News: GTAIV: San Andreas Beta 3 is out now

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The first trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 has been released.
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Rockstar has announced Red Dead Redemption 2, coming for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Fall 2017. A trailer will be released this Thursday.
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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mistakenly announced that they were planning to discontinue the service July of last year - an announcement that was retracted but then later reconfirmed by a developer.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.

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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.

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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.

New Content – All Platforms

  • Four new vehicles have been added to Legendary Motorsports for Story Mode and GTA Online: Pegassi Osiris, Albany Virgo, Benefactor Stirling GT, and Enus Windsor.
  • Two new vehicles have been added to Elitas Travel for Story Mode and GTA Online: the Buckingham Luxor Deluxe and the Buckingham Swift Deluxe.
  • All new vehicles are available to purchase immediately in Story Mode on Xbox One, PS4 and PC and in GTA Online for all platforms and are deposited straight into the players’ relevant vehicle storage properties in Story Mode for Xbox 360 and PS3.
  • The Combat PDW has been added to Ammu-Nation for Story Mode and GTA Online.
  • The Combat PDW unlocks in Story Mode as the player progresses through the flow on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, is available immediately in Story Mode for Xbox 360, PS3 and is available to purchase in GTA Online for all platforms.
  • 15 new tattoos have been added to the Tattoo Parlors for both Male and Female characters in GTA Online.
  • Hundreds of new clothing items, including new designer outfits and accessories have been added to the Clothes Stores for Male and Female characters in GTA Online.
  • Alternative livery designs for the Enus Windsor are available in the Respray section in Los Santos Customs for Story Mode and GTA Online.

New Content – PS4, Xbox One, and PC Only

  • Luxurious interior activities have been added in GTA Online for passengers in the Luxor Deluxe and Swift Deluxe and are available in first person. Activities available are:
    • Drinking Champagne (Both)
    • Smoking Cigars (Luxor Deluxe)
    • Browsing Internet (Swift Deluxe)
  • Luxury Engravings have been added for a selection of weapons & attachments for Story Mode and GTA Online.
    • Yusuf Amir Luxury Finish is available for the following weapons: Assault Rifle, Carbine Rifle, Pistol, SMG, Marksman Rifle, and Micro SMG.
    • Gilded Gun Metal Finish is available for the following weapons: Advanced Rifle, AP Pistol, Sawed Off Shotgun.
    • Etched Wood Grip Finish is available for the Heavy Pistol and Sniper Rifle.
    • Platinum Pearl Deluxe Finish is available for the Pistol .50.

New Features/Updates - All Platforms

  • All of the vehicle websites have been re-designed on all platforms. The sales page for each vehicle has also been updated for all vehicles excluding bicycles on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • A Friends in Session option has been added to the On Call phone menu in GTA Online. This allows a player to auto invite all friends in session to the Job they are On Call for. Accepting these invites will place their friends On Call too.
  • Better feedback is now given to hosts and players in a lobby as to what is happening with auto-invites.
  • The Clothes and Tattoo shop menus have been re-organized. There are now more menu options and the newest items will appear on the top in each category.
  • The Karin Technical now comes with bulletproof tires when ordered from Pegasus.
  • Flashing help text is now displayed for non-host players on the Job settings screen if the Criminal Mastermind challenge would reset because of the difficulty setting the host has chosen.
  • The Crew Challenge playlists have been removed.
  • Additional methods have been added to complete the "Bribe the Cops and cause havoc" Daily Objective.
  • Vehicles with topless variants now have the option to add or remove the vehicle roof in Los Santos Customs. Sale prices of these vehicles have been rebalanced in line with this change.
  • When calling in an Airstrike, a jet range indicator now appears to show how far away the jet is. Once the jet is nearby, the indicator will turn red.
  • Fixed an issue where award T-shirts were not unlocking properly.
  • Some weapon rebalancing tweaks have been made based on community feedback. The MG and the Combat MG have increased damage, and the Assault Shotgun is now less effective at longer ranges.
  • The hook of the Cargobob can no longer lift the vehicles of players in passive mode.
  • Added the ability to cycle between targets when using lock-on missiles (such as Buzzard missiles or the Homing Launcher).

New Features/Updates – PS4, Xbox One, and PC

  • First person Vehicle Hood Cam (already in PC) has been added for Xbox One and PS4.
  • More accessories have been added to the Interaction Menu in GTA Online. Players can now change their Watches, Chains and Earrings from the Accessories section in the Interaction Menu.
  • Vanilla Unicorn dancers are now topless for private dances on Xbox One and PS4 in GTA Online.
  • Improvements to controller rumble strength.
  • The number of dancers at Vanilla Unicorn in GTA Online has increased to match Story Mode.

New Features/Updates – PC Only

  • Team colors are now used in PC text chat during team Deathmatches.
  • The control icon that displays whether a player is using keyboard and mouse or a game pad displayed in the Job settings screen now updates live to indicate what input method the player is using at that time.
  • A new sort / filter system has been introduced for Clip Management in the Rockstar Editor.
  • The radio tracks available in the Rockstar Editor have been adjusted. If any clips you’ve created have been affected, the game will alert you when loading the clip.

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 potatoes consoles. You can view a full list of fixes over at the Rockstar Support article.

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After almost 1 year and 7 months of waiting and a truck load of delays, Grand Theft Auto V has finally been released on PC. Be sure to join our Social Club Crew! See you all in Los Santos!

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Rockstar has released a trailer showing off the new Rockstar Editor in Grand Theft Auto V for PC.

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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.

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