Tune in this week at the Rockstar Twitch channel for a pair of very special GTA Online livestreams:
Thursday Oct 16th 1:30PM Eastern*
GTAV Soundtrack Edition featuring FLYING LOTUS and THUNDERCAT
We're honored to welcome FLYLO FM's own Flying Lotus and Thundercat to the official livestream tomorrow afternoon live from Rockstar NYC while the guys are in town touring in support of the new album You're Dead!. Word is Fly Lo and Thundercat are both pretty fierce GTA players in their own right; we'll be going head to head with them across a variety of Jobs and game modes. Tune in and join us in the chat where we'll be also fielding select questions from fans for Fly Lo as well.
Friday Oct 17th 4PM Eastern*
Rockstar Verifieds Edition featuring invited Creators plus special guests DomisLive, SssniperWolf and more
Join us Friday as we get down in a Playlist of this week's 10 new Rockstar Verified Jobs including the winning Air Race selections of the #FlightSchool Creator Competition. We'll be joined by some of the makers of the Jobs themselves to walk, talk and play through their creations live with us - as well as special guest YouTubers DomisLive, SSSniperWolf and more to be announced including some of the most renowned GTA Online pilots on the YouTube scene that we've featured here at the Newswire in the past such as LiiNEX, PerfectPlays and Xh0sa NightMare.
* Please note that with all livestreams, dates and times are very much subject to change. Follow twitch.tv/rockstargames and twitter.com/rockstargames to get live notifications of when streams begin. And stay tuned for many more Rockstar livestreams in the weeks ahead to be announced.
Congrats to Eduard Grosu and Ash Duban, Winners of the Red Hook Crit Milano Race and 2014 Series Champions Thibaud Lhenry and Ainara Elbusto Artega
Race and series winners gather on the podium to share a well-deserved drink as the 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series draws to a close. Photo by Francesco Rachello.
The rain in Milan held out just long enough for the winners to celebrate on the podium, as Eduard Grosu of Romania won the final stage of this year’s men’s Red Hook Criterium and France’s Thibaud Lhenry took the series championship after finishing in 16th place on the day. Ash Duban from Austin, Texas took the gold in the women’s race followed by Barcelona winner and this year’s women’s champion Ainara Elbusto Artega from Spain.
Cycling icon Luciano Berruti lines up with the athletes before taking them out on the lead out lap – a tradition of the RHC Milano race. Photo by Francesco Rachello.
Grosu rode to victory in the men's race at Milano for the second straight year, and was followed by former pro and RHC newcomer Ivan Ravaioli and Barcelona winner Julio Padilla, finishing second and third respectively. In the women’s race, Fleur Faure captured third behind Duban and Artega. Congratulations also go out to team series winners Iride-Demode Sc for Men’s and Desgena for Women’s. And special shout out to Team Cinelli Chrome for taking second place in the Men’s team points series - Cinelli is a truly passionate co-sponsor and their team's riding abilities are elite.
Race winner Eduard Grosu taking one of the fastest corners of the circuit. Photo by Francesco Rachello.
With a course designed for speed, the race was incredibly fast. With a pace clocking in at around 30mph, the field stretched out into a long, snaking chain of 95 competitors. Pole position was fiercely contested by the likes of series veteran Evan Murphy, Ravaioli and Padilla. Not far behind was Diego Yepez from Mexico, whose constant attacks on the front kept a fire lit under the race winners to keep their spots, and earned him the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist.
Ash Duban shouts in celebration as she crosses the line to take first place in the women's race. Photo by Francesco Rachello.
As the cycling season draws to an end, it has been amazing to watch just how much the Red Hook Crit has grown once again this year. With thousands of spectators attending the races rain-or-shine in New York, Barcelona and Milan, plus increased coverage from major sports and news outlets, we cannot wait to see what the 2015 series will bring. Be sure to keep up with the Red Hook Crit on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, plus keep an eye on the Rockstar Warehouse for official Red Hook Crit Rockstar gear coming soon.
Diego Yepez is all smiles as he joins the race winners to collect the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award. Photo by Francesco Rachello.
Following the intense competition from Barcelona, the Red Hook Crit Championship Series heads to its final stop in Milan this Saturday. The championship standings for both the Men’s and Women’s series are up for grabs. In each case, the top 15 leaders in the series standings are mathematically viable for the top three positions.
