GTA Player Hires Cheater to Save Him From Another Cheater

Rev Drucifer loves Grand Theft Auto V Online. It’s the only game he plays, clocking up about 80 days, real time, of time on it. It is his life. But there is one obstacle tainting his adoration, something that pushed him into taking drastic measures: cheaters.

“I wanted to start a new character/account that specifically focused on killing and keeping a high [kill/death ratio],” Drucifer told Kotaku. “I’m in a car with this guy and money bags start raining down. I realise my account is filling up FAST, so I jump out of the car… money is shooting out of my character’s arse. I’m yelling on the mic for him to stop, [but] he’s not stopping then all of a sudden [he] starts killing everyone in the lobby over and over.”

The player responsible had hacked the game in order to launch a malicious money honeytrap. Not only does such a bizarre event tempt players into picking up the spawning money, it tricks some into picking up too much, something that flags them to Rockstar Game’s automated monitoring system as a cheater, resulting in a ban. The fact the money was spewing from Drucifer’s character looked incredibly suspicious; despite him not being responsible for the event, he was kicked out of the game’s lobby.

“Normally, you’ll get a warning when other players start voting to kick you, but there was no warning, I was just OUT,” Drucifer said. “When I hit X to continue, it brought me to a Bad Sport lobby and I had $102,000,000 in my account. I had maybe a couple hundred thousand previously.”

After explaining the events to a Rockstar employee over the phone, in an effort to get his “bad sport” ranking abolished, Drucifer received the following e-mail in response:

You are receiving this automatic reply because you recently submitted a ticket to Rockstar Games Support with the term “Bad Sport” found in the text. If your tickets is not related to Bad Sports or you believe you are receiving this message in error, please feel free to respond and we will address your question.

We are sorry to hear that you are having a problem related to the Bad Sport pool in Grand Theft Auto Online. The Bad Sport pool is triggered by things like quitting games early, blowing up other people’s vehicles, and being reported manually or voted out by other players from the in-game pause menu.

The Bad Sport pool is temporary and ends after a certain period of time that is displayed when entering GTA Online. Please note that the duration of the Bad Sport period may increase if further violations occur while in the Bad Sport pool, including being reported by other players.

Rockstar Games

Drucifer was alone, and quite angry. He decided to take matters into his own hands. He sought out the most ethical modder he could find and offered them money to fix the situation for him. “I shot him a message telling him the situation,” Drucifer said. “He said he’d give it a try but didn’t promise anything. Fifteen minutes later, I was out of Bad Sport.”

Aptly Mafia-esque, it seems the community really does take care of itself.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

Take-Two Sues BBC Over Forthcoming GTA Drama

Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, filed a lawsuit against the BBC earlier today over the channel’s in-development drama about the rise of Rockstar and its infamous game franchise, Grand Theft Auto.

Take-Two released the following statement to Polygon regarding its lawsuit:

Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series.

While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.

The 90-minute BBC Two show, Gamechanger, is currently being written by Rev scribe James Wood, directed by Owen Harris, with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in negotiations to play Sam Houser, the co-founder of Rockstar Games. The BBC describes the story as “arguably the greatest British coding success since Bletchley Park”:

“Unlike many coding success stories, Grant Theft Auto was not created in Silicon Valley — it was the brainchild of a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration — GTA:V — earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.

“GTA offered gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they could behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American gangland underworld.

“But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding success led to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values it encourages; and above all from moral-campaigners, who have fought passionately to stop it.

“Grand Theft Auto tells the story of how the game was conceived and created and the subsequent fallout as various groups objected to its violent gameplay.”

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information.

Grand Theft Auto 5 PC Users Faced with Login Problems over the Weekend

Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 has just hit the PC platform and it already had its fair share of problems. Users with ‘unique’ usernames have been extremely disappointed when attempting to install or play the GTA 5 title over the weekend, having been greeted with the “Rockstar update service is unavailable (code 1)” message.

By ‘unique’ usernames, we mean to say that users with characters outside the alphanumeric table are facing the issue described above. Now let’s stop and think about that for a second… really? I mean how in the world did you not see this coming? Going on a simple forum or scrolling through your list of Steam/Uplay/Origin/Windows/etc usernames reveals the “0b\/|0u$”. People have been creative with their usernames for ages now.

