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GTA Online NYE update patch notes: Omnis, Treasure Hunt, free cash, rewards

Published: 31/Dec/2020 11:44

by David Purcell


Rockstar Games have revealed what’s in store for Grand Theft Auto 5 with the game’s New Year update for GTA Online, and we’ve got the full patch notes. 

The game’s developers have rolled out a number of updates in recent times, with the biggest adding a new Cayo Perico heist to the title.

Not only that, but for Christmas the entire island turned white for yet another year of festivities.

However, with the arrival of the New Year’s update, things are going to be returning to normal where the weather is concerned. That’s not all that’s changing, though, so let’s dive into the specifics – posted in early patch notes by leaker Tez2.

GTA Online New Year’s update patch notes


Omnis GTA
Rockstar Games
The Omnis is not the most prized asset to sit on the podium, but it’s just fine.

The GTA Diamond Casino special vehicle for this week, which can be won with one Lucky Wheel spin, is the Obey Omnis.

It’s worth just $700,000 in-game, which is a fraction of the cost seen for various other prizes in the past, but still a decent pick for the update. According to GTA Fandom’s blog: “The Obey Omnis was the poster child of the golden age of rallying, a period of deregulated innocence when a turbo-charged tin can could plough through a crowd of spectators on a muddy embankment and there wasn’t a damn thing the government could do about it. This is one for the fans.”

Weather change, new task and free rewards

GTA Online livery
Rockstar Games
Here’s one of the free liveries you can get this week in GTA 5.

The weather has returned to normal in GTA Online, meaning there is no more of the fluffy white stuff on the roads or landscape.

There is, however, a more exciting change to talk about. Players will be able to collect a series of Treasure Chests, which will be dotted around the island, and in return a number of rewards will be made available.

Speaking of rewards, free unlockables this week include the following:

  • Sessanta Nove Monogram livery for Revolter, Speedo Custom, Menacer
  • Bigness Tie-dye Sweater
  • Bigness Tie-dye Sports Pants

Races and cash bonuses

There will be double cash and RP rewards granted to those grinding through the In & Out Adversary mode, for a limited time. The featured races and time trials can be seen below:

  • Premium Race: Senora Freeway
  • Time Trial: Coast to Coast
  • RC Time Trial: Construction Site I

Discounts and Twitch Prime Gaming rewards

Casino penthouse gta
Rockstar Games
Does your Casino Penthouse garage need an upgrade? Now might be the best time to act.

There is a whole list of things to buy with a 40% discount this week, as listed, and Twitch Prime Gaming members will also receive a further 10% off.

  • Casino Penthouse Garage
  • Arcade Garage
  • Nightclub Garage Levels
  • Arena Garage Floors
  • Dynasty 8 Garages
  • Office Garages
  • MOC Personal Vehicle Storage
  • High-End Apartments Ramp Buggy
  • Armored Kuruma
  • Phantom Wedge
  • Taipan

For more information on the latest Twitch Prime Gaming rewards in GTA Online, check out our guide.


Pokemon Sword & Shield community stunned by Detective Pikachu easter egg

Published: 18/Jan/2021 23:29 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 23:34

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield player went viral after posting a Detective Pikachu easter egg that had slipped past many Gen 8 Trainers for over a year.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced players to new features such as the Wild Area and Dynamaxing.

Despite releasing over a year ago, players are still discovering secrets in the Galar region. Players of the RPG were surprised when they missed a Detective Pikachu easter egg that was right under their noses.

Detective Pikachu promotional image screenshot.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The popular spin-off game is mentioned in Sword & Shield.

Pokemon’s Sword & Shield’s Detective Pikachu easter egg

Early into the Gen 8 title, players make their way to the seaside town of Hulbury to face off against Water Gym Leader Nessa. According to a viral post online, there is more to see in the small village.

The neat easter egg was posted on the r/PokemonSwordAndShield subreddit by user ‘aSuspiciousPanda’ who posted a screenshot of an NPC talking about Detective Pikachu.

The image shows the player’s protagonist standing in front of the Hulbury Pokemon Center when a character walking through town says “I hear there’s a Pokemon that’s a great detective!”

First time seeing this easter egg! from PokemonSwordAndShield

While the easter egg is pretty minor, many in the community were stunned that they had never seen the reference in the RPG before. “I have never seen this,” a fan replied. One user exclaimed, “Whoa, never noticed this either! Nice find.” Another agreed and said, “I love this!”

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield players reacting to Detective Pikachu Easter Egg.

Although Sword & Shield came out over a year ago, surprisingly a lot of fans had never seen the NPC before. According to several users, supposedly the character says different texts depending on the day. So it makes sense why many have never stumbled upon the dialogue until now.

While not the most earth-shattering secret, it does make one wonder how many more references are actually hidden throughout the Nintendo Switch title. If nothing else, the viral post just makes us want the sequel to Detective Pikachu even more. Only time will tell when the adorable Electric-type will be sleuthing once again.