GTAIV: Ballad of Gay Tony trailer debuts, details drop

First look at final Xbox 360-exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV episode is loaded with San Andreas-style mayhem; plot information surfaces in USA Today.

Over three years after it was first mentioned at Microsoft's E3 2006 press event, the final Xbox 360-exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV episode has been fully revealed. Today, Rockstar Games released the first trailer for the Ballad of Gay Tony, due out October 29 as both an Xbox Live download and part of the compilation Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

The Ballad of Gay Tony is the GTAIV's storyline's over-the-top finale.

Episodes from Liberty City will also include the first GTAIV episode, the grungy biker-gang saga The Lost and Damned. The Ballad of Gay Tony will take a more glamorous tack than its predecessor, profiling the right-hand man, Luis Lopez, of Liberty City's biggest night-club impresario, Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince. The trailer also shows a packed dance floor and Prince talking about owning the "hottest gay and straight clubs" in Liberty City.

However, it's the action of the Ballad of Gay Tony that is most eye-catching. Rockstar has apparently decided to end GTAIV with the sort of over-the-top action featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Lopez is seen climbing the equivalent of the Empire State Building while being chased by four military helicopters. In another scene, San Andreas' skydiving makes a return, with Lopez using a parachute to quickly exit another helicopter. In another, an attack helicopter tears up a street with rocket fire.

Today also saw some new Ballad of Gay Tony details surface via an article in USA Today. Apparently, an increasingly unstable Prince has developed a drug addiction, and Lopez must help him quickly earn money to pay off a mountain of debt. As a result, Lopez rises higher in Liberty City's social circles, in which he finds as many problems as he did at the street level.

One mission briefly glimpsed in the trailer has Lopez unhitching a subway car so a rich collector can take it away--with a helicopter crane. According to Rockstar cofounder Dan Houser, who was the Ballad of Gay Tony's lead writer, such scenes are meant to be the grand finale of the GTAIV story arc, which began with a penniless immigrant committing small-time crime.

"We definitely wanted it to feel more like the way action films are when they get ridiculous," Houser told USA Today. "Suddenly you're lifting up train cars with helicopters and it looks amazing and ridiculous, and after what you've gone through in the past, you're like, 'Wow, this is a really good payoff for completing this journey.' "

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157 comments
azyzy
azyzy

why take so long to release

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

I hope all these dlc will be made available at some later date bundled for the pc. It'll be stupid if they didn't.

NikoIcon66
NikoIcon66

awesome! i hope they add cars not bikes this time

Gigler
Gigler

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NuKkU
NuKkU

this sounds alot better then the first one

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

gay tony should get his own music video.. like back with painkiller.. or at least use his clubs in a DDR game ;P

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

hmmmm....a rocket pack would be a dream....

waterhead71
waterhead71

possibly one of the most exciting game trailers ive ever seen im getting it.and in preparation im finally gonna 100% the main game.

ProGamerNerd
ProGamerNerd

for the people saying gta 4 is fail just look at the 10s it got and critics dont lie by the way, and san andreas is not fun as gta4, specail when it comes to rampages,just compare them both. and stop saying oh san andreas is back, because just if you parachtue only doesint mean its san andreas lol common sense, like little kids sitting on a computer and dont worry about san they will bring it on gta6, gta5 will be in vice city

ProGamerNerd
ProGamerNerd

they made gta4 and took out some stuff so they can add them in future games and dlcs as you see now i emailed them about why they took it out and they replyed and told me so use common sense they wont take them out for ever and stop complaining is goty of 08 from vga and to make a game thats a sandbows with amazing grpahics and visuals takes hard work so i think better then saying things you should be thanksful(i used to say things to but i relized theres no point because there adding the stuff in the future)

ProGamerNerd
ProGamerNerd

lol gta4 was awsome for the people that think its bad and think san andreas is better and no san isint better i got the collction and everytimes i go back to san it feels like a arcade game. tho i know its made 2004 and is the best ps2 game ever. but really stop saying san is better than gta 4 ebcause its not just go buy it and compare.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

new stuff in video: NITROUS- (finally) CARS- Bullet, Cheetah, Windsor, Caddy HELICOPTERS- Sparrow, Cargobob, Leviathon 3 new GUNS STUFF- Car Customisation?, Parachuting, FightClub, Dancing?

Shadicman
Shadicman

Hope this has more of a wow ending then GTAIV I mean just didnt seem to wrap it up nicely for me, I mean that train stealing heli looks more amped then most missions in the orig so can not wait.

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

GTA IV was not as good as San Adreas in terms of pure fun so this dlc sound like it will kick a**

clintbrew
clintbrew

i hope this episode open up weapons from lost and the damned weapons for Niko storyline and new weapons from gay tony

boobush
boobush

If seeing a penis makes you insecure like in the other one, just don't buy it homie.

