GTA Online developer Rockstar is getting ready to release the biggest Grand Theft Auto update ever, as the Cayo Perico Heist goes live on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The Cayo Perico Heist is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best updates yet in GTA Online. To celebrate, Express Online is counting down to the event with a guide to what you can expect from the update, when it will be released, and all-new gameplay footage.

Before we get into the nitty gritty of the new GTA Online update, let’s get the basics out of the way.

The Cayo Perico Heist DLC has a December 15 release date on PS4, Xbox One and PC. There’s no official launch time, but previous GTA Online updates have gone live around 10am GMT for UK fans.

The new update will be accompanied by a lengthy list of patch notes, which we’ll add to this article the moment they’re revealed in full by Rockstar.

One thing we do know without the aid of patch notes is that the free DLC update will introduce a brand new area for players to explore.

Cayo Perico is described as an exotic island location that’s home to the world’s most notorious drug dealer.

The island is said to be littered with private security guards, each armed to the teeth with explosive weaponry.

As part of the Heist, players are tasked with escaping with as much evidence, art, gold and drug money as they can carry.

“Prepare to infiltrate the remote island compound of the world’s most notorious drug dealer in Grand Theft Auto Online’s biggest, most daring, and action-packed addition yet: The Cayo Perico Heist,” reads an official Rockstar post.

“It’s up to you to find a way to breach Cayo Perico, one of the most secure private islands in the entire world, evade or neutralise the heavily armed security forces stationed there, and escape with valuable evidence along with as much art, gold and drug money as you can carry.”

Another reason to be excited about the GTA Online update is that Rockstar will let players team up or go it alone. Judging by the official description, you’ll have more choice when it comes to preparing for the Heist.

“Choose your tools. Choose your approach. Choose your crew – or even go it entirely alone. Just make it back to Los Santos in one piece.”

Another big part of the update is the addition of a new nightclub called The Music Locker.

Located beneath the Diamond Casino and Resort, The Music Locker will be home to some high-profile DJs, beginning with Detroit’s Moodymann.

“Later in the season, Berlin collective Keinemusik will take clubbers on a journey from the sounds of open air beach parties to the darkest nights in Europe, while Palms Trax is preparing to bring old-school house, exotic strains of disco and the latest from the UK underground to his Music Locker Residency later this month,” Rockstar adds.

Players can further enjoy the atmosphere by hitting the VIP section and getting a little table service. This is an exclusive bonus to owners of a Penthouse in The Diamond.

Speaking of new music, Rockstar is adding a variety of new radio stations to the game, complete with over 100 new songs.

The new radio stations include Still Slipping Los Santos with Joy Orbison, as well as KULT FM with Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas. 

Needless to say, the Cayo Perico Heist update also includes new vehicles, weapons and much more.

“Plus you can acquire new vehicles and tactical weapons, experience new social spaces to dance and party in with your friends, and new world-class guest DJs, and listen to new radio stations with over 100 new songs. Oh, and a very large, very versatile, and very heavily armed submarine HQ with plenty of other surprises.”

Express Online will continue to update this article with patch notes and new gameplay details in the build up to launch, so keep checking back for more information.


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