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GTA4.2 Definitely Out in '08

Downloadable something-or-other will let you continue your criminal misadventures in the next one to four months.

Expansion needs more Brucie.
IGN UK went and got a quick comment out of Microsoft over in Leipzig that, yes, the downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV will indeed be out this year. In "autumn," precisely, which I believe is better known as "fall." Wait, when is the equinox again? Let me pull out my trusty Google here...

Apparently fall starts on September 23. Hey, that's soon. That's next month!

What surprises me is Game|Life's speculation that this Microsoft exclusive is for-a-limited-time-only and that the expansion, or new episode, or whatever the hell it is will eventually hit the PS3 as well. I'm sure Rockstar loves money as much as anyone, and releasing on multiple platforms is obviously the way of things these days, but I was under the impression Microsoft had sufficiently bought off Take Two to make this a permanent 360-only bonus. Then again, you might have said the same thing about BioShock last year, and look how that's turning out.

I'm really curious to see how much work Rockstar puts into this thing. What do you expect out of a GTA4 downloadable content package? New characters, missions? Voiceovers? A whole new Liberty City borough? And how much would you pay for it?
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Posted by Brad
Expansion needs more Brucie.
IGN UK went and got a quick comment out of Microsoft over in Leipzig that, yes, the downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV will indeed be out this year. In "autumn," precisely, which I believe is better known as "fall." Wait, when is the equinox again? Let me pull out my trusty Google here...

Apparently fall starts on September 23. Hey, that's soon. That's next month!

What surprises me is Game|Life's speculation that this Microsoft exclusive is for-a-limited-time-only and that the expansion, or new episode, or whatever the hell it is will eventually hit the PS3 as well. I'm sure Rockstar loves money as much as anyone, and releasing on multiple platforms is obviously the way of things these days, but I was under the impression Microsoft had sufficiently bought off Take Two to make this a permanent 360-only bonus. Then again, you might have said the same thing about BioShock last year, and look how that's turning out.

I'm really curious to see how much work Rockstar puts into this thing. What do you expect out of a GTA4 downloadable content package? New characters, missions? Voiceovers? A whole new Liberty City borough? And how much would you pay for it?
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Posted by MasterSplinter

If it's new missions/boroughs, I would be willing to pay upwards of 1600 space bucks for it. It must be a bummer for Microsoft that this content isn't exclusive to them, though.

Posted by smaddeys

being  a big GTA fan i will be downloading this but what will it be VICE CITY lol i wish. its good to hear its coming soon

Posted by Kowalski

I think Rockstar has enough respect for their brand and fans expectations that they are taking this thing seriously and that it hopefully will be worth the money. Also, I'm sure Microsoft is paying them LOADS and pressing them for content!

Posted by AllThatBacon

If its new missions that also continue the story in some way, I'd be willing to pay about 1200-1600 points for it.

Posted by Xenos_19

Umm it would be nice if tehy add planes, or all the awesome crazy things that were missing from the game in the first place, and there was also specualtion of a new island but I'm guessing thats pretty unprobable

Posted by Boiglenoight

I don't know.  I'm kind of burned out on GTA IV.  For me to pick this up, they'd have to setup a scenario such as an earthquake rocking Liberty City, or maybe a UFO blasting Algonquin to oblivion.  Or maybe a killer virus breaks out and you have to kill everyone who's infected or some nonsense.  Fine, just more poses in the strip clubs.

Posted by hyperslug

Pleeeease come to the ps3 as well, whatever it is :)

Posted by Callumrides

I hope its new missions what fills in a bit more of niko and his past/
 If it is missions its wouold be cool if it the new content played out differently deppending on what ending u got would be awsome

Posted by ObsideonDarman

Ah well it is good to hear it is coming out this Year even though there is no new Details on what exactly is coming.

Posted by Kane

yeah 15 bucks is probably the limit id pay for an expansion

Posted by LeBart

Warning ! Spoiler ahead !


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I just want to kill Bulgarin !

Posted by DaemonBlack

Id expect more weapons/missions, maybe a new borough but i wont give my hopes up

Posted by lebkin

I honestly felt pretty disappointed by the last section of GTA 4.   To me the highlight was the middle of the game, especially the McReary missions.  The mission givers in the end of the game were all rather bland characters, with uninteresting goal, and an unfullfilling ending.   So I'm not sure if more story would actually interest me.  Certainly not at 1200-1600 points.  But there isn't really anything else they could add that would be better.

