Tag Archives: announcement

Yesterday’s GTA Online Update Announced By Rockstar

Recently we’ve seen a few updates getting announced the same day as they are released. Various DLCs related to national holidays or other cultural events usually fit this bill with the Halloween and Festive Surprise updates being officially announced on launch day.

dz2

However this may be the first time that Rockstar announces an update after it was launched, at least partially. Yesterday we reported on the Karin Sultan and Bravado Banshee being added to Benny’s Original Motorworks, unlocking a wealth of customization options for both of them. Players have also discovered the contents of the Valentine’s Day DLC in the update’s game files. Another significant change brought by the update was some much needed changes to the Cargobob which the community had been asking for a few months hence.

dz

All of this new content was announced today in a Rockstar Newswire post which also showed off a new Adversary Mode that came with the update, however this wasn’t accessible ahead of time.

Drop Zone features up to four teams jumping out of high-altitude Cargobobs. You’ll need to maneuver to the ground and be first to hit land without dying. Once your team has reached the designated drop zone you need to hold the area for two minutes to win. The other teams will be coming at you to claim the ground. Currently five maps, Pillbox Hill, Richman College, Elysian Island, the Mirror Park cul-de-sac and the Sisyphus Theater make up the Drop Zone roster.

dz3

Of course there is the official announcement of the two new cars at Benny’s and Rockstar claims that a fully upgraded Banshee or Sultan can take on high-end super cars like the Zentorno or Progen.

Hints regarding a double GTA$ and RP event plus the upcoming Valentine’s DLC are also dropped in the announcement.

Stay tuned for details on our upcoming Event Weekend, which includes a Double GTA$ & RP Playlist, in-game discounts and more. Plus, keep an eye on GTA Online next month for some items you’re sure to fall in love with…

Have you tried the new GTA Online Adversary Mode out yet?

GTA V Story DLC Debunked, Rebunked And Overanalyzed

The tale of GTA V’s alleged Story DLC that may or may not exist is a lengthy one; full of false hopes, disappointments, and stubborn believers. It is a tale of announcements, leaks, and lots of silence and conjecture.

dlc

Some time ago we reported on findings by one particular leaker. He had seemingly found some pretty solid proof that the DLC is coming and it looked to be rather definitive. Many hoped it would put an end to the discussion.

Sadly that wasn’t the case and, as ever, the plot thickens.

A number of people began to claim that the leaker’s “proof” was an extremely elaborate fake. The user (LondonTown2004) has been tracked by some sneaky web sleuths and it turned out that he has had a number of different aliases and what’s more, been the source of several fake leaks in the past. It seems that this “leaker” simply changes moniker each time he is uncovered.

As these findings have come to light the GTA V community has also become divided. There are those who think the allegations against LondonTown are false, and that those who “uncovered” his past trickery are just very dedicated trolls. On the other hand there are those who now dismiss the DLC management system “proof” and any claim that GTA V might receive some Story DLC down the line along with it.

GTA-V-story-DLC-rumor

In the past months, one particular thread dealing specifically with the Story DLC over at GTAForums has been extremely active. Previous articles from GTA 5 Cheats have been cited amongst others in rather heated arguments regarding the future of Story DLC.

Originally, single player DLC for story mode, which would allegedly continue the story of Michael, Trevor and Franklin (we say “continue”, but it could only possibly be an interlude) beyond what we got in vanilla GTA V, was announced way back in 2014.

However, ever since, Rockstar has been mum over the issue, and at one point Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take Two Interactive, Rockstar’s parent company, stated that there was no plan for any single player DLC at all.

As time passed, all kinds of wild rumors and alleged leaks popped up. At one time, Franklin’s voice actor even lead the community on a wild goose chase with a bit of a prank.

dlc2

Before LondonTown’s leak, there was never anything which was anywhere close to believable, and now that it too is under scrutiny, those still hoping for some solo DLC don’t have much to hold on to.

However, a new occurrence has put the whole situation into new light, as a number of well known GTA V YouTubers have recently been called by Rockstar to Los Angeles. This could quite possibly be some sort of content creator event showcasing some new stuff. It could also be a more public showing of whatever went down at Gamescom last summer (which probably isn’t Agent).

Of course, it could merely be a livestream event with YouTubers as guest stars, however those have occurred several times in the past, and never were the noteworthy enough to be heralded by the YouTubers themselves beforehand. So we think that it is likely something of a higher caliber.

