GTA Online Freemode Events Update Now Available for PS4, Xbox One & PC

Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

The Freemode Events Update for Grand Theft Auto Online is now available as an automatic download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. This entirely new way to play GTA Online with no loading screens or lobbies features a wide array of madness, including:

Hunt the Beast
Become the Beast – a stronger, faster (and hairier) version of your character - and flee relentless pursuers all over Los Santos and Blaine County.

King of the Castle
An every man for himself turf war where you’ll need to ascend and claim the designated ‘castle’ as your territory – and then fend off everyone else as they go all out to dethrone you.

Hot Property
Grab the briefcase and go! Jump into a car, bike, boat, motorcycle, P-996 Lazer or just run for the hills with the coveted contraband in hand. Be one of the three players who hold the briefcase the longest to score GTA$ and RP bonuses.

Moving Target
The first player to enter a marked vehicle will become the Moving Target, tasked with safely delivering the vehicle to a designated location. While the marked vehicles will be durable, it’ll take some serious elusive finesse to survive other players’ attempts to destroy you before the drop point.

Checkpoint Challenge
Compete with all your Freemode competitors in a mad dash across southern San Andreas. Who will be the first to race or fly through all the designated checkpoints for fame, fortune and reputation?

Kill List and Kill List Competitive
Take control of some of heavy artillery and duke it out with the mercenaries from Merryweather Security. Rack up GTA$ and RP for each kill.

Dead Drop
Fight for possession of valuable contraband and see if you can make the drop first in this ruthless smuggler’s run.

Penned In
When you see the enormous dome appear over the Los Santos skyline, jump into the closest ride and find your way into it before the timer starts. Then, stay within the dome as it begins to move and shrink, smashing and bashing rivals out. Those who are left out of the dome for more than 7 seconds will explode. See if you can be the sole survivor at the very end.

Criminal Damage
Whet your appetite for destruction with an all-you-can-eat buffet. Get strapped with a favorite piece of heavy artillery and let loose over a given time period with no wanted level in sight. Wanton destruction is rewarded with every bullet hole and blast. The player with the largest property damage bill who causes the most destruction will win.

Hold the Wheel
A Sanchez, a Golf Cart or another otherwise humble mode of transport is made into an indestructible marked vehicle. Take command of it and avoid all the other jackers and assailants in your session to be the one in the driver’s seat when time runs out. Try and go for it solo to keep the entire GTA$ award for yourself, or shrewdly partner up with a gunner to ride with you for protection and split the earnings.

Time Trial
Record the fastest time possible, with a new course to master every week that awards you GTA$ and RP for beating our target time or your own personal best - and a championship worthy haul if you can take down the World Record.

Freemode Challenges
Compete in 19 unique Challenges against your Freemode friends and foes. See who can perform the longest jump, who can drive the farthest without crashing, who can fall the longest distance without dying, who can freefall the farthest before pulling their ‘chute – and many other ways to risk your neck to try and be a top 3 finisher for GTA$ and RP rewards.


The Freemode Events Update also includes two all-new exciting Adversary Modes:

Cross the Line: Heavily-armed squads face off across a neutral zone – with the goal of having all team members strategically penetrate their opponents territory to claim victory.

Hunting Pack: You’re part of a team tasked to deliver a priority vehicle rigged to explode if it drops below a minimum speed, while your opponents race, ram and batter to take it down.

The Freemode Events Update includes the launch of the Rockstar Editor on the PS4 and Xbox One - with several new features that have been added to it for all platforms - including an ambient audio and sound effects library, Snapmatic integration, Director Mode updates, and new fonts.

Today's update also brings new features to the GTA Online Creator, which includes the ability to properly stack and overlap Props, as well as the ability to save Prop templates that can be reused throughout custom Job creation. Now, clever Creators can make insane mega ramps, super loops, and brilliant parkour courses better than ever.

