Getting Ready for the Next Generation in Los Santos

Posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Next week, get ready to join an entire new generation of Los Santos and Blaine County residents. The power of the latest console hardware has added new potential to the world and we’re all very excited for what, you, our amazing player community will make of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next week.

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 us make the game experience all it can be. Whether it’s letting us 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 – we need your continued help, and, maybe, just a little patience if there are any teething problems around the launch on the new systems. We have, of course, tested the game extensively but there is no way our several hundred testers can be quite as comprehensive as millions of players! Please bear with us should any issues arise - we 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, we want to continue to encourage all players to utilize the following communication channels:

  • Our 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 our 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. We’ve said since the very beginning that Grand Theft Auto Online is as much yours as the players and residents of San Andreas, as it is ours as Rockstar Games –we’re very excited to continue the collaboration ahead.

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).

We 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.
We 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, we 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.

Grand Theft Auto V: The Official PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Launch Trailer

Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

There’s one week remaining until the November 18 launch of Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Today, check out the all-new Launch Trailer which you can also catch airing as the game’s official TV spot this week.

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).

Snapmatic Contest Winners: #TrickOrTreat and #GTASanAndreas

Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Presenting the winners of our most recent official Snapmatic photo contests, held over the past two weekends in celebration of Halloween and of the 10th anniversary of GTA San Andreas, respectively. Awesomely creative work as always from the Snapmatic photographer community and we can’t wait to see what you guys get up to with increased resolution in the next generation and with 30-player lobbies, First Person Mode and other new features of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions that are around the corner. Look for a special PS4 and Xbox One edition Snapmatic contest on launch weekend to help celebrate that release and for now enjoy these fantastic and fun #TrickOrTreat and #GTASanAndreas winning shots which have each scored their creators a cool GTA$1M award and scored the San Andreas photogs a prize pack of S.A. collectibles as well.
 

#TRICKORTREAT SNAPMATIC WINNERS


The first of a few classic horror movie tributes is repdek_2's "Michael Myers" with masterful use of the meme creator to weave an illustration of The Shape. An honorable mention also goes out to HairyHole's well-done (and top voted) meme creator horror tribute poster for The Walking Dead.


"They're creepy and they're kooky..." A very cleverly orchestrated Addams Family portrait by heathyboy94. Great work in dressing up the whole crew as Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Lurch in front of an appropriately gothic manse at “Mount Gordo”– with classic B&W TV filtering to boot.


"Christine" rides again in UglyAssTurtle's fiery tribute to the sentient and malevolent titular Classic ride.

Turismo Halloween Edition
chriz_1 put in some work both at Los Santos Customs and with some inventive meme creator tricks to turn his "Turismo Halloween Edition" carriage into a pumpkin.

Happy Halloween!!
One of the early entries into the #TrickOrTreat contest was this fun photo shoot by CaPn-bOnEs entitled "Happy Halloween!!" of the iGrandTheftAuto Crew going trick or treating.

Honorable Mentions...

• “Chi Chi Chi…. Ha Ha Ha” by Davo00420 – shot on location at Camp Crystal Lake.

• The glowing, haunting "TT2" by Silver Fox1.

"Pillbox Hill" by sungokatana - a simple and spooky skeletal snap using "no memes, just filters".

 

#GTASANANDREAS SNAPMATIC WINNERS


imsohood_lum's "Rochelle - GTASan Andreas" is a stellar re-creation of the signature Vinewood Chick artwork from San Andreas that has deservedly received quite a bit of love from the community. Editor’s note: While that artwork is not actually based on the ‘Rochell’le’ character mentioned at westcoastraplegends.com, it’s pretty fun to see how fans have envisioned her as being Madd Dogg’s one-time protégé and paramour.

Follow the damn train, CJ!
If you're going to reference one of the most memorable missions (and popular memes) from San Andreas, it better be on point. Pre233's "Follow the Damn Train CJ," based on the Wrong Side of the Tracks mission with CJ and Big Smoke, passes with flying colors and then some. 

Welcome back
Classic. Tharnuk is clearly detail-oriented - even going so far as to use the meme creator to simulate as close as possible the original heads-up display from GTA San Andreas. Entitled "Welcome Back" as a nod to the first few steps everyone took playing the game's first mission.

SUN GRIND
Looks like CJ's still got it in him. The sky's the limit in "Sun Grind" by SilverFox1, capturing some serious air on a BMX and framed in beautiful natural light.