Since then, the contributors over at GTAForums have generally marked 2016 as the “last possible” release window for any single player DLC. With the best estimate of the next full GTA game (i.e. GTA VI) to be released around 2018 this would still mean a relatively large gap between the two pieces of content.

snapmatic3

As the story developed, more and more have accepted the theory that LondonTown’s leak was indeed a fake. Sadly, faith that single player DLC is coming is now at an all time low following its recent peak after the rather convincing leak was first posted.

While we frequently praise modding as one of the best things that has ever happened to GTA V, it did make the world of leaks much more mired in fakes. This is because it does not take too much modding know-how to mock up a home-made “DLC management system” menu, as seen in the leak.

What are your views on this issue? Is there any hope for single player DLC for GTA V, or should solo players stick to mods while they wait for the next game?

GTA Online Festive Surprise Announced And Released

That was quick. Soon after a few last-minute leaks spoiled most of the content and the release date of this year’s Christmas DLC for GTA Online, the official announcement, in tandem with the release, was made.

Much like with the Halloween Surprise DLC, the Newswire post went up at the same time as when the update itself went live in-game. Also much like with the Halloween Surprise DLC, a lot of the new content will only be available for a limited time.

fest

The DLC works more like an Advent calendar of sorts, with not all content being available or even revealed yet. The initial post and release are quite bare bones, but the wording of the news update gives us some idea of what is to come.

New designs for festive clothing, like pyjamas and costumes, as well as various new Christmas themed masks are available for free while the DLC is live. As well as this, the content from the previous two holiday DLCs, the 2014 Festive Surprise and the 2013 Holidays Gifts being available for purchase.

Christmas trees have been set up at Legion Square as well as in all apartments, mansions and yachts, to give you that proper holiday feel. While the pavement of Los Santos’ streets are still bone-dry, you can expect some soft, pure snow to fall soon, allowing players to have some deadly snowball fights.

fest2

However the free masks and outfits won’t be the only gifts that players can expect this Christmas. Various other free items, events and gameplay additions will be released, for free, during the course of the DLC’s lifespan, the nature of which have yet to be revealed. The vehicle that is purported to be added to GTA Online with this DLC is bound to be one of them.

Have you tried out some of the new additions to GTA Online with the Festive Surprise?

GTA Online’s Christmas DLC Soon To Be Announced?

Executives and Other Criminals, the next main DLC update, has been announced, and is arriving next week. However, one of the big remaining questions for us is: when will Rockstar unveil the special Holiday DLC for GTA Online? The days of December are rapidly passing and there has yet to be any official word on how players will be able to celebrate the festivities within GTA Online.

xmas1_1

Releasing thematic DLC packs for GTA Online is something Rockstar has been doing for some time now. They did it with Halloween, they did it with Thanksgiving, they did it with Independence Day and they did it with Christmas (previously). Based on the same leak that outed Executives and Other Criminals a while back, Rockstar is planning for Santa to visit Los Santos this year too, however there has yet to be any official word.

Granted, there have been cases in the past when the announcement and release of a thematic GTA Online DLC pack happened on the same day, so it is entirely possible that the same will occur this year. In that case, Rockstar certainly still has some time left, but if the other DLCs are anything to go on, they’ll probably release it slightly ahead of the actual event taking place.

Players can expect the Holiday DLC to add new clothing items and weapons to the game, based on the leak. If Executives and Other Criminals does in fact include the apartment customization feature, you can also expect a limited-time Christmas Tree and other decorations to become available.

xmas1_3

Rockstar also recently adopted the trend of flooding GTA Online with all new Adversary Modes, like Slasher for Halloween, Running Back for Thanksgiving and, most recently, Every Bullet Counts. Maybe, in the spirit of the holidays, they’ll release a Snowball Fight Adversary Mode, where players are armed with nothing but grenades.

What features or items do you hope the Holiday DLC for GTA Online will contain?

New GTA Online Adversary Mode Announced, Released

More and more it seems that Rockstar is adopting a policy of announcing and releasing new GTA Online content simultaneously.

ebc

The developer of GTA has been stepping up the Adversary Modes in recent updates, constantly adding newer and newer game modes, each of which are becoming progressively more unique and less conventional. The design team is going all out on trying to mold the existing game mechanics into exciting new features which would typically be unconventional in a game of this genre. We recently saw the Slasher and Running Back modes being added which are more divergent, as well as a number of more traditional but still creative modes like Hunting Pack.

ebc2

Yesterday we reported on some rumors, based of leaked information, that the upcoming December DLCs (Christmas update and Lowriders Part II) would add a number of Adversary Modes to GTA Online, including one called Every Bullet Counts. Well, in a rather surprising turn of events, Rockstar announced Every Bullet Counts soon after as a standalone Adversary Mode update, which went live immediately as the announcement was made.