Complete any 5 of these brand new GTA Online Freemode Events between Tuesday, September 15th and Sunday, September 20th to get GTA$50,000 bonus in-game cash plus an exclusive Vapid t-shirt (awarded by Friday, September 25th). And look for more details on more GTA Online bonuses to be announced in the upcoming Freemode Events Social Club Weekend later this week here at the Newswire.

The GTA Online Freemode Events Update: Watch the New Trailer

Check It Out: The Warriors Reunion in Coney Island this Sunday September 13th

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

Attention all you boppers. The Warriors are back in the city and headed to CI, the big Coney. This coming Sunday September 13th, many of the film's original cast members will be reuniting at the Surf Pavilion for The Warriors Coney Island Festival in what they're dubbing the "Last Subway Ride Reunion Tour". 

Hosted by singer John Joseph of the Cro-Mags (you may have heard their work on Liberty City Hardcore), the day will feature everything from meet-and-greets with the original cast (including many of The Warriors themselves as well as actors who portrayed memorable members of rival gangs like the Orphans and Baseball Furies), live music from bands including Sick of It All (another LCHC alumni), a costume contest and a film screening right there on the gang's turf. Doors open at 10 A.M. and tickets are available for purchase here. If you’re as big a fan of this cult classic as we are and you’re in the NYC area, it sounds like one not to miss.

This fall also marks the 10th Anniversary of our own 2005 videogame adaptation of The Warriors - so for those of you who can't make that long journey to BK, feel free to get nostalgic by sharing your best Warrior-themed GTA Online Jobs for others to play. We’ll be looking to feature them next month in a special edition Throwback Jobs post alongside homages to 2005’s Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories as well.

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The GTA Online Freemode Events Update Coming Next Week September 15th: Watch the New Trailer

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

Freemode Events in Grand Theft Auto Online are a new advancement in open world gameplay, giving players access to a range of seamlessly integrated games and challenges in GTA Online’s Freemode. Taking full advantage of the latest generation of consoles and PC hardware, there are no menus, lobbies, or load times – just an open Freemode session filled with Friends, Crewmates, rivals, and randoms where spontaneous and chaotic new games and challenges will appear.

One of these events can kick off at any given moment while in Freemode, and you can customize your session to decide exactly which ones will happen – so you can play as much or as little of this new content as you like. With countless variations on each Freemode Event, there are tons of unique new experiences, each offering new opportunities for reaping GTA$ and RP in GTA Online. 

Feeling locked and stocked? Look out for King of the Castle – an every man for himself turf war where you’ll need to ascend and claim the designated ‘castle’ as your territory – and then fend off everyone else as they go all out to dethrone you. Form fragile alliances and work together in modes like Hunt the Beast, where one volunteer is temporarily transformed into a faster, stronger, beastly character who must escape relentless pursuers. Freemode Events also take the shape of insane stunt challenges, such as popping the longest wheelie, catching the most air in a land vehicle, or performing the most near misses in a vehicle without crashing.
Also included with next week's update are two brand new Adversary Modes. First, Hunting Pack: you’re part of a team tasked to deliver a priority vehicle rigged to explode if it drops below a minimum speed, while your opponents race, ram and batter to take it down. Or try Cross the Line, where heavily-armed squads face off across a neutral zone – with the goal of having all team members strategically penetrate their opponents territory to claim victory. The Freemode Events Update also brings the Rockstar Editor to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with new features (also being added for current PC users as well) such as an ambient audio and sound effects library, Snapmatic integration, Director Mode updates and more.

GTA Fan Vids: Aerial Stunt Mastery, The Debt and A Man's Journey Throughout History

Posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago | Author: R* J | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Fans continue to amaze us with their incredible videos utilizing the power of the Rockstar Editor and Director Mode, and we can't wait until the Rockstar Editor is made available for prospective PS4 and Xbox One directors later this month. In our latest collection of fan-created videos, we have a grim tale of revenge, some compromising Los Santos security camera footage and a moving video dedicated to a lost loved one.

