[Top Story] The GTA Online Festive Surprise

Posted 2 days, 21 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

It’s that most wonderful time of the year in Los Santos. 

Jump into Grand Theft Auto Online this holiday season for a Festive Surprise

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.

SNOW DAYS
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 our 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, we’ll pick our 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.

THE GTA ONLINE HOLIDAY PARTY LIVESTREAM ON TWITCH: TOMORROW FRIDAY DEC 19th 4pm ET
Tune in tomorrow December 19th at 4pm ET at twitch.tv/rockstargames for the Official GTA Online Holiday Party Livestream with special invited guests from the community. In our last livestream for 2014, we’ll be donning our Gingerbread Man Masks and unwrapping and playing with all the fast and fatal new Festive Surprise toys, from the Homing Missiles and Proximity Mines to the Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader and more. Make sure you’re in that Twitch chat as we’ll be inviting friendly members of chat to join us 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.

Today’s new Title Update (1.19 for PS3/Xbox 360, 1.05 for PS4/Xbox One) also includes the ability to own a third property as mentioned above along with other new features, fixes and improvements to the game for all systems.

Happy holidays and enjoy the Festive Surprise – available across PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Updated for iOS and Now Available for Android and Amazon Devices

Posted 2 days, 19 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has just been updated for iOS devices and for the first time ever is now available for Android and Amazon Kindle Fire users as well.

This updated version features new highly customizable touchscreen controls, physical controller support, plus high resolution widescreen display on supported devices, as well as full Retina Display resolution on iOS. 

Chinatown Wars works universally across all your supported phones, tablets and devices, including the Google Nexus Player and Amazon Fire TV.  We’ve also upgraded all our original iOS versions with the same universal capability, so everyone can enjoy the update regardless of which version they originally purchased. For more information regarding compatibility, please see our Support site.

Asked & Answered: GTAV First Person Experience, Online Heists and Much More

Posted 3 days, 20 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In the time since Grand Theft Auto V's release on new generation platforms, we've received lots of questions from the community about what is in store for the future, including the highly anticipated launch of Online Heists, which was discussed in yesterday's IGN interview. Today, we've got a special Asked & Answered that addresses this and many other frequently asked questions we've seen recently. If you've got a question for us, as always, feel free to hit us up at mouthoff@rockstargames.com and we'll do our best to provide you an answer if we can – and maybe even address your question in the future here at the Newswire.


“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 [360] 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!

GTA Online Heists: New Trailer and Info

Posted 4 days, 22 hours ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

GTA Online Heists are coming early in 2015 - check out the new trailer for the four-player co-op mode for Grand Theft Auto Online that allows players to plan, prepare and execute multi-tiered Heists across Los Santos and Blaine County. These will require tight communication and coordination, with players taking on specified roles at each point to accomplish multiple objectives on the way to each Heist’s epic finale. Featuring new gameplay, new vehicles, new weapons, new clothing and much more.

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.

Picturesque Profiles, Interior Decor and More Captivating Snapmatic Photography from GTAV on PS4 & Xbox One

Posted 6 days, 17 hours ago | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The Snapmatic photogs masterfully cataloging life in Los Santos and Blaine County continue to wow us with their work on these new platforms. Check out a new gallery below featuring some of our favorite shots, from veterans and newcomers alike.

A rusty Tornado rests on the dock at Lago Zancudo. Taken by colognemitch

Kokonitos does an excellent job here of capturing the colorful flora residing in Paleto Cove.

The rich contrast of the sunlight breaking over the gloomy Paleto Cove coastline here creates a perfect moment. Taken by Chiquillo06

The Combat MG shell casings fly during a furious escape on the LSIA tarmac. Taken by Daisy Dukes USA

This wide-open beachside parking lot off of Red Desert Ave is a popular spot for car show enthusiasts to meet up and compare rides. Taken by ProVelvet

A subtle application of shadow and light creates this intimate and candid portrait. Taken by Kokonitos

Trevor's idea of interior design leaves much to be desired. This shot by ProVelvet, however, does not.

The Tivoli Cinema box office seems like an unlikely display case for a Shitzu Hakuchou, nevertheless quaid86 makes it work rather nicely.

 oO-GTA-FREAK-Oo focuses in on the rear emblems of this stunning Grotti Turismo R.

