GTAIV to sing The Ballad of Gay Tony this fall

Second Grand Theft Auto IV expansion will arrive as $20 Xbox Live download or on $40 disc bundled with Lost and Damned; will focus on high-end nightlife, Mafia intrigue.

Earlier this month, rumors surfaced that the next downloadable episode for Grand Theft Auto IV would be titled "Blood and a Four Leaf Clover" and would possibly deal with the Irish Mob. Today, that bit of speculation self-immolated when Rockstar Games used its quarterly earnings report to reveal that the add-on to the free-range crime game would in fact be subtitled The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Due out this fall, the second Xbox 360 exclusive will focus on Luis Lopez (pictured), the criminally minded assistant of Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince, associate of the Ancelotti crime family in GTAIV. Prince should not be confused with the game's most flamboyantly homosexual character, Niko Bellic's war comrade Florian Cravic aka Bernie Crane.

Both Prince and Lopez were featured in the "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" mission in GTAIV, and the latter also popped up in the "Museum Piece" mission featured in both the original game and the first expansion, The Lost and Damned. The title of the achievement granted for completing "Museum Piece" in GTAIV, "Impossible Trinity," had led some to suspect Lopez was the subject of the second expansion.

Unlike its predecessor, which focused on Liberty City's grimy underworld, The Ballad of Gay Tony will examine more upscale after-hours activity, promising an "overdose of guns, glitz, and grime" according to Rockstar. "This episode's focus on high-end nightlife contrasts with the biker gangs portrayed in The Lost and Damned, whilst giving us a lot of new gameplay possibilities," said Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser in statement.

Mr. Lopez, I presume.

The Ballad of Gay Tony will be released on Xbox Live this fall for $19.99/MSP1600 and requires the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play. It will also be available as part of a disc-based title, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, which bundles it with The Lost and Damned and does not need GTAIV to play. Contrary to other rumors, the compilation will be exclusive to the Xbox 360 and will retail for $39.99 this fall.

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531 comments
ashton283
ashton283

Thank god i bought an xbox 360 as well!

thomas250
thomas250

Yoooo i cant wait 4 this 2 come out. Its gonna b dope! Hopefully they put a lot of new things 2 do

assanisskil23
assanisskil23

this sould be on the ps3 too so i could play more of gta its way better on ps3

happynoodleboy7
happynoodleboy7

I've heard good things about the DLC from people who didn't like the vanilla game. Guess I'm going to give the compilation a shot.

drzSpartan809
drzSpartan809

Nice extra dlc to keep this awesome game alive.

Fededyret
Fededyret

I think this dlc is gonna be awesome, have played gta IV and lost and damned several times and i think they are both really great. I was just wondering whether any of you know the specific date that this should be released?

Amauris96
Amauris96

I am totally getting it when I see it on the marketplace! [=

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

VERY WELL SAID EAZY 1891

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

@2buxaslice-u hit it right on the head i want another gta like SA nothing like it.gotta love GAMING!!!!!

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

good idea to make a disc based version too, i hope they'll be one for lost and damned without having to buy the new content and gta4, but oh well...

AllSparkDragon
AllSparkDragon

Nice. The second episode of Grand Theft Auto IV, this game is incredible. Xbox 360 is the best.

socky1101
socky1101

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gary_masson10

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johnnyBgood99
johnnyBgood99

"Ive lost my hope in Rockstar. I've had every GTA game since the first, I own the PS3, 360 and the Wii and now because of one wrong move I can't play these downloads? Day of release because I was at school I asked my friend to get it for me and specifically asked for the PS3 version to go with the other PS GTA titles I own... should of gone for the 360 one." "Soooooo...You own all three systems....and you're mad because you can't play these downloads? Wow......." In addition, it was mentioned LONG before GTAIV was released that the expansions would be Xbox exclusive. Originally GTAIV itself was going to be a Microsoft exclusive but somehow Sony weasled their ways back in. None the less, don't complain because you didn't use your Gamespot membership properly and actually read these things prior to purchase.

