Rockstar has released more details of the Grand Theft Auto 5 Special and Collector's Editions, which can be preordered now from Gamestop and Amazon. Here's a thing: you can choose to be the son of GTA 4's Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto Online, the game's sort-of-standalone multiplayer component. Gosh.
In case you missed the almighty hubbub that surrounded the mode's announcement, GTA Online will be activated free of charge two weeks after the main game goes on sale - 1st October. According to Rockstar's Leslie Benzies, this is so that players "have an opportunity to actually get their heads around what's happened, because even single-player is a big advancement from the old games".
Among other things, you can expect live in-game news coverage of what other players are doing, the ability to take out insurance policies on favourite motors, and a set of expandable mission creation tools. Check out our full round-up of GTA Online details for more.
For the very first time in a major console multiplayer title, the character creation system allows you to meddle with your avatar's DNA. "GTA Online introduces a new spin on traditional character creation with the hereditary-based creation system," notes this morning's press release. "Select your character's appearance by choosing your parent's heritage, then use the gene dominance meter to dial-in which parent your appearance favours more.
"Additionally, you'll customize your character's daily activities - everything from family time to illegal work and sports to couch potato hours all have an impact on your character's appearance and skill set (and you can always rank up your skill stats more via gameplay)," it continues.
"As part of the Collector's Edition package, you'll get Niko Bellic, along with both Claude and Misty from Grand Theft Auto III to use as parent options within the character creation system."
Besides being a bit of a thrill in itself, this is yet more evidence that Rockstar intends to revisit old GTA settings by way of GTA Online expansions. "One thing we've toyed with - and we've talked about this before, so it isn't a spoiler - is (the ambition) to grow this world until it's the world," Benzies observed earlier in the month.
Full details of the Special Edition and Collector's Edition are here. Rockstar's also released screenshots of the exclusive vehicles, weapons and what-have-you buyers can expect.