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GTA Online’s massive new heist is the game’s biggest update yet

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Grand Theft Auto V hasn’t received the same kind of meaty single-player expansions as its predecessors, but there’s a good reason: GTA Online. The game’s multiplayer mode has received a wealth of updates since its 2013 debut, ranging from new weapons and vehicles to expansions that change the structure of the game. Now, four years after its debut, GTA Online is getting what Rockstar describes as its biggest update yet in the form of a brand-new, multi-part heist — and it’s available today.

Called “The Doomsday Heist,” the update is spread across three acts, each of which is a complex heist in its own right. As the name implies, the story involves building a team to fight off a potential doomsday scenario, described as “a plan so diabolical it could end life as we know it.” You’ll have to form a squad of between two and four players to fight the menace, and you’ll even get a high-tech planning room to sort out each mission.

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“Each of the three massive heist acts that comprises the story of ‘The Doomsday Heist’ involves negotiating multiple ruthless freemode prep missions, tactical setup operations, and experimental weapons and vehicles — each ending with an over-the-top finale that brings a payoff big enough to comfortably share with your fellow crew members,” explains Rockstar. At times you may also have to fight with other groups for resources, and the update of course includes the prerequisite additions of new weapons and vehicles, including a personal jetpack.

As with all previous updates, “The Doomsday Heist” is available for free to all GTA Online players. And there are a lot of them: earlier this year publisher Take-Two revealed that GTA V had sold 85 million copies, making it one of the best-selling games of all time.