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Rockstar has released 15 brand new screenshots of Grand Theft Auto Forever V for the PC. A new trailer featuring the PC version is said to be coming next week -- hopefully Delay Tuesday doesn't rear its head.

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British broadcaster BBC has announced that it plans to create a 90-minute docudrama that follows the the creation and success of the Grand Theft Auto series - calling it "the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park." The docudrama is part of BBC's Make it Digital initiative to inspire a new generation of technology and development. Aside from the run-time and the fact it will air on BBC Two, no specific details have been released. Here is a snippet from the larger set of show announcements:

Grand Theft Auto (BBC Two)
This special 90-minute drama will tell the story of arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park - the triumph of the computer game Grand Theft Auto.

Unlike many coding success stories, Grant Theft Auto was not created in Silicon Valley - it was the brainchild of a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration - GTA:V - earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.

GTA offered gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they could behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American gangland underworld.

But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding success led to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values it encourages; and above all from moral-campaigners, who have fought passionately to stop it.
Grand Theft Auto tells the story of how the game was conceived and created and the subsequent fallout as various groups objected to its violent gameplay.

It'll be interesting to see how much they cover as anyone who has read Jacked knows, there's quite a bit to tell. Hopefully, this won't end up like The Art and Science of Rockstar Games book collection. We'll keep you posted as soon as we hear more details.

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Delay Tuesday Release day for Grand Theft Auto Online Heists is here! The long awaited mode is finally live on all four consoles. While the update is downloading, be sure to checkout a few of the new articles over at the Newswire as they provide some great starting information for you and your crew. A full list of changes in the new patch can be found over at Rockstar Support.

As for those of you waiting for the PC version, you can take some solice that Delay Tuesday doesn't seem to have any delays in-store for us. Just pray they don't alter the date any further.

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Rockstar has released 15 new screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V for PC in glorious 3840x2160 resolution (albeit in heavily compressed JPEG form).

Rockstar is also introducing a new pre-order deal. If you pre-order by March 31st, you will get a bonus of $300,000 to use in Grand Theft Auto Online. They are also planning to announce more info "in the weeks ahead" (which in Rockstar time can mean months), including a new trailer for the PC version.

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Sigh, here we go again. Rockstar has announced (sadly, almost unsurprisingly at this point) that Grand Theft Auto Forever....err...Grand Theft Auto V for PC has been delayed for a third time. Originally announced as coming last fall, the PC version slipped to the date of January 27th. Then in a surprising twist just a few weeks before the planned date, Rockstar revealed that they were delaying until March 25. In an apparent attempt at setting a record for most delays of a port, Rockstar has again announced today that they are now targeting April 14. The reason cited was to ensure "as much polish as possible" which is great but let's delve a bit deeper into why so much time has been needed.

A work area inside Rockstar North

The PC version has been in production since at least 2012 according to Rockstar's own bug tracking logs found in the PS3 version back in 2013. Yes, that's right - it has now taken 4 years for a port to be finished. With a company as big as Rockstar, why has it taken this long? Rockstar seems to have made a huge mistake in predicting how much development bandwidth they actually had. We assume that the early development of the PC version was in-fact actually in preparation for the new generation of consoles as they use similar architecture to the PC. Back before release of the Xbone, Microsoft was still way behind and didn't deliver final development kits until just a few months before release of the console. Then it wasn't until the next year after release that they gave developers a finalized graphics driver. Knowing this and Rockstar's love for console platforms, we assume that at some point top priority shifted away from perfecting PC to making it work correctly on Xbox One and perfecting PlayStation 4. Rockstar also wanted to add first person view among other new features which needed to be developed and implemented - along with the heists which they said would launch shortly after Online but ended up going through several different redesigns. Oh and did I mention Online content packs, fixing Online issues and the single player DLC that is supposedly still being developed?

So with all that in mind, it's no wonder why Rockstar keeps kicking the can down the road. And while it's great they are not releasing the PC version until it's good and ready, it would be nice to have Rockstar open up more lines of communication with not only the community - but more internal communication between developers, management and marketing as well so they don't make unrealistic promises.

Oh, and heists are supposedly coming March 10th.

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Originally Rockstar stated they'd release the recommended system specifications for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V last month. After a huge silent delay, we now have yet another delay - this time March 25, 2015. On the somewhat bright side, we now have system requirements and a few screenshots.

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

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

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Keeping the tradition of silently releasing mobile titles, Rockstar has surprisingly released Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars for Android. According to the Google Play store, the game features:

  • Widescreen resolution support
  • Support for Android TV devices
  • Updated, highly customizable touchscreen controls
  • Enhanced graphics, lighting and explosion effects
  • Compatible with select Android Bluetooth and USB controllers
  • Integrated with Immersion tactile effects

The game requires Android 4.0 or greater and was developed by War Drum Studios. It is available for $4.99 USD on the Google Play store.

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It's that time of the year again. As already previously hinted at, Rockstar has announced the Festive Surprise update for Grand Theft Auto Online. The update brings the following:

  • The ability to own three properties
  • Two new weapons
    • Homing Missile Launcher
    • Proximity Mines
  • Four vehicles
    • Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader
    • Slam Van
    • Massacro with race livery
    • Jester with race livery
  • Snowfall on a "few special days"
  • Snowball fights on snow days
  • Free holiday clothing items you can wear through January 5th
  • Holiday Special Crate Drops with both old and new special tees
  • Extra free gifts for playing on the 25th
  • Firework Launcher is back until January 5th and is free on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Also included in the update, which brings GTAV to 1.19 on last gen and 1.05 on new gen, is a sleigh full of fixes and changes which can be viewed over at the Rockstar Support article. The update is now live for all four platforms.

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