- "The FIB need Michael, Trevor and Franklin to rob an armored car."
- ―GTA V description at Rockstar Games Social Club
- Michael: "Alright... the fuck is this bullshit? We handled your little immigration problem or whatever the fuck it was. We're straight."
- Haines: "Oh absolutely... yeah, yeah. You killed people, you tortured people, committed a litany of other crimes... Oh we're so straight you and me, we're arrows."
- ―Michael De Santa and Steve Haines.
Michael, Franklin, and Trevor meet up with Steve Haines, Dave Norton, and Andreas Sanchez at the Murrieta Oil Fields to discuss business. Once there, Haines and Norton tell the protagonists that the FIB want to rob the IAA. The target: an armored car filled with funds the Agency earned from drug sales. Haines wants you to "requisition" those funds for the Bureau. After the agents leave, Michael comes up with a plan: "classic blitz play." He lays out the general approach, then the team splits up. Soon, Michael makes a conference call to his two partners with more details. This unlocks the heist setups missions with each contact point marked as HS on the map. You will need:
- Masks, that can be brought at Vespucci Movie Masks shop in Vespucci Beach.
- Boiler Suits, that can be bought at the Ammu-Nation store in Strawberry.
- Trash Truck, that can be found driving around East Vinewood. One can be found at the airport if the player owns the hangar there.
- Tow Truck, that can be found parked in La Puerta. Another can be found in the Davis Sheriff Impound, or by the LS Customs at the airport.
- Getaway Vehicle, that can be any car. The player will be automatically notified if he enters in a vehicle that can be used in the getaway.
The protagonists can engage in other activities and missions between the set-up missions.
After the three exchange pleasantries, Michael outlines the plan. Trevor needs to find an elevated perch and serve as the lookout, notifying the other two when the security truck is nearing the site of the attempted robbery so they can block the road.
The job starts with the player controlling Trevor in a first-person view as he looks at the oncoming traffic through a pair of binoculars to locate the armored truck. Once he spots it, the camera zooms out and places the player in control of Michael in the garbage truck, who maneuvers the vehicle to block the entire street.
When the garbage truck is in place, a cinematic sequence shows the armored truck approaching the roadblock and screeching to a halt with the occupants commenting negatively on it. Now the camera jumps to Franklin's first-person perspective behind the wheel of the tow truck coming down an alley. Franklin gives a heavy foot on the gas and rams into the target vehicle at full speed. Another cutscene shows the powerful impact of the crash, which tips the armored vehicle on its side.
The player stays in control of Franklin, who walks over and places explosives on the back door of the overturned truck. After detonation, Michael joins Franklin and the guards emerge with their hands up. The alarm goes off quickly, and police sirens scream in the distance. The team does not have time to collect all the cash, so they take defensive positions and wait to open fire on the LSPD. At this point in the mission the player is given the ability to swap between Trevor, who is carrying an RPG, and the two other characters, who are both armed with machine guns near the truck.
After disposing of several waves of cops and their snipers, a brief reprieve allows the rest of the crew to escape offscreen and while Franklin escapes to the placed getaway vehicle. He then blows up the garbage truck in order to destroy evidence and gets into the getaway vehicle. After Franklin feels safe, he contacts Michael and is informed that Michael is on his way to drop off the score. The game then switches to Michael as he drives to the drop-off point. Michael drops off the bonds and begins to speak with their contact. The contact then persuades Michael to get his "crew" (Trevor and Franklin) to collect five cars for him in exchange for him allowing Michael to work with Solomon Richards and a massive cash payout for each member of the crew.
- Get in the Garbage Truck. - (Michael)
- Go to Cypress Flats. - (Michael)
- Block the road. - (Michael)
- Ram the security truck. - (Franklin)
- Plant a sticky bomb on the rear doors of the truck. - (Franklin)
- Take out the cops. - (Michael and Franklin)
- Take out the police reinforcements coming from the main road. - (Michael)
- Kill all the snipers on the front buildings. - (Trevor)
- Destroy the police helicopter. - (Trevor)
- Get in the garbage truck. - (Franklin)
- Go to the getaway location. - (Franklin)
- Destroy the garbage truck. - (Franklin)
- Get away from the garbage truck. - (Franklin)
- Go to Devin's house. - (Michael)
Gold Medal Objectives
- Hawk Down - Shoot down the helicopter as Trevor.
- Despite the description, the player can destroy the helicopter with any character (and not necessarily with an RPG).
- Headshots - Kill 12 enemies with a headshot.
- Kill as many enemies with headshots.
- Accuracy - Finish with a shooting accuracy of at least 60%.
- Bodyshots with a low damage weapon will allow more hits to be scored.
- Alternatively, using a shotgun will hit more easily due to its spread.
- Switcher - Switch character 10 times.
- Switch as much as possible.
