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There's plenty to see and do including....
EXPLOSIVE STOCKING STUFFERS
Heat up your season’s greetings with brand new items stocked at Ammu-Nation: a new Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines are here just in time to make spirits bright. These items will be permanently available to acquire and keep.
Those dreaming of a white Christmas are in luck as the forecast calls for the extremely rare phenomenon of San Andreas snowfall to hit on a few special days this holiday season. Be on the lookout and ready to round up your Crew for a friendly snowball fight, but be forewarned, those icy little suckers can pack a wallop.
FREE SEASONAL CHRISTMAS GEAR AND MASKS
Add some merriment to your mayhem with a slew of holiday pajamas, ‘ugly’ Christmas sweaters, new scarves, hats, masks and more are now all available absolutely free to add to your inventory and wear now through Monday January 5th.
MAKE A DASH IN FOUR ALL-NEW VEHICLES
Treat yourself to some new toys this holiday season and fill your garage (now that you can own a third property and garage, also part of today’s Title Update) with four all-new vehicles to purchase – including a tricked out Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, the sturdy Slam Van, and the fast and flashy Massacro and Jester sports cars with all new Race liveries. These vehicles will be permanently available to acquire and keep.
HOLIDAY SPECIAL CRATE DROPS
Keep your eyes on the sky as Holiday Special Crate Drops will be dropping frequently now through January 5th, stuffed with goodies to collect for your inventory – including a few of the rare vintage GTA tees that you may have missed in some of the Social Club Event Weekends over the past year as well as some brand new ones never before available.
CHRISTMAS DAY GIFTS
On Christmas Day, December 25th, as you’re relaxing in your Los Santos apartment beside your Christmas tree, make sure to check your inventory for a few extra gifts.
SET OFF SOME NEW YEAR’S FIREWORKS
Ring in the New Year with a bang – the Firework Launcher and Firework rocket ammo are coming back and will be available to acquire and use from Christmas Eve until Monday, January 5th. You can score one for free on four special days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
#FESTIVESURPRISE SNAPMATIC CONTEST
Take your merriest Christmas Crew family photo or capture the insanity of the New Year’s party you’re hosting in your Los Santos condo – or any other amazing, amusing or beauteous #FestiveSurprise action. In January, Rockstar will pick five favorite shots and award the photographers with a GTA$1M prize. Tag your entries with #FestiveSurprise now through January 5th to be eligible. Official rules.
GTA ONLINE HOLIDAY PARTY LIVESTREAM ON TWITCH TOMORROW
Tune in tomorrow December 19th at 4pm Eeastern Time US at twitch.tv/rockstargames for the Official GTA Online Holiday Party Livestream with special invited guests from the community. Make sure you’re in that Twitch chat as Rockstar will be inviting friendly members of chat to join them live in the lobbies on both PlayStation 4 (4-5pm) and Xbox One (5-6pm) portions of the broadcast.
Do stay tuned throughout the holiday weeks for some announcements of opportunities to score bonus GTA$ as well! Happy holidays and enjoy the Festive Surprise – available across PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One! If you want your party to look cool, fill your guest list with others at the GTA V forums!
Below are answers to questions straight from Rockstar Games:
“Are you only doing first person games now? I have always loved Rockstar Games partly because they are third person games.” – Allen (via Mouthoff)
Absolutely not! We are excited by the response to our first effort at a first person experience, but remain committed to third person games and may or may not use first person as a camera option in the future. We do like to, whenever possible, give people options so they can play a game the way they like.
“To the people at Rockstar Games, could you guys please bring First Person to PS3 / Xbox 360?” – Brandon (via Mouthoff)
“Why just have First Person on next-generation, why not on the other consoles? Could [you] add it to PS3 and Xbox  please?” - @DawsonSunderlan
As we’d mentioned in our recent interview with IGN, First Person Mode is a new feature that is only technically possible for us to add to the game with the expanded memory that the new generation platforms provide. There are thousands of new animations added to the game to facilitate First Person Mode, which would have been impossible to do on the previous generation of consoles without seriously compromising the game in some other capacity.
