Grand Theft Auto IV getting episodic on PS3?

Source: British game-info site Eurogamer.What we heard: At Microsoft's pre-E3 06 press conference, Xbox marketing chief Peter Moore drew audible gasps from the audience with a surprise announcement. Brandishing a mock tattoo of the Grand Theft Auto IV logo, the executive announced that the...

Source: British game-info site Eurogamer.

What we heard: At Microsoft's pre-E3 06 press conference, Xbox marketing chief Peter Moore drew audible gasps from the audience with a surprise announcement. Brandishing a mock tattoo of the Grand Theft Auto IV logo, the executive announced that the much-awaited sequel would be released "day one" on the Xbox 360.

The news marked the end of the traditional GTA release model, which saw every game from Grand Theft Auto III forward debut on the PlayStation 2 and not arrive on the PC and Xbox until at least nine months later. The delay prompted many to buy a PS2 just to play GTAIII or its successors, Vice City and San Andreas. Indeed, many gamers had started saving for a PlayStation 3, assuming that the same delay would apply.

While GTAIV's planned debut on the 360 was news enough, Moore went one further. He announced that "Microsoft and Rockstar have entered into an exclusive deal to provide episodic content via Xbox Live Marketplace" for GTAIV. At X06, Microsoft detailed the exclusive content as "two epic episodes of GTAIV via Xbox Live, each with hours of new gameplay available only on Xbox 360 just months after [GTAIV's] release."

Now, a report has surfaced that may make the 360 GTAIV episodes not appear to be as much of a coup as they seemed. Citing a source close to GTA developer Rockstar North, Eurogamer reports that the PS3 edition of GTAIV will be getting its own episodic content in "the form of brand new areas which will link into the main GTAIV game world." According to the source, one should "think of the [GTA IV] world as a large island--the new downloadable areas will be like smaller islands linking into it."

The official story: Rockstar reps were not available for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: With more and more AAA games jumping on the episodic content bandwagon--we're looking at you Oblivion--updating the PS3 GTAIV seems likely, especially if Rockstar is already planning a similar scheme with the 360. However, nothing's official...yet.

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ImsoniacShadow
ImsoniacShadow

yeah why doesnt nintendo release a gta game on wii the wii sale could go up i mean come on do something nintendo

birdmandaddi
birdmandaddi

this is still a rumor so we dunnno any ways either end im still on top so dosnt matter so NOW EVERY1 IS HAPPy

killeryoda85
killeryoda85

Everybody is a winner here...Apart from Wii owners!!! Come on Nintendo, sort it out!

PackersRock
PackersRock

While I own a 360 and am not getting a ps3 any time soon (if ever) I hope this is true. I hate it when a game is released on mulitple consoles and one version gets exclusive content. Like the two extra multiplayer modes in Command and Conquer3 on the 360.

warbmxjohn
warbmxjohn

Just another reason to eagerly anticipate the arrival of this game. Ahh anther reason to appreciate purchasing the PS3... :)

escalade1
escalade1

Hmm, i heard how some ps3 fans are saying microsoft doesnt own the rockstar rights anymore. And to you ps3 fans, you are ghey

gonzalud
gonzalud

xbox 360's version would be better

SocomManMan
SocomManMan

WoW Personally, Im a Microsift guy, but I have Played the GTA series and I think it should stay a Sony Game, I kinda dont like the idea of GTA on Xbox, but hey...who knows...

anarchy95
anarchy95

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anarchy95
anarchy95

It all seems good for 360 owners except one thing. When III, Vice City, and San Andreas came out for the PS2 first, Rockstar could find problems with the games and fix them for Xbox, on top of adding better graphics and more subtle details. With GTA IV, however, the 360 version will have the same problems as the PS3 version.

HotSauce19
HotSauce19

this game is gonna be off the hook for all platforms. it's great it's coming to 360. although the ps3 possy will be angry, it's a good way for rockstar to gain more revenue and such. the GTA series was never playstation exclusive, it's just now xbox doesn't have to wait. but it's too bad for playstation that it will sell way more for the xbox than the playstation.

Liams
Liams

I can't believe you're all whining and moaning about the price of the first installment or any downloadable content that MIGHT!!! Come after that. First of all paying $60 for brand new game like GTA 4 or any other for that matter is peanuts try paying

freddy___16
freddy___16

ok ok ok ok ok nobody worry im here ok first of all yall wanna know if main character is white ,black or what ever so im gonna tell you you ganna be a mexican gang leader ok setting:South texas , northern mexico ok okay.....

freddy___16
freddy___16

ok ok ok ok ok nobody worry im here ok first of all yall wanna know if main character is white ,black or what ever so im gonna tell you you ganna be a mexican gang leader ok setting:South texas , northern mexico ok okay.....

algonath
algonath

GOOO Xbox 360! Like they say for the 1st Box......"There is NO power greater than X!". Sux for the PS3 owners that they wont be getting the best stuff and especially the best graphics. lol Xbox 360: Gears of War Gears of War 2 (coming soon) Halo 3 GTA IV (on day one) (only just the beginning) PS3: NONE only their crappy version of GTA IV LMAO

jasonvickers
jasonvickers

i cna't wait for gta4, and the downloads

tx2000
tx2000

that can't make something exclusive like this franchise as its to big of a money maker for rockstar, think of the extra coin they made by first releasing it on another platform other then that of the Playstation

Wario1939
Wario1939

I"d rather have more gameply than more land anyway.

davidballantyne
davidballantyne

This is going to be the best gta game ever created!!!!

