Grand Theft Auto IV DLC due Feb. 17

Rockstar delays, dates, and details 360-exclusive "Lost and Damned" add-on to crime-action blockbuster, which will follow all-new biker-gang protagonist.

The bad news: Rockstar Games has officially confirmed that the Grand Theft Auto IV expansion will not arrive in 2008. The downloadable add-on, which will be exclusive to the Xbox 360, is now set to launch on Xbox Live worldwide on February 17, the same day as Street Fighter IV in the US. No price has been set, but the expansion will require the original game to play and will presumably share the same hard M for Mature rating.

Now, the good news. The expansion won't be a smallish bit of DLC, like Mass Effect's single-mission Bring Down the Sky. Titled "The Lost and Damned," the add-on will leave Niko Bellic behind in the Manhattan doppelganger of Algonquin and focus on an all-new protagonist. According to USA Today, Liberty City's newest antihero will be Johnny Klebitz, member of the biker gang known as The Lost. Based in the New Jersey clone of Alderney, the Sons of Anarchy-esque motorcycle club had some run-ins with Bellic--who will make a cameo appearance--in the middle section of GTAIV.

"Johnny is a very different character than Niko, with a very different background," Rockstar vice president of creative development Dan Houser told USA Today. "I can't go into too much detail on the story, because we try not to give away too much plot before the game is released. But I can say that the story will show you a different side of Liberty City."

Note to self: Do not meet these guys in a dark alley.

In addition to the new storyline, The Lost and Damned will also sport new weapons, vehicles, and multiplayer modes that have yet to be detailed. In an official press release, Rockstar said the add-on will also feature a whole new soundtrack, with new types of music being added to GTAIV's myriad radio stations.

Last but not least, the expansion will be the first of two 360-exclusive episodes Rockstar North is making for GTAIV. "Making these episodes has enabled us to expand the narrative and the experience of interacting with a game world in really innovative ways," said Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser, brother of Dan, in a statement. "We hope fans of the game enjoy the new way of experiencing life in Liberty City contained in this first episode." No details on the second episode have been announced.

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chooky85
chooky85

when do this game comes out in aus

hary2424
hary2424

dahlia true that Grand Theft Auto IV DLC to participate and play station 2

the_iceman16
the_iceman16

for SolidSnake9000 ....found this expansion.... then found it was exclusive to XBOX and got a tad sad..... the reason why PS3 don't utilize the Blu-ray capacity is because game developers have to balance games for all platforms of console..... hense why you have Metal gear looking the "bees knees" and other games lagging in the ballsy graphics area..... If they had the money to produce two seperate versions one completely made solely for PS3 and one for every other platform ...(not pigeon holing XBOX cus i ent a sad fanboi probs cus i dont know what that means....) but yeh if there was one each then you would get the BEST out of the PS3.... unfortunately that ent the case for all games but i think id sacrifice that over the horrendous buzzing you get from the XBOX ....all my mate's seem to overpower the TV .....do you find this as you can compare the two? but hopefully that clears up why u dont understand blu ray gets utilised!!! peace:)

Peaches1347
Peaches1347

i probably will get this. if i ever finish the main story its hard to get around to it i've had the game for 6 months and got distracted by other games and i never got to finish it.

colejd
colejd

This thing better be worth it

Petroph
Petroph

Any ideas on what the size might be. I'm just asking because i don't unlimited space here.

Spincut
Spincut

I own both systems, I honestly would rather own GTA for my PS3 because i'm used to playing the previous games with that controller. now, i want to get use out of my Xbox too, so i do like there being certain levels of exclusivity, but this is just annoying that i will never be able to buy or play it if i end up getting GTAIV for my PS3. So honestly, I hope it ends up sucking, so i can avoid it like the other GTA off shoots i didnt waste any time into (like the Liberty City handheld).

Comedyco
Comedyco

ya same here elvisbond. tomm's an idiot, and idk man I think Netflix instant streaming is pretty bad ass: bladerunner, no country for old men, the lookout, ben hur, omega man, invasion of the body snatchers, constant gardner, fifth element, gone baby gone; basically free movies on my queue right now. and dam i still haven't gotten this game yet.

