game has reportedly sold more than 33 million copies on the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles, breaking numerous records along the way. A majority of the customers also ended up playing multiplayer at some point. Even with the free DLC, Rockstar Games still earned plenty of supplemental revenues as players were buying the virtual cash cards to save time and effort in order to quickly earn in-game currency.

Rockstar Games will be earning even more money with the recent announcements of "GTA 5" being released for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The ports feature enhanced graphics with a higher resolution and frame rate along with other visual improvements. All three versions are expected to arrive sometime during the fall season of this year in the North American region. A screen from the original PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the latest "Grand Theft Auto" release can be viewed near the top of this article (courtesy of the Playstation Facebook site).

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