Weazel News Newspaper
"A Gruppe Sechs armored car being used by the IAA to transport bonds was raided yesterday and the mainstream media refuses to call it what it is, a terror attack. The IAA do important work bolstering American imperialism around the globe, and any attack on them is an attack on the rich white U.S. citizens who enjoy the cheap oil, and manufactured goods that ill-gotten global dominance can bring."
Weazel News (Radio)
"Gruppe Sechs armored car robbery connected to IAA. In a rare public statement, IAA spokesperson Lucinda Jacob confirmed the connection between her agency and the robbery of a Gruppe Sechs armored car in Cypress Flats. She told us she could confirm the car was carrying high value government bonds. But was unable to tell how much, where they were going or any success in solving the crime."
- @carsnpipes_pedro - "all that money stollen from security spending for healrthcare and now an iaa truck been hijacked thank you again liberal for fucking america"
- @mackinit2009 - "Armored car hit. Police shootout on streets of East Los Santos. This is like the 90s all over again."
- On the PC version, the game may crash once Franklin phones Michael after the Trashmaster is destroyed. To fix/avoid this, it is recommended that the player saves their game in a different slot (but not an over-written one) before starting this mission. Another option is to commit suicide during the mission, as the game will autosave and should fix the issue.
- Another alternative way is to not throw any explosive weapon on foot. The player needs to use sticky bombs to blow the doors open and then they need to use weapons other than explosive. The solution is to quick throw the sticky bombs instead.
- On the Xbox One version, if Michael is in the back fighting NOOSE alone, He will be in danger, and if you don't help him, he will die, but sometimes the mission won't fail, instead his SWITCH icon will be greyed out, implying he's dead, and his icon will still be red, despite this, he will be playable again after the mission if this happens.
- The mission is heavily inspired by the introduction robbery from the movie "Heat." This was referenced by Michael, who says that he was inspired by a Vinewood action movie he saw himself. In another possible reference, during the opening cinematic, Trevor refers to Michael as "slick," which Tom Sizemore's character Michael refers to Kevin Gage's character Waingro as. Also, if Trevor has a mullet and hockey mask during the mission, he closely resembles Waingro during the introduction heist. Finally, after blowing open the back doors of the van, one of the guards screams "My fucking ears! I'm fucking deaf!" This is almost exactly the same as is played out in Heat, the back doors are blown open and the guard goes deaf, leading to him being shot by Waingro.
- The classic "Three Wise Monkeys" (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) pose (seen in the second trailer) is done by the 3 main characters during the set-up cutscene, after being told that their government is corrupt. Coincidentally, monkey masks may later be purchased for the mission.
- In the gameplay trailer, a scene showed the Securicar crashing into a concrete wall and destroying it entirely. This led many fans to believe that the environment was much more destructible than it actually is in the game.
- After the Securicar is taken out, one of the personnel says the cops will be swarming the area in ten seconds and they should run. Indeed, exactly ten seconds after that statement, a four-star wanted level is given.
- No matter what boilersuit Trevor is wearing, the sleeves will always be rolled up and will have a long-sleeved black shirt underneath, with the exception of the green boilersuit, which has a white shirt underneath.
- It is similar to the Dock Worker Outfit given to Trevor after completing the mission "Scouting the Port". This is because the outfit itself is a boilersuit with a safety vest on.
- If the player were to replay this mission, a Cheval Fugitive is automatically used as the getaway vehicle, which will be parked in Cypress Flats.
- During the shootout, Trevor states that he has a "bazooka". Despite this term sometimes being informally used to refer to any rocket launcher, this nickname is in fact specific to the American rocket launchers from World War II, and not to the RPG-7 used in-game.
- Approximately 33 police officers are killed in the ensuing gunfight assuming all officers are killed (this counts NOOSE as well).
- When Trevor says: "At least we are not wearing clown masks", this could be a reference to the initial scene  of the movie The Dark Knight, when the Joker crew is robbing the bank using clown masks and some of then also wearing boiler suits. Another possibility is that it is a reference to the game "Payday: The Heist" and "Payday 2" (Both games are inspired by the movie "Heat"), as the main characters in the game all wear clown masks during robberies. This could also be a reference to Trevor's fear of clowns, which he expressed in Grass Roots.
- Michael was meant to be the one placing the explosives, as evidenced in the trailers.
- If Franklin kills the two guards that emerge from the Securicar, Trevor will comment on it calling it "ice cold", but it seems that he is talking to Michael rather than Franklin.
- Despite the fact that gold medal achievement requires everyone to be wearing hockey masks, the crew wear different masks in the pre-release footage. Also, they all wear blue boilersuits despite the gold medal requiring them to wear differently colored boilersuits.
- The fact that the IAA are using the proceeds from drug sales is a reference to the real-life allegations of the CIA's involvement in drug trafficking.
