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GTA Online’s Stunt Race Creator Releasing Soon

The next big update for GTA Online is on the brink of release. With both mini-updates bridging the gap between Cunning Stunts and the Stunt Race Creator having launched, the scene is set for the Content Creator overhaul that spawned all of this to finally explode into the game. Slated for release on Tuesday, the 2nd of August, the Stunt Race Creator and the update around it is on every player’s mind. But what will it contain, exactly?

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The community has been calling for a revamp of the Content Creator for quite some time. Specifically, it has become most frequently requested ever since on the of patches for GTA Online removed the ability to stack props, or to place them right next to one another. Seeing as this greatly limits the possibilities of the Creator and makes many ideas or designs impossible, it is understandable that the community wanted the feature returned.

The official reasoning behind this move was that stacking props or placing them so that they touch resulted in an odd bug wherein the floor near these places lost their collision factor, causing players to fall through, under the world map and infinitely fall into the “Blue Hell”. After trying to solve the issue unsuccessfully, Rockstar decided to simply not allow props to be stacked.

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Parkour maps, among others, were some of the most popular community made maps in GTA Online. These often required stacking to work, leaving a rather large part of the fanbase a bit bummed out at the fact that they could not make these anymore. Several other designs were also stifled.

It turned out that fixing this bug required Rockstar to crack open the Content Creator and do some extensive re-coding. Seeing as GTA Online’s updates have had the tendency to always add new stuff and never change or improve old content, this was a rare occasion. If they got into it, they might as well change and add other things too, right?

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This is what kicked off the idea of a Content Creator overhaul. It isn’t clear when or how the theme of stunts were chosen, but that was selected as the main directive with some other, more general new props being tossed in too. Back when the DLC was first revealed to the public along with Further Adventures in Finance and Felony, it was advertised as just being a Content Creator upgrade and nothing more.

While none of this is confirmed, it is safe to assume that at some point during development it became clear that work on what we know today as the Stunt Race Creator would take a tad longer than expected, forcing Rockstar to quickly come up with something to pass the time. At that point, they probably already had the assets for the new stunting props to work with.

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So they took the work-in-progress Stunt Race Creator, threw together some official stunt races and made a few new vehicles to create the Cunning Stunts update while they were working on the Stunt Creator. Of course, by “threw together” we mean “spent time and effort on designing”, since Cunning Stunts turned out to be the best received update since Heists.

Cunning Stunts launched with 13 vehicles and 16 new Stunt Races, plus the new Premium Races feature. Seeing as the Stunt Race Creator was slated to arrive in GTA Online a full three weeks later, Rockstar decided to put together further, smaller updates in the same vein. Launching in the intermittent weeks, the two mini-DLCs each added a few new cars and stunt races, all the while being accompanied by events.

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While we still know nothing of the exact content of the Stunt Race Creator beyond that it will contain the props used in the creation of the Stunt Races of Cunning Stunts from official sources, a few hints at what might be contained were discovered. Among others, there will be a new prop that triggers based on player proximity or some event that then plays a given sound effect determined by the creator. Also, a new feature will allow the editing and removal of props and objects which are part of the default GTA 5 world map.

Other than all this, not much is know about the specifics of the update. There will be a multitude of never-before-seen props added to the Creator as well as several new features that haven’t been revealed. Whether or not the new update will bring non-Creator content, like new cars, is also unknown at this point.

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The Stunt Race Creator launches tomorrow. Updates usually go live during the late afternoon (in Europe, that is), so there is a little over a day to go until release at the time of writing. However, the launch of the Stunt Race Creator is hardly an end to the anticipation of new GTA Online content.

The next big DLC isn’t even out yet, but details of the one to follow have already been seemingly discovered. Of course, no information from sources other than Rockstar is guaranteed, but with a track record like theirs backing them up, the two leakers who published the findings are probably right. Plus, we’ve seen Rockstar listen to fan requests in the past, so this isn’t a wild theory.

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Based on a number of code snippets from the game files of GTA 5, the next update will finally be the long-requested Biker DLC, that even got itself a popular petition at one point. Biker themed content has been highly requested pretty much ever since large DLC updates became commonplace for GTA Online and countless Motorcycle Club themed crews have cropped up in the game.

