How’s it going, folks? Welcome to a new episode of Hot Topic. As always I’m Gary7 MT for the GTA Series Videos crew. This video shines the spotlight on the latest news, images and official trailer of “GTA Online Heists”. First announced more than one year ago, Heists are now clearly an important new part of the GTA Online experience thanks to the new features, gameplay mechanics and contents. “I know you have been complaining, but you weren’t ready!” The players have been ready for a long time, Lester. It was somebody else who wasn’t ready. First of all, despite numerous claims by all the wannabe leakers who swear up and down they have uncles or friends who work at Rockstar, we still don’t have an official release date for the Heists and surely this new DLC won’t come with the “Festive Surprise” update they’ve already released. Rockstar has announced that GTA Online Heists are coming early in 2015 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC – for free! Considering that the PC platform was mentioned, we can predict with some certainty, that this DLC won’t be available in January, maybe not even before the end of February. Also in the coming weeks, Rockstar will announce the official minimum and recommended system requirements for the upcoming PC version of GTA 5. But let’s get off what we don’t know for sure and focus on what we do. Now thanks to the fore mentioned trailer, images, and interview that Ryan McCaffrey from IGN.com had with Imran Sarwar – I hope I didn’t murder your name – producer and lead mission designer of GTA Online, we know a lot more than we did about how these online heists are gonna work. Here’s the lowdown. First of all, each Heist requires 4 players, all at rank 12 or above, with one player as the heist leader who must own a high-end apartment where jobs will be planned inside a designated room. Rockstar is giving the DLC 5 unique strands – with a total of 20 missions. Playing a single heist with your friends will take about an hour. But these missions are deep, well-written plays, re-playable in different positions for each member for 5 heists, translating in a total of 20 hours of wild, unpredictable engaging gameplay. Once the job is selected, our contact will show the crew what we need to perform the score. Then, the leader – who has to pay up front to fund the job – has to decide the cut and the role for each member of the crew. How much you earn from a job depends on how you do with the Heist. Inspiring sublime play are big cash rewards called “Elite Bonus Challenges”, available to players who complete each part of the heist meeting the gold medal criteria, inherited from GTA 5. Practically speaking this means, time to complete, damage taken, accuracy and more bonus objectives are monitored, judged and rewarded. Over the past months leaked info surfaced on the net revealing that 100,000 to 1,500,000 of GTA$ can be earned. Based on what ST3V3HACKER from Se7ensins.com found months ago, inside the 1.17 patch codes, we also know that there’s a good chance Online Heists will come along with 10 new achievements and trophies, and that we have a total of 25 gold medals to earn – that is, 5 gold medals for each of the five aforementioned strands. So, technically, each heist could come with a total of four preparatory missions and then the heist finale. Confirmed by some images and trailer scenes, we know the names of 3 of the 5 jobs: “The Pacific Standard Job”, “The Humane Labs Raid” and “The Prison Break”. The “Pacific” job is the one Rockstar showed a year ago in the original GTA Online launch trailer. The Pacific Standard is a bank located in Downtown Vinewood, at the intersection of Alta Street and Vinewood Boulevard. The second job, the “Humane Labs Raid”, instead requires the team to use night vision goggles to infiltrate Humane Laboratories – incidently the same location as the GTA 5 mission “Monkey Business”. The other heist is an unknown mission but tied to an air-craft carrier. Here we can see the team approach the objective on a Dinghy and then steal various military jets – and one of these is the long awaited Hydra. This heist is probably inspired by the “Vertical Bird” mission in GTA San Andreas. From one of the new screenshots we can see a very familiar number, well disguised on the carrier’s runway… The fifth heist instead involves the robbery at the Fleeca Bank – where the team also meets Paige Harris, the high-end hacker from the GTA 5 heists – and use a returning vehicle from GTA 3, the Karin Kuruma, which was also the first vehicle ever to be used when the GTA Series made its 3D universe debut. Now this vehicle has to be collected somehow by a Cargobob with a big-ass magnet connected to the hook. Apparently the job involves a prep mission that goes down at the Vinewood Racetrack in Los Santos – so maybe we can look forward to robbing the well-known Casino in pure GTA San Andreas style! And speaking of the Casino, thanks to the past months’ leaks, we know there’s a possibility that Rockstar will release a “gambling” DLC, adding an accessible casino in Los Santos and for the player, the ability to make or lose money by playing Poker, Blackjack, Roulette or even buying lottery tickets. A lot more can be said about the third known score, “Prison Break”, if you don’t mind getting the lowdown ahead of time. Hang on – SPOILER ALERT – Ok. In “The Prison Break” the crew has to bust a guy called Rashkovsky out of the Bolingbroke Penitentiary. To do so, the team will need a Velum, a Prison Bus, police uniforms and