“What is the point of Shark Cards, apart from to make you greedy bastards lots of money?” – Tim (via Mouthoff)
The reason we included optional in-game currency in Grand Theft Auto Online, rather than directly selling DLC, was because it was the only way that we could distribute DLC without dividing the player base each time we brought out a new content pack, which would destroy the online community very quickly by splitting players up. Thanks to Shark Cards, we have been able to give away every piece of DLC so far for free in order to keep the community whole and give people options as to whether they want to earn new content by playing the game, buy new content with Shark Cards or simply don’t get new content and still keep playing the game.
“What is the #GTAOnline Heist official release date?” - @iCrazyTeddy
“Why are Heists taking so long?” – Donny (via Mouthoff)
We aren’t ready to give an official release date yet, but we are confident they will be ready early in 2015. As you may have read on IGN, Heists were a much bigger challenge to create than we had originally anticipated. Early versions were simply not good enough and had to be scrapped more than once as we honed in on how we thought they should work. We’re happy to say that the pack we are now finalizing is something we are excited by and eager to release as soon as it is ready. We, as a company, have always been about trying to make something that is good rather than hitting a date. We apologize when this gets frustrating but firmly believe that rushing out second-rate content does not do anyone any favors. Hopefully you agree that yesterday’s new Trailer is a sign that Heists are shaping up nicely, but we still need some time to fine tune them. Because we need a little time to get Heists right, we are going to give you a small Christmas gift to keep you entertained until we are done with them.
In the meantime, here are a couple of cool new screenshots to whet your appetite…
Tight coordination and teamwork will be necessary to fight your way to a big score.
Tools of the trade. There will be new vehicles including the armored Karin Kuruma.
“Are Heists only for Xbox One and PS4?” – IG:dodger_blue_ant
As previously confirmed, GTA Online Heists will be available to play on all four consoles: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One – as well as for the PC.
“Now that you have GTAV out for next gen consoles, are you going to forget about the rest of us?” - @BlackWolf468
Hi BlackWolf, certainly not as players on PS3 and Xbox 360 can look forward to Online Heists and other updates that are in the works coming soon. We are incredibly thankful to our original generation of GTAV and GTA Online players on those systems and wish to continue providing content to them for as long as we can. Of course, at some point in the future, there may be a point where we reach the limits for the previous generation of consoles as there may be some updates that are only technically possible on the new hardware – but we do hope to continue delivering as many updates as we can for all four consoles for as long as possible.
“Will you add snow to #GTAV this winter again? I missed it last time. Would be awesome: P” - @zaetayo
“You guys gonna do an Xmas theme for GTAV again?” - @Ryan_Heda
We prefer to keep such things as a surprise, but without giving away any details (no peeking under the tree!), we can say that we do have a few seasonal treats in the works for players on all four systems to enjoy this coming holiday season in GTA Online. Look for details on that very soon.
“Hi, please would it be possible to add or patch the ability to leave your car engine running when leaving a vehicle into the game?” – Martin (via Mouthoff)
“Why are there no animals in GTA Online?” - @joeny33
“Will the casino ever be available to us players to gamble our hard earned GTA dollars?” - @TheGamer4_G
“Grand Theft Auto next-gen is almost the perfect game in my humble opinion… However I do have one suggestion, I would LOVE to see a Texas hold ‘em and/or Blackjack mini-game… I would love to have the chance to gamble with my GTA dollars against AI and other players around the word. It would add yet another activity in the vast world that has already been created. Yours sincerely, a loyal fan.” – Scott (via Mouthoff)
We know that there is a never-ending community wish list for new content to be added to Grand Theft Auto Online. Not only do we truly appreciate that, as we’ve always said that the evolving world of GTA Online is as much yours (the players and residents of Los Santos and Blaine County) as it is ours – but we also need it and rely on it. Please keep your most wanted new features, updates, changes and tweaks coming via email to our official inbox at GTAOnline@rockstargames.com; we are constantly checking this feedback for ways that we can improve the game. To date, your feedback sent there has been invaluable in helping shape the game to what it is so far, and we look forward to the collaboration continuing strong in 2015 and beyond.
