It's been nearly a month since the release of GTA Online's Independence Day Special. Rockstar Games believes it's time to say goodbye to some of the holiday-themed items that it introduced.
"There is less than one week left to get the limited-time content made available as part of the GTA Online Independence Day Special," the studio announced in a new post on Rockstar Newswire. "So if you have yet to acquire vehicles like the Sovereign motorcycle and the Liberator monster truck, weapons like the Musket and Firework Rocket Launcher, or any of the patriotic tees and masks in-game then now's the time."
Rockstar will commemorate the departure of the Independence Day extras with a double RP event "later this week." They haven't announced the exact timing, though. It's also unclear whether all Reputation Point gains will be doubled or just certain playlists.
Some of the Independence Day content will remain, though. You'll still be able to play the 17 jobs or buy the seven properties introduced by the update. The Ferris Whale and Leviathan Roller Coaster will still accept riders as well.
The Firework Rocket Launcher turned out to be a popular item. Players found some creative uses for its flashy payload. Rockstar plans to bring it back in future GTA Online
"For those who've asked, the Firework Rocket Launcher along with its ammo will be available again during future holidays and other special events when fireworks are traditionally let off. At the beginning of any holiday or special event where fireworks are available, players who purchased the Firework Rocket Launcher previously will receive one free full refill of ammo per qualifying event in order to make sure you can properly celebrate."
You can still use the launcher during non-holiday periods. However, you won't be able to buy new ammo for it. Once you've run out of your existing supply of ammunition, the launcher will disappear from your inventory. You could stockpile rockets right now I suppose but they're $600 a pop so it's going to do some damage to your character's bank account.
I imagine that GTA 5's one-year anniversary will be one of the events deemed fireworks-worthy by Rockstar. The game will celebrate its birthday on September 17th. Depressing as it is to summer-lovers, that date's not very far off.
When the Independence Day Special content is finally out of the way, Rockstar will be free to release the next DLC. The studio hasn't announced what the August update will entail. The reaction to this new content will either be "Thank God, they finally released the online heists" or "Damn it, Rockstar, where are the heists?" Heists, a highly anticipated feature since GTA Online first existed, were expected in the spring but delayed at the last minute.
"They are taking more time to create than originally anticipated," Rockstar said in June. "We are very sorry for the delay, and are working hard to bring them to you as soon as we can. Please know that we are focused as always on making the best possible content for you to play and we are thankful to all of you for your patience, understanding and support.