GTA is a sprawling metropolis when it comes to new content and each week sees the bustling world of GTA Online receive yet more new and exciting content, expanding the selection of activities within the city streets of San Andreas. Whilst the usual discounts and bonuses return this week, it’s a new game mode – Arena War – that will catch the eye of most players. If you’re still dabbling within a criminal empire in GTA Online, you’d be foolish not to check it out.

Kicking off this week then and Arena War is the highlight. This all new televised carnage takes players down within the constraints of the stratospheric dome Maze Bank Arena, to battle it out in the ultimate show of destruction.

Arena War brings vehicular combat like never seen before in GTA V as players ramp up the fight in 7 different Arena War Modes. Each Arena mode is available for up to 16 players to participate, whilst each will also see players progress through a new Career progression system that is now available courtesy of the Career Wall in the Arena Workshop. It’s also worth noting that Arena War is much bigger than just a simple game mode and it will require time and perseverance should you wish to rise through the ranks, earn the new cosmetic items and make a name for yourself in this gladiator style battle arena.

The new modes available are as follows:

  • Carnage No mercy, no disqualification, no safe word. Utilizing a host of new weaponized Bikes, Cars and Trucks specifically engineered for maximum destruction, be the last contender standing in an all-out vehicular brawl under the dome of the Maze Bank Arena.
  • Flag War Two teams, two flags, one objective. The classic capture the flag formula — reworked Arena War style to include enough gasoline-chugging violence to appeal to a mainstream audience.
  • Wreck It If you’re any good at driving really fast and turning to the left, then you’re off to a good start. Sure, it’s theoretically possible to win a round of Wreck It by crossing the line first in a fair-and-square lap race. But that’s never happened, because the competition, recently departed Spectators and an ever-evolving set of traps and obstacles are conspiring to reduce you to a smoldering heap of scrap metal. Like the old saying goes, if it’s not a race to the death, you’re just not taking it seriously enough.
  • Games Masters When it comes to brutal arena designs, you can install the most exquisitely hazardous death traps on the market, but there’s just no substitute for the sheer ingenuity and sadism of a properly incentivized human being. One team collects checkpoints, the other uses every fiendish tool the Arena has to offer to make their plans go up in smoke. And be sure to hold onto your grudges: after every round, you switch places.
  • Here Come the Monsters For centuries, gladiatorial fights to the death have brought unbridled joy to the masses. In Here Come the Monsters, one team takes to the arena in monster trucks capable of crushing metal and bone into the same bloody dust. The other guys get compact cars and a dose of anxiety meds – but if even one of them survives, they win. Let the games begin.
  • Hot Bomb Life isn’t about holding onto good things, it’s about passing them on. Like inherited wealth, or a sense of entitlement. Or a high-explosive device. In Hot Bomb, one player has the bomb, and the only way to get rid of it is by crashing into someone else. Throw in a timer and a baying crowd, and survival of the fittest just got an upgrade. If you’re eliminated from a match, pull up a stool in the greatest spectator lounge ever devised: kick back and get a drink or play the Arena War Wheel to claim a variety of prizes (the only form of roulette that has “take control of a weaponized drone” as a possible outcome).
  • Tag Team Arena War isn’t all about ruthless individualism. Sometimes there really is safety in numbers – and in Tag Team you’re going to need it. Each team has one player in the arena at a time, and their only objective is to immolate the opposition. Teammates holed up in the Spectator Box have an array of weapons at their disposal to give their partner a destructive edge.

If these modes sound like something you’ll want to get involved in then you’ll still need to purchase an Arena Workshop Property. These can be found at the new Arena.tv website and include your own Arena Mechanic with custom modifications to Arena vehicles as well as the option to customise all standard vehicles and even add in Benny’s Mobile Operations mechanic for the ultimate vehicle customisation opportunities. However, whilst there is plenty of scope for customising your ride, you’ll need to consider which modifications will help you out the most when it comes to your chosen game mode as they won’t all be a help and poor planning could lead to sloppy results.

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With such a heavy focus on vehicles in this latest addition to GTA Online, it’s not surprising to see 12 new vehicles also making their way to the game. Each of the vehicles come with either Future Shock, Apocalypse and Nightmare styles and the following list is every Arena Contender vehicle you can expect to find with the latest update.

  • Cerberus
  • Brutus
  • Scarab
  • Imperator
  • ZR380
  • Sasquatch
  • Bruiser
  • Arena Slamvan
  • Arena Dominator
  • Arena Issi
  • Impaler
  • Deathbike

If you’re still just as excited to get back to the basics within the streets of San Andreas then there is something for you to get stuck into too, with the following discounts available for those running the streets away from the Arena:

  • Mk II Weapon Upgrades & Customization – 35% off
  • Luxury Finishes – 25% off
  • MG & Combat MG – 25% off
  • Snipers – 25% off
  • SMGs – 25% off
  • Shotguns – 25% off
  • Pistols – 25% off
  • Explosives & Throwables – 25% off
  • Body Armor – 25% off

Any player that logs into the world of GTA Online from now through to December 17th will also receive the Annis % Bravado T-Shirts for use in-game.

So, there we have it. Another week and another batch of new content arriving in the criminal underworld of San Andreas. Will you be heading into the sun-soaked streets of Los Santos to enjoy the new GTA Online Arena War content? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.

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