A Man's Journey Through History - GTA Series Videos

An ode to the creator's grandfather (inspired by the opening credits sequence in Watchmen), this stunning and poignant clip tells the story of one man's life set to the backdrop of some of the 20th Century's defining historical moments.

I'VE SEEN FOOTAGE by Abstract Mode

A voyeuristic look through the lenses of security cameras scattered throughout Los Santos and Blaine County, this video from Abstract Mode gives us a peek into some of the stranger antics of Southern San Andreas citizens.

The Debt - The Game Mechanics

Reminiscent of a revenge thriller, The Debt tells the story of a man seeking retribution for the brutal murder of a loved one. The Game Mechanics' debut Rockstar Editor video is a gritty and violent look at a world where "All debts get repaid, in full".

Feather III - Venus & NightMare

A showcase of exceptional aerial skills by the latter half of the dynamic stunt duo Venus & NightMare, proving you don't always need a pair of wings to fly through the tightest spots.

Yuppie and the Alien by Vessapaperi

Inspired by the classic Vice City radio commercial, Vessapaperi brings this one-of-a-kind police drama to life with an impressive video cut to the original audio.

Magnum, P.I. starring Trevor Philips by btz

This recreation of the intro to '80s classic Magnum P.I. features Trevor Philips as the mustachioed private investigator and his Canis Bodhi in place of the iconic 308 GTS. To fully appreciate the attention to detail, check out the side-by-side comparison.

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Red Hook Crit Barcelona No. 3 Recap

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The top 5 women take their place on the podium while race winner Kacey Lloyd raises up the custom Cinelli prize bike. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

This past Saturday’s Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No. 3 saw some of the championship series’ most thrilling racing yet. Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated and to winners Ivan Ravaioli, whose hard-fought performance maintains his series lead, and Kacey Lloyd who has battled series leader Ainara Elbusto all season and pulled out a victory on Saturday. 

The women's feature race included 45 competitors competing over 20 laps. Series leader Elbusto scored the fastest qualifying lap of the day at 1:43.21 and led the race taking the first and midway prime. The lead pack included Elbusto, Lloyd, and sisters Lucia and Alicia Gonzalez of Spain. 

In the Women's qualification race, 45 riders battled to post their best lap times to determine starting positions for the feature race. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

With 12 laps remaining, RHC veteran Fleur Faure attacked the Gonzalez sisters coming out of turn 10 but crashed into the barriers bringing the race to a halt. The medical staff examined Faure, who after getting to her feet told the staff she had to keep racing. The crowds began to roar, banging barrier panels and supporting Faure's tenacity while she rode to the start/finish to reset the race. Her unrelenting competitiveness and ferocious performance earned Faure the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist. Elbusto controlled the final laps with Vittoria Reati and Lloyd behind. In the final lap, Lloyd attacked out of the hairpin in the second dramatic sprint to the finish between Lloyd and Elbusto we've seen this series. Lloyd maintained her lead ahead of Elbusto to win by half a wheel. 

It's a photo finish as Kacey Lloyd bests championship leader Ainara Elbusto by half a wheel to win the Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2015. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

The men's race started with series leader Ivan Ravaioli taking the first lap prime away from four-time consecutive prime winner Mario Paz Duque of Columbia. With seven laps remaining, Paz Duque and Ravaioli opened up a massive 20 second lead over the field with Paz Duque leading the way, but then with just two laps remaining a race neutralizing crash brought out the red flags, halting the race. A furious Paz Duque waved his arms as he passed through the start finish line and ignited the crowd. As the race was reset, Paz Duque's fans were chanting his name, jumping up and down, and bringing the crowd to properly rowdy excitement. 

