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Second Grand Theft Auto IV trailer dated; Junction Point Studios' new game teased; Darfur Is Dying getting worldwide release; single-player MMOG ending this fall.

Second GTA IV trailer due June 28
Last month, Rockstar Games released the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV. Today, shortly after Rockstar parent Take-Two Interactive dispelled rumors that it would delay the eagerly anticipated Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game, the publisher announced a date for a new trailer for the title. On June 28, Rockstar will launch the second video preview of GTA IV, titled "Looking for that Special Someone." The first trailer, "Things will be different," revealed the game will be set in a new version of Liberty City redesigned to be a near-exact replica of New York City.

Spector slips more info on upcoming game
When ex-Ion Storm head Warren Spector founded Junction Point Studios in 2005, speculation ran rampant on the nature of his first project. Compounding the issue, the Deus Ex creator hasn't exactly been forthright with information either. New teaser concept art for his studio's upcoming "fantasy" game has been posted to the company's Web site, accompanied by a few taunting words from Spector himself. "When we DO announce what we're doing," he said, "half the world's going to think we're crazy and half the world's going to think it's the coolest thing since sliced bread--how great is that?!"

mtvU propagating genocide-awareness game
Games are quickly becoming a medium for activists and organizations to express their message. Collegiate television channel mtvU announced today at the 4th Annual Games For Change that it would help highlight the crisis in the Sudan by globally relaunching Darfur Is Dying, a title created by students at the University of Southern California. In the game, players assume the role of refugees and must negotiate with those threatening their survival. It is intended to provide people with real-world advice on how to help solve the crisis in the titular civil war-wracked region. mtvU will also help translate the game into Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish.

.hack trilogy closing out this fall
Even if .hack didn't rank among Namco Bandai's top-10 sellers of the 2006 fiscal year, it's been an interesting experiment in interlacing video games, anime, and manga. Namco Bandai today announced the third and final video game installment in its .hack series will be available for the PlayStation 2 this fall. Titled .hack//G.U. Vol.3: Redemption, players will once again jump in to Haseo's shoes and log in to .hack's unique brand of single-player massively multiplayer online simulation. Redemption will feature two new towns and dungeons, as well as new enemies, steam-bike parts, steam-bike missions, and cards for the Crimson VS card battle game.

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117 comments
juztrax
juztrax

#uck all you guys with bloody consoles, PC users Made Rockstar with GTA & GTA II. It gripes me big time that PC release is held up because of BOX JOCKEYS. Get into real gaming with a PC and see what your made of without the Joy vibrators!

ON64
ON64

does someone maybe know if they will take out of the cylinder a PC version of the game?

fsxfanatics
fsxfanatics

Please say that there is a PC version!!!

KIMBABYGENEN
KIMBABYGENEN

I CANT WAIT MAN FIRST THING IM GONNA DO WHEN I GET IT IS STEAL A FRESH CAR FROM THE PARKING LOT AND DO MY MISSION WITH IT

Lee_Stricklin
Lee_Stricklin

A piece of concept art on Junction Point's website looks kinda familiar to me. One of the pics sort of looks like the Hong Kong map from a little FPS/RPG game designed by Warren Spector and has some all-too-familiar looking silhouette of a guy wearing a trench coat jumping onto a balcony. Could this be the much wanted remake of one of the best games ever made? A guy from Eidos (the last company Warren worked for) did announce such a game about a month ago.

KrazyKhallos
KrazyKhallos

Cant wait for online play. No MMO mode kinda sucks but I hope there'll be similar online modes like the ones off GTA on the PSP...That would be awesome :)

DADA_007
DADA_007

Old Trailer i mean first trailer of gta iv was X360's Trailer will new Trailer on ps3?

Samiiii
Samiiii

I finish school on the 15th of June. So Ill have 13 days of waiting, hoping for a larger trailer this time.

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

@JingWarrior .... Well, MxAxSxH and ObiKKa have taken the words right outta my mouth, so I suggest (if you have the attention span long enough to still be here) you just read what they said. And then sit in a corner and feel ashamed of yourself.

