Rest in Peace, Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream

Posted 1 day, 3 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music

All of us here at Rockstar Games are deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of Edgar Froese – the incredible, pioneering electronic musician and founder of Tangerine Dream. 

A true musical icon, his body of work spanned across six decades. He was a huge inspiration to us and we are honored to have worked so closely with him on the GTAV score.

Our deepest condolences to the entire Froese family.

Crew Cut: Tournament Time, Crews in Real Life and More

Posted 1 day, 11 hours ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In this edition of the Crew Cut, we cover an ongoing tournament that promises to be packed to the brim with action, more Crews meeting up IRL, a new Reddit squad causing chaos and a couple of awesome Crew propaganda videos that caught our attention. First up, a few of our favorite Crew Snapmatics from recent weeks:

 
 
Clockwise from top left: During production of Malicious Intentt's Reservoir Dogs tribute video, co-Lieutenant greatler took a moment to grab this behind-the-scenes shot of MAIN keeping their cool amidst the chaos; Efin Secsy Club Crew Leader ThunderChild09 has been updating this Snapmatic every time the 5EXY Crew member count reaches another century - not far til' the next one!; GT69-Racing Crew look surprisingly intimidating with The Festive Surprise Stocking Masks on their head in leader SANFORD55's menacing selfie; The Ganja Outlaws Crew celebrate the New Year with a bang.

TOURNEY TIME

Seasoned GTA Online tourney producers HOT_KIMERA and his CAP PILLAS Crew kicked off their GTA Online Body Bangers Tournament this past weekend and things got off to a banging start. Round one of this thirty-Crew Free Aim tournament on PS4 saw Crew Cut vets such as the CAP PILLAS and Ineffable Arts Crews and lots of newcomers including the SouthVinewood Ballas, SEVILLE DIABLOS, Underworld Mob Kings and many more. Congrats to all the first round winners: Ineffable Arts and CAP PILLAS, the DIABLOS and Mob Kings, iTS A Blurr, KiLLIN ALL ON SiGHT, CASHOUTGANGG, Masked Terror SquaD and TRAPMOBB BROUGE AVE. You can check out all the action from last weekend in the highlight vid above, plus part two here with a part three coming soon. Round two begins today at 4pm ET and carries on through Sunday - watch the battlin' live on Kimera's Twitch channel. Good luck to the remaining Crews! Have a tournament or special Crew event you're hosting or participating in that you think we should know about? Hit us up with the details at mouthoff@rockstargames.com.

CREW SPOTLIGHT: The LosSantos Aliens


Alien Nation: This "average Crew session" is total chaos with redditors The LosSantos Aliens (SNOO).

The LosSantos Aliens Crew caught our eye thanks to the ridiculous gif posted above, which shows exactly what a free roam Crew session should be all about. SNOO are the official Crew of the /r/GrandTheftAutoV sub-reddit and have strong ties to fellow redditors the GTAAdventures Crew who we've previously featured for their part in this sick Skyfall recreation and tilt-shift Toy Soldiers collab with 8-Bit Bastard. A quick glance at The LosSantos Aliens sub-reddit points to a committed squad hosting regular meet-ups of all kinds on all four different platforms. If you need any more convincing to get involved, check out this vid filled with more Crew mayhem. It's easy to see why, in the 6 weeks since their inception, they've nearly filled their roster. With the remaining spots going fast, head over to their application form if you wish to join. 

CREWS IN REAL LIFE

Hillbilly Agenda Crew have been at it again, hand-delivering more custom Crew license plates across the country to their fellow Crew members. This time, Crew Leader KnoxNerd and his son MarkusMerk flew themselves from Tennessee to Virginia to deliver a plate to co-Lieutenant IgnesousJester29. Exceptional effort guys! Merryweather IMF Crew have continued this trend, over an even greater distance. When Aussie co-Lieutenant the_killer_ewok was travelling through Europe, he stopped off in Germany to sample some "local culture" with Crew Leader NAVAL_SEABEE. After a few steins at a local brewery, NAVAL_SEABEE presented the_killer_ewok with a Crew T-shirt he designed himself. A noble gesture and just rewards for journeying such a distance.


Hillbilly Agenda (HBAG) Crew co-Lieutenant IgnesousJester29 is the latest member to get a hand-delivered custom plate from Leader KnoxNerd.