- The gold medal objective Hawk Down is a reference to the infamous Operation Gothic Serpent, commonly known as Black Hawk Down, in 1993 where two Black Hawks were shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia.
- The player can make one of the characters look like Tommy Vercetti in the mission, The Job, from GTA: Vice City (Green boilersuits and hockey masks).
- After this mission, a user named @mackinit2009 will post the lines ''Armored car hit. Police shootout on streets of East Los Santos. This is like the 90s all over again." on Bleeter. It is possibly referencing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, as the game took place in 1992, and specifically the mission Reuniting the Families, as it was a "shootout in the streets" and Big Smoke was driving all over East Los Santos.
- This mission, tied with Three's Company (AP Pistol & Heavy Sniper) and The Jewel Store Job (Carbine Rifle & Tear Gas) has the second most amount of unlocks (MG & RPG) for weapons, with The Paleto Score having the most (Minigun, Combat MG & Assault Shotgun). An exception is Franklin and Lamar, as it unlocks Ammu-Nation in general which has Pistol, Knife, Grenades, Armor, Micro SMG, SMG and any DLC weapons.
- If the player doesn't switch to Michael nor Trevor during the gunfight against the police, the specific characters will not retain the weapons that they are supposed to obtain during this mission (Combat MG, Sniper Rifle, Heavy Sniper and Grenades for Michael, and RPG for Trevor).
- The Tow Truck is indestructible in the mission, and is not blown up by a protagonist despite being evidence, which is strange because the Trash Truck, part of the evidence, is destroyed.
- The music that plays in the background is the same song that plays in the screen that appears when highlighting the GTA V disc on the XMB on the Playstation 3.
- There seems to have been some footage removed from the initial set-up cutscene if triggered as Michael. Although much is made of Trevor's arrival, Franklin suddenly appears standing next to Michael between lines of dialogue.
- When Franklin rams the tow truck into the side of the armored van, the mission will fail if he hits too close to the front of the van which, for some reason, is marked as "your cover was blown". The van has to be hit in its rear half to avoid this failure.
- Although listed as the third heist, the second heist, The Merryweather Heist is not a prerequisite, so "Blitz Play" can be done first. Both heists have one thing in common: other than unlocking new missions and new weapons becoming available at Ammu-Nation, neither result in any monetary reward (Blitz Play, in fact, actually costs the team several hundred dollars for the boiler suits and masks while The Merryweather Heist costs almost nothing other than stealing vehicles).
- The above does not appear to apply to the PS4 version. Although the set-up missions can be undertaken before the Merryweather Heist, the actual main Blitz Play heist itself does not trigger until The Merryweather Heist is completed.
- Scenes of Blitz Play were seen in the first official gameplay trailer of GTA V including the scene of Franklin ramming the armored car with the Large Tow Truck.
- This is one of many missions in the GTA series where stars are deducted, with others including Three Leaf Clover in GTA IV and The Big Score later in GTA V.
- Blitz Play is unique among the heists in GTA V and GTA Online as it is the only story mode heist that doesn't have a planning board and doesn't have the word "the" in its title. It is also the only story mode heist not to involve Lester Crest. Also when completed, it shows "Mission Passed" instead of "Heist Passed". It also does not have the typical 'H' symbol in the social club leading some people to believe that it is not actually a heist.
- The only Online Heist for Trevor, Series A Funding, is the only Online Heist without the word "The" in it's title.
- If the player hasn't completed Hotel Assassination and everything is setup for the heist, Franklin will text Michael and Trevor to "wait as he needed to do something for Lester."
- Though one might think the events of this mission would impact Gruppe Sechs' finances, there seems to be no demonstrable influence on its stock price, or that of its competitor, Merryweather Security.
- If the cop snipers aren't taken down, the cops will keep spawning and swarming Michael and Franklin, making the heist to never end.
- According to the audio events in the game files for this mission, originally, an Ambulance was supposed to be used to block the road instead of a Trashmaster.
- ↑ Heat - Armored Van Heist
"FBI4_COVER_RESTART", "fbi4_DEPOT_STOP_TRACK", "FBI4_ENTER_VEHICLE_MA", "fbi4_EXPLODE_MA", "FBI4_EXPLODE_RESTART_ST", "FBI4_GETAWAY_RESTART", "FBI4_MISSION_FAIL", "fbi4_PARK_AMBULANCE_OS", "FBI4_PETROL", "FBI4_PETROL_EXPLODE", "fbi4_PLANT_BOMB_MA", "fbi4_PRE_TRUCK_RAM_MA", "FBI4_RAM_OS", "fbi4_SHOOTOUT_MA", "fbi4_SHOOTOUT_MID_MA",
- Bomb Da Base II - A similar mission in GTA IV Multiplayer which involves stealing an hijacking a Securicar filled with explosives.