Receiving mostly 5 star ratings from customers who have purchased the game already, it's safe to say gamers are happy with the release, as they were with GTA3. Next week will see the completion of the trilogy's arrival on the Mac App Store, with the release of San Andreas. We'll let you know when it hits.
Good news for Mac owners among us, Rockstar Games are releasing the whole Grand Theft Auto Trilogy for Mac via the Mac App Store. Starting today with Grand Theft Auto III, you'll also see Vice City and San Andreas released on 25th August and 1st September respectively.
Grand Theft Auto III for Mac is currently priced at £10.49 (.99 / 11,99 €). No word on pricing for Vice City or San Andreas yet, but we presume they'll be the same - you may remember in November last year Rockstar released Mac versions via GameTreeMac for the same price. Judging by the reaction on Facebook, people aren't particularly happy about this price point, though - it is in fact twice the price of its Windows counterpart on Steam - an even more vocal group of fans are calling for the trilogy's release on PS3, remastered in HD.
With all that said, GTA III is already gathering ratings and reviews on the Mac App Store, so people are indeed buying it. Have you? Let us know in the comments how it's running on your Mac, or if you have anything else to say.
If you've ever wanted to play San Andreas in GTA IV's RAGE engine, your wish has now come true. Sort of.
A talented team of modders have been working hard to bring the entire San Andreas map into GTA IV, and today, they've released the first beta version of their mod. The mod itself is pretty self-explanatory, it ports the entire world of San Andreas into GTA IV. In addition to the video above, you can also check out some screenshots on their website.
To start playing, you'll of course need to own GTA IV. Next, you'll need to download the rather hefty 1.11GB torrent. Full installation instructions can be found here. But remember this is a beta, there are bugs, not everything will be perfect yet.
Take-Two Interactive last night revealed their financial results for fiscal year 2012. Unfortunately there was no mention of Grand Theft Auto V anywhere, however, part of the report makes mention of the company's outlook in fiscal year 2013 (April 2012 - March 2013), it reads:
"... we have a very strong pipeline of yet-to-be announced titles in development. As a result, we continue to expect to achieve substantial revenue and earnings growth, including Non-GAAP net income in excess of .00 per share." (emphasis mine).
Why is this interesting? It seems unlikely T2 would be able to achieve such a figure without the release of a new Grand Theft Auto title. The release of Red Dead Redemption saw income rise to just over per share, the last time it rose above was during Grand Theft Auto IV's release. In the Q&A session following the release of this report, James Hardiman of Longbow Research asked Zelnick if the company could achieve this figure without a new GTA title. Strauss Zelnick, CEO of T2, answered the question making reference only to already announced titles such that are building on other franchises, namely BioShock and Borderlands, and completely avoided mentioning GTA.
So, while this is obviously no confirmation, it does give us somewhat of a pointer towards GTA V's release date (between April 2012 and March 2013). My personal guess? I think we could see R* moving back to the traditional October release, so October 2012. When do you think GTA V will be released? Let us know in the comments.
On a related note, the following video, courtesy of my friend Adriaan, is a humourous dramatisation of the question and it's answer. Enjoy.