San Andreas Gang Warfare #1
"San Andreas Gang Warfare #1." Taken by Bjodjus_LXG, this photo is a nostalgic depiction of the original Los Santos family feud between GSF and the Ballas.


Honorable Mentions... 

• "After ten years... it's time to come back". 0lucaspc holds a candle for CJ and company in "Brouge Avenue", a dramatic B&W that gets you right in the feels.

• The "Truth" is... well right here. Fantastic bullet art courtesy of sicaro12.

• "San Andreas Throwback - KDST Flyer Card" by that_VIP_guy takes K-DST's radio promotion to new heights.

• "I'll have two #9's..." You know the rest. AlexSniperBullet gets Big Smoke and the gang back together for one last drive-by "Drive-Thru".

 

Previously:
#LTS Winners
#FlightSchool Winners

IGN Preview: What's in Store for GTA Online

Posted 3 weeks ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

For the final chapter of IGN's 3 exclusive Grand Theft Auto V previews this week, the crew went hands-on with GTA Online on the new platforms. Here's what they had to say after experiencing 30 player pandemonium in both Third Person and the new First Person Mode across a series of Races, Deathmatches, LTS battles and an epic 30-player Capture Job featuring a desperate effort to deliver a Journey RV halfway across the desert hounded by a gang of bikers, a chopper and … a fire truck:

"30-player activities – whether played in first-person or third – add an incalculable amount of mayhem to the game that’s already the current heavyweight championship belt holder for most manic multiplayer game out there. You may want to start a recruiting drive to build out your Crew sooner rather than later."

Read the full preview, including details of the all-new character creator at http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/06/30-player-grand-theft-auto-online-events-are-madness  

Today, we've also added more than 70 1080P screenshots from this week's previews to the official GTAV site for your perusal. And of course, stay tuned for more details in the days ahead about Grand Theft Auto V's arrival on PS4 and Xbox One later this month.


Previously:
PS3 to PS4 Comparison Video & New IGN Feature Interview
IGN Delivers New Details - First Person Experience Revealed

Fan Art: Halloween at Bullworth, Masterwork Miniatures, GTA Tats and More

Posted 3 weeks ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

Our latest gallery of inspired art created by GTA and Rockstar fans begins with a nod to Halloween night held last week at Bullworth Academy, courtesy of prolific GIF artist and one of our favorite fandom illustrators, Julia Scott. From there we check out some startlingly accurate diorama work, GTA-themed body art and more.

As always, should you come across any impressive GTA or Rockstar-related art or photos (including any awesome Halloween costumes from this past weekend!) that you think other fans need to see, be sure to share them in the comments section for the community to enjoy or send them our way via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all our latest official pics.


"Can you help me pull some pranks??" asks Julia Scott in her recently completed, and thoroughly awesome latest animated GIF illustration featuring the students of Bullworth Academy. Bully fans may remember Jimmy, Gary and Petey's costumes from 'The Big Prank' and this rare moment of stillness for the three, captured with jack-o'-lanterns dancing in the background, definitely suggests a night of mischief ahead.



  
DDJunior, who was featured here back in June for some highly detailed GTA figurines and backdrops, is back with more meticulous miniatures - this time featuring two of Southern San Andreas' well-known locations, Los Santos Customs and Liquor Ace. Check out DDJunior's deviantART gallery to see pictures of these painstakingly detailed works in progress.


There's more than a hint of vintage Vinewood style in this imagined movie poster that pays homage to the Leone classic, created by AndyFairhurst for Bottleneck Gallery's 8 Bit & Beyond 2 show.

     
Two tats from a pair of dedicated Rockstar fans here - one for a weekend and one a more permanent tribute. On the left, this leg piece was sent over to us via Mouthoff. Meanwhile on the right, Andrea - aka fukuro--lady on deviantART - drew her tribute to the death of one Michael Townley in marker pen as part of a Trevor costume she put together.


Proof that great art need never be rushed, Krbllov on deviantART recently decided to finish off some sketches from four years ago. The result - this stylish rendition of Niko Bellic introducing himself to Kalem in the mission 'Bleed Out', with Roman providing 'backup' (found by GTA Series Videos on Twitter).


In Sandy Shores at the stroke of midnight, the living dead are the least of your worries. Amanda Burke, aka loseranthems on Tumblr, drew this horror-inspired take on Trevor.

 

TheDovahBrine on deviantART laid down this sweet John Marston portrait in pastels for a Chalk the Block festival.