What I would much rather get is an update letting me replay missions I've already beaten.  Jumping through the storyline and replaying stuff that I really enjoyed, without messing with crappy missions, would really up my enjoyment.  Of course, I wouldn't pay for something like that, but it'd be a nice feature.

Posted by spiceninja

I"ve heard rumors that you play as some biker and his story is about 3 hours long. I heard that from some reliable source, I just can't remember what or who.

Posted by Seanakin66

If it's merely new missions meant to tie up loose ends (ahemBulgarinahem) without augmenting the sandbox in any way, I'd be wary of the price point that gets put on this DLC.  Granted, I have to wonder about the development brain trust at R* and how they must feel being made by marketers to muster the same effort shown in the original production process for additional missions.  I mean, I'm sure they knew this was coming, but at this stage, I'm wondering if they would prefer to be ramping up preliminary work on the NEXT game in this cycle, as opposed to going back to the last one.

Posted by SuperJoe

Less indoor/warehouse shootouts and more chase & assassination missions, please.

Posted by Anonymous

I assume it will be more missions, possibly even a new area. I'd pay up to 1600 points for it.

Posted by Midgar

I am honestly not expecting anything more than missions, characters, and maybe some new cars or something. I would pay like 10-15 depending on how much content is in it.

Posted by skrutop

I would pay exactly 0 MS points.  Unless it added a "make the game fun" mode.  Then I'd pay 800 MS points.

Posted by ZeroCast

Wait a sec , i don't get this, isn't  this new Exclusive content supposed to be Exclusive  to the 360  ?

Posted by duxup

Great game, but really I'm pretty much done with it.  Maybe I'll think about it when the game comes out again but the main storyline and big environment is the draw to that game, not a handful of missions that some DLC would provide.

Posted by FCKSNAP

For me it would have to be a full-on online setup. I only play the game when friends want me to hop online with them and piss off the other people by ganging up on them. I honestly have not completed the first mission and I've had the game for months.

Posted by Mr_Bauer

zombie outbreak scenario. make it happen.

Posted by PLWolf

Unless we get to fly down to Modern day Vice City, I'm not all that excited about more missions. Especially with the way the endings turned out. It will be interesting to see how they decide to go with continuing the story. If they actually do continue the story.
My dream expansion would be playing as Brucie, getting a deal and moving down to Vice City. BE GENETICALLY DIFFERENT!! I'd be all over that.

Posted by Milkman

I'm just expecting new missions and I'm fine paying for that.

Posted by pause422

simply new missions isn't worth paying for.....and all speculations that its gonna be an entire city by some people needs to end, its not happening. I don't know if it ends up interesting I may buy it, but with it coming to the PC soon, all DLC there from users will be better than whatever this ends up being.

Posted by JohnB

I expect a crapload of new missions with either new characters or existing ones or both, with the requisite cutscenes and dialogue, to at least tie up the Bulgarin thread. I'm really hoping this content doesn't end up being a simple upgrade with new weapons, clothes shops, stores, etc. And I hope they don't do anything like patching in various vehicle minigames, or something like that, or new websites and ringtones. That would depress me. I would pay 20 bucks for a substantial mission pack, like with at least 50 new story missions with new and old characters, like I said. 'Specially Bulgarin. That prick.

Posted by rexCo

Lets be honest here. If the GTA exclusive content eventually comes out on the PS3 it will be 1+ years late. Bioshock was a great game, but anyone who really wanted to play it, probably has already played it by now.

Posted by bananarider

keef had a neat idea where the DLC could be a what if style missions. This would let rockstar try some other mission types that are not thug life themed. imagine: red dawn story-line where you are helping save the city from a communist attack or ... scratch that, its retarded.

Posted by ZmillA

cheats cheats cheats, GIVE ME GOOD CHEATS!!! Sad to say, but if it has good cheats in it, I'll buy it no matter what it really is.

Posted by Chocobo_Blitzer

I dunno, the set of missions on a content pack probably wouldn't be big enough to tell a good story. I have a bad feeling it's going to just add a bunch of shops and some mini-games and maybe some side missions that probably should have been in the game anyways. Who wants to deliver some food!? Not me! And even if it does add some real missions, without a compelling narrative there's no reason to care. During the game's story I found moments to be awfully familiar. "Yup, this sure is what I was doing in 2001" but the story allowed me to push past that feeling.