Based on the information discovered, the new content will be structured similarly to VIP and CEO missions, meaning that being a member of a MC (by this we mean the in-game mechanic version, not the crew kind) will be like being a VIP or CEO. It can be turned on of off and will bring with it its own set of restrictions and advantages, such as Passive mode being disabled and Biker missions being unlocked.

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The update is also seemingly adding a few smaller non-Biker missions, as one reference to what might be a VIP challenge was also discovered. Other than this, references also indicate we’ll finally get an increase to the the property limit. Many players, especially car collectors have often said that especially with the recent update adding so many cars, the property limit and therefore maximum garage space is far too little.

The notes show that not only will GTA Online players be able to own more garages, but the new garage will be customizable, probably in a similar way to the corporate offices added in Further Adventures in Finance and Felony. This might mean that a new apartment in the style of “a garage with a bed and toilet” that many car enthusiasts might like.

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Either way, a lot more about the specifics of the new Stunt Race Creator update will be uncovered tomorrow when it is finally released. For those of you who won’t be able to play for some reason, we will be covering the release.

Do you already have plans for a custom Stunt Race you plan to make for GTA Online?

GTA VI Rumor Mill Returns

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We all love baseless rumors, right? Well, the internet is constantly generating new and even newer rumors to keep people occupied, however every now and then these baseless assumptions turn out to be true.

So what is the newest piece of info regarding the unannounced sequel to GTA V that has ~5% chance of being true? Playable protagonists will include actor Ryan Gosling (well, a character played by Ryan Gosling, not actual Ryan Gosling in-universe), and a playable female protagonist.

That’s right folks, the game franchise that arguably has feminist’s panties in a twist most of the time will feature a playable female protagonist! Considering the kind of gameplay and narrative characteristic of GTA V, it can be assumed that this will be a strong, independent character who don’t need no damn men, but before you get dilusional, expect the feminists to throw a fit about this as well, because of course they will.

Then again, this won’t be the first time players got to control members of the fairer sex in GTA. Players in GTA Online can create their own avatars, and they have the option to create female characters. The difference here is that the alleged playable female protagonist of GTA VI will be a written, voiced story character, not just a customizable player character in the multiplayer portion of the game. As Ryan Gosling will be the actor for a male playable protagonist, rumors name Eva Mendes as the actress who will play the alleged female protagonist.

Nothing is truly known about GTA VI except that it will be happening, and while that info does come from an official source, it is hardly an announcement. Leslie Benzies, the head of Rockstar Games, has stated that the studio has a host of ideas they want to make into a reality, and that we will be getting official word on GTA VI before the end of the year.

Of course at some point we would like to have one big world containing all our cities and let the player fly between them and revisit their favorite areas. In that context re-imagining Vice City would be very interesting.

Do you guys lend any credibility to these rumors?

GTA 6 Rumors Begin Circulating

Welcome to the internet, the land of trolls, nontroversies, pointless political movements, and baseless rumors. Take-Two interactive recently released some sales data for Grand Theft Auto V, confirming what we all already knew – it was a massive success. The game brought in over $1 billion in profits a mere three days after launch, and has sold way over 52 million copies worldwide, as the released data only took physical sales into account, but Rockstar has stated that slightly more than half of GTA V’s sales were made digitally. These are insane numbers.

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So what is Rockstar going to be doing once they get bored of drinking cocktails on a gold-plated yacht? While saying “they’d switch to beers” would be a valid answer, a much more likely scenario is that they never indulged in the yacht adventure, as most of the income generated by GTA V will be spent developing the sequel that’s obviously coming.

While we haven’t gotten anything vaguely resembling an official announcement, various Take-Two and Rockstar employees (or the boss, in one case) of varying importance have stated that, yes, GTA IV is coming. Considering the popularity of the franchise, this is hardly surprising.

“We’ve got about 45 years worth of ideas we want to do. We don’t know what GTA 6 will be, but we’ve got some ideas.” said Rockstar North Leslie Benzies.

