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Grand Theft Auto Online update introduces events and challenges next week

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Grand Theft Auto Online will get a free update Sept. 15 that adds a new feature to its Freemode, publisher Rockstar Games announced today.

Rockstar is introducing Freemode events, a feature that offers objectives to players in the otherwise open-ended, do-as-you-wish Freemode, which allows players to run amok across the game's open world.

A new challenge will be offered constantly, and participation in them is optional. These include Hunt the Beast, in which players must escape from a character who has been "temporarily transformed into a faster, stronger, beastly" one. There's also King of the Castle, "an every man for himself turf war," as well as stunt challenges. Events will also be fully customizable, and offer in-game cash awards.

Also included in the update are two new Adversary Modes. Hunting Pack tasks teams with delivering, or destroying, a vehicle before it explodes, while Cross the Line has squads fight to claim territory.

The update won't, however, be coming to the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto 5. Imran Sarwar, director of design at Rockstar North, explained in an interview with Mashable that the studio "managed to pack in two years' worth of free updates onto the older platforms, but after the release of [the last update] Heists we started to run into some very real memory constraints." The developers decided to instead focus on the new platforms in order to maintain stability.

The Freemode events update is the game's first since Heists, which added online heists and new player-vs-player modes when it launched back in March. You can check out the Freemode update trailer above.