Comedyco
Comedyco

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Comedyco
Comedyco

dude mr. scientology, did you just say, amongst much other bs that gta iv? not III for the gaystation, has bad graphics? There's something very very wrong in your head and you need to see a doctor or psychiatrist or a long rope or something

elvisbond
elvisbond

wow...i havent looged oto gamespot in forever, to post a comment that is, but that tommcruise's comments was really annoying. lies, go die.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

What so different about xbox online, ps3 has the same regersterd users

mikal030
mikal030

@tommcruise I own both systems (360 & PS3) and prefer my games to be 360. Both systems are good but its always the little things that get you. And to assume someone is poor because they choose the 360 over a PS3 is beyond ignorant on your part - it shows your low IQ.

butcher5683
butcher5683

P.S. GTA IV was awesome....for the 360. Never played it for the PS3 but according to Tom.....it sucks.

butcher5683
butcher5683

Tom Cruise is a 'Mo. The actor, name, avatar, and anything else involving Tom Cruise's likeness is 'Moish. PS3 sucks. It still has no game library. Games look better on 360. Online play is better on 360. 360 gets better DLC. And yes, 360 is cheaper. Why pay more for the REAL inferior system? Unless, of course, you have a low IQ......or you afiliate yourself with Tom Cruise.

Aravix
Aravix

I'll be getting this for sure. GTA IV had an excellent storyline, I can't wait to jump into this one.

tommcruise
tommcruise

@solidsnake9000 serious? I thought the xbox360 was a poor man's PS3 (and it is). Don't say that the xbox360 has better games... it doesn't. Most of its good games are multiplatform. Gears of War is THE only reason to own an xbox... And it ain't even that good of a reason. Better graphics? No... but developers tend to be lazy to work with the PS3 (its like a BMW, requires fine tuning... the 360 is like a KIA.. it gets you to where you want to go and you don't have to invest much time in it). Netflix? please, digital downloading is bs Better online? It SHOULD have a better online seeing how M$ charges you for it.... and it isn't even that much better. Like I said in an earlier thread... people who tend to pick a 360 over is PS3 is b/c they are poor and settle for inferior products.... or in your case, have a low IQ. Its science

tommcruise
tommcruise

This download content looks good... too bad the original GTA4 sucked balls. The most overrated game ever made. Choppy boring gameplay and horrible graphics (and you play as an annoying russian to boot). I have a PS3, but I won't lose sleep over this DLC (I'd lose sleep if I couldn't play God of War 3).

ZaitzDA
ZaitzDA

anyone who bought a ps3 over a 360 is dumb

CUZZO314
CUZZO314

all i need to know is it going to be sold in stores to because i want it bad

SolidSnake9000
SolidSnake9000

This is why Microsoft paid Rockstar $50 Million for exclusive download content! So Sony could not have it... And to think, Sony's Ps3 is so powerful, yet they don't have the games or the content to show for it.. all that power, put to waste.. haha... lmao.. Ps3 fanboys must be crying now.. the Playstation Empire is now over! you can't rule the gaming world with only Metal Gear, and KIllzone! hah.. wait the First Killzone was horrible.. Funny who would have thought, that the cheeper, crappy'er system.. aka Xbox 360 would have the better games, the better online, the better movies, Netflix owns all... the better, content, the better graphics.. ya i said that. even though the Ps3 has the better power system, xbox still has the best perfoming system, by that i mean the games! most if not all xbox games look better.. even online they look better.. and you have blu-ray you should be ashamed!! that is all... haha i own all systems, can't be mad at me im just telling the truth!

auntbessie
auntbessie

Woops, sold mine on ebay. Note to self, wait to see if there'll be DLC before selling in future!

Ztoky
Ztoky

Will get it for sure, loved the story with Nico Bellic and this will have the same quality I'm sure of.