While the fact that everyone loves GTA V as much as they do certainly cannot be called a bad thing, Rockstar did undermine themselves a tad, since this way they will need to work extra hard to make sure GTA VI tops their return to Los Santos. Benzies said that Rockstar learned a tough lesson with San Andreas back in the day, and spend a ton of time with the concept phase of their games. GTA: SA was to feature three protagonists, much like GTA V does now, however the hardware limitations of the time were only realized painfully deep in development.

…it didn’t work from a tech point of view because the three characters need three times as much memory, three types of animation, and so on.

Considering that most of the promised major content updates for GTA V already released (Ill-Gotten Gains is minor at best, and it seems to be causing quite a bit of trouble.), players looking to the future of the franchise turn their heads towards Grand Theft Auto VI. We can be expecting more official news and info on it with more frequency in the coming months.

What do you guys want for GTA VI?

GTA V Story DLC Still in the Pipeline?

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About a month ago, GameSpot published a piece in which Take-Two Interactive’s (Rockstar Games’ parent company) CEO Strauss Zelnick mistakenly said that there was no intention to expand on the story of Grand Theft Auto V’s single player story with additional content. Later, GameSpot followed up the post with a statement from a representative from Take-Two.

Strauss misspoke during today’s call, as over a year ago Rockstar Games had said that they were exploring story mode content for Grand Theft Auto V; however, no further information has been released since. As always, we leave it to Rockstar Games to share information about their games when they’re ready.

Now, this is a rather complex situation. It can all be traced back to April 2014, when Rockstar posted an update on their official Newswire, which explicitly stated that story DLC is on the way.

Later this year, look for even more additions to both Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, including more holiday-themed updates, some very exciting Story Mode DLC and much more.

Rockstar releasing larger content boosts for games in the GTA franchise isn’t unheard of. The original got the London expansion, and among others, the previous game in the series, GTA IV got two downloadable story content packs.

With the on-going content releases for GTA Online, players who prefer the single player experience may be feeling left out. While Rockstar never gave any official announcements or details regarding the planned story DLC, they did say that it will extend “Michael, Franklin, and Trevor’s action, mayhem, and unexpected adventures in Southern San Andreas.”

This is news from May, and other than the clarification of Zelnick’s misinformation, no other statements have been made, which is strange. Was the planned story DLC cancelled, and Rockstar is hoping that people simple forget about it in order to avoid an embarrassing announcement? Or are they secretly working on a massive and expansive content update that they don’t want to reveal just yet?

Obviously, we’re hoping for the second one, and despite a few recent blunders, Rockstar has an exceptional track-record when it comes to their content. GTA V’s single player mode already has thousands of hours worth of stuff to do, but knowing Rockstar, they don’t want to stop there.

New GTA V Story DLC Rumors

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In addition to heists, could another hope on our Top 10 GTA V Wish List be on its way to fulfillment? An anonymous source supposedly close to Rockstar claims a new piece of story DLC will be announced very soon, and that it will be “monumental.”

Fake sources stir up unsubstantiated rumors all the time, but something else happened just a few days ago that further substantiates the possibility. Franklin’s voice actor, Shawn Fonteno, posted an Instagram picture with the message “COMIN SOON WE TAKIN GROVESTREET BACC.”

Some fans feel he’s just referencing the impending PC release of GTA V, but don’t forget, he said back in December that he was recording lines for new GTA V DLC. It sounds like we might see GTA V story DLC in the near future, so stay tuned and we’ll let you know as soon as Rockstar announces anything.

What sort of additional story content for GTA V would you like to see?

Rumors Emerge of a San Andreas Re-release

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas remains one of the most popular GTA games, so if this rumor is true, a lot of fans will be very happy. This morning, NowGamer reported that San Andreas was removed from PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam. At the same time, Xbox Achievements posted a list of achievements for the game.

Combined, these two incidents suggest Rockstar is planning a re-release of San Andreas that includes achievements. What better way to celebrate its 10th anniversary, right? Fans have already begun speculating over possible additions and enhancements to make it an even better experience.

However, we’ve confirmed that San Andreas is still available from PSN and Steam, though not Xbox Live. We aren’t sure if all three were missing at the time of NowGamer’s report, or if that was an error.

