GTA Online Deathmatches are something that, today, Rockstar Games have offered tips on, in terms of making killer deathmatches with the Creator. Their press release is as follows:
We lead off with a general guide for anyone yet to get some quality time with the Creator. For Creator veterans, we’ve got some inside design tips in response to questions and comments we’ve received at the email@example.com email address, including specific suggested do’s and don’ts from some of the very Rockstar dev team that are actively seeking out exceptional Jobs to join the ranks of the Rockstar Verified.
consider placing powerful weapons in harder-to-reach spots.
The Deathmatch Details Menu is where you’re going to enter the name and description of your Deathmatch, as well as parameters such as how many players can be on each team, Target Score (kills), Time Limit and Time of Day. Note that all Deathmatches have to be playable in both Normal (free-for-all) and Team varieties – whichever of the two you select as your Deathmatch Type sets it as the default when players enter the Job.
Balanced weapon choice is one of the key ingredients in a Deathmatch. Using the Lock Weapons option, you can choose to restrict your Deathmatch to one particular weapon (Forced Only), restrict the starting weapon but allow pickups (Forced + Pickups) or allow players to bring their own loadout (Owned + Pickups). This allows you to create Deathmatches that are pistols-only, knives-only, fists-only… whatever you like.
Just like when creating Races, placing a Trigger sets where players will need to go to start your Deathmatch from Free Mode and also lays down the rough location of where the action will take place. You’ll also want to take a Lobby Camera picture to set the pre-Job background. Next up are the all-important Spawn Points. These are the points at which players will respawn when they die and their placement will go some way to determining how fun the Deathmatch is to play. The number of Spawn Points required is displayed at the bottom right of the screen and it is affected by the player counts you set up in the Deathmatch Details menu. If you feel like things are getting too congested, remember that you can go back and tweak all of those details at any time.
You’ll also need to lay down some Team Start Points (one per player) which is where players start when your Job is played as a Team Deathmatch. Generally you’d be looking to start them off with their respective teams at opposite ends of the playing area, but there are no hard and fast rules so feel free to experiment. Maybe we’ll see some Red Dead-style standoffs?
Once these are in place, it’s time to start populating the playing area with things like Weapons, Health & Armor pickups, or even Vehicles and Props, such as Cabins and Barriers to provide additional cover. The only way we know of to create a well-balanced Deathmatch is to test it repeatedly and change things around accordingly. If the sniper spot you set up is feeling slightly too exposed, put some cover up there. If you find that players are heading straight for the P-996 Lazer you dropped in and dominating from there, maybe you need some heavy firepower on the ground to help even the balance.
If you want to quickly lay down some basic structure like Spawn Points, Start Points and Weapon Pickups to go back and tweak later, hit the Randomize option after placing your Trigger to get an instant playable Deathmatch inside the area you selected. You can also switch to in-game camera by pressing the Select/Back button and place Spawn Points, Weapons and everything else from the ground. This will also allow you access to create in underground areas and inside some buildings.
a fortified position overly advantageous, so always test and refine your Deathmatches.
Testing 1, 2, 3
Hitting the Test option allows you to play your Deathmatch against AI-controlled opposition and you must complete one Test before you can publish the Job. However, don’t think that testing ends when your Deathmatch is out in the wild. Be sure to actively gather feedback from your Friends and Crewmates, as well as comments and ratings made by the wider Social Club community, and then go back in to update accordingly. You may even want to add notes to the description so that returning players can see what’s changed and know that you’re actively tweaking your Job post-launch.
Time to Publish
When you’re completely happy, hit Publish and your Deathmatch will be available for the entire community via the Social Club website. From there they can download, play, rate and share your Job at any time. Keep an eye on their feedback in the comments section for potential updates later on.
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