Merryweather IMF.JPG
Merryweather IMF (MIMF) co-Lieutenant the_killer_ewok shows off his new Crew tee personally delivered by Leader NAVAL_SEABEE.

CREWS ON FILM

Merryweather IMF's camaraderie is clearly evident in-game as well, with this follow up to last year's tongue-in-cheek recruitment video. As NAVAL_SEABEE explained it to us, in the past 8 months MIMF have culled down 1,000+ applicants to just over a hundred elite operatives, committed to protecting the Freemode city from red dot psychopaths, play crazy custom Missions, and overall have a great social experience. KDR hitmen, proficient gunners, expert pilots and great GTA cinematographers are all welcome to apply for second phase of the Crew: Gone Rogue. To find out more, check out the following recruitment video:

Reuchlin5 of the Merkalot Crew was sure to hit record in this Team Deathmatch Crew Battle against the MexicanMafia1MXx Crew that saw MERK shutting 'em down 3-0. Want to show off your Crew's battle skills? Hit us up on CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com to take the good fight to our official Twitch channel for a live Crew vs. Crew Battle. Keep an eye on our Twitter and the Rockstar Newswire for Crew Battle announcements in the future.

Finally, an awesome recruitment video from Social Club stalwarts, the Ganja Outlaws - showcasing the organization and creativity we've come to expect from them. In this one, WEED take advantage of the expanded lobbies on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in this Toots and the Maytals inspired highlight reel that showcases exactly what you can expect from their next-gen Crew meets. We also enjoyed this montage of them Smokin and Ridin' their way around Los Santos. Keep up the good work, fellas. If you've created a video showing off the best of your Crew, please post them in the comments below or send them to us direct via mouthoff@rockstargames.com.

Previously:
The Flight Crew Special
A Crew that Hand-Delivers IRL License Plates, Plus F.C.-Themed Squads and More
Camera Clubs, Creator Collaborators and the Latest Crew VS Crew Battles

Rockstar Game Tips: Scaling Up to 30 Players and Crafting Tense LTS Encounters in the Creator

Posted 2 days, 11 hours ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Since the launch of GTA Online for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the community of Online Creators have gone to town to make the most of the expanded lobbies and create even more epic Deathmatches, Races, Captures and LTS to share with the world via Social Club. We've been playing and enjoying many of those new Jobs and in our latest edition of Rockstar Game Tips, we've got pointers on how to make sure your creations are properly set up to support and maximize the action for a large player count.

If you're new to GTA Online's Creator and looking for some fundamental instructions on getting started, you may want to brush up on some of our tips to building great RacesDeathmatches and Capture Jobs. You can also check out our official how-to PDF guides for making LTS JobsCapturesRaces and Deathmatches. And further down in today's article, you'll also find some of our specific strategies for creating nail-biting Last Team Standing Jobs (by the way, stay tuned for our Last Team Standing Creator Contest selections to be announced in the weeks ahead with a new set of Rockstar Verifieds).

Hit the jump to read these Creator tips for making awesome 30-player and LTS Jobs.

Fan Pics: Snapmatic Panoramas and More

Posted 4 days, 11 hours ago | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The latest gallery of fan-created pics and artwork includes impressively stitched panoramas compliments of Snapmatic, some fresh takes on the trio of Michael, Franklin and Trevor, along with a wrap-up of holiday-themed handiwork.

Remember, if you see any impressive GTA or Rockstar-related art or photos, 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.


Illsnapmatix sent us these stunning panoramas he created by meticulously stitching together multiple Snapmatic images. The sunset shot of The Range in Stab City above was created by seamlessly blending together nine individual Snapmatic photos. This is just one of the many exquisite shots he's put together, including the spectacular shot of The Richards Majestic below. Check out the illsnapmatix.com website for more, as well as for interviews with some of the most creative and trendsetting GTA photographers around.


@TheTomVelez really captures that old Vinewood feel in this digital illustration he tweeted of Trevor, Franklin, and Michael overlooking a beautiful Vinewood Hills sunset.


These cartoons by Koldoom of Michael and Trevor show what these guys are really about - cash and chaos. We're looking forward to seeing how Franklin's portrait will turn out.


A tryptych of posters in the Art Nouveau style by deviantARTist d-woo. His refreshing take on the GTAV trio sees them cast in a saintly light in their natural habitats, with preferred method of mayhem making in hand.


@TommySoulier tweeted us his latest batch of edited snow photos - our favorite of the bunch is this ominous scene captured in the Los Santos graveyard.


