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.

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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.

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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.
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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Thank god i bought an xbox 360 as well!

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

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

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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.

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cannot go wrong with GTA.

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Nice extra dlc to keep this awesome game alive.

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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?

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I hope this comes out for ps3

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

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VERY WELL SAID EAZY 1891

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

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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...

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

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"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.

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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!

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GTA series is superb

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I might get this game I love GTA 4.

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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)

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"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.......

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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!

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

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intresting name, buy for sure!

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

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

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May just borrow the disc version.

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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.

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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.

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kinda expensive -_-

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

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Sounds good, but I'll probably pass.

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interesting choice for name....

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$20 sounds a bit expansive... :?

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

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This has to be off the chain

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

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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

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will rock this world

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"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.

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

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I'll be buying this when it comes out.

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pakhair: Indeed

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It should be ground breaking

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

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

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

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

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looks good. I think it will be tremendous.