Niko Bellic returns in GTAV for Collector's Edition owners

Players who own $150 bundle will receive GTAIV protagonist as "parent option" for GTA Online character customization, as well as Claude and Misty from GTA III.

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Rockstar Games today announced details regarding the various digital bonuses players will have access to if they pick up the $80 Grand Theft Auto V special edition or $150 collector's edition.

Both versions will give players access to additional weapons, including the .50 Caliber Pistol and the Bullup Shotgun, as well as the Hammer, described as a "brutal melee weapon."

The GTAV special edition and collector's edition will also feature bonus outfits and tattoos, and will receive a 20 percent discount at any related shop in Los Santos and Blaine County.

Those who own the Collector's Edition of GTAV will receive various custom characters for Grand Theft Auto Online, including Grand Theft Auto IV protagonist Niko Bellic and Claude and Misty from Grand Theft Auto III. These players can be used as "parent options" in the online mode's character creation system.

For GTA Online, Rockstar Games has tweaked the traditional character creation system, opting for a hereditary-based creation system instead. Players will choose their character's appearance by selecting their parent's heritage, then use a gene dominance meter to "dial-in which parent your appearance favors more."

Gamers who own one of the GTAV premium bundles will also have access to special ability boosts for Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. Michael's special ability allows him to slow down time during gunfights, while Franklin's lets him slow down time during driving sequences. Trevor's special ability sends him into a rage, causing double damage while taking only half when hit.

With the boosts applied, the Special Ability bar will generate 25 percent faster.

Lastly, both premium GTAV bundles also unlock stunt plane trials in Los Santos and Blaine County, while the collector's edition will feature an exclusive garage to store custom vehicles. It will come pre-stocked with the CarbonRS sports bike and the Hotknife hotrod. In GTA Online, these players will have access to the Khamelion electric car.

GTAV launches September 17 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Sony this weekend apologized to Rockstar Games over the recent PlayStation 3 pre-load leak, which exposed various details about the game.

Check out GameSpot's preview of the multiplayer component and interview with Rockstar North head Leslie Benzies for more.

Discussion

199 comments
smithster77
smithster77

Please don't remind people of GTA IV, it was a bore.

This game looks to be back to the old PS2 games of fun, criminal behaviour and random encounters. Forget number 4 and look to the future.

EpicMars
EpicMars

If i play as Niko, will Roman be still calling me and asking me out for bowling?

If so, i don't wanna play with Niko.

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

gta 4 wasnt exactly the best game in the gta franchise but i dont why nico gettting so much hate .... i really liked him .. got me gta failed as a sandbox game and not because of the characters 

ddoggbritt16
ddoggbritt16

will nikos special ability be a special phone or call your friends to go bowling lol

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

WOW, when did Niko Bellic become such a memorable character?!?

Hurvl
Hurvl

When it's eventually announced for the PC, all this extra content won't matter much, because modders will create much more and perhaps even better stuff. 

150 dollars? Is that why GTA has a focus on stealing :P?

netter99
netter99

why do we have to pay extra! $60 is already way too much as it is.


plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

They should allow you to design your own characters by uploading a picture, even of your own face. 

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Wow I didn't know the guy in gta3 even had a name

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Screw that off...  What about CJ?!  If anyone deserves to be in Los Santos it should be him.  Grove Street for life!

Still pretty cool though.  I don't usually endorse such 'bonuses' due to fairness but at least it's relevant to the history of GTA.  Pretty neat.

ssdd_again
ssdd_again

So you can't actually play as Niko or Claude, you can just use them as a template for your character?.

And/Or your character inherits parts of the one you choose and then you fine tune the character the way you want on a slider?

Only ask because Shaun Mcinnis said it was more detailed than that.

Evdne971
Evdne971

You won't even notice the character your playing from all the blowing up and driving you'll be doing. Not to mention a lot of people will look the same as you.