Grumpykara posted this illustration on IG of her 'new favorite psychopaths.'

 

 

 


This dramatic pen and ink piece by Ryo-Narushima calls forth the chiaroscuro of Trevor Phillips' character.


From lude and destructive to lovey dovey, Queer Horror's adorable take on GTAV's dynamic duo has a style all its own.  


Gangster 101: Never, EVER, look back at the explosion. Furburner clearly gets it.


Michael, Franklin and Trevor complete their holiday shopping the easy way. A bit of Christmas carnage from Krbllov.


mad.devil captured these awesome little gifs from the GTA Series Videos Snow Days Time-Lapse clip. Check out more of them on her Tumblr here.

 

Previously:
Festive Finery, GIF Wrapped Goodies and More
Halloween at Bullworth, Masterwork Miniatures, GTA Tats and More
Snapmatic Surrealism, Bullworth GIFs, Throwback Art and More

Pre-Order the GTAV PC Download at the Rockstar Warehouse Now to Get a Free Bonus Game and More

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

Starting today, you can pre-order the digital download of Grand Theft Auto V for PC at the Rockstar Warehouse.

All players who pre-order the game (either the physical version or the digital download) will get a $1,000,000 in-game bonus to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA$500K for Story Mode and GTA$500K for GTA Online). 

And if you act quickly to pre-order the digital download version at the Rockstar Warehouse between now and February 1st, you will get a bonus free PC Digital Download from select titles (details), plus an additional GTA$300K for use in Grand Theft Auto Online.

The digital download version of GTAV for PC is also now available to pre-order from Steam, Amazon and other digital retailers.

Upcoming GTA Online Livestreams: Special Guests from the Stunting Scene & The Chain Gang of 1974

Posted 1 week, 2 days ago | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games



Join us over the coming days for a special pair of GTA community livestreams at the Rockstar Twitch channel:

Friday Jan 16     4pm ET*
Stunting and Racing with special guests Kwebbelkop, Jelly and more
Tomorrow, we're honored to welcome some special guests to the Rockstar livestream studio, renowned GTA stunting community veteran Kwebbelkop along with Jelly of the GTA5Videos fan channel on YouTube. You may be familiar with Kweb and Jelly's channels for their amazing stunt montage videos including many we've featured here at the Newswire over the years - both of the guys are visiting NYC all the way from the Netherlands this week, and while in town, they're dropping by for this special stream with live stunt challenges and Races along with some other special invited lobby guests from the stunting scene to be announced.

Monday Jan 19     4pm ET*
GTAV Soundtrack Edition featuring THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974
Kamtin Mohager aka The Chain Gang of 1974 is the artist behind one of Grand Theft Auto V's most iconic songs, "Sleepwalking" as heard in the game's Official Launch Trailer. Kam's in town this week doing shows in NYC with Dillon Francis and is swinging by this Monday afternoon to get down in some GTA Online with us live on Twitch, so make sure to jump into the chat for the chance to ask questions live and be on the lookout for some special giveaways as well.


* 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.

GTAV PC: New Release Date, First Screens and System Specs

Posted 1 week, 4 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

As we head into 2015, we would like to share the first screens and system specs of Grand Theft Auto V for PC as well as a new release date of March 24, 2015. 

Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be. Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March.

GTA Online for PC, which will support up to 30 players, will launch alongside GTAV for PC and will include GTA Online Heists.  Online Heists for consoles will be launching in the coming weeks ahead of the PC launch.

Click on each new screenshot to see them in full 4K resolution, and read on for the game's official system specifications and additional info. 

GTAV for PC pushes Los Santos and Blaine County to even greater levels of detail, running at 1080p and 60fps with up to 4K resolution and support for up to triple monitor configurations, as well as NVidia 3D Vision for up to triple monitor setups.

GTAV for PC also includes the new Rockstar Editor, which gives players a full suite of editing tools to create and publish gameplay clips direct to both Social Club and YouTube. 

Below, check out official minimum and recommended specs and stay tuned for more information on GTAV for PC in the coming weeks.

Minimum specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 4GB
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

Recommended specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

Over time, downloadable content and programming changes will change the system requirements for this game. Please refer to your hardware manufacturer and www.rockstargames.com/support for current compatibility information. Some system components such as mobile chipsets, integrated, and AGP graphics cards may be incompatible. Unlisted specifications may not be supported by publisher.
 