2014 has been an amazing growth year for the Red Hook Crit – with more fans, competitors and events than ever before, each stop of the Championship Series has become an electric event: from the epic downpours of the Brooklyn opener, to the high-speed action at Barcelona. Milan continues this year’s growth with the addition of the Women’s criterium, which we’ve happily seen hit every stop of the series this year.
Milan will also feature the Last Chance Race: once the afternoon’s qualifying rounds and the men’s criterium competitors have been placed, a small group of top qualifiers who didn’t make it into the final criterium are given one last chance to race head-to-head and earn a spot in the final.
The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist will once again be presented on the podium, awarded to the rider, who without consideration for their final position, most effects the outcome of the race through a combination of tactics, aggressiveness, and sheer strength.
Best of luck to all the competitors. For anyone in Milan, this race is free to attend and is surely not to be missed. To follow the live race action, check out the official Red Hook Crit App for iOS and Android and for more information, visit the official website, or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
GTA & Rockstar Fan Pics: Trevor on Canvas, Damned Brotherhood Portraits, You Only Live Once Photo Journal & More
In the latest fan art roundup, an artist captures Trevor's "Rampage" on canvas, plus some awesome original digital portraits of a GTA Online Crew, a photographer's narrative photo journey along with the story behind it, a Rockstar skinned PS4 and more.
As always, should you find (or create) any awe-inspiring GTA or Rockstar-related art or photos that you think other fans need to see, make sure to send them our way via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all our latest official pics.
"Rampage": an incredible painting by Mike Oncley that was featured at Seattle's PRESS START III: TURBO EDITION, an annual art show focusing on the modern era of video games. Oncley created his rendition of Trevor using a mix of just blue, red and white acrylic paint on canvas (notice the skull detail in Trevor's eye). You can watch Oncley through his entire process in this Timelapse Painting video and if you're in the Seattle area, you can check it out in person now til October 5th at the Ltd. Art Gallery. [Found via xombiedirge.com]
Digital artist and member of the Damned Brotherhood Crew, W_Flemming created these impressive digitally hand-drawn portraits based on other members of her GTA Online Crew including Crew Leader, ajdbns87. Here's a sick moving art vid of all her pieces together.
Social Club member djnatas is gearing up (quite literally) for the November 18th GTAV release on PS4. He sent us his custom Rockstar and GTA console skin via mouthoff - looks like he's ready to play GTAV in style.
Photographer and professional film editor Casey Brooks (known for his work on the recent film, Obvious Child), used Snapmatic photos to create a narrative photo journal from the perspective of a girl living in Los Santos. In a recent interview with the Creators Project, Brooks describes his vision. "I wanted to tell a fictional story of one of these 'extras' [pedestrians in GTA Online] and my character would assume this role. She gives a sense of the world through her personal photos and history. While other online players/characters are engaging in epic standoffs with military, there's a parallel universe with a young woman living a fairly normal American life and dealing with the complexities that come with that. Using her camera phone to create a document of her experiences." Brooks' photos and captions are a mix between personal and arbitrary moments painting a very broad portrait of this young woman's life.
Tyree, aka deviantARTist SkaggsSTL took his owl mask-donning GTA Online character and added some custom ink and a graphic tee in this custom portrait.
We've seen Max Payne cosplayer @anthonyzero pull off Max's São Paulo look at quite a few conventions (Megacon 2014, Animate Miami, and Tampa Comic Con to name a few), but he went next level in this slick shot.
@florentmaudet does a great job of recreating scenes from video games using photography and Photoshop and his John Marston here is no exception.
Max Payne plays Max Payne 3: "This is my first attempt at cosplay. Apologies if it's not very good." Looks great from where we're sitting, dude. Via eddiehimselfstolemyu on deviantART.
A Lamar and Trevor Cross-Stitch Collaboration, Vintage Trio Portraiture, Trick Photography Snapmatics and More
Fan Art: The GTAV Animated GIF Artwork of Julia Scott, Trevor Gets Patriotic & More
Los Santos Bullet Street Art, Homemade GTA Action Figure Diorama, Franklin's Snapmatic
The brand new artwork of Michael, Franklin and Trevor as well as the flirtatious Vinewood Girl art that appeared this past Friday as part of the release date info update and trailer launch for Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC – are all now available as digital downloads in our usual wide variety of formats.
