The update will launch alongside the Criminal Enterprises update on Tuesday, July 26, and the patch includes a laundry list of general gameplay changes as requested by players via the GTA Online feedback site. (Opens in a new tab). Crucially, some of these changes are aimed squarely at reducing the impact of grief on other players, and they appear to be truly meaningful improvements.
When the update is published, players will no longer have to shell out money when they destroy another player’s armed personal vehicle, which means you can finally defend yourself against grieving without penalty in those cases.
Another big factor is that your K/D (Kill/Death) ratio will not reflect Freemode’s “grief reduction” kills. Instead, this stat will only change based on what happens during competitive play. This should go a long way to discouraging griefers looking to improve the K/D ratio in Freemode.
That’s not all – the update will also allow you to complete selling missions in private, invite-only sessions, which again means, you won’t have to worry about grieving down the road anymore. “You will be able to register as a VIP, CEO or MC Head for Invite Only, Crew, and Friend Sessions, allowing business owners to source and sell at their own pace or with their friends,” reads a bit of correction Notes (Opens in a new tab).
Another change that seemingly gives the middle finger to grieve is a major decrease on the hateful Pegassi Oppressor Mk II bike. Namely, the effectiveness of its guided missiles will be reduced, and its countermeasures will result in more idle times and fewer uses.
Finally, for the stragglers who prefer to do their terror on the racetrack, the new GTA Online update has some welcome surprises on that front as well. The special car race creator will have “Ghost to First Checkpoint” and “Anti Grief Ghosting” options to hide players who are driving in the wrong direction.
The full update makes changes from everything to car customization to business protections and upgrades, but it’s good to see so much of it dedicated to combating grief.
Now if only Rockstar would stop grieving Red Dead Online players and provide some Dang updates.
over here Everything we know about GTA 6.