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GTA Online players were left shocked today as nearly 200 cars were removed from the game’s in-game store. While it was noted by the developer that the cars being removed would be “lesser-used vehicles” some fans have pointed out that this is not the case.
Before the release of GTA Online’s new San Andreas Mercenaries update, Rockstar confirmed in a blog post that “lesser-used vehicles will be removed from in-game websites to streamline the browsing experience. These vehicles will be made available via events showrooms, The Lucky Wheel, and other places.” While this seemed like a normal enough decision at the time players were shocked by the sheer amount of cars that were ultimately removed from the in-game store.
Posting on Reddit, user Thrasher9294 revealed that nearly 200 vehicles have been removed from the GTA Online in-game store as reported in a GTAForums thread by user MGgames100. Alongside this, they also went on to say that some of the vehicles removed are not “lesser-used vehicles” like Rockstar had initially noted saying, “The vast majority of these vehicles are not simply less-common or spawn-on-the-street vehicles. Some, like the Stirling GT, are among the most competitive vehicles in their specific classes. And in that particular case, the Stirling GT is still available for purchase—for GTA+ members only at the new ‘Vinewood Car Club,’ a location where 10 vehicles will be shuffled around every week for test driving/purchasing.”
While cars will be occasionally available in other ways the recent removal of the vehicles from the in-game store has left a lot of fans frustrated at the poor communication from Rockstar as some of the cars that have been removed have been in the game since Grand Theft Auto 5 originally launched in 2013. One user on Reddit lambasted the removal and GTA Online’s monetization practices saying, ” According to them [Rockstar] GTA’s current monetisation is ethical, these people do not have your best financial interests at heart. Every passing day they’re spitballing ideas on how they can charge you even more, and the only way out is to stop playing.”
Many have started looking towards GTA 6 now as GTA 6 “needs to be something you’ve never seen before” says Take-Two CEO. While there still isn’t an announcement or release date for the game yet GTA 6 may be here sooner than we think.
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