"Massive" updates coming to GTA Online
We asked, we asked some more, and then we asked again, and now Rockstar have answered. "Massive" updates are coming soon to GTA Online!
In a nutshell from the official Newswire post:
Organization updates - serious contraband smuggling and trafficking is coming to our VIP franchise and will be handled from new purchasble properties to base your headquarters out of and contain your stock.
Stunt races - a racing mode dedicated to crazy stunts with new cars and Content Creator props to boot. This new mode is gloriously demonstrated in one of the Newswire screenshots showing a red white and blue helter skelter course around Maze Bank.
Adversary mode updates - even more maps are coming to the existing adversary modes as well as brand new modes being added to the collection.
Bonus weeks - Rockstar promise to share the wealth by holding special bonus weeks on a more regular basis, with discounts and the chance to earn more money and RP celebrated with differently themed event weeks.
Content Creator fixes - some special shoutouts are made to those who continue to send Rockstar feedback about the Content Creator, with bug fixes and improvements to the customisation tool on the way.
Happy New Year: Festive Surprise part II goes live
Happy New Year from all of us at GTAForums / GTANet, we hope your 2016 is full of plenty!
If you're not going out partying tonight, remember the rarity that is snow in Los Santos is back in GTA Online for most likely one day only before it's ported back to North Yankton. Whether you're into throwing snowballs or taking artsy snapmatics, it's covering every corner so enjoy it while it's here.
There are apparently some extra presents being delivered as the final part of the Festive Surprise too, which we're hearing at the moment is a package of fireworks and a firework launcher. The rest of the Festive Surprise items are purchasable up until 5th January.
The Galileo Observatory taken by RussianCommie
Executives and Other Criminals Update
I hope you have your money bags ready, Rockstar are treating us to a pre-Christmas update of splendor today.
The Executives and Other Criminals update launches later and promises to make it rain in Los Santos (before the Christmas snow, of course). There will new customisable apartments as well as a super yacht you can upgrade for stylish living. We're guessing there will be a number of new weapon and clothing options to accompany this, but there will also be new land and air vehicles to enjoy.
Most interestingly is the new "organisations" feature, where you become your own boss as a VIP and recruit a bunch of salary-earning bodyguards to protect you. These bodyguards are actually other players, so you yourself can get a job as a bodyguard for your very important friend and earn bonuses in the process! We're hoping this provides a very welcome boost in enjoyment of day-to-day life and leisurely activities in Los Santos, as well as some new interesting inter-crew gameplay.
Find below the official trailer, which casually uses the Wham! song "Everything She Wants" to inform us we'll be doing what everybody loves doing during the festive season, shopping until we drop.
Official Patch Notes are located here
Check out SeaWallTx's guide here
Summer updates for GTA Online: Ill-Gotten Gains
In the first of two summer updates coming to GTA Online, Rockstar have today released Ill-Gotten Gains (Part 1) across all platforms.
Mainly aimed at the big spenders of the game, the "luxory" update contains 6 new vehicles with the most expensive coming in at an eye-popping $10 million, a wealth of new designer clothes and attire, and extravagant Yusuf Amir inspired weapon engravings amongst a host of bug fixes.
If you plan on splurging all your Heist-earned cash on the new goodies, expect a significantly trimmer wallet this summer! And if you're already strapped, it's back to the planning room with you. Rockstar promises that Part 2 of the Ill-Gotten Gains update, expected around August-September time, will be another big "shipment" of new content.
Here are some select snaps from GTAForums members:
Check out the links below for a complete list of all the changes implemented with today's update:
Unofficial "OK what has the "ILL-Gotten Gains: Part 1 DLC" changed? Guide by SeaWallTX
GTA V for PC Officially Released
September 17th 2013 seems so long ago, doesn't it? Patience has prevailed as the day has finally arrived for the Grand Theft Auto PC community as GTA V has released worldwide on computer platform.