Rockstar Support provided some information on their website, which reads as following:

“We have identified an issue where players with Windows usernames that include characters not found in the table at the bottom of this page will likely run into difficulties when attempting to download, install, or play GTAV. We are currently working on a fix for this issue.”

The company’s support has even stated to have had temporary alternative for the issue, but it involves creating a fresh account. While this gave you access to the game, you wouldn’t have had any previous achievements, friends or stats as on your regular account. Even so, who would want to play on a temporary account and lose everything when they have to switch back to their old one?

A full list of supported characters, according to Rockstar, read as following: “A a B b C c D d E e F f G g H h I i J j K k L l M m N n O o P p Q q R r S s T t U u V v W w X x Y y Z z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9”

This is now in the past though, since Polygon reported that connection issues are now resolved. However, Rockstar now seems to be investigating some possible progression losses, saves, items and characters that occurred along with the connection problems. Have you had any problems playing the game? Did you lose any progress or items? Let us know!

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information

4K Grand Theft Auto V for PC an “Eye-Opener,” Says Rockstar

The long, long, long-awaited PC release of Grand Theft Auto V is nearly upon us, boasting some impressive yet demanding high-end graphical options, including 4K resolution, and developer Rockstar Games has spoken about how the increased resolution will change how players experience the game’s LA-inspired city of Los Santos.

In a Q&A session with Rockstar North developers Phil Hooker (Director of Technology), Klaas Schilstra (Director of Engineering), and Adam Fowler (Technical Director), PC Gamer managed to glean some interesting soundbites regarding GTA V’s graphical upgrade.

“4k is an eye opener when you see if for the first time,” they told PC Gamer. “It really does make you look at the world differently and in greater detail as you would expect. That said, you could probably say the same thing about a lot of the other high-end graphical options and ultimately it will be personal preference which particular resolution and graphical settings that each player decides to settle on.”

Kevin Hoare, President of Rockstar Toronto, also chimed in, reaffirming the recommended specs for the game. “We based our recommended spec on hardware that we knew could comfortably achieve 1080p resolution at 60fps,” Hoare said. “To run the game on a 4K display at 30fps, you’ll need at minimum an AMD HD 7870 or NVidia GTX 760 with 2GB of VRAM. To be able to run the game at 4K resolution at 60fps you’ll need a high-end SLI or Crossfire setup.”

After countless delays, Grand Theft Auto V for PC will be available from tomorrow, 14th April.

Thank you PC Gamer for providing us with this information.

Grand Theft Auto V for PC Comes on 7 Discs, Needs 65GB Storage

Though many gamers will no doubt purchase Rockstar’s much-anticipated Grand Theft Auto V PC version via digital download over Steam, a fair amount will still prefer the old-fashioned physical release. We now know that the retail release comes as a 7-disc box set, the full installation for which will require 65GB of hard drive space.

The game, which launches on 14th April, threatens to push gamer’s PCs to their absolute limit, as evidenced by the recently revealed graphical options. At least the wait is nearly over.

Source: IGN

Updates for Grand Theft Auto 5 Coming to PC and Consoles at the Same Time

Grand Theft Auto 5 will finally hit the PC platform soon (after an eternity of waiting), having it be delayed several times due to the amount of work required to port the title. Since the release date is getting closer, Rockstar has disclosed how it will handle the PC version in relation to the console counterpart.

It seems that the developer plans to work on all platforms at the same time, having them release updates for the PC and consoles simultaneously. At least this is what Lead Gameplay Designer, John Macpherson, stated in a conversation with GameSpot.

“We plan to deliver updates to PC and consoles simultaneously. There can be occasional variations in timing based on specifics from one console to another but PC will not be on a separate timetable to other platforms.”

Macpherson has also given some insights on why the PC version always arrives after it’s released on consoles, stating that the company wants “each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be”, thus taking a lot more work and time to get it to the Rockstar standards.

“It comes down to bandwidth. We want each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be, and that means having the core members of the original GTA 5 team working closely with the best PC developers from across all Rockstar studios.”

“The same crew that did great work on the PC versions of Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire and GTA 4, essentially. A large portion of the team that worked on GTA 5 for PS3 and Xbox 360 also worked on the PS4 and Xbox One versions and all of the GTA Online content, including Heists.”