“Can PS4 players play GTA Online with PS3 players?” – IG:evil_gamer505
We absolutely love being able to push the boundaries of what can be done in a dynamic online world like GTA Online, but certain things are not technically possible right now and this is one of them. Unfortunately, there is no technical way that we could enable players to play in the same lobby with one another across different types or generations of game consoles. It is also impossible to enable PC players to join console-based lobbies.
“After the #GTAV reboot, how about a #RDR reboot?” - @SlyFoxC
“#GTAV on #XboxOne is seriously the pinnacle of awesomeness mountain. Now can we please get a Red Dead sequel please @RockstarGames?” - @FRYMANATION
“So if you’re going to keep making GTA, why not keep making Red Dead Redemption?” - @Austin_Lawson32
It’s wonderful to see so much excitement and enthusiasm for the Red Dead series, and nearly 5 years after Red Dead Redemption’s release(!). As we’ve mentioned when asked in the past about new games in other series such as Red Dead Redemption, Bully and L.A. Noire, we don’t always rush to make sequels, but that does not mean we won’t get to them eventually. We have so many games we want to make and the issue is always one of bandwidth and timing. We thank longtime fans such as yourselves as always for your amazing support and please stay tuned in 2015 for announcements of what’s to come from Rockstar Games.
“I was wondering if I could also [transfer] my [GTA Online characters and progress] from Xbox 360 to PC? Because I had a lot of nice cars on my Xbox 360 but I want to play on my PC, not start over to get all my cars. Is that possible?” – Luuk (via Mouthoff)
“Hello, wanted to ask about Online character progress transfer. I read on your Support site that it can be done only once. So my question is, I have a level 200 character on my PS3, I want to buy the PC version but think Santa might bring me the PS4 version. If I transfer my character to PS4, does that mean I am not allowed to transfer to PS3 character to the PC version when it ships next month?” – Tommy (via Mouthoff)
Not to worry, you will be able to transfer your Online characters and progress from any of the four consoles (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One) to the PC platform. To be clear, if you transfer or have already transferred your progress from PS3 or Xbox 360 to either PS4 or Xbox One, then you will still be able to do another transfer again from PS4 or Xbox One to PC. We have updated the detailed transfer information article at Rockstar Support to account for this.
“Dear friends at Rockstar, I would like to know what’s going on Grand Theft Auto V for PC…” – Alli (via Mouthoff)
Hi Alli, we’re presently in the final stages of development on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V and hope to have confirmed official system requirements to share soon here at the Newswire, please stay tuned for that to be announced in the coming week. Thank you and we’re very excited to bring GTAV to the PC gaming community!
That's all for now. Keep in touch with Rockstar Games for answers to other questions or hit up the comments below and we may be able to help you. Don't forget to join the discussions at the GTA 5 forums where you can find other answers to questions too!
Head over to IGN for an in-depth interview that details exactly how Heists will work... and why they've taken a little more time than originally expected. The article is loaded with info from an interview with Lead Mission Designer Imran Sarwar, as well a ton of new screens!
Can't wait! Head over to the GTA V Forums if you wanna further the discussion.
Each set includes all three soundtrack volumes (The Original Music, The Score, and The Soundtrack). The Vinyl collection features six vinyl records, a full color booklet and an exclusive lithograph poster in a classic box-set. The CD collection includes three discs along with a branded Grand Theft Auto V gold brick-shaped USB Drive, artwork and poster all sealed in a special die-cut package.
Winners will get their choice of either the CD or Vinyl collection. Limited to a production run of less than 5,000 units worldwide, these limited editions will be available to purchase beginning on December 9th at top online and physical record stores. You can pre-order the CD or Vinyl collection now at Mass Appeal.
Enter Now on Facebook
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Choose anything from the Grand Theft Auto V Collection including popular gear and collectibles like the Zippo Lighter and GTAV Hoodie along with several items that weren't available last year at this time, such as the Body Bag Sleeping Bag and the Trevor Philips Industries Tee.