With stunning upgraded visuals and new features such as custom radio, additional music and the hotly anticipated Rockstar Editor, the PC version promises to be a delight!
Find below some important release day information:
Day 1 Patch
Whether you've downloaded digitally or you've obtained the 7 disc beast of a physical version, we're told there is 5GB release patch on install, so you may have some additional waiting time before playing. You can read more about this here on GTAForums.
Issues and Bugs
Now you know we all love Rockstar, but it's impossible for release day to go completely smoothly. We're hearing reports about stuttering, crashes and Social Club problems from some players. The best thing to do at the moment is a) have (just a little more) patience! and b) check Rocsktar PC support. There are pinned topics highlighting known issues or you can submit a ticket if you can't find what you're looking for; it's likely they are working on bug-fixing patches as we speak. Additionally, head on over to the PC section of GTAForums to report and share problems you've faced and discuss with other players.
If you're wondering how well other players are performing, or what you'll likely to be able to play with your own specs f you haven't quite installed yet, share your average framerate with the community.
If you're already in awe of the game and have taken a few hundred Snapmatics, why not share them? If angles and lighting is your thing, join the Professional Snapmatics weekly contest and share your artistic snaps, while all general screenshots can be shared right here.
With GTA Online available from day one, we've got the difficult choice of story mode or multiplayer on first playthrough. Whatever you pick, head on over to the GTAForums Recruitment forum if you're looking for crew mates or need some additional players for your own crew for once you get online. Heists will also be available from day one, so you'll need some trusty friends. Be sure to check out the GTAForums Official Crew as well if you want to wear our logo!
Keep checking back as we'll be reporting on updates and patches as and when they happen during the next few weeks!
GTANet Exclusive PC Screenshot from Rockstar
Rockstar Games have just sent us across this exclusive PC screenshot to treat the GTANet and GTAForums community in preparation for the PC launch on Tuesday.
It shows Michael and Trevor kitted out in the Gruppe Sechs uniform, ready for a heist.
Find below links to other GTA fansites who have also received exclusive screenshots:
Getting ready for GTA V PC
That's right, we can say it without jinxing it: GTA V for PC will be launching in about 6 days time. Here are a few things to absorb while we wait:
What to expect
You can get a look at what is to come by watching the PC version in all its glory in the stunning 60 FPS trailer that was released last week. We've also been treated to some previews and unreleased screenshots today as we enter the final countdown. Find the links below and discuss on GTAForums.
The digital download of GTA V for PC became available yesterday on Steam and the Rockstar Games Warehouse. It'll allow you to download the core game files to save waiting on release day. It might be a tease as it sits in your library, but it's a good job as it comes in at a whopping 60GB. For those that prefer the physical version, you may want to check your letterbox is big enough as early pictures have shown the case looking a little chunky as it contains 7 discs! surely a record breaker?
Can I run it?
The PC requirements were released a few months ago, which you can find below. If you're still not sure if your graphics card is up to scratch or if your processor is powerful enough, head on over to the GTAForums community and post your own specifications; the community will be able to help give you a fair idea of what settings you might be able to run the game at.
- 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
- 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
...Will be playable from day one for PC and it'll support 30 player lobbies. All previously released updates, including the latest Heists DLC, will be available on launch. As a returning player, you will also receive the one-time bonus of transferring a character, your progression and money from a console platform to PC via the Rockstar Social Club.
Music will set you free
It's been confirmed in one of the previews today that GTA V for PC will have an "independent" soundtrack; that is, a streaming channel filled with all your of own music, and there is even an option to retain adverts and blurbs like a real Los Santos radio station for the true GTA experience. Rockstar have also added even more music with a new radio station called "The Lab".
Prepare for the 4k explosion
If there's anything else you need to find out or discuss, be sure to bookmark the GTA V for PC dedicated section on GTAForums. You can be sure the community will be very busy with all the latest information as soon as the game drops next week, and the GTA Mods community will be also on hand to offer much anticipated creations and support in the world of modding.