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

"Spector himself. "When we DO announce what we're doing," he said, "half the world's going to think we're crazy and half the world's going to think it's the coolest thing since sliced bread--how great is that?!"" LOL. I love Spector - he is my favourite game designer!

MxAxSxH
MxAxSxH

@ JingWarrior Who cares? I do; as do the legions of players who have played spector's creations over the years. Do not be so quick to dismiss, it shows you in a poor light. The problem with gta is, the biggest change to the series has been the move to 3D, and in this day and age that doesn't really cut it anymore. True it has a solid if now slightly worn gameplay mechanic, but the series has only survived this long because of it's brilliant content, and the fact that they have very little competition. GTA4, will undoubtedly be a great game, but with some innovation on R*'s part it could be one of the best of all time.

wenbin09
wenbin09

Hope to see more in the new trailer

slipknotmaggot1
slipknotmaggot1

Finally, another trailer. better show some ingame play instead of just short clips..

digimrm2004
digimrm2004

sounds like a good deal, they finally get a second trailer.

digimrm2004
digimrm2004

sounds like a good deal, they finally get a second trailer.

JingWarrior
JingWarrior

Lowenergycycle, Who cares about warren spector's geekfest. If you cannot see how much GTA is the worlds best games, then you mustnt be playing them right! Gta offers the player an amazing virtual playground and gives them access to vehicles and equpiment that have almost endless possibiliys. What other game lets you fly a harrier jump jet over dessert, mountain and forest, parachute drop from the plane into your own private airstrip, catch a train for the city, change into your tuxedo your hotel suite, then gambe millions in a casino, finishing off the night going to a strip bar..... My point may have been lost in the analogy. The point is, that GTA creates a world full of potential. Maybe you as a player never live up to the potential...or experience the fullness of a GTA landscape. I admit, some of the missions could be better thought out and that some of the game mechanics are buggy ( like buying clothes taking hours) but none of the minor flaws can detract from the master piece of gaming that is the GTA Series

Bansheesdie
Bansheesdie

June 28, you just earned yourself a spot on the calendar.

salamancecool
salamancecool

God, everyone seem so hyped up about GTAIV. What possibally could they unveil that will make us go "HOLY S**T"

DADA_007
DADA_007

Big Trailer with many beautiful Screen shots please don't forget this means screen shoots ;)

DADA_007
DADA_007

haha nice gta iv will come on my birthday means 16 oct 2007 LOL rockstar is giving me a best gift i will not forget this gift always thx rockstar you are very kind hearted:p

taino1128
taino1128

yes, i've been anticipating another trailer

russianlegion3
russianlegion3

June 28th, hmmm hopefully it will show some gameplay. That would be cool

SaamZoo
SaamZoo

I thought they were gonna make another gangsta gta, but a russian refugee, it doesnt sound really killer like, but oh well it should be good and hopefully it isnt a teaser.

Kenshin836
Kenshin836

Good to know they're releasing the last .hack//GU...got a bit worried there for a sec.

Supperdude9
Supperdude9

Adam said: "Man, June 28th, get here already. Let's just skip my year end exams so I can watch that darned trailer for GTA 4!" - - - - - To hell with June 28th, I want October 16th to get here ASAP. Why settle for a trailer when the game is so far away?

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

"mtvU propagating genocide-awareness game" Amen to that!

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I hope its funny again. I like the jokes in Vice City, too bad there weren't as many in San Andreas though Samuel Jackson did a great job. I just wish they would make it a little bit more comedic, the tone, not the gameplay.

kalkhaja
kalkhaja

I bet that the first mission of GTA IV will be called 'Things will be different'

Mikefromhell
Mikefromhell

LOL the trailer comes on my birthday! Gta rules

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Man, June 28th, get here already. Let's just skip my year end exams so I can watch that darned trailer for GTA 4!

blacktorn
blacktorn

June 28th? Why not just show it at e3 the week after? Mmmm i guess they don't want too stir rivalry between the ps3 and 360 versions.