The Adversary Mode sees four players, armed with Marksman Pistols with just two bullets locked together, in a confined space. You also have some melee weapons to fall back on should your two shots go awry. The mode seeks to force players into a tense situation, as anyone who does not move for longer than five seconds will have their blips displayed on the map.

ebc3

Every Bullet Counts also introduces new maps. The mode will be played in locations only accessible through this game mode. The fact that the rumor leak accurately named this mode before the announcement, plus the fact that it mentioned the map being expanded, which this indirectly does, lends the leak significant credibility.

Which aspect of this new GTA Online Adversary Mode do you find most appealing?

GTA Online Halloween Surprise Announced & Released

This shouldn’t really be a surprise to any of our readers, but Rockstar has just officially announced the already leaked Halloween Surprise DLC for GTA Online. What could possibly compensate for the lack of “surprise” though? It’s out right now!

halloween

The DLC is also everything the leaks made it out to be so no need to be disappointed on the content front. One interesting piece of new info however, is that the new vehicles and gear introduced in this DLC can only be acquired until the 16th of November, after which you won’t be able to get your hands on them (until next year’s Halloween – we hope). So we think it’s time to grind for cash, and hold off on buying those fully tricked out lowriders! Don’t worry though, as once you’ve acquired them, the items and vehicles will remain yours and usable after the 16th and beyond.

halloween1

As we’ve known for a while now, the two new vehicles are the Lurcher and the Franken Strange, a funeral hearse and a hot rod, respectively. Rockstar also added 20 new bobble head customization items, two of which have been leaked as a Frankenstein’s monster and a werewolf.

halloween2

A wide variety of new masks have also become available, and the halloween mask selection is the default setting for heists until the 16th. If masks aren’t your thing, then you can choose from the 30 different face-paint options.

halloween3

The new adversary mode, Slasher, throws a veil of darkness over Los Santos and arms victims with flashlights, and one slasher with a shotgun. The slasher has 3 minutes to hunt the unarmed victims, who can either stay in shadows, but not see anything, or use their flashlight and reveal their position. However, once the 3 minutes are up, the “victims” might become the hunters, as they are blessed with shotguns of their own.

halloween4

Rockstar has also announced that they will be holding a special Halloween weekend event and livestream. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Which feature of the GTA Online Halloween DLC do you enjoy the most?

GTA Online Lowriders Is A Thing, Coming October 20th

Update: Rockstar has released a trailer too.

It’s coming!

lowriders5

You guys know how the GTA community couldn’t shut up about a Lowrider DLC for GTA Online based on a code reference and indexes for 12 new vehicles? Remember how random, baseless rumors were linked with this unconfirmed DLC for over a month? Well, actually quite a few of these seemingly baseless rumors turned out to be true, leading us to question how many others that we dismissed offhand might become reality.

lowriders6

Launching on the 20th of October as a free update, GTA Online Lowriders will contain a whole lot of new customization options both for your character and your vehicles. As rumored, alongside a set of new vehicles just waiting for you to customize them, you can add hydraulics, trick out your engine block, gear levers, wheel, add speakers and neon lights, and cover your interior with leather or velour.

lowriders1

Another rumor that came through is a new set of missions brought to you by none other than Lamar. Make sure you’re well equipped when you undertake one of his assignments, as these will be dangerous and challenging.

lowriders2

Other smaller additions include two new weapons; a machine pistol and a machete; a fourth property slot to give you more garage space, and a massive amount of new clothing and accessory items.

lowriders6

It’s funny how many people quickly began to grow skeptical of and annoyed with all the Lowrider rumors, which, at the time, seemed unlikely to be true. Then, when Freemode Events was announced, everyone instantly wrote off “Lowrider” as being some internet legend and won’t ever actually be announced or released.

lowriders4

While the majority of rumors are still bullshit, the number of rumors which turned out to be true make the whole rumor discussion much more interesting going forward. Knowing that with the release of Freemode Events, a new wave of GTA Online DLC is coming, of which Lowriders is just the first, rumors in the future will have much more credibility.

lowriders3

Are you guys surprised that GTA Online Lowriders turned out to actually exist?

What Happened To The 12 New GTA Online Rides?

Finally, Rockstar has announced the Freemode Events update for GTA Online, silencing the endless rumors and speculation (or, at least, redirecting it to the GTA 6 “discussion“).

