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Rockstar Games officially delays the launch of online heists in ‘GTA 5’

Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V
Photo courtesy of Take-Two Interactive, used with permission

Originally expected to release this spring as part of a series of free title updates for Grand Theft Auto V, the launch of online co-op heist missions for the game’s multiplayer mode have now been officially pushed back. With the expected targeted release window coming to a close later this week, it had become increasingly obvious that the new content wouldn’t be releasing on time. Rockstar Games confirmed the delay of cooperative multiplayer heists on Wednesday in an update provided to the announcement of this week’s I’m Not a Hipster update for GTA Online.

The online servers for Grand Theft Auto V opened up two weeks after the launch of the game last fall. Many expected online heists to become available at that time. However, while Rockstar Games had previously confirmed that the big co-op robberies would be a part of GTA Online, the developer had never actually given an expected launch date for content until a few months ago when it was announced that they were intended to release this spring.

Unfortunately, online heist jobs will now be missing their first projected target date after Rockstar Games apologized to fans this week by confirming the delay. The developer claimed that the new missions are simply taking longer than expected.

In addition to the inclusion of heist missions in GTA Online, two other title updates were also announced to be released in the spring. Unlike heists, however, both of these content features were delivered on time. The other two scheduled updates added the ability to create capture jobs using the title’s in-game mission creation tools as well as the option to own a second property within GTA Online.

Grand Theft Auto V launched only on Xbox 360 and PS3 last year. Updated versions of the game will also release on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC later this fall. Rockstar Games has not yet provided a new estimated release date for the launch of online heist missions.