“Since the new generation console versions and the PC version share similar architecture, the team also continued to work on the PC version. With each version adding features and requiring the focus of the same key people, that takes time.”

Rockstar will be releasing Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC on April 14th, having Macpherson eagerly awaiting for gamers to experience the company’s “ultimate version of an amazing game”. How excited are you for the title’s release?

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Rumour: Multi-Platform Red Dead Redemption 2 to be Unveiled at E3

A reddit user claiming to be a former developer at Rockstar Games has leaked details regarding an as-yet-unconfirmed follow-up to 2010’s sandbox Western, Red Dead Redemption.

The user, AnonDN1978, reckons the new game will be a prequel, set twelve years before the first game, called Red Dead Redemption 2: Legends of the West, and is set for current-gen and PC releases, with the PC release to follow one month after its appearance on consoles.

The game will feature three playable characters: one new, one from the first game, with the third being a user-created character. AnonDN1978 says:

“The two “main” characters are Irish and Seth. Irish will be brought up in Ireland and will move to the Americas when he is fifteen and moves to the game setting when he turns twenty one. Seth is from Kansas City and works as a teller in a bank. He then hears of a treasure and uses his life savings to bring his family to Texas in the town of Tumbleweed. Throughout the story we experience him unraveling to his state of mind in the original game, losing his wife, children, home, and possessions to his treasure.

The third person is a character you create similar to multiplayer in GTA V. You choose his clothes and horse. Although you can unlock outfits for Seth and Irish, the third person (Who you name) can acquire all different kinds of Western tops, bottoms, boots, gloves, and hats.

Horses will also bring completely new customization to the game. You can choose there type/breed like the last game, but now you can also choose what saddle they have (with their own boosts and stats), storage, and paint.

You can also buy your own safe house and customize it.

Also, all of this carries over into multiplayer.

There will be many new and more thought out stranger missions as well as roughly thirty campaign missions for both Seth and Irish. The third character can be involved in the campaign, but can not be used in missions. He will appear as a “gun for hire” and works with Seth and Irish, tying the stories together.

“You” (the third character) will be in free roam, but Irish and Seth can be called in as companions (but not be played as), as well as other people. You will meet many of the characters from the original game including young Bonny Macfarlane, Sherriff, and even John Marston, but he will still be in his gang.

A big new part of the RDR prequel is the new gang system. You can join several different gangs, or if you think you are up for it you can join the law enforcement of certain towns, but this will restrict you on things you can do like robbing. Although you can rob it might cost you your hard earned career and possibly your life. You can also bring in a posse (up to 4-8 friends) to single player, technically co op now. You can take on certain side missions and a few campaign missions with your posse.”

Regarding the game’s formal reveal by Rockstar, he says:

“RDR 2 LotW will be announced at the upcoming E3 event.”

Since AnonDN1978’s position as a former Rockstar developer is not confirmed, take all of the above with a healthy scepticism, especially since Rockstar has never in its history announced a new game at E3.

Source: Dark Side of Gaming

Grand Theft Auto V PC Trailer Released

Rockstar Games has released the trailer for the long-awaited PC version of Grand Theft Auto V in glorious 1080p at 60fps.

GTA V for PC marks an extensive graphical and technical overhaul from the console versions released last year, and also includes the new Rockstar Editor, which allows players to create, edit, and publish their own in-game video clips to either the Social Club or YouTube. Grand Theft Auto Online will also benefit from major enhancements, with online play for up to 20 players at a time.

Last week, Rockstar Games released the PC recommended specifications for the game, and yesterday, it announced on its official Twitter account that GTA V for PC will be released on 14th April:

Rockstar to Re-Upgrade GTA V Graphics

After many disgruntled players complained about an apparent graphical downgrade in the latest update of Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (version 1.08) – as catalogued by YouTube user ElAnalistaDeBits – Rockstar Games has reassured gamers that it plans to fix the problem.

A post on Rockstar’s support page reads:

Question: After updating to Title Update 1.08 on PS4 and Xbox One, there appears to be a deterioration of graphical quality. Is Rockstar investigating this issue?

Answer: We are aware of some graphical issues on the Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTAV after the most recent Title Update, and we are investigating a fix now.

Rockstar gives no indication as to when the problem will be rectified, nor whether it will be a separate patch or a part of the next update. If it is the latter, we could be waiting a while.

