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UPDATE: The creator has been fixed and is now enabled again.

Rockstar has temporarily disabled the content creator in Grand Theft Auto Online. Apparently there was an exploit in the creator that froze player's money -- allowing players to purchase anything without the game deducting money. Due to the nature of the exploit, we speculate that a fix will likely require a new patch to be pushed out -- which can take several days depending on how fast Microsoft and Sony approve the update. For more information, go to the Rockstar Support article.

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19 Apr 2014 - Back in Business

In the past month or so you may have noticed the site has been silent. Sadly, a number of things contributed to this such as college assignments and a last-minute Windows 7 migration at a client (approved last minute). Fortunately (or unfortunately -- the PC version still hasn't been announced), not much has happened since the Business Update for GTAOnline so there wasn't that much to miss.

Out Now

  • Patch 1.12 was released on 4/8, bringing a number of exploit fixes and fixes for things that previous updates broke. It also added a new Lester ability to have the cops ignore your crimes for a period of time and 50RP bonuses for liking/disliking jobs. A full changelog can be found at the Rockstar Support website.
  • Players can now use the content creation tool to make their own custom capture jobs. Rockstar has created a PDF guide that guides you through the process.
  • A number of new player created jobs have received the Rockstar stamp of approval, around 20 in all. Rockstar has added a number of Rockstar created capture jobs.

Upcoming

  • Grand Theft Auto Online's soundtrack will be updated with never-before-heard tracks from the original soundtrack recording sessions
  • The High Life update, releasing sometime this spring, will bring players new high-end apartments, the Bullpup Rifle, new clothing items, the Dinka Thrust motorcycle and three new high-end vehicles such as the Pegassi Zentorno and the Dewbauchee Massacro. Want that second home you've been looking at? The update also brings the ability to own two properties at once along with a new "mental state" player statistic.
  • Oh and heists -- they're supposedly coming this spring too.
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Fresh off the heels of The Valentines Update, Rockstar is pushing out yet another free update to Grand Theft Auto: Online titled "The Business Update" coming Tuesday March 4th. This update adds three new cars: Albany Alpha, Dinka Jester and Grotti Turismo R. For those who hate land, Rockstar is adding a new airplane call the "Vestra" -- pictured below.

Need to do some damage? Head on over to Ammu-Nation and pickup the two new weapons, the Heavy Pistol and the Special Carbine. A new weapon isn't complete without some new dress. The update adds new formal and business casual attire such as suit jackets, slacks, glasses, heels and blouses. Check out the new business hairstyles, currency themed tattoos and masks to complete your look.

The new weapons and vehicles will be available in both multiplayer and single-player.

Rockstar ends their post by teasing further upcoming updates to Grand Theft Auto V singleplayer, confirming Assassination and Flight School missions.

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As we speculated back in December, it seems the mobile version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is indeed making the jump to Windows 8(.1) and RT devices. Nyolc8 over at GTAForums was able to capture the following screenshot of the store entry before Rockstar pulled it.

In case you're wondering, 1,500,000.00 Ft equals about $6.99 USD -- the same price as on other devices. Of course, no official word from Rockstar yet that its even coming to Windows 8 -- so be sure to act surprised when it finally appears.

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If you're planning on observing House of Cards day tomorrow, you're in luck! Rockstar has released the Valentine's Day Massacre update for Grand Theft Auto Online a day ahead of schedule. The update contains a variety of 1920s themed goodies in addition to a plethora of game fixes.

Rat Loader is Back!

After it's puzzling removal a few patches ago, the Rat Loader is once again available as a personal vehicle. To make up for any money you have have lost, the truck and all of its mods are currently available for the low price of free until the next patch. Hopefully this will be the last time a car will be yanked for no good reason. To make things easy, you can now purchase the Rat Loader from southernsanandreassuperautos.com.

New Content

As noted in the previous article, this update brings a number of new items. The Gusenberg Sweeper -- a tommy gun and a new 1920s limousine -- the Albany Roosevelt are the two big additions. A number of new clothing items and masks are also available. Many of these items are only available until the end of February, however once bought they'll be yours for good.

New Jobs

10 new jobs have been added. Here are 6 of them as detailed by Rockstar:

  •  "Shotgun Wedding" (Team Deathmatch): The title says it all. Small-scale Deathmatch around the church in Paleto Bay that’s locked to shotguns. It’ll be a lot less bloody than divorce.
     
  • "Property Values" (Deathmatch): Forget about love, nothing’s going to break your heart like the price of real estate. Free for all Deathmatch on an unaffordable cul-de-sac near Mirror Park. Look out for the sniper on the grassy knoll.
     
  • "Creek" (Parachuting): Nothing says ‘I’m in love’ like throwing yourself out of a chopper with up to seven other idiots. A steep dive, almost skirting the side of the Raton Canyon, gliding into Cassidy Creek.
     
  • "Vinewood Tours" (Race): Who needs love when you’ve got booze in your belly and stars in your eyes? Lap race for cars and bikes taking in all the tourist sights of Vinewood and Rockford Hills.
     