some explosives. The Velum will be stolen from some Vagos smugglers – probably on the Grapeseed airstrip. The Bus’ll be snatched off the highway, and once the area is clear of cops, stored in a specific location. Another mission requires the gang to split into 2 teams. Two guys will wear police uniforms and get in the police station to retrieve the transport schedule. Two others will instead have to steal a car from a cargo ship. The last mission, called “Wet Work”, requires reaching a lawyer outside City Hall and probably killing him. Again, the gang is split into 2 groups, but other than that, no other reliable info on this fourth prep mission is available. Once everything is in place, the finale starts: first you got to park the stolen bus inside the prison – probably to blow up the walls. This justifies the “Demolition” team member. Once the prison walls are open, the team has to make its way to Rashkovsky. Once the dude is been located, the team has to clear the area from the NOOSE and then splits again because Rashkovsky and some others make their way to the Velum. But watch out! No more than 3 guys are gonna have a “get out of jail free card” ’cause the Velum only has four seats! The other team will probably use the retrieved car from the cargo ship. Both teams will then regroup on an unidentified beach before returning to the city. Maybe Rashkovsky stays on the Velum to escape San Andreas. From the trailer’s info, we can gather the job’s take is $550,000 and each and every prep mission requires four players, even if in two of these prep missions, the team gets divided and has different, independent objectives. Also, back at the leader’s apartment – in the planning room – everything gets explained by a fifth guy. Some new contact – like Lester. Some have identified this man as “Jeff”, but unfortunately, there is no proof at the moment saying one way or the other just who the hell this guy is. And that, more or less, is everything we learned about the Heists, but there’s more. Both the trailer and images showed a lot of vehicles, airplanes, helicopters, outfits and more – that at the time being, especially when considered with the vehicles and planes, are probably exclusively tied to the heists and not available during the freeroam or even in the story mode of GTA 5 which – we remind you – is a sequel to GTA Online. Let’s start with the Karin Kuruma, a black matte car inspired by the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. This vehicle is directly tied to the Fleeca Job and probably used as a getaway vehicle by two members of the crew. In a couple of scenes we can see two new APC tanks, one completely blinded without weapons and another with a rotating turret that can be controlled by another player. A variant of the Karin Rebel with a mounted machine gun and an armored truck will also be part of the heists as will a new bike whose frame was inspired by the Ducati Monster S4R, exhaust by the Monster 1100 and headlight by the Aprilia Shiver. No name has be given yet, but expect it to be a Pegassi or Principe. Now, leaving land for the sea, we see not only the aforementioned aircraft carrier, but also the same yacht from GTA 5’s mission, “Daddy’s Little Girl”. GTA 5 aficionados will recall is the one where Michael has to retrieve Tracey. It’s a good guess the yacht is probably involved in some way with the Fleeca job. Turning to the sky with the VTOL jet – which stands for vertical take-off and landing – the Hydra! This military jet was requested by players and first added to GTA San Andreas, and hasn’t been seen since. In addition to the Hydra, we have new helicopters. The first is a bigger version of a Mil MI-35, also known as HIND, which is practically the new Hunter. The second is a military helicopter, possibly based on the classic Huey. That is, a Bell UH-1 with a nose mounted machine gun and two side-mounted automatic miniguns. And with clear nose-art that reads “Zancudo”. Not much we can say about weapons – sure we have night vision goggles – not exactly weapons, but still pretty useful for seeing in the dark. We can see a flare gun used by some dude on the beach to mark the location for the helicopter, probably for a crew member to cause mayhem with at the Humane Labs. Another tool, surely tied solely to the heists, is the drill being used by a gang member to open a security box in the bank vault. New house interiors are shown, with the possibility of playing darts with our friends – seen in this shot’s background. As for clothing, a lot of new stuff’s been added with the online heists. It appears that during the heists you can use Hazmat suits, Police outfits, garbage collector outfits, and even earpieces to communicate with your teammates. You can also now use gloves with regular clothes, or wear neck ties loose. And while we’re still on clothing, we’ll get this new jacket, a black leather jacket with no stripes, a closed hoodie and what seems to be a new ballistic vest. New masks were also added, like these monster masks, Balaclavas, brown paper bag masks and others. Also you can expect to get this classic, red, Christmas stocking mask to appear in your inventory on December 25th. Of course we can also expect brand new tattoos, haircuts and beards. Well, that just about does it, for now. Keep following us for new Hot Topic episodes focusing on other aspects of the Grand Theft Auto series together with new Tips and Tricks videos for both GTA 5 and GTA Online. This was Gary7 MT for the GTA Series Videos crew, till next time.