Source: Kotaku

Did the New GTA V Update Downgrade its Graphics?

It seems that the latest update for Grand Theft Auto V – version 1.08 – has forced a graphical downgrade, according to a video analysis by YouTube user ElAnalistaDeBits, which translates from Spanish as “the analyst of bits”.

ElAnalistaDeBits re-installed the vanilla version of the game and recorded the differences between that and the 1.08 version. The results do seem to suggest that GTA V’s graphics have gotten a little worse with the update, especially concerning vehicle collisions.

The video shows worse anisotropic filtering, worse parallax occlusion mapping, worse draw distance, a downgrade in the vehicle damage system, and increased texture pop-in.

Rockstar Games has yet to comment on the accusation, though it is unlikely for a game developer to admit to making its game worse. Was the decision a trade-off to add the new online heist content? In the meantime, ElAnalistaDeBits is pressing for an explanation with the #FIXGTAV hashtag.

Cue “PC master race” comments in 3 – 2 – 1…

Source: BGR

Grand Theft Auto V PC 4K to Console Comparison

“Is it worth the wait?” is the question that Grand Theft Auto fans about the perennially delayed PC version of the series’ fifth game, and Rockstar have been making great efforts to stress that, “yes, it will be”, with a series of polished screenshots. Now, thanks to Chinese gaming site Gamersky, we have comparison videos and images showing the stark difference between the PC version and those released for consoles – specifically, PlayStation 3 and 4 – last year.

Source: Gamersky

Possible GTA V For PC Launch Date Revealed By Online Retailer

We already know that Grand Theft Auto V is coming to the PC platform after Rockstar Games announced the good news a month back. However, when the game will actually arrive for gamers to buy is another matter. This information has now been leaked, if you believe that the retailer in question is trustworthy in the information it has provided. According to the Danish online retailer CoolShop GTA V for the PC platform will arrive on November 14th, that’s just under 4 months away. While the listing could just be a mere placeholder date, especially considering it is the “expected release” date, the date does seem likely given it is in the fall release window where GTA V is most expected to arrive. This is also six weeks before Christmas meaning the game would be in time for a big holiday season sales bonanza, which makes sense from a business perspective on behalf of Rockstar Games.

November looks set to be a crowded month for gamers with GTA V, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Far Cry 4 all set to be released. Will you be buying GTA V for PC in November?

Source: Coolshop, Via: WCCFTech

Image courtesy of Coolshop

GTA V For PC May Get Mantle Support

According to a new report the upcoming PC title by Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto V, will be coming to the PC platform with AMD Mantle API support. Apparently Mantle support has been agreed for GTA V, but is still yet to be formally announced by either AMD or Rockstar Games. AMD getting Mantle support with GTA V could be a huge win for AMD on the PC platform given the popularity of the game. The Mantle support could be a great win for gamers too given how CPU demanding GTA IV was. This could be a perfect opportunity for AMD to gain an edge over its competition while the Mantle API is still in its closed beta form.

The source also details other upcoming Mantle supported titles such as Sims 4, Star Citizen, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Star Wars: Battlefront, Homefront: The Revolution, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Sleeping Dogs: Triad Wars. Check the full list of released, unreleased confirmed and unreleased pending mantle titles at the source below.

Source: Videocardz.com

Image #1 courtesy of Rockstar Games, image #2 courtesy of AMD

GTA 5 Multiplayer Microtransactions Rack Up An Incredible $66.4 Million!

Rockstar Games are absolutely rolling in it after the success of Microtransactions in Grand Theft Auto V’s online mode. Microtransactions have generated a significant amount of revenue which has been further aided by the fact 70% of GTA V owners have played the online mode in the blockbuster title. Rockstar CEO Strauss Zelnick stated in a recent interview with MCV that “recurrent consumer spending related to GTA Online represented nearly half of our digitally delivered revenue in the quarter”. While Rockstar did not announce the specific amount that microtransactions generated in GTA V, it can be crudely worked out from that public statement and their recent financial results as mentioned on NeoGAF.  They generated $132.8 million in the last quarter from digital content sales and half of that is $66.4 million!