Auryn_ dubbed this one "Heaven is a Halfpipe" when it was posted in the Newswire comments of a previous Snapmatic gallery. 

If you're always in a rush you may miss these captivating geode crystals Franklin's aunt Denise has throughout the Clinton residence. Taken by ProVelvet

This majestic lighthouse shot snapped near Mount Gordo was taken by Auryn_.

up-daz rolls through in this classic blue Vapid Peyote at the GWC and Golfing Society.

The Premium Deluxe Motorsports Tubeman flails while the Atomic Blimp flies in this shot by Auryn_.

zebfar demonstrates how this Vapid Hotknife parked near Richards Majestic makes an ominous transformation after dark.

YouAreParanoid managed to sneak up on this fluffy little Paleto Forest resident for a close-up snapshot.

Sorcinol shows some love for his Crew English Integrity while catching the front neons of the Del Perro Pier.

Day breaks through the blinds at Paleto Tattoo, inviting potential customers in for some fresh ink. Taken by DK_Bastian1

TerryBell4U affords us a closer view of the art selections on the back wall with this black and white snap.

ChaosZake captured a quick photo of this fresh-faced Vinewood starlet mugging for the paparazzi.

Quaid86 is going to have one whopper of a fish story after reeling this one in.

ChaosZake captures the really cool effect of a silhouette against a nearly shattered windshield.

LambentBunny seemed to be in the right place at the right time to frame this painted on quality scene in the Paleto Forest.

After a long day in Los Santos, we imagine SadCrazyman enjoys a sip of this fine port in his West Winewood (er.. Vinewood) apartment.

This ominous looking shot by former Snapmatic Contest winner ZazDillinger is simply titled, "Promising".

A solid view of the rain pooling along the asphalt in Palomino Ave from Kokonitos.

This rough looking character blasts off a round from his AP pistol. Taken by EaziG-

MrTohoto captures this biker popping a front wheelie... with flare.

We're not entirely sure how these Blaine County locals made their way to Vespucci Beach but they seem to enjoy soaking up the sun and sand, just the same. Taken by Banjabi

quaid86 went for a slightly unconventional approach here, creating a cool and nearly seamless two paneled shot.

 

Have a great Snapmatic photo you'd like to share? Be sure to drop a link to it in the comments below for us and the rest of the Social Club community to check out. We'll certainly be keeping an eye out for the best and the brightest. And if you aren't already, make sure you're following us on Twitter, where we've been regularly sharing awesome shots from the community as well.

 

Previously:
Still Lifes, Car Shows and More Amazing Snapmatics
Stunning Snapmatics Captured on PlayStation 4 & Xbox One

Crew Noticeboard: PlayStation 4 & Xbox One Crews Now Recruiting

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

The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively seeking new members to join their ranks where we publish your recruitment pitches in your own words.

The latest edition features some well-established Crews looking to beef up their numbers, as well as some emerging squads who've formed for the recent arrival of GTAV on newer gaming platforms. So, if you're looking for a fresh start for yourself now that GTA Online has landed on PS4 and Xbox One, read on for a list of potentially viable Crew options. 

GTA Fan Vids: Awesome PS4 & Xbox One Action

Posted 1 week, 6 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Since GTAV's release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we've seen some amazing stuff from the community taking their Freemode shenanigans and carefully calculated First Person stunts to dizzying new heights. Check out a round up of just a few awesome ones that have been catching our eye. 

NIGHT MOVES

Los Santos By Night by The XXI
An impressive piece of work from XXI, capturing the night life of Downtown Los Santos and East Vinewood in a slick presentation that really shows off the style and vibe of the city after hours. Also check out his "Feel The Scale" series to get a time-lapse taste of just how vast the entirety of Los Santos and Blaine County really is.

A WHOLE NEW (GEN) WORLD

A Whole New (Gen) World | GTA 5 Aladdin Song by 8-BIT BASTARD
8-BIT BASTARD is at it again, with possibly his most ambitious and grandiose film parody to date. Realizing there was a whole new Los Santos out there to explore, 8-BIT broke out the ole magic carpet Sultan and enlisted his own Aladdin and Jasmine to do their take on the classic song from Disney's Aladdin"Unbelievable sights/Loads and loads of more music/30 people are playing online all at the same time," you'll definitely feel inspired to take a trip of your own.