Longtime fans can also take this opportunity to grab some Rockstar Apparel or gear and collectibles from some of the classic titles, including the Red Dead Redemption Frontier Collection and the Anniversary Collections for all three entries in the classic Grand Theft Auto Trilogy - GTAIII, Vice City and San Andreas.
Also, all Warehouse orders over $50 will qualify for reduced international shipping. The Black Friday Sale begins Friday morning at 12:01am Eastern Time and ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, December 1st. Enjoy and join the fun at the GTA V forums!
You can enter at the Rockstar Games page on Facebook, where the Grand Prize is the custom PS4 and at the Rockstar Games Social Club, where they're giving away the custom Xbox One. Both of these individually hand-fabricated consoles features an exclusive black-on-black Grand Theft Auto V design, laser etched on micro perforated metal paneling with hi-gloss deep green painted accents and a custom color-matched controller.
Rockstar is also giving away 20 Deluxe Prize Packs (10 via Facebook and 10 via Social Club) stuffed with exclusive brand new official GTAV gear and collectibles in each giveaway which includes:
- CNT Tee
- Cultstoppers Pin Set
- Dr. Friedlander Stress Ball
- Epsilon Program Laser-Etched Paper Weight
- Fred's Pictures Tee
- Grotti Polo
- iFruit Mouse Pad
- LifeInvader Mouse Pad
- Loneliest Robot Greeting Card
- Los Santos Est. 1781 Te
- Los Santos Radio Pin Set
- Los Santos, San Andreas Tee
- Love Fist Tee
- Merryweather Security Polo
- Merryweather Security Cap (in both Black and Fatigue)
- Merryweather Security Heat Changing Mug
- Merryweather Security Tee (in both Black and Grey)
- Pogo Keychain
- San Andreas Republic Tee
- Snapmatic Tee
- Sprunk Water Bottle
- STD Contractors Tee
- Sticker Pack featuring the brands of GTAV
They'll also be stocking this gear featured in the Prize Packs for purchase over the coming months as part of the Grand Theft Auto V Collection at the Rockstar Warehouse but for now your only way to score them is exclusively in this giveaway.
Enter on Facebook (PS4) | Enter at the Social Club (Xbox One)
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It's here (again)! Grand Theft Auto V is now available across the world on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles!
More than just a texture overhaul, the new version of GTA V goes to extreme detail and also offers revamped animations to coincide with the new first person view that lets you experience Los Santos and Blaine County from the eyes of your character. When you're ready to break free of the story, head online and take part in 30-player mayhem in the jobs you know or completely new ones for the new generation. It may be the game you know, but there's a whole lot more to see and do - especially for returning players.
Reminder for PC players: The PC version will release on January 27th. Mark your calendars!
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With the advent of First Person Mode, 30-player Online support and other new features made possible by the new systems, your feedback, help and guidance is more important than ever to help Rockstar make the game experience all it can be. Whether it's letting them know what you like and what you don't like about the new features, reporting any technical issues you may experience during the early days of GTA Online's next generation launch, or any other suggestions for improvements and tweaks whatsoever - they need your continued help, and, maybe, just a little patience if there are any teething problems around the launch on the new systems. They have, of course, tested the game extensively but there is no way their several hundred testers can be quite as comprehensive as millions of players! Please bear with them should any issues arise - they will be working hard to fix any problems that arise, and generally ensure this launch is as smooth as possible.
To help aid on that front, Rockstar wants to continue to encourage all players to utilize the following communication channels:
- The dedicated Rockstar Games Support website for help with any and all technical issues that may arise. You can browse the knowledge base of known GTAV and GTA Online issues and subscribe to articles there to get automatic updates of when they're addressed. And if your issue does not appear as an existing knowledge base item, you can also always create a new ticket to get help.
- The GTAOnline@rockstargames.com official player feedback inbox. Over the past year, with each and every Update released for GTA Online were tons of positive changes made as a direct result of player feedback that the development team consulted constantly for input. From specific content added to the game to countless enhancements such as improvements to GTA Online's RP and GTA$ payouts, insurance system, passive mode, Creator features, damage system - and so much more were all made to the game thanks to your very helpful suggestions.
