News: GTAIV: San Andreas Beta 3 is out now
18 Oct 2016 - Red Dead Redemption 2 Announced
31 Aug 2015 - Grand Theft Auto IV PC update being tested
While we're still waiting for Rockstar to fix the San Andreas update blunders, a private testing branch (update) has been added to Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City on Steam. Admittedly, we're a bit late to the party as the branches were created on July 31st with no update to them since then. While nothing official has been announced by Rockstar, our money is on one of two things - either song removals or removal of Games for Windows Live.
We've made numerous posts about the impending shutdown of Games for Windows Live. Back in 2013, Microsoft mistakenly announced that they were planning to discontinue the service July of last year - an announcement that was retracted but then later reconfirmed by a developer. We attempted to reach out to Rockstar a few times regarding the shutdown but had received no response. Even Rockstar's own sister company 2K released updates for their legacy titles to remove G4W. July came and went and it seemed Microsoft had given the service a temporary reprieve as a number of popular titles still hadn't been updated. With Windows 10 now out and Microsoft moving their online PC services to the Xbox modern app, it stands to reason Microsoft would want to deprecate the old Games for Windows Live service as soon as possible.
With three more years to go before we hit the 10 year anniversary (the length of time Rockstar seems to license songs for), it doesn't seem likely the update would be to remove songs. Hopefully we'll have good news soon.
EDIT: Just a few hours after this post, both titles received another update to their beta branch.
28 Jul 2015 - Original San Andreas audio making a come back?
Everyone Loves a good comeback story, right? Sea Biscuit, The Mighty Ducks, Robert Downy Jr., Rocky....Kim Kardashian. Toward the end of last year, Rockstar published an update for Grand Theft Auto San Andreas on PC. The update added wonky Xinput support, borked saved games for some countries and made some odd changes to default controls. The biggest controversy the patch caused was removing songs for which Rockstar had lost rights to.
Rockstar was no stranger to having to remove songs. A few years before, Rockstar had to remove a number of iconic songs from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Instead of removing the songs from everyone, however, Rockstar created a separate "depot" on Steam that was granted to those who owned the game before the removal. If you had this depot on your account, Steam would download the original audio files instead of the updated ones. For some unknown reason, Rockstar didn't do this for San Andreas, so everyone received the cut audio files - despite warnings on this very site that this would happen two months before the patch went live. While it would have been perfectly acceptable to remove these songs from newly purchased copies, removing the songs from already purchased copies is a huge red flag for anyone considering to go digital with game purchases.
8 months and 21 days have gone by so far without a peep on this issue. Surprisingly, 8 days ago SteamDB detected that two new depot packages have been added to the private beta version of San Andreas: GTA San Andreas: Original Radio Update and GTA San Andreas: Original Radio Update DE (German). Could the original audio be making a comeback for owners who purchased the game before the rights ended? Hopefully it won't take another two months to see the end results of these two packages - and hopefully Rockstar doesn't update anything else. :P
In the mean time, you can use the Steam to V1.0 downgraders that were created in the wake of the updates last year that not only restore the original files, but allow for easier modding and SA-MP/MTA support.
PS: You may have noticed things have been a bit quiet around here. While this is partly due to the lack of any real news coming out of Rockstar worth reporting on; I've been swamped in real life with moving into a new apartment, my full-time IT job and college. I also just found out a few weeks ago that I'm becoming a father in March. Now that I'm finally getting some time to breathe, I fully plan on starting work on some much updates to RockstarNexus and our sister sites GTAStunting and Bully-Board.
10 Jun 2015 - GTA Online ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Part 1 update released
Itching for some more content in Grand Theft Auto Online? Rockstar has you covered with the first part of the ILL-GOTTN GAINS update. The update features a number of new vehicles, weapons and clothing items to flaunt your new found wealth with.
In addition to the new content pack, Rockstar has also gone live with title update 1.27 which brings a number of much needed fixes to both PC and
13 Apr 2015 - Grand Theft Auto V for PC released
13 Apr 2015 - Grand Theft Auto V PC Rockstar Editor Trailer
13 Apr 2015 - Grand Theft Auto V PC Rockstar Editor Guide
With only a few more hours until Grand Theft Auto V for PC releases, Rockstar has published an extremely helpful guide covering the Rockstar Editor and the brand new Director Mode. If you're wanting to create the next big Grand Theft Auto machinima, this is the guide for you.
On the subject of prepping, Nvidia has released a brand new driver (350.12) which brings SLI and performance tweaks specially for Grand Theft Auto V.