Since our reporting of Kikizo's massive preview, a number of other websites have published their previews. There's not really any new information contained in any of them, but if you've been living under a rock for the last week or so then you may wish to check them out (links at the end of this post). As well as this there's been a few other announcements and articles of interest cropping up.
A GTA IV article which may interest you is one published by Computer and Video Games. They managed to note down some of the radio ads they heard during Rockstar's latest demo showing of GTA IV. They include El Comercio Roboto, twin transsexuals, real estate dream, loser journalist and El Dentes. You can read some of Rockstar's habitually humourous adverts at C&VG.com.
Secondly, Jeff Williams, a former web producer for Rockstar Games has written a very interesting blog post which he titles Life During Wartime - Working at Rockstar Games. It is a very interesting read, and gives you a good insight about what it is (or was) like to work at Rockstar. It's quite long though, so you better have a bit of spare time. Now if you read about this from some gaming sites, you may also want to read his follow-up post, in which, he clarifies a few things which had been inaccurately reported by some websites.
Finally, if you haven't read through Kikizo's extensive preview or any of the other big sites we linked to after that, here are a few other previews which we haven't mentioned. No new information of course, as they all received the same demo.
Also in related news, Rockstar have announced a new franchise available exclusively for the PlayStation 3. We have no idea what it is yet, but it is not L.A. Noire. One would imagine this is likely to be what Sony are getting instead of exclusive content for GTA IV. You can read this announcement over at PlayStation.Blog, and discuss it in this thread in our forums.
Here are the unwatermarked screenshots and artwork from the previews of GTA IV today. Some are brand new, some are higher res versions of old screens, and there is fuller artwork of Elizabeta.
If you haven't read any of the previews that have gone online today then you really are missing an awful lot of information. That link leads of our news post of Kikizo's 10 page preview, a site that in our opinion is putting a great deal more effort into their previews than any other sites, filling us in with information that everyone else is missing. However, below are some links to some of the other big gaming sites on the web who have also published previews.
Just as promised earlier, Kikizo has released a staggering 10-page preview of Grand Theft Auto 4. This preview has an incredible amount of information. Kikizo notes this as well, claiming every other gaming magazine and website "missed important information."
Whereas past GTA games have been about accepting missions, now that line is blurry and you actively take more of a part in telling the story yourself.
From the people who brought you the Domestobot, we proudly present El Comercio Roboto! It's the robotic future... from south of the border! 'Politicians may demand illegal aliens leave the country, but I want a Mexican gardener I can ogle!' El Comercio Roboto! You little devil. He can mow the lawn, if you know what I mean! Comes with six different attachments!
Are you ready to live the real estate dream? Whether you're new on the market or an old hack, we'll take your dream to the limits of prestige, in a spacious loft or an outstanding penthouse! It's a 500-square ft glass coated box in the sky, with windows that won't open and a doorman that masturbates in your bed while you're at work! Only three million dollars, only three blocks from the ghetto!
You can begin living a life of luxury. Why worry about health, your weight, or what people think of you? Now, you're faster! Motorized scooters are the future of the American lifestyle - carefree! Take the wait off!
Thanks, rockstarrem for much of the information
As we have reported earlier, many new previews will be on their way soon enough. A partially unexpected one has recently arrived from Playstation Magazine USA. The preview doesn't include many new details, but it has a few interesting tidbits worth knowing about.
More previews will be on the way soon enough, remember to stay tuned to TheGTAPlace for all of the latest updates.
Credit goes to GTA4.net for this update.
Just a heads up to everyone simply to say that a number of gaming sites are expecting GTA IV previews to go up tomorrow, so keep checking back here for more updates on them as they happen.
We hear they'll be based on the same demo recently reported on by magazines including GamesTM and Games Aktuell, but there should be some new info from them as well. We should also see higher res digital screenshots of the images seen in recent magazines, and hopefully some new ones too.
Kikizo is just one website publishing a preview tomorrow, they note a time of 1PM EST for it going live (that's 6PM GMT), so expect to see something from them around that time, and I'd guess other gaming sites too. We'll of course be reporting on all of them right here.
