GTA V has served as the “newest” Grand Theft Auto for a full decade now. Putting that in perspective, when it came out Obama was not only still president, he had a good three years left to serve. On the day of its release, it was possible to rent it from Blockbuster in some locations. What happened and how did we get here?
While Rockstar have done an excellent job of keeping Grand Theft Auto V fresh and updated with a variety of new content since it was released, it has failed to deliver on a request from many fans who want story-based DLC. The studio even teased news about story mode content in April, leading many fans to believe that new missions were on the way. However, that DLC never arrived and it now appears that the game might never see any additional content focused on the story.
There’s been issues with GTA V on PC since the update 1.28 launched. Mainly, there’s been many framerate issues and problems supporting mods. Well, on their support page, Rockstar noted that the framerate issues have been fixed. Unfortunately, people running mods may still have problems.
Milestones in sales don’t just refer to certain numbers it reaches, but also the areas in which it reaches them in. The three main regions that people look at sales in are the US, Japan, and the UK, and being able to determine how well a game or console is doing or has done there can be very important in determining how a future game or console will do there.
Yesterday, Rockstar released GTA V PC patch 350.1. With it came a bunch of bug fixes, but it came with an unexpected side effect. One in particular caught many gamers off guard once it was installed. The patch apparently prevents certain mods from working.
GTA V is proving to be incredibly popular on PC as it has broken the concurrent player record for a non-Valve game, with more than 300,000 users playing the game at the same time. According to Gamesindustry.biz, this new benchmark has taken the record away from the immensely popular Skyrim, which has held the record for several years with just over 280,000 concurrent players.
Although April is traditionally a fairly sparse month for gamers, with very few high profile releases before the fall and winter months, this year has seen an even more thin group of titles releasing. Many of the games that will hit store shelves during the upcoming weeks will be lower budget releases, often not even for home consoles but rather portable consoles such as the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. There are still a few larger games to get excited about though, as well as a collection of high quality titles made available to download for free across various platforms.
With the holiday period coming to a close it is time to look at the games that are due for release in January. Traditionally, as we leave the busy release schedules of November and December in the run up to Christmas, the lineups for January and February tend to be a little bit bare. However, there are still some crackers to look forward to over the next 31 days so let’s jump straight into the bigger releases for the month ahead.
As of this week, the Australian versions of Target and K-Mart have pulled all copies of Grand Theft Auto V from their store shelves. Why would such a thing happen? Well, the image above might give you an idea. On the left is Barbie, in the middle is a pig plush and on the right is GTA V.
Rockstar has released more details about their upcoming multiplayer component for GTA V, GTA Online.(more…)
Players with early access to the upcoming GTA Online has revealed to Eurogamer about the game’s microtransactions.