Sure, crime and violence are great, but too often they're solitary pursuits. As much fun as you can have ploughing through digital pedestrians, or leading the virtual cops towards an open arena for a final last stand, wouldn't it be better if you could share the experience with friends? That's the promise of GTA Online, with its 16-player persistent open world. A new crop of screenshots have surfaced, showing the bonding experience that can result from pointing some guns at some people.

GTA Online is (for now) tied to the (for now) console-only GTA5. Given the series' previous form, we expect that we'll get a taste of the action at some point next year. If you don't want to wait that long, you can get detailed coverage of what Rockstar have planned through CVG; who have an in-depth preview, based on a recent 50 minute demo, and an hour-long video interview with Leslie Benzies, the president of Rockstar North.

Thanks, OXM.