German magazine Games Aktuell (on sale from today) has a new preview on GTA IV, which also includes 20 new screenshots. There were a few tidbits of information flying around the other day, supposedly from this magazine - there were some very sketchy details in it, specifically regarding K9 Units - it turns out these were fabricated by another GameFAQs user. This info below however, is real information from the magazine, translated into English.
Thanks to GTAEngine.de for the scans (now removed) and GTA-Xtreme.de for the info.
The September(?) issue of US Official Xbox Magazine has brought with it a few more details about GTA IV:
The "Balkan Peace Force" fact is more evidence that Niko is not Russian. There are still some websites saying he is - an Xbox.com editor recently made the mistake of saying Niko is a Russian immigrant. Now if you remember back to the last time OXM had a preview, you might recall the following quote from Dan Houser:
OXM: You've talked about picking culturally different neighbourhoods. Can you reveal any of the gang cultures apart from the Russians?
Dan Houser: I can't reveal gangs too much yet, but one of the things that appealed to us about a) this character (who isn't actually Russian, he's Eastern European, although there will be plenty of Russian gangsters in there) and b ) the story and the world [...]
Thanks to jester210 for the scans.
1UP.com recently put an article up concerning exclusive content on the PlayStation 3. Sony's head of development, Phil Harrison, got asked if they had a plan to rival with the Xbox 360's exclusive content for Grand Theft Auto: IV. Here is what Phil Harrison said:
"As the head of the [internal Sony] studios, it's hard for me to comment on the third-party relations, so I don't know the details of that -- we deliberately keep those separate -- but we have a great relationship with Rockstar and we're actually working closely with them on a number of initiatives, so I do know some things that are going on, but I'm not able to share those with you now."
This does not mean that Grand Theft Auto: IV on the PlayStation 3 will have downloadable content like the Xbox 360, but it's looking more likely that you PS3 owners will get something special. What that is we don't know yet, but stay tuned to TheGTAPlace for all of the latest updates on this matter.
Thanks Charger and Adriaan
Link: 1UP.com Article
We've just got word from Rockstar about the first teaser site they've launched, WKTTRadio.com. You can phone in have your opinion on Liberty City heard on the radio!
It sounds pretty cool, so head on over to WKTT Radio if you fancy your chances of being a voice artist in GTA IV!
A few new details on GTA IV can be seen in the newest edition of PLAY magazine, a lot of the preview though is sadly just like Monday's GamesTM preview. The magazine is a UK-only magazine, and should be on store shelves right now, or very soon! Below are some of the highlights from said preview:
Keep checking TheGTAPlace for many more updates on magazine articles like the one above!
Thanks S-4 Gore, for the scans and info!
Today was Microsoft's E3 Press Conference. Peter Moore barely touched on GTA IV, but he did in fact mention it. What he did mention was that the Xbox 360 would be receiving "two exclusive episodic content packs", and that they would both be arriving on, and only on the Xbox 360 before the end of Spring 2008. Peter Moore also mentioned that you would only get "the full experience" of the game on the Xbox 360. (Due to it being the only one receiving said exclusive content.) The second Grand Theft Auto IV trailer was also played with no changes at the conference, and he said that both GTA IV trailers were running in real time, on an Xbox 360.
Also, during the press conference, Moore went on about how the top five best selling game on the Xbox were GTA III, GTA: VC, GTA: SA, Halo, and Halo 2. He had also said that the only system you'll be able to play "Halo 3, GTA IV, and Madden '08 all on" will be the Xbox 360.
So, the only GTA IV news at this conference was the fact that both episodic content packs would be arriving before the end of Spring '08 (previously, we only knew they would be arriving before "the end of 2008".) If any more Grand Theft Auto-related news hits this E3, you know it'll be posted here on TheGTAPlace, so stay tuned!
Thanks "Busby" for reminding me about the trailers running on an Xbox 360!
UK magazine Games™ has the world's first hands on preview of GTA IV's new gameplay. There are many new screenshots in the article, as well as a fair amount of new information.
