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The Heists DLC for GTA 5 Online is one of the most debated topics in various GTA 5 and Reddit forums.

Fans have been excitedly awaiting its announcement from the official source Rockstar Newswire, but so far the developer has not said anything that suggests that Heists DLC is anywhere closer to its release. However, it has indicated that it is working on it and even apologised for its delay that has put GTA 5 Online fans on tenterhooks.

Fans and YouTubers have not stopped trying to dig out any information they can get on Heists DLC for GTA 5 Online that Rockstar promised after the game's release. Over time there have been numerous leaks and rumours that have hinted on what fans can expect in this DLC, which has kept fans waiting for long.

Ever since Rockstar promised Heists to be part of GTA 5 Online, a dedicated website has been counting the days since GTA Online was released. It has been 332 days, i.e., 10 months and counting.

We will look at some of the forums that have discussed the Heists DLC and also the reaction from Rockstar.

What are Heists DLC?

The Heists DLC promises to bring not only new content to the game but also new missions for GTA 5 Online. These missions can be undertaken by players and their friends. These Missions will need careful planning, teamwork and sharp execution.

Missions that could be included are:

  • Prison Van Rescue
  • Drop Off Hooker
  • Funeral
  • Territory Takeover
  • Flight Gangmate
  • Cop Territory
  • Ornate Bank Heists
  • FIB Grab

Spring Release for Heists DLC Falls Flat

Initially when Rockstar released information on Heists DLC it said that fans can expect it to rollout in spring 2014. There were also rumours doing the rounds, which suggested that DLC might release in January 2014.

Will Heists DLC Release only for Next-Gen consoles and PC?

Though there has been no specific information on the end console for the Heists DLC, many fans have argued that Heists DLC will be exclusive for the upcoming GTA 5 Online PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions.

But such a move by Rockstar will certainly break the hearts of fans who have been religiously playing the game on current generation consoles like PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Many believe that Heists DLC will also be released for current generation consoles.

Why the Delay?

Fans have wondered why there has been delay in the release of Heists DLC for GTA 5 Online, below are some of the speculations for the delay:

  • Fixing mods and various money glitches
  • Coding problems
  • Awaiting the release of GTA 5 Online for next-gen consoles and PC
  • DNS Lobby

Many fans on the GTA Forums have said that they do not want a half baked or glitchy Heists DLC and asked Rockstar to take the time to perfect the DLC.

Rockstar Apologises for Delay

Rockstar apologised to fans for the delay for bringing out Heists DLC. "We know many fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Online Heists that we had planned to release for you this spring, and they are taking more time to create than originally anticipated. We are very sorry for the delay, and are working hard to bring them to you as soon as we can," said Rockstar in a post linked to the "I'm Not a Hipster" update.

Leaks and what do they Reveals for Heists DLC?

Some of the leaks have come from mining for information in the GTA 5 source code that can be changed by Rockstar anytime they want.

  • Mention of Heists payout containing a minimum of $100,000 and a maximum of $1,500,000, and it was titled 'Heists Finale Total Cash Take'.
  • Existence of player roles like parachutist, sniper, hacker, hired gun and leader.
  • Discovery of Online Heist Rewards, Fees, Reward Splits, and Medals in source codes.
  • Weapons leak revealed Thermite Bomb, Flare Gun - with multiple colours, ACR Assault Rifle, ACR Assault Rifle

What are Fans Expecting - a Wishlist

Below is a list of what wishes from fans on Reddit for Heists DLC on GTA 5 Online:

  • 10 high paying missions
  • Introduction of train-hijack heist
  • Airport heist
  • Casino heist
  • Multiple floored banks
  • Diamond/ jewellery store heist
  • White House heist
  • Multi day heist
  • Natural History Museum heist
  • Prison Break
  • Federal Reserve heist
  • Mansion heist
  • Kidnapping a big ticket person like a senator or president of country
  • Police HQ heist
  • Armored truck heist
  • International oil heist
  • Heists based on movies
  • Watch Dogs style hacking heist
  • Customisable heists too must be included