The moment Mario Paz Duque (left) and Ivan Ravaioli (right) start their epic breakaway, this is how the race would finish with Ravaioli taking first place. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

In the final two laps, the leaders were granted their 20-second gap, followed by the chase pack in a delayed start. 
Ravaioli attacked Paz Duque with half a lap remaining and sprinted out of turn 10 to take the final victory. Paz Duque naturally took the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist award for his performance. 

The final round of the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series 2015 heads to Milan on October 10. Keep an eye on the Red Hook Crit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more news and updates as the series finale approaches.

Race Director David Trimble gives his customary briefing before men's qualification in the glorious Barcelona sunshine. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

Women's Race Results
1. Kacey Lloyd, US
2. Ainara Elbusto, ES
3. Gretchen Stumhofer, US
4. Alicia Gonzalez, ES
5. Ashley Faye, NL
6. Keira Mcvitty, UK
7. Marion Dziwnik, DE
8. Carla Nafria, ES
9. Kym Perfetto, US
10. Johanna Jahnke, DE

1st lap (breakfast prime): Ainara Elbusto, ES 
Mid-way (dinner prime): Ainara Elbusto, ES
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: Ainara Elbusto, ES (01:43.21)
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist: Fleur Faure, FR

Alfred Bobe Jr. returns from qualification.  Having posted a time only good enough for 50th on the grid he would make up an astonishing 36 places in the feature race and finish 14th. [Photo: @strict / @eloisemavian]

Men's Race Results
1. Ivan Ravaioli, IT
2. Mario Paz Duque, CO
3. Fabio Scarazzati, IT
4. Augusto Reati, IT
5. Tim Ceresa, FR
6. Zac Felpel, US
7. Daniele Callegarin, IT
8. Andrea Vassallo, IT
9. William Randy Guzman, PR
10. Paolo Bravini, IT

1st lap (breakfast prime): Ivan Ravaioli, IT
Mid-way (dinner prime): Daniele Callegarin, IT
Fastest Lap Qualifying Time: Ivan Ravaioli, IT (01:32.29)
Rockstar Games Top Antagonist: Mario Paz Duque, CO

The Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No. 3 this Saturday, September 5th

Fan Art: Reimagined GTA Poster Collection by Tom van Dijk and More

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Our fan art column here at the Rockstar Newswire rounds up some of the latest and most impressive fan-made creations curated from all across the internet. If you’ve spotted or created something amazing that you think the world needs to see, please share it here in comments for the Social Club community to enjoy or send it our way to check out via

The Grand Theft Auto Collection by Tom van Dijk

Dutch artist Tom van Dijk's detailed and moody poster series reimagines official posters for Vice City, GTAV and other Grand Theft Auto games with dramatic Vinewood flair. Check out the entire collection in hi-res over at Tom's Behance gallery, which also includes a Red Dead Redemption bonus poster.

City Life (top) & Car+Lines (bottom) by 4dimensional

DeviantARTist 4dimensional specializes in beautifully composed and photo-realistic HD street scenes and nature photography using the Rockstar Editor for image capture. The above entries are just two from her amazing gallery. Check out a bit of BTS into her production process as well to see how she manipulates the Rockstar Editor and adds filters and saturation to stunning effect.

GTA Online Characters by E09ETM

In this sweet homage to classic Grand Theft Auto box art, Chinese artist E09ETM aka Meachall has drawn her personal player avatar along with those of her GTA Online friends’ as they race, fly, and profile all over the mean streets of Los Santos.


Jill goes shopping by mattolsonart

Smoking gun, duffle bag stuffed with crisp bills and a prêt-à-porter gas mask... just in case. DevantARTist mattolsonart's GTA Online character, Jill, certainly looks dressed for success in this original Heist-inspired piece.