Other requirements: Installation and online play requires log-in to Rockstar Games Social Club (13+) network; internet connection required for activation, online play, and periodic entitlement verification; software installations required including Rockstar Games Social Club platform, DirectX, Chromium, and Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 sp1 Redistributable Package, and authentication software that recognizes certain hardware attributes for entitlement, digital rights management, system, and other support purposes. Single use serial code registration via internet required; registration is limited to one Rockstar Games Social Club Account (13+) per serial code; only one log-in allowed per Social Club account at any time; serial code(s) are non-transferable once used; Social Club accounts are non-transferrable.

GTA Fan Vids: A Clockwork Orange Montage, The Beauty of Blaine County vs. The Streets of Los Santos, Military Miniatures and More

Posted 1 week, 5 days ago | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games

The latest round-up of eye-catching excellence from the GTA fan community features a recreation of iconic scenes from a Kubrick classic, a couple of videos that artfully convey the contrast between the mean streets of Los Santos and the picturesque scenery of Blaine County, as well as some other great clips we've spotted.

GTA Online - A Clockwork Orange by GTA Series Videos 
The droogs at GTA Series Videos bring us this impressive homage to many of the classic scenes in Kubrick's film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange. Especially ingenious is the recreation of the film's driving scene via a creative 'green screen' approach.

The Beauty of Blaine County & The Streets of Los Santos by SA96HD
A study of the two very distinct sides of Southern San Andreas, this pair of videos from SA96HD capture both the dark underbelly of Los Santos and the comely countryside of Blaine County.

Toy Soldiers | GTA 5 Tilt Shift / Miniature Army by 8-BIT BASTARD
Here, 8-BIT BASTARD uses the tilt-shift technique to turn Los Santos into a battleground for tiny toy soldiers.

Also Check Out:
GTA 5 - A World in Miniature by GTA Series Videos

Most Wanted Trailer #1 (2015) - GTA 5 Next Gen Movie HD by Commandoflauge
In the spirit of action-comedy buddy movies comes this story of two down on their luck, not-so-bright friends who resort to a life of crime in the big city. When a botched break-in ends in an explosive public disaster the two find themselves on the run from Federal agents as the "most wanted" pair in Los Santos.

Also Check Out:
GTA 5 Movie Trailer | El Bastardo by 8-BIT BASTARD w. El Serpe
GTA 5 Movie Trailer (Crank High Voltage) Parody by Ramsking

Queen Of The Skies: GTA5 Stunt Montage by ash0191 edited By FishyDizzle
We've seen some pretty cool and elaborate stunt videos in the last year from EvolveStunting editors ash0191 and FishyDizzle, including ash's recent GTA5 Next Gen: Skydive and Fishy's "Persistance" Minitage. Now they combine their talents on this excellent aerial outing to showcase a skilled heroine perfecting many of the popular FPS skydiving tricks of the trade. 

Also Check Out:
Evolve Stunting: Best Stunts of 2014 by EvolveStunting
Act Like You Know - GTA V Online PS4 - Wingsuit / BASE Jump / Skydive by Tommy Soulier

 

HOLIDAY HIJINX
And here are a few of our favorite holiday-themed productions from the recently wrapped up Festive Surprise:

Snow Time Lapse – The Art of Winter by DOM098652
DOM098652 uses the time-lapse technique here to document that rare San Andreas snowfall that took place recently across Los Santos & Blaine County as part of the Festive Surprise.

GTAV The Not So Merry Christmas by Stephane Julien
In this video, SgtIrase and the naughty boys and girls from the Black Bulls Gang Crew got together to spread their own twisted version of holiday cheer.

Also Check Out:
CHRISTMAS IN LOS SANTOS by KOKONITOS VIDS
Let it Snow in Los Santos by Archie Raine
GTA Online | The Lynch Mob "Evil Elves" by The MOBS
A GTA Christmas Story: GTA V Festive Surprise Update by Bombastic Gamer Films
GTAV First Person Gun Sync Holiday Special by SilverzDH

 

Of course, if you've got an excellent GTA or Rockstar themed clip of your own that you think the world needs to see, send it our way to have a look at mouthoff@rockstargames.com, and we may feature it in a future round-up here at the Newswire. Also, to see lots of great vids shared on the regular – make sure you’re following us on Twitter.


Previously: 
Awesome PS4 & Xbox One Action

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