The name of GTA Online’s newest update, Smuggler’s Run, is a fun nod to Rockstar’s pre-GTA3 arcade racer from way back at the turn of the century. But unlike the original, which focused on off road vehicles, this update pack is all about aircraft.
That said, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the iconic Smuggler’s Run dune buggy when they showed off this ultra-light flyer swooping over Blaine County’s Alamo Sea.
We know the update will focus on a smuggling ring, led by TPE CEO “Nervous” Ron Jakowski, and that players will be able to purchase and customize their own airplane hangars – much like they did in the Import/Export and Gunrunning updates. Not only will these hangars serve as a warehouse and base of operations for your new business venture, you’ll also be able to store and modify a private armada of helicopters and planes.
The image above shows off just a few of the new aircraft that broach a variety of time periods and styles – in addition to some old classics, of course. We appear to see GTA versions of: the WW2-era German Messerchmitt and the British Spitfire, across the aisle from a craft inspired by the Russian MiG-15, behind which is parked some variant of a Grumman Goose (the seaplanes seen in adventures like Indiana Jones and Uncharted). Whether or not it’ll actually be able to land on water remains to be seen, but it seems like a safe bet.
Check out the gallery above for images of all the new aircraft shown off in the trailer. The update will also contain a host of new missions and customization options, so be sure to check out our GTA Online wiki for all the details as they come in.