Masks Off On Heists by W_Flemming

Last year, we featured Damned Brotherhood member W_Flemming's impressive portraiture of her Crew. Now in part 4 of her series of hand-drawn digital Crew caricatures, W_Flemming sets the scene for DAMN's big Heist: 'The Heists are always an adventure, but for those who have not experienced them yet - here is a story. Police, vault doors cracked open and the ruling power of Mr. Dollar are present as usual... what the Grand Theft Auto series are about after all.' Be sure to check out WF's motion graphics version video as well to see the portraits in action against a camp 70's style caper soundtrack.

GTA V Heist
by SonOfVeeLasKo

It's a paper bag wearing Heist team sketch... drawn on a paper bag.
Illustrated by SonOfVeeLasKo and inspired by the characters Alfredo, EddieSick and HolyFuuu from Chilean YouTuber Jaidefinichon's Heist series videos.

Rockstar Keychain by THC-Holland

THC-Holland aka Jonathan Weghorst sent us these shots of a custom made 3D printed Rockstar keychain made for him as a gift by his brother.


 John by Tom Ventre

São Paulo based artist Tom Ventre captures John Marston doing what he does best - taking aim at a few unruly desperados.

Red Dead Redemption coverup on Stephen today! #reddeadredemption

A photo posted by Lewis Weatherley (@lewis_tattoo) on

Tattoo artist Lewis Weatherly aka @lewis_tattoo on Instagram shared this detailed Red Dead Redemption piece he created featuring John Marston in his Elegant Suit and quick on the draw.


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Labor Day Weekend Sales Plus Bonus GTA$ & RP in GTA Online: September 4th – 7th

Posted 1 month ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Never ones to miss out on the chance to commandeer a holiday as an excuse for promotional discounts, the Los Santos Chamber Of Commerce is celebrating Labor Day in Southern San Andreas with a docket of new deals in GTA Online this weekend, along with bonuses on select recreational activities.

For all weekend jet setters, the online leader in executive aviation sales is offering a 25% discount on all aircraft and sponsoring 2X RP & GTA$ payouts on all Air Races and Parachuting Jobs for aerial thrill-seekers.

On Saturday, the purveyors of high-performance vehicles are slashing prices across virtually their entire inventory by 25%, and also staking 2X RP & GTA$ payouts for all Land Races.

Whether it's a leisurely sail off the coast of Chumash you're after or a speedboat to draw stares from Vespucci Beach, the boat of your dreams is 25% off this Sunday at Docktease. And if competitive watersports are more your thing, take advantage of 2X RP & GTA$ payouts for all Sea Races.

Cap off the long weekend with some urban warfare compliments of Warstock Cache & Carry. All day Monday, get 25% off their entire stock and earn 2X RP & GTA$ payouts in all Deathmatches.

Crew Cut: The Top Daily Objective Crews & Off-Road All Stars

Posted on September 2 2015, 11:21am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The Crew Cut highlights exceptional grassroots community activity, events, accomplishments and other happenings across the thriving Social Club Crew scene. If your Crew is doing something special that you think the Social Club community needs to know about, hit us up at and tell us all about it – you might see your Crew featured in an upcoming edition of the Crew Cut.


It takes commitment and often serious teamwork to complete the GTA Online Daily Objectives, particularly if you're gunning for the weekly or monthly stacking bonuses. For a whole Crew to be as committed to completing them as Schleppo is, that's quite impressive. The 10 members of this squad have completed 810 Daily Objectives between them. Even without the stacking bonuses, completing 810 Daily Objectives is worth around GTA$7M - or if one person had completed them on consecutive days, a massive GTA$14.5M.

Shout out to the Crews rounding out the Top 5. Albachoross are an all-Japanese PS4 Crew who have just recently celebrated their 6 month anniversary on Social Club. The XenoAssassins, led by MissTwisted GTA, are "all about gaming - LIKE A BOSS!" on Xbox 360. The Cokney Rhymin Limeys will have been flying their whimsical flag for 2 whole years now, having originally been formed just in time for the original launch of GTAV on PS3 and Xbox 360. Finally, Bro Of Alta Street take their name from one of the central roadways in Downtown Los Santos, where we can presume they hang out when not completing their average of more than 52 Daily Challenges each.