Badmutha
Badmutha

It's cool they decided to have an all new protagonist. I liked Nico and everything, but this just adds a lot more variety to the game!

skytiger666
skytiger666

Will it "feature" the same low frame rate and blurry graphics?

gamespoteer
gamespoteer

i think its good 360 has some exclusive downloads. ps3 has lots of cool stuff 360 people can't get like that sony life thing. They also get full games that are a few hours long like the Rachet & Clank game

Phazon_Killer
Phazon_Killer

wooow this is pretty cool, why dont they do this in other games? well besides halo 3 but ODST is not a DLC

Triilsk
Triilsk

who knows if the two episodes become a major hit maybe we'll see episode three or four, aslong as theres a dlc I'll definately be playing this game!

tets666
tets666

this is stupid why not san andreas stories?

krzygamer24
krzygamer24

funny how gta, for at least a year, was a playsation exclusive last generation. microsoft has learned their lesson and grabbed gta.

jonathangaskell
jonathangaskell

....and to think the whole game was originally a ps3 exclusive????

Keitha313
Keitha313

First off i dont care if you thumb me down ;) just makes everyone want to read it more...Big whoop... GTA cant do anything to save this one, They picked a rubbish place to set the next gen experiance in, Not to forget they also put nothing in... To me GTA:IV is no diffirent to GTA3 theirs nothing else to do once you have completed the singleplayer mode theirs no variety theirs no really diffirent choice GTA:SA has put this game down in the dust and that was released years and years ago... And as far as Multiplayer goes its nothing special give me COD any day over this im suprised people are still playing this vile garbish.... 5.5/10

dahome
dahome

رهيب والله

Dartadion
Dartadion

Look the PS3 is definetly the more powerful system but that doesn't make it better than an XBOX 360. No the 360 is definetly the more prefered and more bought system than the PS3. Let's face it, Sony got crap ever since PS2. And to ArmourRedHawk, the 360 actually can run MGS4 but it doesn't have it on 360 because it's a PS3 exclusive. The 360 also has the better graphics capacity and can keep the frame rate steadier than the PS3. In other words the XBOX 360 deserves this exclusive because it is the better console overall and hopefully there won't be anymore Sony Game Consoles to come. I hate to say it well actually I don't, I'm loving it but the PS3 is crap and the 360 is definetly the much better console.

kristjanp07
kristjanp07

The fact, that this is Xbox exclusive, makes me homicidal

Zanthrus
Zanthrus

iamBen, the 360 has a lot more download content in general, and admittedly I would say it will end up being available on the PS3 eventually, or something else might end up becoming available. Yet again this is just another ploy by MS pouring money into it so that they can get exclusivity, but its just another marketing reason for people to buy a 360 instead of a PS3. In reality the PS3 is the better console but in my opinion the service offered by the 360 is better (even if it costs money) than the PS3 and so it will remain for now the more buyable console.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

this is just cuse the 360 rocks why make anything new online for ps3 the online is trashy anyway

iamBenG
iamBenG

"this being a 360 exclusive makes me wanna hurl. i dont know how they can deprive gamers the chance to play this. many people made their console decision before all this dlc stuff even took place. too bad for 'the damned' ps3 people." -- ejpaine If you didn't know about the DLC, it's because you didn't look. If you decided to get a console based on GTA4, then they said 360 would have exclusive DLC. While it may mean some people can't play, it is much cheaper and easier, as well as more like to get bought, if it is put up on Live. That is why Rockstar only put it up on Live, and not PSN.

KrzyJoe
KrzyJoe

if they released the same game for 2 diferent consoles it should be available for both

KrzyJoe
KrzyJoe

damn this DLC is pretty hefty from what i've just read, in some way I see it as unfair i don't really care much about the story but the WEAPONS!? VeHICLES!?? and Multi player MODES!? damn that just sucks

breakinglaws
breakinglaws

Cardkoda you're a very sad Sony fan boy, you automatically think that Microsoft had to bust out the big bucks to get the exclusive? What if the company chose the easier system for downloadable content, oh and the better console overall!! PS3 sucks like a Tai Hooker!! Go Xbox 360!! Oh and Hoski, we all know you're a PS3 fanboy, and it's horrible!!

squimgore
squimgore

Sweet. I don't know if I'll get it or not, I mean, GTAIV was good, but, I think GS overrrated it. It was like an 8.5 game; good, not perfect. AND FANBOYS, I PLAYED IT ON A 360 AND A PS3, they were identical. RockStar was dumb for not releasing this to PS3 owners.

ejpaine
ejpaine

this being a 360 exclusive makes me wanna hurl. i dont know how they can deprive gamers the chance to play this. many people made their console decision before all this dlc stuff even took place. too bad for 'the damned' ps3 people.

