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GTA Online’s richest players finally have something to do with their useless yachts

The purchase still isn’t ‘worth it,’ though

A large super yacht in GTA Online Image: Rockstar Games
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

In Grand Theft Auto Online — and I guess, the real world — super yachts are the ultimate symbol of wealth. I mean, have you seen Below Deck? It just sounds like yachting is what rich people do. The thing is, yachting isn’t worthless in the real world. Sure, it’s extravagant, but it has a function. It takes you places! Unfortunately for the richest of the rich in GTA Online, that’s not the case. Super yachts in GTA Online don’t actually do anything.

Players can’t move the yacht themselves; instead, they can pay a captain $25,000 to do it for them. (Actually this is starting to sound a lot more realistic for the super rich.) Essentially, it’s an item people buy simply to flaunt their wealth, because yachts start at $6 million and only go up from there.

(There are other pricey items in GTA Online, like high-end apartments. But these have a purpose: You can make money from them by doing heists.)

But last week, developer Rockstar Games announced a new summer update, the Los Santos Summer Special. It added a bunch of stuff, including new super yacht missions. Finally, someone gave GTA Online’s super rich something to do! Wealthy GTA Online players were excited — finally, they could profit off their extravagance.

The Los Santos Summer Special went live on Tuesday, adding since new co-op missions to GTA Online. The missions can be played solo or with a co-op group, and you do get money from doing them. But ... it’s not a lot of money. Not even enough to pay off 1/10 the cheapest super yacht. (Rockstar is running a double rewards special until Aug. 19, however, but it still won’t make a dent in the super yacht price.)

The good news is, you will unlock the Yacht Captain outfit by completing the six new missions. Now you can flaunt your wealth on land: I’m rich enough to afford a yacht! (Or, at least, you’re friends with someone who does.) Sure, the yacht still doesn’t really do anything. But you do have a lot of internet money!

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