We also highly recommend 8-BIT's GTAV Wildlife Documentary | Into The Deep, in which he takes a much more measured approach at making what feels like a legitimate documented study of the flora and fauna of the ocean along the LS coastline. In his own words, "This GTA 5 nature documentary will demonstrate the behaviors of some of the most remarkable mammals in the oceans that surround Los Santos and Blaine County and some of the deepest mysteries will also be revealed. 

TIME-LAPSE MAGIC

GTAV Online | From PS3 to PS4 by KOKONITOS VIDS
Kokonitos, who dazzled us earlier in the year with the video she did featuring the Russian Girls Crew (G1RU), is back - strutting through the streets of Los Santos (and occasionally leaving mayhem in her wake). Fully taking advantage of the First Person feature, and a cool use of time-lapse, this impressive vid really shows off some of the natural beauty of GTAV on the new platforms, and manages to sneak in a few sly pop culture nods along the way.

GTA V (PS4) Time-Lapse - The Beautiful Game by ThirstyHyena
We've certainly seen our share of gorgeous time-lapse videos so it was really great to see ThirstyHyena not only show off impressive changes in weather and daily going-ons within the LS traffic grid, but tour famous landmarks and building interiors for the full effect.

GTA V Next Gen - Driving Time Lapse - World in Motion by SA96HD
Starting out on Vespucci Beach, SA96HD takes the high-end Pegassi Zentorno out for a leisurely daytrip through Los Santos and Blaine County, even making sure to stop at traffic lights and observing basic rules of the road. An entire day's drive wraps up in just over 5 minutes, concluding with a perfect reflective moment on the Del Perro Pier.

DAY ONE DAREDEVIL

GTA 5 PS4 - "Day One" - Freestyle Daytage (PS4 BMX/Drifting/Sanchez) by Fishy Dizzle
Fishy Dizzle has previously exhibited impressive skill and mastery when it comes to making and directing BMX Stunt videos. In this presentation, Fishy cuts his teeth on the new First Person mode - drifting around corners in the Vinewood Hills and putting a Sanchez through its paces with unflinching regard for his own safety. If you enjoyed this also check out his "Persistance" A First Person Minitage clip as well.

HOLY DIVERS

GTA5 Next Gen: Skydive - 1st Person Stunt Montage by ash0191
On a Los Santos skydiving excursion Back in July, ash0191 incredibly dove through the iconic sign on top of a Liquor Hole location. ash is back at it again, this time pulling off the stunt in first person - it's quite exhilarating (and white knuckling) to experience it from that point of view. Beyond that, some really cool parachuting and jet stunting can be witnessed here. 

Also, while not attempting the stunt in First Person mode like ash0191 did above, past Rockstar Livestream guest Typical Gamer impressively replicated the original feat himself during a stream with HikeTheGamer.

QUICK STUNTS

GTA V - First Person Scorcher Tower Wallride [Slayer's Ethos Spot] by VaNilla
Think you could handle a straight drop off one of the tallest structures in Downtown Los Santos? Veteran Nomad Union stunter and video editor, VaNilla takes the plunge off the Union Depository with ease, even managing a graceful 360 tail-whip for style before sticking the final landing.

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Free Fall Through Vinewood Sign - 1st Person by Richard Boylan
Here newcomer Richard Boylan threads an eye-of-the-needle pass through the "D" in the landmark Vinewood Hills sign. For something equally cool, also make sure to check out his ejection seat pass with the P-996 Lazer approaching from the opposite side.

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: 
Mind Tripping, 5 Stars Vs 2 Wheels, Historic Reenactments and More

GTA Online PS4 & Xbox One Livestream on Twitch this Friday

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

Join us tomorrow, Friday December 5th at 4pm at the Rockstar Twitch channel where we'll be broadcasting a PS4 and Xbox One livestream hosted by our good friend Swiftor along with Rockstar's own Lazlow.

Stay tuned for other special guests from the GTA community on Twitch and YouTube to be announced. For your chance to join one of the lobbies yourself, make sure to follow us on Twitter where we'll be calling for PSN IDs and Gamertags, and make sure to tune in and join the chat live tomorrow during the stream, as we'll be pulling in players at random from the Twitch chat 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 more Rockstar livestreams in the weeks ahead to be announced.

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