Also expect a Title Update to be made available for download on both PS4 and Xbox One by this Monday that will include some last tweaks and optimization fixes for game day. In order to experience the game properly, please make sure you install this Update before playing (like all Title Updates, it will be applied automatically as long as you are connected to the internet).
Rockstar will be looking closely at your feedback from the initial launch days on the new platforms to help inform other future dynamic tuning changes and Title Updates as always. And get ready for continuing free content Updates for Grand Theft Auto Online, including the highly-anticipated launch of Online Heists (which, to be absolutely clear, will be available for all four consoles to enjoy).
Beyond that, here's just a few things to get excited for in Grand Theft Auto Online for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting next week:
Up to 30 Player Mayhem
Whether it's mass marauding in Freemode or lining up a proper Crew convoy for an epic GTA Race - there will now be the opportunity for nearly double the player action that was possible on the PS3 and 360.
The Next Generation Character Creator
Give your GTA Online player a dramatic makeover thanks to the new customization options that the overhauled character creator offers. Create a brand new character from scratch or take your current guy or gal for a bit of cosmetic surgery in true Los Santos fashion.
The GTA Online First Person Experience
IGN revealed the first person experience for GTAV last week, a feature that will be available in both Story Mode and GTA Online allowing you to seamlessly switch between first and third person perspectives while playing. Fancy trying your favorite Team Deathmatch as a first person shooter - or weaving through the turbines at the RON wind farm with a view from the cockpit of your Lazer in glorious 1080p? That's just scratching the surface of the possibilities that the first person experience will add to the gameplay of GTA Online.
Double the Props in the Creator Tool
To date, the amazing minds who've put the Creator Tool to work are responsible for nearly 10 million original custom Deathmatches, Races, Captures and Last Team Standing Jobs. Amongst those are some truly epic experiences including some masterfully imaginative metagames that we never could have envisioned. Now with the possibilities of prop placement doubled, you'll be able to build enormous arena-style Deathmatches for concentrated chaos, or maze-based Land Races requiring extreme guile, or stack shipping containers around Air Race checkpoints to create large scale obstacle courses for GTA Online stunt pilots! With double the props and up to 30 players, Rockstar can't wait to see the ways in which the incredible Creator community will assuredly concoct brilliant gameplay magic on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
That's all for now. Look for more last-minute info soon and hit up the GTA 5 forums!
Rockstar Games also reminds you to pre-order your copy now and get a bonus $1,000,000 of in-game money to spend ($500K for Story Mode and $500K for GTA Online). And with IGN & Rockstar Games putting out quite a lot of information (and screenshots) last week we might as well cut through the jouralism garbage and present the big points that came out of it. Consider this a Reader's Digest of the previews.
The new first-person experienceThe big reveal last Tuesday was that GTA V and GTA Online will in fact have a full first-person feature. For this, Rockstar Games had to go beyond upgrading textures and draw distances for the new version of the game. They made objects much more detailed and had thousands of animations adjusted to look better while re-experiencing Los Santos and Blaine County. Vehicles now have detailed and functioning dashboards as well. Going further, helmets restrict your view and muffle sounds. If your character likes a song playing on the radio they can start bobbing their head - and your view - too. When Rockstar says they want you to become the characters they mean it. You may notice tons of details that have been there from the start including how pedestrians stare at you while walking by. You can turn off the view with the tap of a button and choose if you want to use it while in-cover or not.
Rockstar made a video featuring various clips of the new first-person perspective:
Comparing the old and new GTA VThe next preview from IGN talked more about the visual details. As revealed previously, all content updates for GTA V will be present in the new-gen version. Vehicles from the updates will appear on the streets as a part of the population. Vehicle and pedestrian populations have been increased to breathe more life into the game. But don't forget the vegetation. John Marston's jaw would drop from looking at the vast amount of plant life added to GTA V. Grass is no longer a flat texture over hills or open areas with some tall grass sprinkled here and there. Rockstar has added actual blades, flowers, leaves - and trash - everywhere.