Or rockstar releases a content pack that rocks and shocks the nation. I don't know

Posted by DaveKingston

 I have it for PS3..... i want to play it again.

Posted by dexterslu

dude you might finish IV by the time this is out!

Posted by UnderseaManboy

It must contain a mission about breaking Gerry out of prison. I was shocked that was not in the game.

Posted by The_Icon

I really the episodes comes to PS3.

Posted by Y2Ken

It's been quite a while since I played GTA IV actually, I might get back into it again. Then after a while playing around with the after-story features, I may even play through the game again, although something is making me feel like I shouldn't, like it was really a one-off and I can't just go back and start again with all those characters and the relationships between them. It was an absolutely scorching game though, so I think I'll have to play it again. Story-wise it was just scripted so well, I really felt a part of it. Think I'll try and 100% it first though, maybe then I'll feel better about playing through the story again. Thing is, even after you've finished the main game, there seem to be so many different things to do, and you just want to do them all at once. Trying to decide exactly what to do at any one time is one of the main in-game dilemmas.

Anyways, hopefully this DLC is on PS3 soon enough. Fingers crossed for a new online co-op "zombie outbreak survival" mode. And perhaps a fix to that slightly temperamental server setup that seems to kick you out on occasion for no reason.

Posted by Systech

I would pay about 800-1200 MS points depending on the amount of new content that there is. I hope that they take this opportunity to put in some crazy vehicles and stuff like that.

Posted by Homes

Let's go back to Vice City!

Posted by GodzillaVsJapan

I'm hoping to see some customization options that were left out from SA. The story was epic though so getting another "episode" of it would be worth the purchase as well. And exclusive means exclusive so no ps3. Although I can see it coming to the PC as well which would be a welcomed addition

Posted by Afroman269

It does need more Brucie so this new content will be fucking genetically different bro!

Posted by RedSox8933

it depends how long it is and what the content is before i say how much i pay for it.

Posted by Brad

@dexterslu,

Not at the rate I'm going. :(

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Posted by MrKlorox

I see the "exclusive" DLC going to the PC (before the PS3) due to it being a Microsoft platform; whom bought the exclusivity for the DLC. And I see the content as just a parallel to the story from another viewpoint (which will include more characters from which to get missions, new street encounters, and perhaps some new relationship characters). There might be a new weapon (gimme silenced pistol) or vehicle (screw planes, I want the Rhino tank or a Jetski), but I wouldn't expect there to be many more things that could possibly upset the balance laid by the initial release. There might be new cheats added that affect physics or combat, or something like the old sandbox style cheats of previous GTAs (i.e: hovering cars or super punch). I would not expect another borough, however I would love one that was all countryside and towns. I wouldn't want to pay more than 800 MSP, and I refuse to pay more than 1200 MSP for anything less than a new borough.

Also, I'm sure everybody remembers that rumor about the DLC starring a biker. Well Johnny (of the Lost biker gang), whom played a similar role to Niko and was featured in a few missions, seems like the perfect fit. Since there's the diamond subplot from the initial release, and one of the Housers mentioned wanting to show different facets to the same story, and the fact that Johnny stole the diamond money in the museum mission, It couldn't be more obvious. Also Ray Bulgarin (the "owner" of the diamonds) was left unharmed by Niko... I expect Johnny to take care of him. Also in the opening sequence we see a man drop a diamond into some stew looking dish... smells like foreshadowing to me.

Posted by Ravine

Agreed with Brucie. Man that guy was hillarious.

Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles

New area's and/or characters would be great

Posted by elko84

I still need to finish GTAIV....

Posted by Bulldog19892

Hopefully more clothes, more cars, more missions, more achievements. I've heard that the guy who voiced Niko Bellic is suing Rockstar because he doesn't get royalties, so maybe Niko won;t be in the expansion. Perhaps a three-part prequel?

Posted by calf_exercises

ok, I'm guessing another island and arround 10 hours of new gameplay. Of course it will have new vehercles and stuff. I'm guessing arround the $15 dollar mark.

Posted by wefwefasdf

What? I thought is was going to 360 exclusive. I'm confused.

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