Arena War Comes to Grand Theft Auto Online

By Rebecca Smith, 1 month ago
If you've ever watched Robot Wars and thought you could do better, now's your chance. Grand Theft Auto V has introduced a new mode to Grand Theft Auto Online: Arena War. Here players can take the wheel of one of 12 juggernauts of destruction, or build their own, and take part in one of the new events taking place at the Maze Bank Arena.

There are seven different game modes featuring all kinds of destruction derbies to try out at the Arena. Not only can players take control of EMP Drones and destructible RC Cars from the safety of the Spectator Box, they can get behind the wheel of human-sized vehicles equipped with artillery to duke it out in Arena itself. If you're eliminated from the match, you can head towards the spectator lounge for a drink, or have a spin on the Arena War Wheel to win any number of prizes.


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.

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.

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.
The update comes with 12 new vehicles for use in the mode, fitting into one of three styles: Future Shock, Apocalypse and Nightmare. They can be found at the website. Some of the vehicles are fit for combat as soon as they're purchased. Others will have to be taken into the Arena Workshop to be upgraded before they can enter the Arena. The Workshop can also be purchased from the website and allows players to customise their battle machines with accessories such as Buzz Saws and Ram Bars.

From left to right, the Bravado Sasquatch in Apocalypse, Future Shock and Nightmare stylesFrom left to right, the Bravado Sasquatch in Apocalypse, Future Shock and Nightmare styles

All seven of the Arena War modes will award players with Double GTA$ & RP this week, and every completed event also awards Arena Points. These can be redeemed for rewards like upgrades, modifications, and discounts on Outfits. Your trophies can also be displayed in your trophy case. Finally, players who log in before December 17th will also get the Annis and Bravado T-Shirts for their character.

As usual with each event, there are discounts on a range of weapon categories. You can see those below:
  • 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
Arena War is available now.

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Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.