The financial success of in-game microtransactions has been even more impressive if you consider the issues the game faced with counterfeit in-game money. The “GTA moneypocalypse” saw Rockstar Games ban hundreds of accounts and empty all player’s balances of any counterfeit money. However, Rockstar Games did allow players to keep everything they purchased with the money, fake or not. Not everything costs money though as Rockstar Games have been chucking out a lot of free updates such as the recent “Valentine’s Day Massacre Special” which was sure to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. There is of course a good side to the in-game microtransactions which is that Rockstar Games are not (financially) pressured into churning out new titles every year like other popular franchises where regular releases have seen the quality of the games go down the toilet..cough…Call of Duty.

Image courtesy of IGN

Source: The Metro, MCV and NeoGAF

Grand Theft Auto 5 Still Cropping Up On Retailer Websites, SuperGamer.cz To Be The Latest

Following this week’s news about the most anticipated game, Grand Theft Auto 5 for the PC, Xbox One and PS4, it was rumored that last Friday would have been the starting day for pre-orders. But unfortunately it turned out to be just a rumor. Or was it? Latest news now reports that the Rockstar Games title still is popping up on retailer websites.

Recently Grand Theft Auto V PC gameplay footage appeared on YouTube but the distributor of the game, Take Two Interactive immediately took down the video claiming its copy rights. This sudden action by Take Two Interactive gave an impression that something is really going on at the back-end.

Several well-known online game retailers have listed Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The last retailer to post the game on its website is an online video game retailer belonging to Czech Republic, having posted the Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions. Super Gamer has stated that the game will be in storage for current-gen consoles and PC on June 13, 2014.

Unlike all other online retailers that listed the next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V, Super Games have not removed the listings till now. Nobody can confirm if the listings are true and Grand Theft Auto V is really coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC because there is no official confirmation by Rockstar yet. For now, all we can do is wait for an official statement from Rockstar regarding Grand Theft Auto V release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of SuperGamer.cz

Windows Phone Rolls All ‘Gangsta’ While GTA San Andreas Lands In The WP8 Store

While successfully launching Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the most popular mobile platform, iOS and Android, it seems that Rockstar Games has finally managed to get a version of it on the Windows Phone Store as well, after delaying it for about a month. The popular GTA title has been announced for all leading mobile platforms (yes, including Windows Phone 8) back in November.

GTA: San Andreas was expected to be released for Windows Phone 8 in December along with the iOS and Android versions, but got delayed due to ‘various issues’. But at least it has been released, and Windows Phone 8 users can enjoy going old school with CJ, the main character for whomever does not know, through the cities of Los Santos, Las Venturas and San Fierro. And don’t forget to pimp up your rides!

Looking at the requirements listed on the store, the application currently supports Lumia 1520, 1320, 822, 820, 810 and HTC 8XT. The store will download a launcher of around 18 megabytes, which in turn will download the actual game assets estimated at around 2.5 GB over Wi-Fi. The required specs reveal a recommended 1 GB of RAM, however they are missing from the supported device list. It would be possible to install the game on other non-supported handsets that have at least 1 GB of RAM, but performance issues may occur.

The app can be downloaded right now from the Windows Phone Store at a price tag of $6.99 or £4.99.

Thank you Neowin for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Windows Phone Store

Grand Theft Auto V For PC Petition Tops 650,000 Signatures

Since the release of Grand Theft Auto V on consoles, PC users hoped that Rockstar will have some news on a PC version as well. They were wrong, but that was something to be expected since the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV (which was released on PC eventually, only a bit later on). Even so, petitions were bound to pop up from somewhere.

This was the case of Mike Julliard, the man who started the GTA V for PC petition, after he saw an interview with Dan Houser, Rockstar Games’s Vice President, in which Dan pointed out the possibility of bringing the title to other platforms. This is due to Rockstar being a third-party developer, entitled to the freedom of deciding when and where to launch it.

With no news of the PC version under way, Julliard started the petition well ahead its launch. By the time it was released on Xbox, the petition had reached 500,000 signatures, with it having more than 650,000 today. The petition’s target is to reach 1 million signatures and afterwards present it to Rockstar. However, some people think that the current petition and signatures alone served its purpose, and it’s hard to believe Rockstar hasn’t heard about it.

The question now remains if the game will be out sooner, rather than later. But the most important think to ponder about is if the game will simply be a cheap porting of the console version or a whole new PC-oriented release. The petition can be seen (and signed if you are a PC gamer and are currently eagerly awaiting the PC version release) here.

