Freemode Events Update & Editor, Old-Gen Ditched

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Another major update is coming to GTA Online next week but not to old-gen consoles. Even worse, don't look for any more updates to old-gen GTAO either. More on that in a few. The Rockstar Editor is also coming to new-gen consoles with the new update.

Freemode Events Update

The newest addition to GTA Online is Freemode Events which will debut September 15th. Freemode Events are a new advancement in open world gameplay, giving players access to a range of seamlessly integrated games and challenges in GTA Online’s Freemode. Taking full advantage of the latest generation of consoles and PC hardware, there are no menus, lobbies, or load times – just an open Freemode session filled with Friends, Crewmates, rivals, and randoms where spontaneous and chaotic new games and challenges will appear.

One of these events can kick off at any given moment while in Freemode, and you can customize your session to decide exactly which ones will happen – so you can play as much or as little of this new content as you like. With countless variations on each Freemode Event, there are tons of unique new experiences, each offering new opportunities for reaping GTA$ and RP in GTA Online.

Feeling locked and stocked? Look out for King of the Castle – an every man for himself turf war where you’ll need to ascend and claim the designated ‘castle’ as your territory – and then fend off everyone else as they go all out to dethrone you. Form fragile alliances and work together in modes like Hunt the Beast, where one volunteer is temporarily transformed into a faster, stronger, beastly character who must escape relentless pursuers. Freemode Events also take the shape of insane stunt challenges, such as popping the longest wheelie, catching the most air in a land vehicle, or performing the most near misses in a vehicle without crashing.

Also included with next week's update are two brand new Adversary Modes. First, Hunting Pack: you’re part of a team tasked to deliver a priority vehicle rigged to explode if it drops below a minimum speed, while your opponents race, ram and batter to take it down. Or try Cross the Line, where heavily-armed squads face off across a neutral zone – with the goal of having all team members strategically penetrate their opponents territory to claim victory. The Freemode Events Update also brings the Rockstar Editor to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with new features (also being added for current PC users as well) such as an ambient audio and sound effects library, Snapmatic integration, Director Mode updates and more.

Goodbye to the old-gen

Now for some disappointing - but expected - news. IGN has posted an interview with Rockstar's Director of Design at Rockstar North, Imran Sarwar. The article focuses on content updates to GTA Online and it seems Rockstar finally maxed out the old-gen consoles.

"The primary technical reason is the memory capacity for the older systems," says Sarwar. "We are constantly adding new items to the game with each update and we began approaching the memory limits after the first year of GTA Online content. We found ourselves almost at capacity after the launch of Heists but with some creative programming we managed to squeeze additional updates into those older systems which allowed us to make it as far as the two Ill Gotten Gains updates, but we can’t make any more meaningful updates without putting the stability of the entire online game at risk."

"After almost two years of regular free content updates delivered to those systems, we are now focused on the opportunities provided by the more powerful PS4, XB1 and PC – and we’ve got some really fun ideas on how to make the most of these more powerful machines. Bringing the Rockstar Editor to the newer consoles and the changes that come with Freemode Events are a great start and only the beginning of what we want to accomplish with GTA Online long term.

So there you have it. And for singleplayer DLC, well, don't get your hopes up. Rockstar has their whole GTA team working on GTA Online. But you never know what could pop up. As for new-gen, Rockstar is looking forward to the future of GTA Online and hopes they can keep our attention for years to come.

Check out the full interview here and join the chat at the GTA V forums!