News: GTAIV: San Andreas Beta 3 is out now


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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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Without so much as a peep from Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iOS has mysteriously popped up on the iTunes store in New Zealand. It is in fact the actual game and is currently selling for $9.99 NZD, which is roughly $6.99 USD. Oddly enough, the game only weighs in at 1.63GB -- a drastic size drop compared to the Xbox, PS2 and PC versions of the game. It is available in 8 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. The mobile features according to the store page are as follows:

  • Remastered, high-resolution graphics built specifically for mobile including lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette and improved character models.
  • Enhanced for the iPhone 5 series and iPad 4th Gen and above with dynamic detailed shadows and real-time environmental reflections.
  • Physical controller support for all Made-for-iOS controllers.
  • Cloud save support for playing across all your iOS devices for Rockstar Social Club Members.
  • Dual analog stick controls for full camera and movement control.
  • Three different control schemes and customizable controls with contextual options to display buttons only when you need them.

Supported devices are:

  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5 Family
  • iPod Touch 5th gen
  • iPad 2, 3rd and 4th gen
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini and Mini with Retina

No word yet when SA will jump borders to other countries nor any word if Android and Windows Phone will get shafted.

EDIT: San Andreas now appears to be on both the US and UK iTunes stores. The price is currently $6.99 in the US and £4.99 in the UK. As of 12:21 AM EST, the game doesn't appear to be on Google Play nor the WP Store. Rockstar continues to be completely silent.

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As promised, Rockstar has released patch 1.07 for Grand Theft Auto V. This patch brings a beta version of the job editor for Grand Theft Auto Online along with a number of changes. The official change log is below, though there are some extra changes that Rockstar didn't mention in the log, including one really worrying change.

  • Players are now able to sell vehicles that they have purchased from websites.
  • Players are now able to run in apartments and garages.
  • Reward for being a good sport has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000
  • Fixed an issue where a character’s tattoos would disappear when encountering cutscenes.
  • Corrected an issue where players could make their vehicles and passengers invisible.
  • Sticky Bombs can no longer be thrown during the countdown for the starts of GTA Races.
  • Resolved issues where players were having problems accessing their accounts.
  • Corrected issues with Bounties.
  • Fixed an issue where players were charged full price for ammo for Grenade Launchers even if they were only buying one Grenade.
  • Fixed an issue where Grenades could be filled up to maximum during UGC GTA Races.
  • Team Balancing has been improved, friends and Crew members are now grouped together and Rank is taken into consideration.
  • Fixed an issue where if a player has banked all of their cash, they were only charged minimal amounts for dying.
  • The Karin Futo can now be recovered normally after being impounded.
  • Fixed an exploit where players were able to clone Tanks.
  • Respawning has been improved to reduce the chance of repeatedly spawning in the same location.
  • Cash rewards have been adjusted in Races, Deathmatches, and Parachuting to allow increases in pay-outs.
  • There is now a 25% RP bonus at the end of Deathmatches, Missions, LTS, Survival, player kills, and AI kills when playing in Free Aim.  This gives extra credit for completing actions with more skill.
  • Until a Race has been verified, players cannot earn RP in UGC Races.
  • Reduced the chance of being noticed by the Cops in stolen vehicles.
  • Impromptu Races can no longer be launched when in certain jobs.
  • Holdup Shopkeepers now have access to Ammu-Nation.  You have been warned.
  • Due to changes in Deathmatches (Weapon Locking), some objectives will no longer appear in this specific type of match.
  • Weapon rewards (e.g. Shotgun in cop car) are blocked during weapon locked Deathmatches.
  • During Weapon Locked Deathmatches, Ammo Drops will not contain Molotovs.
  • Players who do not participate during Survivals can now be flagged as such by other players in the group and removed from the Survival.
  • New icons added for differing types of personal vehicle.
  • New awards added for the Creators.
  • Players are given 1RP for every ‘like’ they receive for their creations in the Creators.
  • Leaderboard functionality has been removed for any non-Rockstar content, i.e. no access to Social Club leaderboards in corona/end of mission, no best laps/personal bests, matched Crew for Head to Head etcetera.
  • Passive Mode is now free ($0) to allow players more options when playing with friends.

The community later discovered a number of extra changes Rockstar did not mention. One such change is the fact that the Rat-Loader, Tornado and the clean variant of the Rebel are now "banned" vehicles and will be removed from your garage forcefully without warning or refund of LSC modifications. Both vehicles spawn normally during multiplayer, do not have any known issues, and can be heavily customized by the player.  When asked why they were removed, Rockstar stated that the Rat-Loader is a "utility vehicle" and they are not meant to be stored in garages. This is actually inaccurate as both Social Club and the game itself classify it as a "muscle car" and many players owned it as it can be customized to look similar to the Hotknife, a collectors edition vehicle. The reason given for the Tornado and the Rebel is that they are supposed to be single player only vehicles, despite spawning in multiplayer.

Now while removing vehicles that weren't supposed to be there is okay with me, especially ones that were hacked in, the part that bugs me is the fact no refunds are given to the player. Many spent well over $100,000 in-game money to customize their Rat-Loader, not exactly chump change unless you glitched your way to the top, just to have it removed for no valid reason. Factor in the fact Rockstar is taking actual money in exchange for in-game money and you can see this is bad practice. There needs to be more transparency and a refunds system in-place for when things like this happen, otherwise what trust can the player have that the $20 he/she spent in real life for virtual goods won't just disappear in the next patch? Rockstar has seemingly been listening to player feedback and making drastic changes to online because of it, so hopefully they listen to the negative feedback they are getting on this issue.

Lighting bolts have been added back to stormy weather in this patch. They were silently removed in one of the early patches. BOOCAKE4U over at GTAForums spotted that a statue over at Vespucci Beach was changed for some reason.

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