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Rockstar Games Pointing Hints Towards Upcoming Grand Theft Auto PC Release

Rockstar Games had kept it quite when referring to “GTA V” on PC by not answering any queries and refusing to even acknowledge the fact that a decision about GTA V PC might be in the works. Now however they have suddenly started replying to everyone with the following message “Keep an eye out for info on that on our newswire page: http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire “. This is not a confirmation but its a major improvement over their no-comment motto so far. It also means that the probability of an announcement coming has skyrocketed in a split second.

Also take the news with a grain of salt, because there is always the chance that Rockstar finally decides not to go ahead with that. Given the news that the Next Gen consoles’ architecture is strikingly similar to the PC architecture, and that Rockstar, like every other gaming company, strives to make a lot of money, then it would only be logical for the PC version to come out at the same time or later after the Next Gen release.

As a conclusion, an exclusivity agreement to Next Gen consoles will be the only thing stopping the Grand Theft Auto V to be released on PC, and the probability of that ever happening is next to nothing.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information
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Apple AppStore Gets The Long Awaited Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The long-awaited iOS Grand Theft Auto title, San Andreas, has just arrived on the store. The GTA series is not only famous for the unmatched level of freedom it offers, but also for the many legal and moral disputes between the fans of the game and its moral critics. After Rockstar Games released the previous GTA titles, such as GTA III and GTA: Vice City, for mobile platforms, it could not miss out on the release of GTA: San Andreas, which still remains one of the most popular and well-accepted titles.

Unfortunately, the game might not yet be available across all stores at the moment, but it should become available soon. Meanwhile, it is believed that the Android version of the game will also arrive in the Google Play store in the near future. According to Rockstar Games, selected Windows Phone and Amazon Kindle devices will get the game as well, but no release date for the platforms has been made available.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the iOS will feature remastered graphics and will include dynamic and detailed shadows, sadly available only on iPhone 5 and above, greater draw distance, enhanced colors and models, allegedly making it the best looking version of the game for any platform. Apart from the tweaked graphics, the game will feature several different input methods, new touch controls that will become visible only when you need them, and a reworked checkpoint system. GTA: San Andreas will also support all Made-for-iOS physical controllers and just like in its PC sibling, the iOS version of the game will allow its users to create a custom radio and listen to it while playing the game.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto 5 For PC Spotted In AMD Driver Files

The speculation about Grand Theft Auto V for PC is endless and the only way we will see an end to it is when Rockstar Games officially announce GTA V for the PC platform. Until then people will continue to dig for evidence and the latest evidence we’ve discovered comes from Kn00tcn. On examing the CAP file of the 13.10 Beta 2 drivers Kn00tcn stumbled across references to Grand Theft Auto V.

<application Title="Grand Theft Auto V" File="GTA5.exe">
	<use Area="PXDynamic">HighPerfGPUAffinity</use>
</application>

Additionally, Kn00tcn claims that if you go to locations 0×19130 and 0x19b88 in the driver package while hex editing the .blb file you will be able to come across these references for yourself. The driver package also threw up references to another unannounced game “DuckTales Remastered” – currently only on console. Furthermore the driver package referred to a range of titles that we’ll be seeing in 64 bit modes such as Wolfenstein: The New Order, Planetary Annihilation, “Need For Speed Sequel” and “Watch Dogs Demo”.

Image courtesy of Rockstar Games


Grand Theft Auto V Arriving On PC Early 2014 Says Report

Eurogamer claims that multiple sources have confirmed Grand Theft Auto V will be coming to the PC platform, but not until early 2014. This pretty much contradicts speculation we saw last month that suggested GTA V was coming to the PC platform in November.

Apparently Rockstar Games have a release plan that mirrors that of GTA IV which was released on consoles on April 29th 2008 before launching on PC nearly 6 months later in December 2008. Nvidia’s senior director of investor relations mentioned a PC version of GTA V in mid August so we’ve always known it was coming – it has just been a question of when.

Around 600,000 people have already signed the petition to bring GTA V to the PC and it looks like that is still on track to happen.