 

 

Previously:
Fan Art: Snapmatic Surrealism, Bullworth GIFs, Throwback Art and More
Trevor on Canvas, Damned Brotherhood Portraits, You Only Live Once Photo Journal & More
A Lamar and Trevor Cross-Stitch Collaboration, Vintage Trio Portraiture, Trick Photography Snapmatics and More 

GTAV PS3 to PS4 Comparison Video & New IGN Feature Interview

Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC has given us the chance to harness the power of these platforms to improve every aspect of the game. In addition to the all-new First Person Mode revealed yesterday, this means big technical changes like increasing the overall resolution and more than doubling the draw distance, as well as replacing every texture in the game and much more.

To see just how far the game has come in its transition to these new versions, check out the PS3 to PS4 Comparison video above. And be sure to head over to IGN today for more details and an exclusive interview that explains many of the key upgrades and the challenge of creating these new, enhanced versions of GTAV:

"As good-looking as GTA V is on PS3 and Xbox 360, and as alive as it feels, this is something else entirely. This isn’t GTA peeking its head into the new generation; this is GTA kicking down the door and cartwheeling directly into the epicentre of the party, much to the envy of those who just spent the last 12 months warming up over by the crackers and dip. It’s beautiful, it’s denser than ever, and I’ve barely scratched the surface. This is GTA V on a current generation console; the PS4, to be specific. This is not simply GTA V upscaled; that much is already clear. This is GTA V upgraded, on every level."

Read the full story at: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/05/grand-theft-auto-5-leaping-the-generation-gap

 

Previously:
GTAV: IGN Delivers New Details - First Person Experience Revealed

GTAV: IGN Delivers New Details - First Person Experience Revealed

Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With exactly two weeks to go until launch, IGN spent some time with the new version of Grand Theft Auto V, including the all-new First Person Mode. Exclusive to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto V, this new mode gives players the chance to explore the world of Los Santos and Blaine County directly through the eyes of their character, revealing all the world's glorious details in an entirely new way. For more details about First Person Mode, check out the first of IGN's 3 exclusive feature stories this week. Here's a sampling:

"There’s so much new about this version Grand Theft Auto V, but it’s obvious Rockstar was keen to deliver something above and beyond a technical upgrade – it’s given players an entirely new way of playing the game. From shooters to action games, we’re all used to adopting the first-person, but the way in which this new perspective transforms the GTA 5 experience can’t be understated; it fundamentally alters how you inhabit and interact with this world. It rewrites the experience."  

Read the full story here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/04/grand-theft-auto-v-a-new-perspective

Available in both GTAV and GTA Online, we've made a host of changes to accommodate this new perspective, including the creation of an optional first person cover system, a new targeting system, a more traditional FPS control scheme, and integrating thousands of new animations into the existing game. It's also available at the touch of a button so you can easily switch back and forth between perspectives.

Alongside the new First Person Mode, Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC features hundreds of additions and enhancements including 1080p resolution at 30FPS on PS4 and Xbox One (4K compatible on PC).


Previously:
Grand Theft Auto V Release Dates and Exclusive Content Details for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Watch the GTAV Trailer: “A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip”

The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack CD and Vinyl Box Sets Coming this December

Posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

To celebrate the release of the new, enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, we will be releasing limited edition collections of the game's star-studded soundtrack on both CD and Vinyl, in collaboration with Mass Appeal Records.

‘The Music of Grand Theft Auto V’ limited edition collections include 59 tracks with original music from A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Flying Lotus, Yeasayer and more. In addition, these limited editions will feature the original score composed by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist + Oh No, mixed by DJ Shadow, along with the other incredible music featured in Grand Theft Auto V. Limited to a production run of under 5,000 units worldwide, these limited editions will be available from December 9 at top online and physical record stores.

The vinyl collection will feature a total of 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.

Also, as mentioned in Pitchfork's story today, a number of DJs from GTAV are adding new radio content to their respective stations, including Big Boy, DJ Pooh, Nathan and Stephen from WAVVES, Kenny Loggins, Twin Shadow and Cara Delevingne as well as a few of the dial's biggest chatterboxes - Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris and Duane Earl.

Social Club Crews

For Max Payne 3 to Grand Theft Auto V and beyond, Crews are groups of Social Club members who form persistent teams to compete and earn rewards in-game and on the Social Club website. Create a Crew or join one now - here are some Crews we've featured in the Crew Cut here at the Newswire:

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