Grand Theft Auto 5 online trailer logs on [update: GTA Online launches Oct. 1]


With Grand Theft Auto 5 due in just over a month's time, Rockstar chose today to unveil the game's online component, aptly dubbed "GTA Online," in a brand new trailer.

Called a "persistent" world by the narrator, GTA Online features the series-standard mish-mash of structured activities and roll-your-own distractions, such as launching dirt-bikes off mountainsides with your best buddies. Players can band together and form Crews, which can then tackle group jobs such as bank heists and "classic online modes."

Money earned by successfully completing jobs can be spent on customizing your character (which can be female, from the looks of things), weapons and vehicles. Players can also buy apartments and garages, the latter of which allow them to store cars, air vehicles and watercraft. A "Content Creator" level editor will also let folks design their own vehicle races and deathmatch arenas, which can then be shared with other users.

The studio briefly teased an upcoming reveal back in last month's gameplay trailer, but now you can sit back and take in what to expect when you head online with GTA 5, which takes to the streets of PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 17.

Update: In an interview with CVG, Rockstar North President Leslie Benzies said GTA Online will launch on October 1, a couple of week after the game hits retail shelves. Benzies said the studio considers GTA Online a separate component from GTA 5, even though it runs in the GTA 5 engine and access to it comes free with the game.

"It'll be GTA Online; it's not part of GTA 5. Obviously it's set in the GTA 5 engine, but it's going to grow and evolve into its own thing," Benzies told CVG.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.