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

Give us some replay value this time! Dont go blowing up the one good thing about the episode... seriously the only thing to do after L&D was going around in an updated helicopter shooting things, and race in bike races... I want a tank :lol:

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

that was a quality trailer no doubt about it that gets my shadow ranger seal of approval!

MochaKat
MochaKat

I guess some men have never seen a penis I would never have suspected after having to put in my age, and it being an ad for a GTA preview I might see a dude in his underpants my GOSH! ;)

MoonMarvel
MoonMarvel

After the L&D bomb I don't think I will get this. I am so sick of GTA right now its not even funny. Enough with the episodes already, just take some time and release GTA 5 in a new city. Also release all DLC's for the PS3, I don't have one but the PS3 should get them.

SPYDER0416
SPYDER0416

Wow, this looks freakin amazing! New guns, fight clubs, and new dates! Sick.

MattyWoah
MattyWoah

I just don't want to see any more penises. That was horrible. No warning or anything.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

I know I know! I know which movie that's from! Swordfish!! When the helicopter takes the bus in the air at the end of the movie!

jazilla
jazilla

I wish they would just release a weapons and vehicles pack with like 25-35 weapons etc, and like 10 cars/SUV's/a tank and a new helicopter. I like the new story stuff, but at this point I only play GTA to blow stuff up every once in a while. I would pay 5 bucks for a Flamethrower, no joke.

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

Looks great! Can't wait to pick up the disc of both expansions.

LeifLongbottom
LeifLongbottom

Well... it does look a hell of a lot better than L&D. Maybe now ps3 owners will have something worth getting jealous over. However they're going to have to do more at this point than just give us parachutes and put rockets back on the attack choppers. Give us miniguns, tanks, businesses, and/or rampages and this might be worth $20. I too hope that after this one they stop beating this dead horse. Liberty City was pretty cool but I'm kind of tired of it. We need a new place to terrorize.

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

I have a 360 and the 360 version, but I enjoy GTA4 much more on the PC. I wish they would release the expansions for it.

tevic
tevic

I think Rockstar will announce GTA V (Vice City 2 ?) during the month of december (near Christmas ?). Currently they're leaving some space to GTA IV episodes, and will wait 1 or 2 months after launch so that gamers' minds stay focussed on "IV". Then, they'll announce the next GTA, and/or tease about it, so that a lot of people will begin daydreaming about it (preparing them for GTA 5 fall 2010 launch). So I expect a GTA 5 announcement around Christmas.

lukays
lukays

Now... that's a good trailer!!!!

maxsteel86
maxsteel86

So... anyone else miss Vice City?? Here's hoping the next GTA is based there! :)

Hobbitslayer18
Hobbitslayer18

@webdoom I'm just saying that in my eyes GTA 4 was a failure and that's why I rather want them to make a new GTA, even if they need to stop creating all those great DLC's. And it's kinda ironic that the GTA 4 DLC's are way better than the original game, both in gameplay and story.

andalore
andalore

Might actually buy this, TLAD seemed bland and boring but this seems interesting

punkpunker
punkpunker

hope this game have some SA gameplay

webdoom
webdoom

sweet, cant wait looks even better than TLAD! more stuff to do! its also funny how there are some people saying oh stop making stuff for GTAIV make GTAV etc... blaten PS3 owners, and they are most likely making the next GTA, it doesnt take a whole team to make DLC..

jarvis008
jarvis008

It looks awesome and TLATD was great so I'll definitley be buying this.

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

for a minute there i thought they were finishing GTA for good. I would rather them bring out GTA6 then keep bring out DLC's

StillFreeTagger
StillFreeTagger

GTAIV was a great game and the fact that this will be packaged with The Lost and Damned...it is SO worth it!!

Hobbitslayer18
Hobbitslayer18

They should stop making DLC's for GTA 4 and start working on GTA 5: Back To San Andreas.

DaveA6489
DaveA6489

This parachute is a backpack!

metalkid9
metalkid9

Why is everyone saying it's "san andreas style" or "san andreas is back"? It's true that you can parachute just like in san andreas but that's seems to be the only thing for now. You can't just base the whole DLC on san andreas just cuz you can parachute. And am I the only one that thinks that the clubs remind me of vice city? and also since you will work for a club owner, again, just like vice city?

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

The best GTA IV missions were the small times ones, for example when you and that russian guy are at that pron shop. feels more Gangster cuz it isnt so stupid

ptflea1
ptflea1

omg if its got san andreas features it must be good what gta4 should of been

Sweet_Genocide
Sweet_Genocide

Ever since reading Luis' crime report in Grand Theft Auto IV, I was hoping for street fighting. And they added it in. Awesome. Wonder if this one will have any shocking nudity.