A new paint category set to arrive specifically for the next-gen edition of GTA V was recently found by dataminers and made into a playable mod.
Dataminers found an impending new paint category in Grand Theft Auto Online’s game files, which will be released as an exclusive feature for Grand Theft Auto V‘s release on next-generation consoles in 2022. Although it was released almost a decade ago, Grand Theft Auto Online grows in popularity, with more people joining each year. Both GTA players and Rockstar Games have made it plain that the famed online sandbox isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, with the game surpassing the player count record in 2020 and becoming Twitch’s most-watched game of 2021.
Grand Theft Auto V’s multiplayer feature continues to receive major upgrades and expansions that bring new content and extend the game’s replayability and lifespan as Rockstar’s biggest and most popular game. A next-gen version of the current installment is planned to be re-released in March for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S because of its enormous player base and sustained commercial success. Next-gen gamers will be able to play a redesigned version of Grand Theft Auto V and its multiplayer mode, which will have improved visuals and gameplay, faster loading times, and additional features that have yet to be released, despite dataminers appearing to have leaked some of the game’s plans.
With the recent release of Grand Theft Auto V’s next-gen enlarged and enhanced edition, Rockstar Games may have left certain files in Grand Theft Auto Online for an upcoming exclusive paint category that dataminers have uncovered and uploaded to the current-gen version. The Chameleon paint is supposed to be a next-gen GTA V enhanced version exclusive. Still, thanks to dataminer and modder WildBrick142, who worked tirelessly for three days to implement the new feature into the game before releasing it to the public, the chroma-styled colorful paint job is now available as a mod thanks to Rockstar leaving its files in the game after The Contract content update.
🌈 The Chameleon paint is going to be an exclusive feature for E&E, but @RockstarGames left all the functionality in the game files after #TheContract update, and thanks to @WildBrick142 we can have it: https://t.co/FHTRAte30r#GTAV #GrandTheftAuto#RockstarGames#GTAOnline pic.twitter.com/ai1b0WIh9b
— NAstyWiNN3R (@NSTWNR) December 25, 2021
The past 3 days I was unsuccessfully trying to get the gradient to work in-game, and eventually wrote it of as completely hardcoded.
— WildBrick142 (@WildBrick142) December 24, 2021
Similarly, the current update has revealed even more information on the future Expanded & Enhanced, and it appears like Rockstar Games is making preparations. According to dataminers, the recent The Contract update for Grand Theft Auto V featured various audio adjustments, most notably to the base game. New Franklin sounds, mission passed themes, a new style of loading screen music, and more are all scheduled to be included in the next-gen edition.
The disappointing debut of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition looks to have enraged GTA fans, so maybe Rockstar is approaching their improved edition of GTA V more seriously – and cautiously. It’s unclear whether Rockstar Games will take action against the modders or whether the functionality will be released sooner. However, players may expect to hear more in the coming months, as the new edition of Grand Theft Auto V is planned to debut in March 2022.
Grand Theft Auto V Expanded & Enhanced will be released in March 2022 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.