Rockstar Games Nerfs Cayo Perico Again, Promotes Co-Op Gameplay

Rockstar Games makes significant changes to the Cayo Perico Heist, focusing on cooperative play while reducing payouts.

Rockstar Games Nerfs Cayo Perico Again, Promotes Co-Op Gameplay
Rockstar Games Nerfs Cayo Perico Again

In a surprising twist, Rockstar Games has introduced sweeping changes to the beloved Cayo Perico Heist in GTA Online just ahead of the game’s 10th-anniversary celebration on October 1, 2023.


  • GTA Online celebrates its 10th anniversary on October 1, 2023.
  • Rockstar Games nerfs the Cayo Perico Heist, impacting primary and secondary target payouts.
  • Co-op play is incentivized with the changes.
  • The update also includes other GTA Online bonuses, gifts, and discounts.

Rockstar Games has decided to shake things up in GTA Online just ahead of its 10th anniversary on October 1, 2023, with significant adjustments to the popular Cayo Perico Heist. While this heist had been a favorite among solo players for its lucrative rewards, Rockstar has decided to reduce payouts, encouraging players to embrace co-op gameplay. These changes have caused quite a stir in the GTA Online community as players adapt to the new dynamics of the Cayo Perico Heist.

Since its introduction, the Cayo Perico Heist has undergone multiple patches (known as nerfs), but this recent adjustment appears to be one of the most impactful. It includes a flat 30% decrease in primary targets (except Pink Diamond and Madrazo Files for first-time players) and a 10% decrease in secondary targets (except Gold). These alterations affect solo players and reduce payouts for co-op players, marking a significant shift in the game’s balance.

In addition to the Cayo Perico Heist changes, GTA Online’s weekly update for September 28 to October 5, 2023, includes other notable alterations. Rockstar has increased setup costs for the heist from $25,000 to $100,000, and secondary loot has been reduced. These modifications aim to create a more balanced experience and provide better chances at higher-value secondary target loot for sites that require two players.

While players adjust to these changes, GTA Online offers bonuses and gifts. Players can claim a Red Happy Moon Tee simply by logging in, and there are opportunities to win the Maibatsu Penumbra FF, the Übermacht Sentinel Classic, and the Oktoberfest-themed Alpine Hat. Additionally, various in-game businesses, including Motorcycle Club clubhouses, bunkers, executive offices, and nightclubs, offer 40% off all locations and upgrades, providing additional avenues for players to earn money.

As players navigate the Cayo Perico Heist’s new landscape, these adjustments represent Rockstar Games’ efforts to keep the GTA Online experience dynamic and engaging. While some players may need time to adapt, these changes open up new opportunities for cooperation and exploration in GTA Online.

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