  • "Motorboating" (Sea Race): A good motorboating is all anyone wants for Valentine’s Day. Take your love for a trip around buoys and over jumps to the North of Mount Gordo.
     
  • "Heart Breaker" (Bike Race): Make your feelings known by carving a love heart into the Grand Senora Desert. Hills and jumps in this mainly off-road lap race for bikes on a heart-shaped track.

Social Club Weekend

To celebrate the update, Rockstar will be holding a Valentine's Day weekend event. The image below outlines all of the special things going on.

Patch Updates

Today's patch brings us to version 1.10. The update change log is too incredibly long to post here so you'll have to head on over to Rockstar's support website to view it. Here are the top fixes as noted by Rockstar:

  • The Rat Loader is now available again in GTA Online.
  • A player who kills a passive player must now pay their hospital bills
  • The Mechanic has now been removed when delivering a Personal Vehicle. The vehicle is now created nearby instead.
  • Added a new option to the Interaction Menu that lowers the attack priority against Friends.
  • Solo players in Races now earn GTA$.
  • Fix for incorrect time display on the Bad Sport pool timer
  • Fix for several exploits that allowed duplication of vehicles
  • Fix for several exploits that allowed too much RP during missions
  • Fix for issues with Cornrows haircut
  • Fix for issue causing characters to become bald after using a mask
  • Fix for Story Mode issue where all shops could remain closed with their blips missing
  • A new “Blow Kiss” Celebration has been added. Show some love.
  • Various bug fixes
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This Friday, Rockstar will be updating Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online with the following free goodies.

  • Gusenberg Sweeper Machine Gun
  • Albany Roosevelt - a 1920s limousine that has the ability for players to hang and shoot off the side
  • New clothing items and hairstyles
    • 1920s suits and flapper dresses
    • Masquerade masks
    • Novelty t-shirts
    • Hats
  • 10 new jobs

Items from the pack will only be purchasable for a limited time but will stay in your inventory after it ends.

Rockstar has also confirmed a number of additional updates on the way, such as the just announced "Dangerous Business Pack", online heists and further additions to the creator tool.

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A few weeks late to the party, Rockstar has finally released a trailer for the mobile versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that were released in December.

The game is out now for Android, Kindle and iOS devices. Click here for a list of supported Android devices and click here for a list of support iOS devices. Those of you with Windows Phones, you'll have to wait for an undisclosed time period.

A bit of a warning if you have an Android device, the latest patch 1.03 which was released on December 20th breaks the game for many -- resulting in a black screen shortly after signing into Social Club. The only way to fix this is to downgrade the game to version 1.02, which is impossible without backups or finding the game via a different source. As of yet, Rockstar hasn't acknowledged this issue. Hopefully this doesn't end up unpatched like Vice City on Android's problem of screen freezing during cut scenes and in vehicles.

 

To celebrate the launch, Rockstar is giving away a number of San Andreas related prizes via its Facebook page. You can sign-up starting today through Monday January 13th at this promotion page. Miss out? A number of these items are expect to appear for purchase over at the Rockstar Warehouse soon.

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Making possibly the lowest key release in Rockstar's history, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is out now for iOS. Rockstar has finally acknowledged the release on it's website, after being available for a day in select countries. Check out our previous article on the release in New Zealand for specifics on the iOS version. Android, Kindle and Windows Phone, as we expected, are taking a backseat to the Steve Jobs Master Race and have been given a "coming soon" release date. Here's four screenshots Rockstar have released of the iOS version.

The ESRB has given the mobile version a Mature rating, which is not suprising. What is surprising is that "Windows PC" is listed among the platforms for the mobile version rating. Could this mean that the mobile version is coming to Windows RT and Windows 8 Modern UI? Otherwise, there's no sense in Rockstar paying for it to be certified again on PC.

If you were wondering why the radio in the mobile version seems like it's missing something -- it's actually missing quite a few tracks. Ash_735, a modder involved with the awesome VCSPC mod, has found that a number of tracks have been removed.

PLAYBACK FM
"Critical Beatdown"

K-DST
"Running Down A Dream"
"Woman To Woman"

Bounce FM
"You Dropped A Bomb On Me"
"Yum Yum"
"Running Away"

Radio Los Santos
"I Don't Give A f*ck"
"Express Yourself"

Radio X
"Killing in the Name of"
"Hellraiser"

K-Jah West
"Ring My Bell"
"Don't Let It Go To Your Head"

MasterSounds 98.3
"Express Yourself"
"Rock Creek Park"
"Grunt"
"Soul Power '74"
"The Payback"

Ash_735 has also noted that the mobile version has extremely low quality audio files, noting that some audio even suffers from conversion stutter. Theory is that the community audio tool SAAT was used to extract the audio from the PC version, then re-converted into another format. It's noted that it may be possible for the community to properly convert the audio, along with restoring the missing songs, and release them as a mod.

A topic has already popped up over at GTAForums where modding veterans are discussing how to mod the game. Mod tool author nick7 has already updated his "TXDFucker" tool to open the updated texture files and hopes to release it soon.

EDIT: San Andreas is now out on Android and Kindle devices.

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