GTA Online players will soon be able to enjoy the nightlife and gambling at The Diamond Casino & Resort, Rockstar Games has announced.
The GTA casino is one of the most talked-about buildings on the Los Santos map thanks in part to the “Opening Soon” sign that sat outside it for years. The building has sparked numerous fan theories and hoaxes over that time period, but according to a new social media post from the publisher saying “Opening soon: A luxury casino in the heart of Vinewood…”.
Opening soon: A luxury casino in the heart of Vinewood… pic.twitter.com/fSM9xXFk23
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) June 13, 2019
The firm says the casino will open its doors before the end of the summer, which should mean within the next couple of months, but fans have already started to get excited about what the Diamond Resort could hold. Rockstar promises that the venue will offer “something for everyone” with “lavish amenities, exclusive shopping, first-class entertainment and state-of-the-art gaming facilities”.
However, it remains unclear whether GTA will let players play with the game’s current currency, which can be bought with real cash, or if they plan to create a new currency making the gamers’ wins and losses virtual. Some commentators have noted that the addition of poker to Red Dead Online in a recent update could have been a way for the publisher to test the waters before adding the ability to gamble to it’s top-line title.
If Rockstar does plan to launch a playable casino within the game it will be interesting to see how players will interact with the resort and whether the change will give today’s current online casino giants food for thought. If Rockstar can convert even a fraction of their 60,000 daily users into casino gamblers, it could become one of the biggest online casinos in the world overnight. The increased competition could result in promotions from leading establishments, with Casumo, PartyCasino, and Genting casino promo code and voucher offers likely to become available to tempt users back to those platforms and away from GTA.
Rockstar adds: “Whether you’re having a night on the town with friends or a seeking a brief solitary escape, The Diamond Casino and Resort is open to one and all. Come experience the tasteful luxury that the Diamond has to offer including best-in-class concierge, valet parking, the exhilaration of spinning the Lucky Wheel for a chance at life-changing prizes, a finely curated selection of spirits at the bars and lounges, a range of sophisticated table games and much more.”
After pouring through the game’s files and audio, content creator MrBossFTW has also speculated that Rockstar could launch sports betting alongside the traditional casino games, with a horse-racing track already positioned behind the casino property in the game map.
Another well-known GTA source, TezFunz2, investigated further and suggests that Rockstar has already made small changes to the Resort code, show that the doors will eventually open to let players inside to play the games and an interior is already available to see.
On Twitter he said: “There were rumors that GTAO Next Update will feature the casino, I can confirm it. Just now, R* have updated the background script to set specific dates that will apply changes to the casino. You’ll notice changes happening near the casino as we move closer to release.”
There were rumors that GTAO Next Update will feature the casino, I can confirm it.
Just now, R* have updated the background script to set specific dates that will apply changes to the casino.
You'll notice changes happening near the casino as we move closer to release.#GTAOnline pic.twitter.com/nPb4V9OVg3
— Tez2 (@TezFunz2) June 6, 2019