Much of the rumors have related to the  mysterious “LOW” DLC with the 12 new vehicles that were found in the game’s code. Surprisingly (not) none of the rumored features or additions actually made it into the update, at least as far as we know. There is no sex change operation, there are no Lamar missions, there are no stunt races. While some of these still have a chance of being announced, many other rumors floating around the web were as baseless as they seemed. However, there is the question of the info that started all this conjecture. The single, literally the only rumor that had any actual evidence to show for itself. The references to the DLC in GTA V’s code.

kill

Now, the DLC codename of “LOW” could still be a reference to Freemode Events, the logic behind Rockstar’s naming system be damned. The codename for the Ill-Gotten Gains DLC was “LUXE”, which fits the aesthetic nicely. The two possibilities here are that either LOW does not refer to Freemode Events, and a “lowrider” DLC is still in the works (more rumors, yay), or Rockstar is just screwing with people, knowing that someone out there was bound to go digging through the code.

While the “LOW” codename is more of an interesting tidbit, the fact of the 12 vehicles that were referenced in the code is still a mystery. In Rockstar’s announcement of GTA Online Freemode Events, they made no mention of new vehicles, nor have they done so in any further information released since. Now, some of these are vehicles which were present in previous GTA games, and back when the references were first discovered the more skeptical in the GTA community concluded that its just cut content from the final release. However, the connection with the “LOW” reference leaves this theory with a shaky foundation.

Are you still hoping to see those vehicles get into GTA Online?

GTA Online Freemode Events Last Nail In Story DLC’s Coffin

It seems that as much as the announcement of GTA Online Freemode Events is the beginning of new era for GTA Online, it is also the ending of others. With GTA Online update 1.29 bringing the new game play content of the DLC only to PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4, it is safe to assume that Rockstar has joined the long list of AAA publishers who are procedurally pulling content support for multi-gen games which are still getting new content. This also raised the question of the life-span of the last-gen GTA Online servers and Rockstar’s resource allocation going forward. However another thing to consider with Freemode Events – does this mean that we won’t ever see story DLC, or does this mean story DLC is the next thing we’re getting?

tips

Now, GTA Online Freemode Events is a massive update, expanding greatly upon the MMO aspect of GTA V. We know that the four events outlined in the trailer and original Rockstar post are hardly all there is, and we also know that a wealth of features and background tweaks are yet to be revealed as the September 15 release date approaches. It is also safe to assume the Rockstar will not simply announce the majority of content in the update, and let players discover the new face of GTA Online for themselves.

This massive reworking of how GTA Online’s Freemode functions however suggests that 1.29 is merely laying the groundwork for a new line of future GTA Online DLC packs, working off of Freemode Events’ new framework. If this is the case, it seems hard to believe that Rockstar would have the time or resources to develop a full fledged single-player DLC like people hope.

On the flip side, it is possible that with the release of Freemode Events, Rockstar and redirect some manpower to finish off a story DLC which has been in development already. Are you guys still holding out for GTA V story DLC?

GTA Online Freemode Events – No PS3 Or Xbox 360 Release

The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of GTA V have been hot topics lately, particularly in the area of support for future DLC releases. Since it has become a growing trend in the AAA industry for publishers to pull content support for the last-gen versions of their multi-platform games,we were wondering when/if Rockstar might start doing the same.

It seems we didn’t need to wait long for an answer. Yesterday, Rockstar had finally announced the highly anticipated DLC content coming with the 1.29 update, Freemode Events. The nature of the in-game content has been the subject of much speculation in the past weeks.

Freemode Events won’t be coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 though.

… the Freemode Events Update is only for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. As we’d mentioned previously in our Asked & Answered series here at the Newswire (http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52429/asked-answered-the-rockstar-editor-gta-online-updates), future content updates like this one would only be possible on the newer and more powerful systems.

freemode

This development almost certainly means that no future DLC will be launching on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 platforms. While on the one had this is understandable, as certain hardware limitations may be holding the content back, and developing for so many platforms must be a strain on resources, we must also keep in mind that the overpowering majority of GTA V players are on the last-gen platforms. Technical support will obviously still be provided, however the next question is a rather pressing one: for how long does Rockstar plan to keep the GTA Online servers for the last-gen consoles running?

Now, if Rockstar decides to shut the servers down sometime soon, on the one hand they would consolidate the game a bit, having to focus on only three platforms as opposed to five, which would presumably free up a ton of resources. A server shutdown would also trigger a mass exodus of players making the jump to current gen, however there would be undeniable losses. Another thing to consider would be the inevitable PR fallout following such a decision, which would tarnish Rockstar’s reputation.

How do your Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 players feel about this, and the future of GTA V? Will you be jumping to current-gen?