Image courtesy of Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto Online Delay Is Explained

Rockstar Games’ decision to delay the release of Grand Theft Auto V’s multiplayer mode, Grand Theft Auto Online, has been known for a while. From previous information we saw that GTA V would be released on September 17th, which it was, and that Grand Theft Auto Online would be scheduled for October 1st, which it still is. Though a lot of people were asking why is Grand Theft Auto Online delayed by 2 weeks, up until now Rockstar Games has remained relatively quiet on that. Speaking with Polygon Rockstar Games’ co-founder Dan Houser spoke about the reasoning behind that 2 week delay.

The first main reason is that Rockstar Games’ believes the single player component is more important and it wants to get people playing that single player before they jump into the multi player.

“I think the well executed multiplayer game clearly attracts a big audience, but it doesn’t attract as big an audience as in a single player game, It just doesn’t do that yet….Not everybody, not even with Call of Duty, not everyone is playing the multiplayer, there’s a huge audience for people who love single-player adventures.”

The second reason behind the delay was that Rockstar Games simply didn’t feel they could complete both the single and multi player components in time for the same release date. Hence they decided to release the more important single player first and have the multi player come after.

“On the practical reasons it was simply on the scale of: ‘Why not simply get these two enormous things done completely at the same time, finished completely seamlessly and in a box? Well, because its nearly impossible. To make games on this scale is very, very hard and anyone you speak to who works on those big games will, if they’re honest, admit that there are a lot of moving parts. So, we were concerned that trying to finish them both for the same day would lead to a compromise in quality. On a practical level, it was very important that they each get a period when they can be really focused on by large numbers of the team to iron out as many problems as possible.”

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The “Bring GTA V To The PC” Petition Passes 500,000 Signatures

The Change.org petition to bring Grand Theft Auto V to the PC platform has now passed 500,000 signatures sitting at 520,000 at the time of writing. Of course if you believe any of the recent speculation (see here and here) then you’ll believe that GTA V is already coming to the PC – so the petition has done its job.

The expected release date for GTA V on the PC platform is November 22nd or December 6th, and anytime now Rockstar Games are expected to announce it because the longer they continue to deny it the more they are set to irritate PC Gamers. If you haven’t had a chance to sign the petition and would like to, then you can sign the GTA V petition here.

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GTA V Passes $1 Billion Sales Mark In 3 Days

Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V has already passed $1 billion in sales, cranking up that impressive figure in around 3 days, Reuters reports. This makes Grand Theft Auto V the fastest selling entertainment product ever according to Rockstar Games’ owners Take Two Interactive. $800 million of those sales came on the first day, while the other $200 million gushed in over the course of the second and third days.

GTA V is reported to have taken 5 years to develop at a cost of $200 to $250 million. Activision Blizzard’s Call Of Duty Black Ops II title took nearly 15 days to reach the same $1 billion marker managing $500 million on launch day. GTA V is currently only available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the two platforms have nearly 160 million users meaning Rockstar Games still has a huge target market. Of course GTA V is expected to be made available soon on next generation consoles and hopefully even the PC opening up Rockstar Games to even more potential buyers.

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GTA V Gets New Video And Yet MORE Screenshots

Rockstar Games have unveiled six new screenshots and a new video for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V title. There are six new screenshots which you can see in this article (click on them for larger versions) displaying more aspects of life in Los Santos and Blaine County. The video shows off Blaine County with a satirical “My Blaine County Commercial”. The gameplay and video both reveal striking graphics and the usual humoured GTA gameplay we’ve come to know and love.

The wait is almost over as GTA V launches in just 2 days on September 17th, unless of course you’ve been lucky enough to get sent your copy early or have been one of those people to grab a leaked copy online.

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Rockstar Games Investigating Amazon UK For Early Release Of GTA V

According to Gamesindustry.biz Rockstar Games will be investigating Amazon UK after allegations of early release have been raised. This comes after a Twitter user posted proof of having received a copy of GTA V on PS3 3 days before the official street release date which is September 17th, it is reported that some other users also posted up pictures on Instagram of similar incidents.

Rockstar Games commented that:

“We are in the process of investigating early ‘sales’ to determine how and why that is occurring.”

In the UK this will see Amazon investigated as they are at the centre of most of these early sale controversies. GTA V is expected to 18 million copies in Take Two Interactive’s current fiscal year generating an operating profit of $230 million despite $137 million spent on development costs.

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