TTDog
TTDog

The sanitorium level of Thief 3 was awesome, actually quite disturbing the way you couldn't easily kill the inhabitants. The gaming industry needs more games from people like Spector or we'll just end up with the same old game in shniy new clothes every time a new console comes out, stuff like Heavenly Sword has been done 100's of times before just with different graphics.

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

Spector news has caught my attention, Warren Spector and his team has been making excellent games in the past, but to read about this news now, is good news too me.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

I've never really been one for the GTA series but this new one is making me turn my head into it's direction. On another note why the hell are there games still being released for the PS2 this fall?

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

@jmangafan You're right - all the convenient publicity surrounding Jack Thomson, for instance, has done nothing to damage the GTA brand at all. Quite the opposite. Thinking about it, I'm sure part of the reasons GTA is so popular is down to it being a bit naughty. It allows you to do bad things that you couldn't do in the real world. And those bad things are then talked about at great length in the everyday press. There are a couple of ironies in here somewhere. Jack Thomson is actually helping the game he loathes so much, just by (over)doing his job. And all the people who loathe JT have been indirectly subjected to further publicity for the GTA series which will have subconsciously aided them in their decision to buy the games. Either way, Rockstar and the GTA brand wins, and better games more deserving of the hype and publicity are largely ignored. I also thought Thief 3 was brilliant - probably the best in the series. There is more innovation in one single level of T3 than in most of GTA:SA. The closure of Ion Storm shortly afterwards simply goes to show how, commercially, that simply doesn't matter.

Jon_boy110
Jon_boy110

my college is full of liberal douches that walk around streets wearing t-shirts thinking they're helping the darfur situation. my college is full of liberal douches..period. they should make a dead-rising/gta knockoff where you can do a college mass murder(except without the reality factor) i mean its ok to kill anyone on a street in a game, but once its a scholar....uh oh, maybe there would be less school shootings if there was a pixelated blood simulation. buncha smug bastards

JumpOff718
JumpOff718

All i want to know is why does GAMESPOT.com post on the top right hand corner that this is a X360 game under "platform" yet on the PS3 one it says "ALSO ON 360". Can we say very BIASED WEBSITE in every little way. And last i checked before that, GTA was birthed on the PS1 and manifested on the PS2. How about GAMESPOT show SONY a little respect? Oh and this game should be cool.

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

@DoggySpew: "Better" certainly is in the eye of the beholder - and "better" for me means they can't just feed us a different story arc with the same underlying gameplay. That is the realm of expansion packs. Sequels are supposed to advance the series, and so far Rockstar's advancements have just been adding more content. Look how, for example, people soon became bored of the Doom series. It's unarguably one of the most important games in history, and in that regard can be compared with titles like GTA3 which shaped the industry following their release. But would you seriously want to play Doom 4? In fact, are you really very interested in any Sci-fi FPS these days? Probably not. There are FPS games around now that have advanced the formula making the original template look tired. If you stuck a different story on Doom it would still just be a run-and-gun brainless shooter that you've played a thousand times before. Sticking a different story on GTA4 doesn't make it any better than GTA3. Warren Spector genuinely cares about video-games. He really wants to make better experiences. He runs the risk of commercial failure in doing so because games like GTA dominate the market. But to me that doesn't make any sense: nothing much has changed in the GTA series in all the time it has been around. Extra bells and whistles aside – it is the same game. It's even still in a fictional American city - Rockstar wouldn't dare even risk a different setting. I just don-t understand why GTA is worshipped as the Holy Grail of gaming. There are better ones out there, and better still to come.

dany_gamer_kid
dany_gamer_kid

oh yeah,i must see it. if isn't worst, i'll keep tracking gta iv. i must get this one

Unassigned
Unassigned

Maybe we'll finally be able to nuke Darfur in one of these games. One thing we don't need is a bunch of liberals trying to push their agenda's on us thru video games.

aquamah
aquamah

i hate ahmady najad in GTA