Posted 26 May 2013 - 01:55 PM
First off, I'm going off the assumption that private free roam will be the "MP Lobby", if you will. This is where you and your crew will join up before entering into any other game modes.
Second, I'm assuming money will allow you to buy some very interesting things, and thus will be motivation enough for wanting to acquire it without having to be a ranking or unlock system. Not to say that in a ranked game mode it might not be.
On to the point.
After playing around with Minecraft on XBL for a few days recently, I realized their server system wasn't a bad way for GTAV to go. I log on to my game, and when friends join for the first time they spawn in a set group of spawn points. They begin with nothing, but over the course of their play, they can acquire whatever they can find or trade for, and work to build an empire. When they log off, their progress is saved, but it only carries for MY game (maybe they keep changes to their avatar?). If I join their game, I start off with nothing and build my empire on THEIR map that is in no way connected to my own. This allows for purchasable property without the massive land-grab that a full on MMO would inevitably turn into. Depending on the max number of players in a single lobby, it could still turn into a land-grab, I suppose, but isn't a turf war a good bit of fun?
What this also means, is that the ranking crew member could then assign missions to his mates in order to plan and execute bigger heists. Once you have some prerequisite missions completed (gathering of supplies, getaway vehicle, etc.), higher level heists open up, similar to how I picture the SP to play out (minus the individual character storyline), only your friends have your back rather than the AI. Bigger heist, more money, more danger, more fun. Simple, really.
So long as we have things to spend money on, we will want more of it. I'm just glad R* might finally give us the chance to call the shots. After all, the only way to not want to shoot your boss in the face with an RPG is to be self-employed.