U-S-A-! GTA 5 Gets Special 4th of July Update

Independence Day Special now available for GTA Online, adds new USA-themed vehicles, guns, clothing, and hairstyles.

Ahead of the 4th of July holiday on Friday, Rockstar Games today released a USA-themed update for Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer mode for Grand Theft Auto V.

The Independence Day Special update, available now on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, includes an "overabundance of patriotic flare." There's a new "Made in the U.S.A." t-shirt, as well as a mullet hairstyle and even masks featuring some of this "great nation's most fearsome and majestic creatures."

You'll also find new "star-spangled" vehicles include the Sovereign motorcycle and the massive Liberator monster truck. New guns available from Ammu-Nation include the Musket and the Firework Rocket Launcher. In addition, there's seven new properties available for purchase and fireworks to set off. You can also visit Pleasure Pier to ride the Ferris Whale and the Leviathan Roller Coaster.

Sounds like a pretty great holiday to me.

The content included with the Independence Day Special update will be available to redeem for a limited time only; Rockstar says this content will expire sometime in mid-July. Rockstar will also hold a special four-day Independence Day Weekend Event in GTA Online. Details about this will be announced tomorrow.

The GTA Online 4th of July update also includes various game tuning updates and various other adjustments, including the arrival of the On Call Matchmaking feature. This allows you to accept a Job invite while continuing to play in Freemode. This should reduce the time you spend doing nothing as you wait for the Job to start. You can see a full list of fixes and updates included with today's patch at the Rockstar Support page.

In other USA news, the United States men's national soccer team takes on Belgium in the knock-out stage of the 2014 World Cup today at 4 p.m. EDT.

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Divedude
Divedude

Yea bring for PC and stop with all the GTA Online.

nicholas_vas_22
nicholas_vas_22

Gta5 online is not worth it ! Dlc with San Fer. Or casinos would have been a much better way 2go . I would pay

50dollars no prob .

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

Does this patch include an option to turn off the screen flash and X that appears over every person you kill? I would rebuy this game if I could play it without kill indicators.

driftingsilvia
driftingsilvia

The new houses made me so mad. I would have thought they'd making the inside of the homes look more like Franklin's house on the Story mode, but nope....looks EXACTLY like the 6 or 2 car garage apartments. It's pathetic with all this rehashing and not letting to customize your apartment or house.

jhpiv4
jhpiv4

I'll be stoked to sink my teeth into this when it comes to PC. :D

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

Yay another stupid DLC instead of heists. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

I tried GTA online before, and it sucked pretty hard.


Rockstar, make single player content or an expansion like you did with GTA IV.  GTA Online sucks.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

Raaaa-MERICA!!!!

like if you know the reference

jonathan112382
jonathan112382

Damn ppl just have to bitch about something Rockstar has been giving out free dlc left and right and ppl still bitch . And for all you pc ppl it's coming out on there soon so stfu and wait . And watch most for u pc ppl bootleg it . Also yes I will be buying GTA5 for my ps4 why cause I am a true fan of Rockstar and I love the GTA series 

Raditz5
Raditz5

So glad to see how PC has been left to rot, I honestly hope Rockstar gets theirs but there are too many fan boys, sorry not buying an xbox 360 to play your games Rockstar. Hope the pay off was big enough to equal out shunning all other platforms that most companies include in all releases. 

blackciti
blackciti

I am still waiting for a dlc for single player.....

ggregd
ggregd

Awesome.  Are they going to do a UK DLC where you can wear a bowler, carry an umbrella and have a red nose and terrible teeth?

dark_rising76
dark_rising76

I know how Rockstar could have made this the best 4th of July ever...come out with that f****** single-player dlc and heists that they've promised us for months now. That's what we really want. 


catsimboy
catsimboy

How about adding a mode where you don't have to worry about losing cash and can just screw around? Oh but that wouldn't be conducive to your rip-off cash cards now would it?

GIF
GIF

Yay! Ill sign in to get this free content. I am really looking forward to Cooperative Heists but if they are competitive like I have read about in rumors then I am selling or giving this game away once I finish single player. Its not fun being killed by stupid children 5 minutes inside the game world. It gets old. 

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

Cool update. I'm upset at Rockstar with the lack of "keeping promises", but I actually like this one.


I'm not a soccer fan in any way, but I will definitely be rooting for Team USA.


USA! USA!   USA!   USA!   USA!   USA!   USA!   USA!   USA!   USA!   USA!   USA!   USA!   

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

My PS4 isn't gonna get used for awhile now...

mazinkaiser24
mazinkaiser24

Monster truck looks awesome, though I wish RockStar would just focus on Heists instead of these add-ons.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I can't tell if this is a love letter to Independence Day or if Rockstar is condescending their player base?

alchemy60
alchemy60

@xXxIRyanxXx Rockstar said the heists is taking longer to get complete than anticipated. It won't be until september or october before heists are available. 

ateballgaming
ateballgaming

@Raditz5 you do know that  pc, xbox one, and ps4 versions are coming out this fall, they announced it at e3

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

@Raditz5  but on the PC you will have more grass man, the game will have more trees and new animals, ohhh yeah.

barto300
barto300

@Raditz5 how exactly has the PC been left to rot? the next-gen consoles and pc get the updated gta version with all it's free dlc's

lpool8
lpool8

@ggregd and have the uk win all americas wars for it

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

@dark_rising76 Maybe they are still working on it, genius? Or do you think they intentionally hold it back just to annoy you?

toast_burner
toast_burner

@Sevenizz Considering that GTA is a satire made by a Scottish company. It should be clear which one it is. 

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

@Sevenizz You are epitomy of a retarded tr0ll

alchemy60
alchemy60

@ateballgaming @Raditz5 yea but it's not like it'll be super crazy. It's still a game running on old engine build for PS3/X360. Sure they'll touch up some of the areas but it's not going to look like GTAVI

Raditz5
Raditz5

@barto300  PC will get the leftovers after the game is old and done and they want to get a last hit of income after they have exhausted all the DLC. After the game is totally dead an irrelevant they will polish some pixels and try to sell it to us like its the new hotness when it is already old news. Reddead never made it to PC either. Why would you make a game this big exclusive on old hardware. Who the heck is pulling the strings here. Why would you not sell your product to everyone when your product is so well known. I so do not get it.

Jebril
Jebril

@Raditz5 @barto300 I think you have issues. It's not a big deal the game comes to PC and most PC gamers don't really mind.