ArmoRedHawk
ArmoRedHawk

@ Hoski0999 Dude U Talk Too Much ^..^ But I Give U 2 Thumbs Up U Exactly Say The Very True In My Opinion There Shall Not Be Exclusives They Shall Make The Games For Any Console And U Choose The One U Like To Play The Game At

nullvision
nullvision

@numb094 The definition of a protagonist in literature is that he/she is the main character that you follow, sympathize with, or side with in the story. They don't have to be good or bad. The antagonist is the main opposite in the story. Those are the two big elements in literature. Then you have your minor characters, static and dynamic characters. Those are the main types of characters in literature. They just define the role of the character in driving the plot. It has nothing to do with if they are good or bad.

Numb094
Numb094

Who in their right mind would call the game's character a "protagonist"?

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

ok so obviously i need to read a lil more to see the crap that has been goin on with the FANBOYS OF BOTH SIDES and of course nintendo as well. Let me set some things straight. First of all at you 360 fanboys, your system has the highest deffective rate of any system to ever touch the console wars and is now out of date in terms of the discs being used since blu-ray won the fight against HD, and when ppl are sending it in about 5 times to get fixed, there's a real issue going on there. Sony fanboys (I am a ps3 owner by the way) your system fails to hit key points of community, and the company that owns it fails to open their wallets to keep exclusive rights to such titles as final fantasy which is a crucial point of this brands selling points. it is also putting in a proccessor that can not be fully used on this type system so there was not real point of putting it in there anyways. The reason that 360 game look better is due to the fact that it is harder to program games on the ps3, WHICH COUNTERS THE ARGUEMENT THAT THE 360 IS BETTER, they both can do the same thing, but in terms of programming, its just harder to get it right on the ps3. I dont know bout you guys, but i would much rather have a game that plays well then a game that looks soo real you could lick it. And also the ps3 has a lower defective rate by far. However due to the proccessor they idiots at sony thought they needed to think up, it ultimately bumped up the price for something they can never fully can use. Also where sony screwd up is that they tried too much with the system, making it an all in one package rather then just a gaming system was really not the wiset choice, features are very effective when you get it, but not a good sellin point. However sony has free online, they sacrafice a few features that microsoft has to give free internet, and i really dont care what ppl say, games play just as well on either, your paying to have all the servers linked so you can chat and do other stuff while playin your game on the 360. It does not make the servers any better. both systems have great exclusives, Gears for microsoft and MGS for sony being big hard hitters, and tho MGS has been ported, and rumored "MAY" be ported to 360, kojima himself has said that it will not be the metal gear that was on the ps3. One reason for this being is that he had to cut parts out of the game just to FIT IT ON A BLU-RAY DISC which has more capacity then the 360 discs do, meaning even more would have to be cut out. Face it 360 and ps3 fanboys alike, BOTH SYSTEMS HAVE FLAWS.

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

@Mariokart64fan your obviously a nintendo fanboy because all you want to do is brag about them. Seriously kid leave that crap at the door when you come in here, and if you wanna get technical with it, GAMECUBE was the worst sellin console during that generation. Nintendo rules the handheld because the target audience is much younger, while PSP was aimed at a higher aged audience, and most ppl looking for a handheld will be those of a younger age. Granted yes there are older ppl playin this system, its still a highly young age based system which is where PSP failed. But from the beggining, the young age target audience was never their driving force having a lot of the M rated titles put on the first playstation, while nintendo still stuck to the same audience which isnt bad by ne means. Now the Wii comes along and it is being gobbled up by the young and old, but now guess wat? hypes slowing down, AND THEY STILL HAVE VERY FEW DESIREABLE TITLES, they ooed and awwed the crowd with price, and family fun, but time after time i see ppl come into the gamestop i work at and they can never find anything fun to buy, and they cant ever find the wii fit because nintendo is too cheap to get another factory to manufacture out of. So before you go tooten that lil nintendo horn of yours, please do a lil research, nintendo is not a bad brand, but its not what your trying to make it.