CTreez
CTreez

that would be cool if they both had common content but also major differences when it comes down to the downloadables

MDDichard07
MDDichard07

"Anything Xbox is a stain on gaming. Wii, FTW." --Kojo 23 Quite possibly the dumbest statement ever made on this website.

MDDichard07
MDDichard07

Am I the only one that thinks this is ok? A game can be different on different systems. EA did it with NBA Street V3. Gamecube was given Mario, Luigi and Peach as playable characters while the PS2 and XBOX got other exclusives and XBOX Live. I thinks its actually pretty cool that people will get different content for the game depending on what system they buy it for. I don't own a PS3, and I wouldn't be dissapointed at all if a PS3 owner got different content than a 360 owner. I'm not offended at all if some kid with a PS3 gets an extra gun, or and extra island than me. As long as the game is fun I'm not going to whine about losing out on some stupid downloadable.

Mistacoon
Mistacoon

forget GTAIV im getting the next saints row...the first saints row killed all GTA's

JeffSoHorny
JeffSoHorny

downloadable new places, eh i'm not liking that a whole lot, but nonetheless, sh*ted on 360, realizing ps3 is the way to go

Danngerus
Danngerus

This is stupid. I bet we have to pay for this extra content. Even if we don't I still think it's stupid. Why don't they just include it on the game disc? Especially if it's available from day one! I'm starting to get really annoyed with this trend. Before we unlocked extra content by completing missions, typing cheats, beating high scores and goals, but now we have to wait for them to download from the internet and, for many of them, pay for it. Annoying!!!

linkme
linkme

GTA4 will be great no matter what console it is on

dead_rose
dead_rose

The PS3 users will be happy...

cndylandy
cndylandy

Why do they even make games that envolve driving for the ps3? without force feedback or triggers the experience is horrible it has thumb killer all over it!! hours of holding down that dam 'X' button is just stupid

kojo23
kojo23

Anything Xbox is a stain on gaming. Wii, FTW.

jpurcell35
jpurcell35

the ps3 version should be better because of the blu ray disc enabling more space than hd-dvds

maxkurth
maxkurth

Ive wlaways been a playstation boy, and loved all of the GTA series. Imagine the power of the necxt one with high definition and stuff.. cant wait gotta hanfd it to you rockstar.. ur modern day legends:D

dimedoutson
dimedoutson

Ahhh, i agree. I think its stupid for them to release content that was probably supposed to be in the game already, as downloadable content. Hopefully someone finds out how to download the content and put it online for free.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

So place your bets, what version will be the top seller, Ps3 or 360?

rbunnell
rbunnell

Um, no Sony fans cringe once again. The 360 is getting two exclusive episodic downloads that the PS3 is not. There will be nothing exclusive to the PS3, but only to the 360 because of the monstrous check Microsoft gave to Take-Two. Sucks for Sony, once again.

SuP3R_TooT
SuP3R_TooT

i dont kno why the 360 fans are getting worked up over dis bollox im only worried about 1 game around that time and that will be the EXCLUSIVE to xbox 360 halo 3. that game will simply keep most 360 gamers occupied for long enough to forget weather ps3 has the same content or not

shaungnurse
shaungnurse

haha that sucks for the xbox360!!!! lol im definitely gettin a ps3 now

OO7OO7
OO7OO7

Cool, i really hope its going to be free to download

SataN_69_
SataN_69_

lol i love how a lot of people are saying "since Peter Moore said it, it has to be true" ONE WORD: fable. Was the worst disspoinment from what all of them where saying especially peter moore. and yes the ps3 is going to destroy xbox 360 later because of the differnce in disk size alone. Now im not saying this is oging to ahppen right away but later after the developers get use to the extreme amount of graphics and space avaiable you are going to see something amazing. Microsoft knows this so they want to build thier player base asap, and as we all know they really dont care about truth. Now sony isnt perfect and im mad that my ps3 controller is not going to ahve a rumble pack but w/e ill live with it. and so what the ps3 is a little bit more expensive the online for the ps3 is completly free except for mmo's -which i think is a smart idea opposite of xbox 360 . and yes we ahve to watch out for teh grave that the developers are digging with downloable "expansions" that will cost more and more money for us as a player base, but we'll come to that bridge when its here.

crappy1999
crappy1999

i think gtaIV will be a bigger hit on the ps3 than it will on the 360 because of the motion controls and the better graphix plus gta has been on the playstaition since the beginning it would be sad for gta to be "bigger" on the 360.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I just don't want to have to get both versions

lafsdave
lafsdave

It is all normal to see ps3 game that will be different than x360... just because of the difference of cd between the two consoles... the 30 or 50 gb blue ray of sony permit to known game creators to exploit a lot more creativity like in gta on ps3 don't be surprised to be able to enter any building ... a lot of details like that i think will differ with the 360 version, while smaller game producer will continue to make game in one final version for ps3 and x360... cause u all know it cost a lot more to do 1 gta version for x360 and another for the ps3... but beleive me u all want to play the ps3 version...

joemanuel222
joemanuel222

wow thats really cool for the Ps3 but i think the 360 is gonna be better

Killer_Peanut
Killer_Peanut

"DJ-PRIME90 This doesn't surprise me since PS3 is trying to build something similar like the 360 community including something like "Marketplace"." ok, and so since the Wii has basically the same thing, theyre copying M$ too huh? get over yourself sexbox fanboy

Fauij
Fauij

man its gonna be the same thing

Hameyadea
Hameyadea

wait wait wait..... so GTA IV will have additional special downloads for the X360 (official), special downloads for the PS3 (unofficial.... yet) SO WHAT ABOUT THE PC!?!? (sorry).....