Grand Theft Auto V roleplay servers have returned to popularity on Twitch thanks to a number of top streamers returning to the game. But what actually is it? We've got the lowdown for you.
The multiplayer mod, which is different from the normal GTA Online mode, allows players to act out their own story in whatever fashion they want, affecting how the fictional city of Los Santos and its inhabitants, both actual players and NPCs, operate.
However, it can still be a confusing world to outsiders. So, here’s everything you need to know about GTA V RP.
GTA V roleplay is a multiplayer mod for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V. Players who jump into one of the user-created RP servers becomes even more immersed in the game - as they take on the form of a normal NPC, which can be customized in a number of different ways.
The level of roleplay depends on the server. Some servers are completely hardcore roleplaying - which means players are skirting the rules if they ask for tips on how to access the game’s menus or even the button that corresponds to an action.
Anyone with a copy of the game on PC can play, but it is significantly different from the normal multiplayer mode that is built into Rockstar’s hugely popular title.
As we say, GTA RP is a multiplayer mod and can only be accessed via modified games clients like FiveM and Grand Theft Multiplayer. Once there, you can join an RP server some communities require an invite - which players gain by proving themselves as a talented role-player.
One of the most popular GTA V role play servers, run by NoPixel, is currently closed to applications because of the overwhelming number of new applicants.
Since GTA V RP suddenly started getting popular again on Twitch, players have been eager to get in on the action, but with over 4,000 applications now backed up, NoPixel has had to close it for the time being.
Even once you are accepted to a server, you will likely be placed on the very end of the queue, and can only move up it by proving yourself as a 'good' RP player (i.e. staying in character and not ruining it for others).
A number of big streamers have recently jumped back into the mod but a dedicated community has remained since the popularity of the game spiked in 2017.
On March 10, Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar had a hilarious broadcast that saw him cover almost everything in the game - including a NSFW interaction with a police officer after he had been locked up in jail.
Fellow streamer Saqib ‘Lirik’ Zahid has also been known to dabble in the mod with his Avon Barksdale character - taking inspiration from the critically acclaimed TV series, The Wire.
Whether the mod stays trendy with big Twitch streamers remains to be seen - but a dedicated community, spread over a number of servers, maintains a healthy player base.
Before jumping into the action yourself, if you're tempted, it's advisable to spend some time watching others play, so you can become accustomed to the norms and expectations of the roleplaying mod.