This is certainly exciting, as never before have players been able to "surf the web" in a GTA game. The police also seem to be much more vigilant and realistic in the game, as in the missions Games™ played, killing a single person warranted a 3-star wanted level on both occasions.
Thanks, killyourtv for the scans.
In a surprise to nobody, Sony today announced that it would be making available a new 80GB version of the Playstation 3 console, and lowering the price of the 60GB version by 0. Sony states that it will sell the 80GB (which includes the racing game Motor Storm) version of the console for 9 and set the price of the 60GB version at 9. This, of course, only affects North America. In Europe, the price remains more than double than in America.
Beginning in August, the new PS3 model will be available in North America for a suggested retail price of 9/9 CND and will be sold with the popular online-enabled racing game MotorStorm. In conjunction with this news, the company also announced that effective immediately, the current 60GB PS3 model will be available in North America for 9/9 CND, or 0 below the original launch price.
This could possibly influence not only buyers of GTA4, but also Rockstar's decision to keep their downloadable content exclusive to Microsoft's Xbox 360. This news comes after Microsoft's decision to extend the warranty on all Xbox 360 consoles because of prevalent hardware failures. Will this affect GTA4's console userbase? Will more people buy the PS3? Stay tuned.
Trailers made by fans of the Grand Theft Auto series have increased in popularity a lot since the first GTA IV trailer came out some months ago. Some aren't very good, others are. Either way, we rarely post about any, but in this absense of any real GTA IV news, we thought we might as well.
Today I was emailed a link by by Gametrailers user Brotha, who has taken time to recreate the entire second trailer, Looking for the special someone, using San Andreas. In my opinion his effort put into making this has turned out pretty well, so check it out over at Gametrailers or below this post. Brotha also recently recorded his own analysis of the second trailer, which you probably know all about by now, but if you don't, be sure to also watch that.
Remember the massive GTA IV advertisement in New York? Well it recently underwent a face-lift! The advertisement used to read "IV", and then "Coming Soon" underneath the giant logo, it was changed to the newest GTA IV logo, which reads "Grand Theft Auto IV" and they've taken out the "Coming Soon" from the ad. (Rockstar Games logo is still there, as is the ESRB "RP" rating, as is "RockstarGames.com".) They've changed it to the logo used on the official GTA IV site, which can be found here. Below are pictures of the building undergoing the changes:
Bigger versions of those images of the building can be found at "nicknormal"'s Flickr. If you want to see the building for yourself, it's located at "the corner of Greene Street and Canal in New York City". This seems to me, to be the final logo for the game. It's on the official website, they're using it on advertisements, it was in a few magazines, I'd expect to see this logo on the final box art for the game as well.
Thanks Gerard, Adriaan and nicknormal.
The first confirmed voice actor to be playing a part in GTA IV became known yesterday. Ruslana, winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest is apparently flying out to New York to record her voice for Grand Theft Auto IV. The character she is voice acting for is being kept a secret for now, and unlike other game publishers, Rockstar like to keep quiet about actors and actresses working on their games, so don't expect any answers soon.
In addition to voicing, the Ukrainian star is also going to have some of her songs used in the soundtrack for the game, both from her previous albums and current album. We'd take a wild guess here and say these will form part of the "Eastern European dance music" radio station which one of the Xbox magazines spoke about a couple of months ago.
You can find out more about Ruslana on her official website.
Source: ESC Today (UPDATE: The article appears to have now been pulled from the website, presumably Rockstar requested it to be taken down)
Today we have some updated artwork for you, courtesy of Microsoft after they recently updated the GTA IV page on Xbox.com to reflect the theme available on the Marketplace. First of all we have digital copies of the blade backgrounds, which I had taken photos of the other day. Unfortunately the images are quite small, but they're better than nothing at all.
In addition to this we have two of the artworks above on what appear to be actual screenshots of the game, the latter of which is currently being used as the banner on Xbox.com's GTA IV page:
Our artwork page has also been updated with these images.