Grand Theft Auto Online will be getting its "biggest, most audacious, most complex criminal operation ever" next Thursday, 12th December, in the form of The Diamond Casino Heist.
GTA Online's controversial Diamond Casino & Resort finally opened its doors this July, after six whole years looming silently, and emptily, on the horizon. Since then, players have been able to gamble away their earnings in the glitziest of surroundings, but as of next week, they'll be given the chance to breach the casino's vault and exact revenge on its owners.
"Something's up at The Diamond Casino & Resort," teases Rockstar, "Patrons have reported seeing unusual security patrols on the casino floor. Penthouse owners are receiving cryptic text messages from the Cheng Family Holdings. Insiders have spotted unfamiliar blueprints on Agatha Baker's desk, and visitors to their website are certain the intrusions there can only mean one thing: there's a crew getting ready to take the whole thing down."
Infiltrating the casino will, according to Rockstar, require "careful and comprehensive preparation", with the entire large-scale operation marking an "all-new approach to Heist architecture and execution" in GTA Online - one featuring multiple threads of a constantly evolving narrative, designed to be "highly re-playable with new scenarios unfolding each time".
To begin the heist, crews will first need to establish a retro arcade business as a front for their criminal operation. From there, players will be given a "a diverse range of opportunities for set-up and prep missions that shape [their] plan of attack, multiple paths of approach, constantly changing security measures and a dizzying array of choices once inside."
Rockstar says outcomes can change on-the-fly during the heist, depending on teams' moment-to-moment actions, and these can result in further choices emerging mid-mission. Even if things go awry, crews will always be able to push on without needing to rely on their weapons.
Additional details will be shared when The Diamond Casino Heist officially gets underway next Thursday, 12th December, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.