VELZER
VELZER

I didn´t know about the ability of each character it look interesting because this could be a factor to decide when and who to swap in a mission, and claude is back, at least in multiplayer, my favorite GTA character even he doesn´t speak he was the first badass and for me the cold one of any GTA character i mean that guy kill even his friends

RageSet
RageSet

Now I normally defend Rockstar and their games. I love 95% of the games they have released thus far but I am hoping GTA 5 isn't the start of a money grab. When companies start excluding ingame items like weapons to include in "special editions" or for DLC, I start to question those companies. I have GTA 5 preordered but I hope the standard edition of the game feels complete.

Again, unlike most game developers, I've always felt that a Rockstar game was worth more than $60 and I hope that trend continues.

HiroArka
HiroArka

I want to play as Claud, but will just wait for him to be some DLC. Not going to buy collectors edition just for that. O_O VERY VERY TEMPTING though!

excludedkratos
excludedkratos

a reluctant pre-order, i wanted the special edition, but i mess around & they were sold out. i hope its worth that much money.

aci808
aci808

I hope they make Tommy Vercetti an unlockable character somehow.

Toadamus
Toadamus

I want tommy vercetti,CJ ,niko and the guy from gta 3 as dlc characters.Called it a legacy pack i'll gladly buy it .And yea i would love to see clukin bell once more xD

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

...Wait...

So you can't mold your character's face?

How the hell am I supposed to create myself now?!

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Who is going to get the special edition?  :)


Who?

Who?

:)

:)

:)


Well not me.  Screw those gimmicks.  

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

This will probably get a DLC release later, it's too expensive now.

bumpies
bumpies

I originally pre ordered the collectors edition but then saw that their abilities recharge 25% faster. I immediately changed my pre order to the standard edition I don't want it to be easier to play because I payed more.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

I'm thinking about going for the Special Edition, but I'm pretty sure the seemingly inevitable Complete/GOTY Edition will have all of this and more... But that's a long time to wait. For only $20 extra, it might be worth it to buy it now.

VoidSECT
VoidSECT

I guess Rockstar felt bad about how Niko reacted to GTAV.

h ttp://youtu.be/1gyS0hQMLPs

Hurvl
Hurvl

@VELZER Your favorite GTA character is someone who's cold and kills his friends and never speaks? Uhh, okay... I'm totally not gonna make any judgement of your personality based on that, not at all :P.

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

I agree 100% but no game I have ever played in 20 years has been worth 60 bucks

Dasim64
Dasim64

@WolfBladeKK I liked Niko. I liked how he was all laid back and cracking jokes until the shit hit the fan and then he would become a homicidal maniac and start screaming obscenities at everyone. He made me laugh a lot. 

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

@VenkmanPHD I'm sure some kind of online guide will pop up. Plus, I'm sure if it's not in already, DLC will add plastic surgery. 

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

@fredyellowone i preordered the special edition .... dont normally do that only for gta , witcher and used to for bioware (not anymore though ) 

excludedkratos
excludedkratos

@Kristan1711 it'll be the first time for me. i hope its worth it.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Kristan1711 I was going to, but there is so much else coming out this season I had to downgrade to the 80 dollar one.

Black_Man85
Black_Man85

@bumpies Your statement is making me think twice about my collector's ed preorder now.

roman4545
roman4545

@thereal-15-cent I feel you man... but give it at least 2 years to get Complete \ GOTY edition is pretty long... unlike Skyrim

excludedkratos
excludedkratos

@MonoSilver for a price of 150$ every protagonist from the gta series should be available.

VELZER
VELZER

@Hurvl @VELZER hahaha uppss i guess that doesn´t sound good, what i was try to say is that he is my favorite character because, on the context of a criminal game, he is the closest to the "real" criminal stereotype more like a psychopath that´s why is my favorite GTA character because the context of the ame that´s all, i don´t worry it has nothing to do with my personality trust me hahaha man my old commentary sounds so wrong right now hahaha 

bumpies
bumpies

@Buck_Swaggler @bumpies Yeah, each character has unique special abilities. Micheal=Marksman, Trevor=Rage and Franklin=Driving skill. Once you use them they will recharge but with the collectors edition they will recharge 25% faster so may make it a bit easier.