We’ve also updated the archive of available GTAV digital artwork to include a mother lode of previously unreleased illustrations including a few of the oddballs of Los Santos and Blaine County that appeared in the latest trailer like Maude and Dr. Friedlander – plus a wide range of GTA Online artwork from the past few months as well.
Hit up www.rockstargames.com/V/downloads to grab all of the new artwork released as desktops, smartphone and tablet backgrounds, avatars, icons, Twitter and Facebook covers and more.
Check out the brand new trailer, entitled “A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip”, and stay tuned for lots more details in the weeks ahead about GTAV for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Rockstar Games is proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18, 2014 with the PC version to follow January 27, 2015.
Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:
- New weapons, vehicles and activities
- Additional wildlife
- Denser traffic
- New foliage system
- Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more
Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will also feature enhanced radio selections with over 100 additional new songs and new DJ mixes from returning DJs across the game’s 17 radio stations.
All players who pre-order the game will get $1,000,000 in-game bonus cash to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA$500K each for your Story Mode and for your GTA Online in-game bank accounts).
A host of new, exclusive content also awaits for players returning from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more maneuverable Blimp; activities including wildlife photography and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more.
Enhancements to Grand Theft Auto Online include an increased player count, with online play now for up to 30 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with much more to come.
Existing players will be able to transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to their choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC. For more info about gaining access to exclusive content for returning players, please visit rockstargames.com/V/bonuscontent.
Check out the brand new GTAV trailer, entitled "A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip" – and enjoy these sixteen new screenshots taken from the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
Check out this GTA Online Flight School Event Session video we posted to YouTube earlier today, featuring the "Crosswind" and "GTA: Airheads" Jobs, played here with community members Karpeh, Smoowv, RadicalSpirit and AlexSniperBullet.
Intrepid pilots and Coquette sportifs took to the skies and roadways during the recent San Andreas Flight School Event, soaking up the Event Playlist Double GTA$ and RP and reaping all the other in-game rewards while they lasted. Read on for an Event recap highlighting some of the standout videos posted of the weekend action, plus the official #FLIGHTSCHOOL Snapmatic contest selections, winners of the gear giveaway and more.
As is tradition, the Event officially started with the official Event livestream hosted by Lazlow and the Rockstar Broadcast team (ICYMI: full stream archive). After warming up in a GTA community lobby playing through some of the new Flight School Jobs alongside Karpeh, Smoowv, RadicalSpirit and AlexSniperBullet – we got on to the main event: Rockstar versus Little & Cubed.
Nerdcubed's official YouTube video from the Rockstar VS Little & Cubed 2v2 Flight School battle.
We’ve been fans of Little & Cubed for quite a while now, loving the inventive and super fun 1v1 challenges that Dan NerdCubed whips up with the Creator tool and challenges his sparring partner Martyn Littlewood to. Considering the classic flight oriented ones they’ve done in the past (“Dump Jump!”, “Capture the Case”), we had a feeling that given the challenge of putting together some 2v2 Jobs with the new aviation toys from the Flight School Update – some serious madness could be afoot. Little & Cubed did not disappoint. In just about two days flat, Dan NerdCubed cooked up some devilishly fun 2v2s to challenge us with. Watch “Crossjoust” and “Game of Thrills II” above – the first in a new ongoing series of GTA Online Sessions videos we’re going to be posting regularly to the Rockstar YouTube channel (make sure you’re subscribed there so that you don’t miss a one) – and below is a list and description of all 8 original Nerdcubed Flight School Jobs so that you can bookmark and play them yourself with 3 of your best frienemies. Please note that as Dan N3 is a PS3 guy, his Jobs are currently only available to play on that platform, however they’re brilliant in their simplicity of construction so industrious Xbox 360 players should be able to easily re-create them using the Creator Tool as well (give a shout in comments if you’ve got a variation on XBL that the community should check out):
- “Crossjoust” – The Los Santos downtown financial district has been closed down to accommodate a 4-way intersection ‘crossjoust’ with opposing ramps, SMGs and Coquette Classics. ‘Backs to the wall. 3… 2… 1… Mayhem.’ Best played with headsets or via Skype so that one player can lead the synchronized jousting countdown.
