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Summer GTA Online update adds Super Yacht missions, new vehicles

Los Santos Summer Special

A man holding a gun while riding a jet ski Image: Rockstar Games

In late July, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto 5 developer Rockstar Games promised new updates to both Red Dead Online and GTA Online. It’s since delivered a huge update for one, and now it’s time for the other — the Los Santos Summer Special. The free update will launch on Aug. 11 in GTA Online, with new co-op missions, Open Wheel Races, and new vehicles.

A new set of co-op missions will launch from GTA Online’s Galaxy Super Yachts for one to three players. “Everything from deep-sea diving to high-speed hi-jinks on the high seas, there’s action for sailors of all stripes,” according to Rockstar. The details of on these missions are still slim, but they sound like a much-needed upgrade to the yachts. Super Yachts, right now, are little more than a signal of how rich you are in game — which is cool, if that’s what you’re going for. Prices for these start around $6 million, so ... expect to save up, because you need to own a yacht (or be friends with someone who does) to participate.

Beyond the yacht update, Rockstar is adding “new Business Battles in some surprising locations for serious rewards,” as well as “a range of Adversary Modes” in the Diamond Casino & Resort, which was added last year.

Of course, there will be new vehicles to cruise around the city in — summer-themed ones, like off-roaders and sports cars. A few new open-wheel cars will be added, too, plus some new open-wheel races and an open-wheel race creator.

The Los Santos Summer Special will come to all platforms, with more updates expected later this year — including the return of Heists in what Rockstar calls GTA Online’s “biggest ever update.” Next year, the developer will bring an “expanded and enhanced” version of Grand Theft Auto 5 to next-generation consoles.