In a surprise turn of events, Rockstar dropped a banging surprise on their newswire today showcasing the upcoming content release for GTA Online: "Hot 'n' Heavy"!

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Romance options have been a long beloved feature in Grand Theft Auto games of past, with five potential girlfriends in both San Andreas and GTA IV - Not having this feature in Rockstar's most expansive GTA to date felt beyond strange. Well, on April 31st that all changes! With a host of characters inspired by previous artworks from GTA Online, as well as some singleplayer cameos - All GTA Online players will be able to bag themselves one of several male or female partners, which is a first for the series!

Players will engage in dialogue options with each of the characters in order to build their relationship, which will unlock new missions, perks and bonuses, with each of the ten tiers of affection having different perks and challenges!

Players will start on tier three, and be able to build their relationship or tear it apart from that point based on the personalities and interests of the characters they are interacting with.gta o april fools lamar

Here, the player has built some reputation with Lamar, but he is presenting them with a difficult ultimatum where the player can choose one of five reactions, including a "NUCLEAR OPTION" fifth action which offers a high risk / high reward payoff.

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If the player's interest hits the bottom, they will no longer be able to interact with that character for the remainder of the real-life month, which adds a fully dynamic consequence system for the game.

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However, if the player manages to max out the romance bar, their partner will propose to them, offering a short wedding event mission the player can host to party with friends, as well as some bonus perks!

Here are all of the perks Rockstar definitely told us about in this totally real update so far:

  • 0 Reputation:
    • Blocked number, no interaction.
  • Rank 1: GET AWAY!
    • Lower reputation gain, 0 chance of "NUCLEAR OPTION" interactions working.
  • Rank 2: Cautious
    • Phone call support has double GTAO$ cost.
  • Rank 3: Friends
    • Standard interaction.
  • Rank 4: Besties!
    • Phone call support is now free.
  • Rank 5: Crushing!
    • "Date" missions unlocked!
  • Rank 6: Dating
    • "Get lucky" date finales unlocked.
      • Rockstar has said this won't be explicit in visuals, but will involve a thumbstick-twisting minigame.
        • This makes me think of the "Hoe-ing" diversion from Saints Row 2!
  • Rank 7: In love!
    • "Move in" option unlocked.
      • Players will be able to choose which property their partner moves into! Be careful not to move two monogamous partners in together if you're two-timing, or you might be in trouble!
  • Rank 8: Infatuated!
    • "Vacation" option unlocked.
      • Players can visit the following areas:
        • North Yankton fields.
        • Cayo Perico Beach Party.
        • Sandy Shores motel.
        • Liberty City luxury hotel room.
        • Yacht.
  • Rank 9: Hot 'n' Heavy!
    • "Partner Help" phone call unlocked.
      • Players can call in their partner to help them out in combat. If their partner is killed, they will return to the apartment and be on an hour long cooldown, with a GTAO$5000 hospital fee.
      • Each partner has their own vehicle, weapons and fighting style.
  • Rank 10: Soulmates!
    • "Partner Help" random encounters.
      • Players can randomly find their partner joining them in battle to help without calls or fees.
      • They can also encounter their partner in battle needing help.
  • Married:
    • Property tax is cut in half.
    • Heist NPC fees are cut in half.
    • Partner does take 2% of all earnings once per ingame week.

 

As well as a majority of the existing GTA Online contacts, and the characters you've seen previously, Rockstar also teased another three coming to Hot 'n' Heavy in the future as a part of the drip feed!

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So who will you be romancing in this update? I think I'll go with Lester. Let us know what you think on Twi- Wait, what?

Sorry, one sec.

 

Oh, okay.

 

Turns out this is April 1st, and I made all of it up. Happy April Fools!

 

Be sure to share this article with your friends and see who you can prank, and follow us on Twitter @GTABase for more actually real articles!

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