- “Game of Thrills II” – A modified Capture where one drop wins it all. Take off in P-996s and fly to the military base to try and steal and pilot the coveted Miljet FTW. Players spawn at the mid-way point and can either defend or capture; Dan’s TLDR: ‘Steal plane. Shoot other planes’.
- “CanyonAero” – Jets versus Coquettes in a classic bit of cat and mouse. One team races down Raton Canyon in the Coquette Classic, the other team uses jets to try and blow them up on route. Switch roles at the 5 minute mark to let the hunter become the hunted.
- “Any Landing You Walk From” – Take turns trying to land the Besra down the Sandy Shores Airfield runway between perfectly arranged fuel tanks without blowing them up. Clip the tank and she’s gonna go boom.
- “Big Bridge. Big Plane” – A Race where you must thread the needle of the La Puerta Freeway Bridge to and fro in the massive MilJet – and the first checkpoint’s “a bit of a doozy.”
- “To Infinity” – Besras weave around the Los Santos skyscrapers in a super tight Air Race to test your ace piloting skills.
- “Plane Sailing” – Stealing a Besra from the military and delivering it to a nearby drop point… is more difficult than one would think.
- “Chill Lad” – The Coquette Classic is probably not the ideal vehicle for climbing and descending Mount Chiliad. Find out why – the hard way – in this Land Race.
Wickedly good fun, huge thanks to Dan and Martyn for putting these Jobs together and joining us on the livestream – and to see more footage of us playing these 2v2s with Little & Cubed make sure you sub to Rockstar Games, Official NerdCubed, and InTheLittleWood on YouTube. Below is Martyn's latest video from the 2v2 battle just posted yesterday showing his perspective during “Plane Sailing” – watch parts 1, 2 and 3 showing other Jobs listed above at his channel as well:
And now without further ado – here are the winners of the #FlightSchool Snapmatic contest, which include a trio of stylish shots featuring the new Besra, an historical homage and a salute to explosive special effects.
The profilic AlexSniperBullet brings us this tribute to legendary female aviator Amelia Earhart. Congrats to Alex for his very first winning photo entry after being the bridesmaid in several honorable mentions in past Events.
A stunning sun-drenched shot of the new Besra and both variations of the Invetero Coquette Classic, compliments of returning champion ZazDillinger.
A pilot makes a pit stop at a roadside fruit stand in the clever "Flight School Lunch Break" by Rita_Skybabe.
Cue "epic walking away from massive explosion"... and, action! From fktnk_95
sicaro12 gives the Besra's undercarriage a quick spritz, thanks to some low level flying at Cassidy Creek.
And by popular demand, here’s just a few honorable mentions that caught our eye as well:
• ‘Flight School’ looks as if lulaman300 snapped it directly from the trailer, great composition and use of the Meme Creator tool.
• Flight School Lesson #3 – ‘that big red button is NOT a turbo boost’. By Nemosphene.
• Calling for an impeccably outfitted Flight Suit, positioned vehicles, and two perfectly timed jets overhead are a couple spot-on Flight School artwork recreations by McGoooo420 and SilverFox1.
• Coquette pr0n – two gorgeous shots by chocolate_001 that look Invetero sponsorship-worthy
• “My first lesson in Flight School be like” – by Kralikus
• Giving new meaning to ‘striking a runway pose’ - damn near a full lobby from Spain’s 3DJU were put to work in this epic LSIA Flight Crew selfie by caskillo. Also watch the making-of on YouTube.
Congratulations are also in order to the 20 winners of the Event Weekend Gear Giveaway who all scored Deluxe Prize Packs with a wardrobe of Rockstar and GTAV official t-shirts including the Republican Space Rangers Tee, Trevor Philips Industries Tee, Epsilon Program KIFFLOM! Tee and more. Winners we've already confirmed include Versus_Graphic, Checo---366, Aro247, visual619, Reclaimer_VII, ActaNonVerbaNL, MrLiteraLOL, 32RuGGedTalk2Yuh, BIGFOOTSPENE, jsmith3000, huragok007, webby1990, and UnboundSpirit.
Also keep your eyes peeled for the winners of the #FlightSchool Air Race Creator Contest to be announced in an upcoming edition of Rockstar Verified Jobs; we’re actively reviewing and playing entries as we speak. Look forward to that as well as news on forthcoming GTA Online updates in the weeks ahead.
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