Rockstar Games has expanded its offering of RC Bandito Races in the latest event week for GTA Online. It comes alongside a series of new improvements to the Creator Mode, including fresh additions to enable designers in the community to craft their own unique maps and modes using the vehicles, props and stadiums featured in the Arena War update.
But first, let’s talk about the latest RC Bandito Races. These types of race events first arrived into GTA Online at the end of January and focus on the small, but lethal toy car introduced with Arena War. You can order your own RC Bandito today from Southern San Andreas Super Autos for a costly $1,590,000, but it requires you to already own the Maze Bank Arena Workshop, which starts at $995,000.
Luckily for you, however, the full suite of RC Bandito Races can be played without owning the vehicle in GTA Online – allowing you to give it a test drive before committing to a purchase. Whilst you’ll miss out on the fancy upgrades or decals if you don’t buy it for yourself, which include a range of explosive options like fatal Kinetic and EMP mines, at least you can still try out everything this deadly miniature vehicle has to offer.
The latest RC Bandito Races in GTA Online include seven new tracks set across diverse locations like Fort Zancudo, Paleto Forest and Vespucci Pier. You can check them out all out below, featuring their official descriptions from the Rockstar Newswire:
RC - Cargo Chaos: In Los Santos, the glass is always half full. Take Elysian Island, for instance. Look beyond the poorly secured machinery and the routine workplace fatalities, and see a glorious opportunity for some remote-controlled mayhem.
RC - Arena Tour: What happens in the arena, stays in the arena. But if you really need to settle a score, you do it the old-fashioned way: fast laps around the building in an RC Bandito.
RC – Pierless: Vespucci Pier feels like a low-level acid trip at the calmest of times. See it from the perspective of a twitchy RC car clocking in 30mph past the candy floss stand, and get ready to loosen that mental grip...
RC – Water Pressure: The filtration system at the Land Act Reservoir was designed to cope with silt, trash, roadkill, light aircraft and human remains. How about remote-control cars, you say? Only one way to find out.
RC - Tourist Trail: Paleto forest is home to more invasive species than anywhere else in the state. Top of the list: morons with RC cars tearing up the undergrowth one irreplaceable habitat at a time.
RC - Tour of Duty: If you want to get under the radar at Fort Zancudo, you have two choices. One involves getting pretty friendly with the boys in C Company, and the other involves hopping the fence and supercharged RC cars too small to show up on the scanners. Your call...
RC - Mirror Image: What does end phase hipsterism look like? Well, racing around Mirror Park in a car so small you can't actually get inside it is definitely a contender.
Rockstar Games says all 15 of its RC Bandito Races in GTA Online will be rewarding Double GTA$ and RP through Wednesday, March 6th. This same benefit also applies to all Contact Missions, Rockstar Stunt Races and Hunting Pack (Remix). Furthermore, all Bodyguards and Associates will also benefit from an increase in their salary – double of what they’d typically earn.
The Arena War Creator, as Rockstar refers to it, has also arrived into GTA Online this week, enabling inspired designers to become their very own architect of mass destruction and mainstream entertainment. Players can create their own Arena Vehicle Deathmatches and Arena Races using the Arena Contender vehicles from Future Shock, Apocalypse and Nightmare.
The Arena War Creator also allows designers to “set special lighting rigs and arena props and practice your maniacal laughter for when your friends say they have what it takes.” Furthermore, the vehicles introduced with the After Hours update, including the Pegassi Oppressor Mk II and the Declasse Scramjet, alongside several others – are now all available to use in Creator game modes.
Rockstar Games has also added the ability to remove various fixtures in the Race Creator using its new “Fixture Removal” tool in the Placement Menu. This allows designers to remove up to 25 items from the map after placing their first checkpoint in a race. Items that can be removed include road signs, lamp posts and more. The developer says it will share a new Creator Guide for Arena War that will be available to read on Social Club.
This week, Rockstar is also offering bonuses on Business Battles in freeroam, featuring crates that include special in-game tees representing a unique mix of radio and vehicle manufacturers in the game. These include t-shirts from Channel X, Rebel Radio, MTL and JoBuilt, along with GTA$50,000.
A whole host of new Arena War content has been discounted this week with 30% off various Contender Vehicles and relevant upgrades, including the Arena Workshops, the Arena Mechanic, the Arena Scarab, the Arena Imperator, the Arena Brutus, the Arena Vehicle Weapons, the Arena Vehicle Armor Plating, the Arena Vehicle Vertical Jump, the Arena Boosts and various Arena Bodyworks, including Blades, Spikes and Rollcages.
Rockstar Games has also discounted the following business-orientated properties by 30%, including: Offices, Special Cargo Warehouses, Nightclubs, Hangars and Bunkers. Furthermore, the Mobile Operations Center and the Mammoth Avenger have each received a 30% discount, alongside the following upgrades: Brakes & Handling (land and aircraft), Hoods, Neons, Spoilers, Skirts, Turbo and Bullet Proof Tires. Rockstar has also applied a 35% discount on the following trio of stylish racers: the Elegy Retro Custom, the Pegassi Tempesta and the Överflöd Entity XXR.
In addition, Rockstar has also updated the Feedback section of its official website for GTA Online. The developer said it intends this resource to serve as a one-stop destination for fans to share their feedback and suggestions on the GTA Online experience. Improvements include a new, easy-to-use interface and distinct categorizes for all aspects of the game. “We hope you'll continue telling us what you like, what you don't like, and what you want to see in future GTA Online updates,” Rockstar noted in its latest Newswire article.
Last, but most certainly not least, Rockstar Games also announced plans to release its Official Soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto Online: Arena War on Friday, March 1st. Featuring new music from HEALTH, the artists behind the original score for Max Payne 3 and featured on Radio Mirror Park in Grand Theft Auto V with their original single High Pressure Dave, the Arena War Official Soundtrack features exclusive new songs that were created specifically for the high-intensity gameplay and carnage of the Arena War game modes in GTA Online.
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