For more info on future Off-Road All-Stars events be sure to check out their official rally site at:

Since appearing in the Crew Noticeboard back in May, the Xbox One-based Off-Road All-Stars, led by charismatic Crew Leader and YouTuber IvI-Ph03nix-IvI, have gone from strength to strength, putting together a comprehensive website and even distributing their own elaborate and high-quality e-zine. Recently, Ph03nix collaborated with Commissioners Stevedogg51 and Yello Cactus to bring this Crew's vision for an official Racing Championship to fruition. The Rally Championship has its own separate website with information on how to sign-up, previous results and the forthcoming schedule. Here's how it works:

The championship consists of four major rally rounds known as The McKenzie Rally, The Chiliad Mountain RallyThe Redwood Classic and The Palmer Taylor Trophy. The lowest cumulative time across all four rounds determines the winner. Designed with multiple dates for players to post their time and no limit on the number of competitors taking part, players who sign up are asked to pick one custom ride from a specific vehicle class and use that same selection throughout the championship round. Each round's selected track is posted a week in advance to allow all competitors time to practice. Check out this promo video for a quick summary.

On the designated Race Night, all entrants join the Race and go for three laps, which break down as follows:

  • First lap: a warm-up lap tackled as a group to learn the course. All Racers must pull off the track before hitting the last check point.
  • Second lap: Racers take turns to set their time over the course of the second lap. This is recorded on the rally leaderboard.
  • Final lap: completed in group formation for a show of unity.

The primary reason behind the inclusion of having only one hot lap is to add to the pressure of each Racer to perform to their utmost best in front of their peers. To make the rally truly interactive, the rounds are broadcast on Twitch in cinematic mode with live commentary from none other than Ph03nix herself.

Above we see McKenzie Rally winner AUDISPORTQUATTRO taking the ROAR podium with an impressive finishing time of 5:27.571, placing a full 13 seconds in front of 2nd.

All throughout July and August, racers took part in the McKenzie Rally with AUDISPORTQUATTRO taking 1st place. Moving towards September, Racers are now practicing and preparing for the Chiliad Mountain Rally - a trek that takes drivers through unforgiving cliff-side tracks along Raton Canyon straight out to the Alamo Sea and North Chumash. On this course, ROAR organizers warn:

"One mistake could cost you the stage, round or even the Championship. Undulating and uneven tracks make every corner a challenge. Too fast and you'll flip off the cliffs and lose time, too slow and your rivals will eclipse your time. So then, what are your tactics going to be?"
From dusk till dawn, these shots from the first rounds of the rally reveal some pretty grueling racing conditions out in Grapeseed.

The Off-Road All Stars also recently launched PC and PS4 chapters for their Crew. There's still plenty of room on the roster if you want to get involved. The original Xbox One Crew is now maxed out, but if you ask Pho3nix nicely she may set-up an overflow Crew so that you can join them. However, the Group A section of the ROAR Rally Championship is open to all Crews so definitely hit up Stevedogg51 and Yello Cactus if you think you have what it takes to compete alongside some solid racers.


Hillbilly_Agenda Crew Leader KnoxNerd reached out recently to let us know that his IRL quest to hand-deliver custom plates to his fellow Crew members continues. This time, his travels took him out to the Northwestern climate of Oregon, more specifically the small town of Vernonia, where he and fellow Crew member Gnarlinshreds attended the Vernonia Friendship Jamboree & Logging Show - which seems appropriate given the Crew's focus on outdoor life and comradery.

[Left] Hillbilly_Agenda’s KnoxNerd handing off the "BSHREDS" custom plate to Gnarlinshreds (PSN B3NNY_SHR3DS). [Right] We can see by the numbers, that Knox is always willing to go the extra mile for his Crew mates.

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