Nearly six years after its release, GTA V will finally be getting a working casino for online gamers to enjoy.
Many players have tried to enter the Vinewood Casino, but the front and back doors have remained locked with no other entry point to the neon-lit building.
But now Rockstar appear to have confirmed that the casino will open those doors to gamers in the next update.
One Twitter user, the GTA data miner TezFunz2, has dipped into the code and found that programmers have edited the scripts to allow for changes to the casino. He tweeted that Rockstar would be altering the external environment around the building to make it appear under construction, with full access granted within the next update.
There were rumors that GTAO Next Update will feature the casino, I can confirm it.
Just now, R* have updated the background script to set specific dates that will apply changes to the casino.
You’ll notice changes happening near the casino as we move closer to release.#GTAOnline pic.twitter.com/nPb4V9OVg3
— Tex2 (@TezFunz2) June 6, 2019
Gamers have already noted that, as of June 6, the ‘coming soon’ banner normally draped across the front doors has disappeared, with a small construction site out front taking its place.
It’s the strongest hint yet that a casino-focused update, similar in nature to the Arena War and After Hours updates, is on the cards, and so Los Santos inhabitants will finally have the opportunity to play their favourite titles – from roulette and blackjack to slots and baccarat – using an in-game currency yet to be determined.
Of course, if you can’t wait that long you can always visit an online casino site and wait for the updates to drop: you can play live roulette at MagicalVegas.com, for example, or try video slots inspired by the gaming world such as Lara Croft: Temples and Tombs and Hitman.
Hit the Table
The mechanics of the casino update are not yet known, and how much new playable content there will be remains to be seen. Whether you will simply be able to wager your game currency on the tables, or whether there will be mission-based gameplay relating to Vinewood Casino, has not yet been confirmed.
It’s an interesting update given the gambling-focused content that found its way into Red Dead Redemption 2. The game features casino-style gaming both in its standard campaign gameplay and online, with micro-transactions used to facilitate the action. In Red Dead you bet with dollars, rather than gold bars, and Rockstar will need to add a secondary currency to GTA to allow gambling in its new casino.
Players can try their hand at blackjack, poker, dominos and five finger fillet in RDD2, and these just happen to be one of the more enjoyable side games to explore – with unlockable content available if you satisfy certain criteria.
And as part of their May update, Rockstar added poker gaming to the online world. Players can head to a number of different taverns and other locations and take on their opponents in a game of Texas Hold’em.
Putting two and two together, GTA gamers can expect the casino to go live either in late June or into July, with playable games and possible mission-based content to enjoy.
It will be the latest in a long-line of updates to satisfy players ahead of further news about GTA 6, for which momentum is starting to gather.