TheMork
TheMork

Blink-jfg, you are a grade-A moron, as was mentioned *twice* in the article, they will be available off the shelves and you don't need the original to play them! Read the freakin' article before having a cry!

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

gta series is the best games i have played ever. i will never take my gta back for trade LAD was short but still a good dlc the mulitplayer was bananas. i cant wait for this dlc i hope this one longer and has a ton of side quest .GTA for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I might get this game I love GTA 4.

Johny_47
Johny_47

ah yeah, I remember that guy haha, he's Gracie 'annoying little b*%*h' heart's dad, remember the mission when you had to take the pink feltzer for a spin then kidnap her... good times. If the 360 comes down in price again then I'll buy a new one, then I'll get this(I had the 3 red lights a couple of months ago - warranty had expired)

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

"Ive lost my hope in Rockstar. I've had every GTA game since the first, I own the PS3, 360 and the Wii and now because of one wrong move I can't play these downloads? Day of release because I was at school I asked my friend to get it for me and specifically asked for the PS3 version to go with the other PS GTA titles I own... should of gone for the 360 one." Soooooo...You own all three systems....and you're mad because you can't play these downloads? Wow.......

Bulleproofguy
Bulleproofguy

yes maybe they will put it on ps3 months after-or not!?-Maybe they will just do what they did with saints row 1, promise it on ps3 then release the sequel and screw all the ps3 owners over!

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

That's a pretty expensive DLC you got there, Tony. :P

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

intresting name, buy for sure!

Wolfie600
Wolfie600

Blood and a four leaf clover sounded like a better title name, nevertheless i will keep track of this.

gmax
gmax

Uhh. Are we allowed to say "Tony?" Ok then...

blink-jfg
blink-jfg

May just borrow the disc version.

blink-jfg
blink-jfg

I've lost my hope in Rockstar. I've had every GTA game since the first, I own the PS3, 360 and the Wii and now because of one wrong move I can't play these downloads? Day of release because I was at school I asked my friend to get it for me and specifically asked for the PS3 version to go with the other PS GTA titles I own... should of gone for the 360 one.

coolkid93
coolkid93

kind of stinks that they won't have this for the ps3.:( But they might do like they did with GTA iv: LAD and have it exclusive for the 360 for a few months and then may be talking about putting it on the ps3. Hope that happens.

Dark_Lord777
Dark_Lord777

the disc will probably be like the shivering isles disc. Installs to your hard drive.

Sharvie
Sharvie

Sounds good, but I'll probably pass.

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

$20 sounds a bit expansive... :?

shinian
shinian

Tupe666: Microsoft pair 50 mln dollars for the 2 epizodes. What where you expecting?

Juga_Buga
Juga_Buga

This has to be off the chain

valensim
valensim

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad Of Gay Tony Can't wait 2 play it GTA best game ever

Tuppe666
Tuppe666

xbox exclusive WTH? I wouldn't believe that Rockstar would sell itself to Microsoft or any other, but I guess they just did it. They are just pissing PC and PS3 owners off. Exclusively

snakki
snakki

"It will come to the PS3.....one day." No one cares, I wouldn't buy it, especially I wouldnt buy xbox for it. I care if it will come pc one day and I can download it for FREE.

valensim
valensim

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City Will it be just DL or in stores 2 ???

ZamatoElite
ZamatoElite

I'll be buying this when it comes out.

pakhair
pakhair

It should be ground breaking

aaronobst
aaronobst

ROFL @ the name... But seriously I'm surprised there isn't more controversy over this

Toro_Nev
Toro_Nev

LOL when i told my classmates about this, nobody believed me =P

Superdude475
Superdude475

I wish I knew about the disc before, TLAD took up over a gig of space on my hard drive

rounder617
rounder617

so if this can be disc-based and doenst need to gta IV to play it can 1000 achievement points right?

fmv110
fmv110

looks good. I think it will be tremendous.