Take this as a rumor for now, although a probable one due to the number of re-releases and ports San Andreas has already had. While we wait for more news, let us know what you’d like to see from a re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

GTA V PS4 Price Tag Appears ($49.99)

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Now it really looks like we’re getting close to an announced release date for GTA V on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Not only is the Steam version being tested, but players have discovered a price listed for the PS4 version of GTA V on PSN.

It’s priced at $49.99. Some fans see this lower price as welcome compensation for the fact that it’s a remastered port, rather than a new game. However, the real interest in the price is that it’s there at all. If the page was updated to include the price, maybe that means a release date announcement isn’t far off.

Everything pictured here has since vanished. Many users, including the one who took the original picture, believes a glitch or mistake caused the prices to appear. Whether they are true or not remains to be seen.

One reason you might want to consider this a rumor is that players have questioned the other prices visible in the image. In particular, Driveclub’s expected price doesn’t seem to match up with what is shown.

Nevertheless, the majority of the release date rumors point to October or November. Though November feels more likely, October might be the better choice, to avoid the rush of games being released this fall. When do you think the remastered GTA V will be released?

Say GTA V is Delayed, Get Hacked

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Several employees from a marketing firm called “Rantic” seem to have been speaking to a few journalists lately and telling them that GTA V is not only going to be delayed (cause yep, there are rumors of that happening too) but it will be CANCELLED!?

The story goes that Rantic was some sort of off-shoot (or otherwise related) to Rockstar North and the launch of Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 and that, we guess, based on that they have the inside word on what Rockstar is planning? Yup, it’s weak.

Rantic have apparently even gone so far as to post these developments/beliefs on their website, which has since been hacked and taken over by members of 4chan (screenshot above). They say that Rockstar never even wanted to release a PC version of GTA, but was forced to due to public demand… Rantic mustn’t have heard of GTA: SA and GTA IV each being on PC then?

We guess the moral of the story is, don’t make such massive claims without hard evidence, or a stronger server… or even better, don’t make them about a game as popular and anticipated as GTA V for PC!

2014 or 2015 for the New Versions of GTA V?

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No one wants to wait any longer than they have to for GTA V’s release on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but while Rockstar announced at E3 that the new version would be out before the end of the year, some people feel it won’t.

CVG‘s James Jarvis came out of Gamescom concerned about the lack of GTA V news. In his opinion, Rockstar is running out of time to make an announcement. Companies usually provide information in the months ahead of the release date, in order to build up excitement and get fans interested. Jarvis notes that prior to GTA V’s original release for the Xbox 360 and PS3 last year, CVG previewed it “four months before the game’s launch.” You can check out the video below for his complete reasons for being concerned, as well as some interesting comments he has about GTA V’s cut content.

While this may be cause for some worry, we wouldn’t give up on a 2014 release just yet. Rockstar doesn’t have to build
anticipation for this the same way they would for a brand new release, and the year isn’t over. Previous rumors that placed the date in October are starting to feel unlikely, but a November or December launch is still well within reach.

What do you think? In what year will the new versions of GTA V come out?

New Rumors Point Toward Zombie DLC

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Most Grand Theft Auto DLC we hear about these days is for GTA Online, but some rumors have started about new single-player content for GTA V. A fan who examined the script found lines that pertain to casino DLC.

According to this rumor, the content will include multiple casinos, 12 assassination missions (with names like “assassin_skydive” and “assassin_cablecar”), 3 mini-games, new IAA missions, and new missions for Trevor. Some of this code may be leftover from cut content, but many fans believe Rockstar intends to revive it as DLC.

The most startling rumor, however, comes from a particular line found in the code: “main_ZMB.”

Are fans correct in their guess that those letters mean zombie DLC content? That would certainly shake up the gameplay a bit. Opinions are divided on whether it would be a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s generally seen a positive reception.

Yet another rumor claims this content will be PS4-exclusive. Of all the rumors, we think that one is the most unlikely, although timed exclusivity is a plausible possibility.

Casinos? Zombies? Platform-exclusive DLC? Share your thoughts on these rumors in the comments below, and we’ll keep you updated as soon as more information comes to light.