It looks like another L for Rockstar Games, and as usual, angry Grand Theft Auto players are getting the short end of the stick. After the disappointment surrounding GTA Online’s 10th anniversary, it seems the developer has also slipped into a sneaky nerf that crippled one of its favorite modes.
While GTA Online started life as a fairly simple online multiplayer, the introduction of Heists in 2015 turned the game around and secured its future. The likes of The Doomsday Heist and The Diamond Casino Heist are fan favorites, as is 2020’s The Cayo Perico Heist.
GTA Online Rejects The Kayo Perico Heist
Although GTA Online made the setup cost cheaper for older heists in 2022, it looks like the team has done a U-turn and only increased the cost of The Cayo Perico Heist while lowering its rewards. I have taken off. Rockstar probably thought we wouldn’t notice, but we sure do.
The weekly GTA Online update for September 28th to October 5th sneaked in an infamous Cayo Perico Heist nerf, leaving one of the most lucrative endeavors severely underpowered. For starters, setup costs have increased from $25,000 to $100,000, while primary and secondary target rewards pay out less.
Apparently pushing you to play with others, the odds are much better for grabbing high-value secondary target loot on sites that require two players. Considering Cayo Perico was the only heist worth it, that’s a middle finger to our patient players.
Across the board, primary targets, including Sinsimito Tequila and Ruby Necklace, are dealt up to 30% damage. Except for gold, all secondary target payouts are reduced by 10%. Granted, the Cayo Perico Heist is one of the easiest ways to get a wedge, but it’s still a bit of a disappointment.
What’s next for GTA Online?
With GTA Online being the goose that laid the golden egg, we don’t see the game going anywhere anytime soon – especially with no sign of GTA 6. Cards, GTA V has become the most profitable entertainment product of all time.
Even when the next mainline entry arrives, there are questions about what will happen to GTA Online. Will it be discontinued like the OG Warzone, or will it simply evolve into something bigger? Despite the numerous GTA 6 leaks, things have been relatively quiet on the GTA Online front.
Rockstar is still winning with GTA Online, and that’s probably why it dropped Red Dead Online. Whatever they have planned for GTA Online, expect Rockstar to keep pushing you to part with your money for Shark Cards.