Another big point is lighting. Rockstar has completely upgraded the game's lighting from street lights to headlights. Light will refract through water including rain and even react to fog in a realistic manor so get those camera phones ready for awesome Snapmatics! Car reflections have received an overhaul as well with much more visible detail. Of course shadows also come into play with crisper lines or varying softness when needed and more realistic shadow casting between objects.
Rockstar put together a comparison video featuring the PlayStation versions of the game:
30 player playgroundThe last part of IGN's preview covers GTA Online. As noted previously you can use the first-person view in GTA Online and hosts can even lock matches to use that view only if they wish (or allow a choice). The level of detail from storymode continues online to allow you to see enemies or targets further into the distance. New-gen GTA Online accomodates up to 30 players plus two spectators in a match.
As was made known prior, you can transfer your GTA Online characters into the new-gen. You won't be stuck with the same old character, though. You will be allowed to adjust characterization stats and essentially reconstruct your avatar's DNA by adjusting almost every facial feature including nose and lips. This of course goes for newly created characters too.
Finally IGN mentions that heists are still on the way for all platforms new and old but Rockstar gave them the broken record "soon" as a timeline.
CVG also had a preview of the new-gen GTA V but pretty much said the same as IGN in fewer words. They reconfirmed the game runs at 1080p and 30fps with the PC version supporting 4K. They also metioned that there are 20 new species of animals and hundreds of new songs as well as hours of new DJ chatter. The PS4 controller will not only provide police radio but the light on the controller will also change colors depending on the character you are controlling.
Grand Theft Auto V is definitely [re]shaping up into a great experience on new consoles and PC. Check out 71 high-res screenshots in the gallery here and join the chat at the GTA 5 forums!
IGN recently got to play around with the new version of the game and released their first part in a series. Part 1 focuses on the first person perspective and how it takes a place we've already seen and shows us everything we missed. Check out a few excerps below...
Nelson tells me the idea has been kicking around for a while, but it’s only been possible to do it justice since the arrival of next-gen consoles and the power they bring. It also required another precious commodity: time.
“I just think it’s a different way of experiencing the world. It’s a different perspective,” Nelson says, as he tries to put his finger on what makes it feel so distinct. “You’re eye-level, down with the people on the street, and as you walk past them, you see them sort of look at you out of the corner of their eye. All of this stuff existed in the game before – lots of little details.”
And now it’s possible to appreciate those details like never before. It’s not just the textures but the posters and in-game TV shows and movies have all been rendered in high-definition, so it’s now possible to press your face up to the glass of GTA 5 and not be disappointed.
Nelson and his team have worked tirelessly to make this new perspective not only work but feel totally immersive. The fastidious attention to detail that originally went into the creation of GTA 5 is once again evident in the way first-person mode has been executed. When you step inside a car for the first time and settle down into the driver’s seat, you’ll notice the vehicle has a thoughtfully-designed dashboard – the speedometer and gas dial all work and, in some of the more high-end cars, digital displays even show the name of the radio station and song you’re listening to. Your character will even bob his head to the music. And that level of detail extends to every car, boat, and plane; they all have unique cockpits, so you’re never just plonked behind the same wheel. (Oh yeah, you can even duck down behind the steering wheel if you're being shot at.)
It’s still very apparent that you’re playing as Michael, Franklin, or Trevor. Their personalities haven’t been extinguished – in fact, the animations which made them feel so distinct and well-rounded have been adapted to work in the first-person. An idle Franklin will crack his fingers or adjust the brim of his hat. Michael will light up a cigar when relaxing at home. When parachuting as Trevor, if you look down, his arms carry the unsightly marks and scars you probably always imagined.
You can pull up your phone, and it’s not an overlay – you’re now looking down at your phone. If you want to take a selfie, it now feels like you’re doing just that.
Read the full article from IGN here and look for more previews soon. Join the chat at the GTA 5 forums!