Good news everyone! Next week will see the release of yet another FREE DLC for GTA Online, this one being all about lowriders, car customisation, and new vehicles and weapons.
Compared to some previous DLC for the game, this one is packing a lot more content that has been widely requested by players, but it will be the first DLC unavailable to those still playing on PS3 or Xbox 360 consoles. Rockstar previously warned about this on the Newswire, explaining that "future content updates such as this are only possible on the newer and more powerful systems. As there isn’t enough memory available to add to the game on the older systems, we cannot make any more meaningful content updates without putting the entire game at risk."
Read on below for full details of what's coming in this feature-filled DLC.
With next week’s release of GTA Online: Lowriders for PS4, Xbox One and PC – lovers of cars and customization all across Los Santos and Blaine County will have a suite of brand new options and a new place to go get them. Introducing Benny’s Original Motor Works, a new customs shop in downtown Strawberry that offers a huge range of lowrider customizations that can turn your classic junker into a high-spec, tricked-out king of the streets.
Visit Benny’s website via the shortcut on your in-game phone to choose from a half-dozen select customizable vehicles – then bring them down to the man himself for an upgrade that unlocks new custom lowrider mods. Deck out your engine block with covers and air filters, coat your interiors with velour, leather and patterns, choose custom colors and designs for your dials, or add a new steering wheel and custom shift levers. Give your ride lift with hydraulics - the more powerful the pumps, the higher you can bounce. And boost your stereo’s performance with new speakers and subs in the back.
Then, meet up with friends and fellow car enthusiasts to show off your new rides – use the Player Interaction Menu while inside or outside the car to open up the vehicle doors, hood and trunk, switch on the engine to flash your neons and bump your favorite radio station for all to admire. Crew car shows are about to go next level.
And keep an eye out for calls and texts from Lamar – he’s making moves of his own through a series of new missions and he’s going to need your help. You’ll want to hit up your trusted allies, wheelmen, and sharpshooters for backup too, as things are going to get hectic.
Get stocked with the fully automatic Machine Pistol or Machete from Ammu-Nation. The upwardly mobile can also expand their garage space and fleet of vehicles with the addition of the oft-requested fourth purchasable property. There’s also tons of new clothing, hair and accessory options as well as 3 new Adversary Modes and more.
GTA Online: Lowriders arrives for PS4, Xbox One and PC as an automatic update on Tuesday, October 20th. See more screens from next week’s update below.
Benny’s garage in the Strawberry neighborhood of South Los Santos is the place to go for Lowrider customization.
Taking on enemies in the stylish Albany Primo Custom.
Give your Lowrider hydraulics and make it bounce all across Los Santos.
Trick out everything from paint jobs to stereos and plaques.
Source: Rockstar Newswire
Part Two of Rockstar's Ill-Gotten Gains update for GTA Online will be arriving next week on the 8th July for all platforms. In addition, the previously PC-exclusive radio station 'The Lab' will become available on all four consoles. You can check out the Newswire article for screens and details of some of the new things that are coming, including the return of a personal favourite of mine, the Firework Rocket Launcher.
To summarise, new content will include 4 new cars, a new motorbike and a new boat, plus 2 new weapons and bunch of new clothes and accessories.
The first content update for GTA Online post-PC release is due out next week, on the theme of ill-gotten gains. The update will bring new vehicles, weapons, clothes and vehicle wraps - so you can show everyone your incredible taste - or lack thereof.
Due to a surge in high-end crime across southern San Andreas, demand for luxury goods and services is at an all-time high. Upscale merchants of all kinds are scrambling to fill their inventories to serve the newly wealthy. The first of two major deliveries this summer will be hitting the showrooms of luxury car dealerships, the shelves of top arms suppliers and other prestigious retailers in June. Here are a few new screenshots featuring some of the new rides and accessories coming to GTA Online next week – and be on the lookout for another big shipment coming this summer.
Highlights of part 1 of the summer updates include:
You can see some new HD screenshots of some of these new things over on the Newswire.
Rockstar have just posted up a new Asked & Answered article in which they answer some pressing fan questions to do with some very hot topics right now. There's also one new screenshot that's been released teasing a forthcoming GTA Online update. Below that is a short summary of each of the big questions and Rockstar's answer to each. One thing of note is the absence of anything about the single player DLC that was announced last year, this is likely to have been pushed back a bit because of the recent PC release.
GTA Online Updates
Rockstar say Heists are not the kind of things they can just go ahead and keep adding to the game, they're a "huge undertaking". However, there are some new updates coming to Online which will include some "very cool new toys" to spend your cash on - see the new screenshot above for a glimpse of what's to come.
On a related note, it was also asked if the last gen consoles (PS3 / 360) would be seeing future updates. Rockstar acknowledge that at some point they'll hit a technical limit and simply won't be able to add any more, but they're doing their best to optimise the game in every way they can, and are currently working on the next big update.
Rockstar Editor on PS4 / Xbox One
A lot of people have been asking for Rockstar Editor to come to consoles. It's a powerful tool best suited to PCs, but Rockstar say they are working on a version specially tailored to the less powerful PS4 and Xbox One versions of GTAV, hoping to release it in the summer (read: whenever it's actually ready).
The Lab radio station
Another PC exclusive feature was new radio station The Lab, fans have been asking if that will be coming to consoles too. Yes, it will. Rockstar plan to add it to all four consoles, including the last gen ones, in a forthcoming update.
Self Radio on consoles
The PC version of GTAV allows players to curate their own radio station from MP3 files on their computer. Console players want this functionality too, but unfortunately, according to Rockstar, it is not technically possible on consoles at the moment as it requires more than they allow.
Will I get banned for modding GTAV PC?
Nope. Not in single player. But if you use mods in GTA Online that might give you an advantage over others then yeah, you're probably gonna get banned.
We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV. Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.
Joystick / Steering wheel support for GTAV PC?
They make no promises, but Rockstar say they are currently investigating what additional support they might be able to add.
GTA V for Mac?
Nope. But you can of course install Windows 7 / 8.1 through Boot Camp and play it that way. An article on R* Support has been added with instructions for those who don't know how to do this.
Cracking down on money/RP/vehicle dupe glitchers on YouTube
Rockstar obviously say they don't support or condone people doing this to get an unfair advantage, and have updated their copyright policy to reflect this, and these sorts of videos will be getting flagged for takedown now. Rockstar continue to thank players for reporting bugs, glitches, cheaters etc. via the support site.
Cracking down on Godmode/invisibility/unlimited ammo in GTA Online
Rockstar are doing all they can and are regularly rolling out hot fixes and patches for things like this, they believe they are making significant progress towards combatting most of it.
And that about sums it all up. If you want to read all the questions and answers in full, head over to the Newswire article.
Finally! The day has come. Grand Theft Auto V is now available on all platforms. The PC version officially unlocked at midnight (UK time), and hundreds of thousands of gamers were already playing on Steam within hours. The PC version offers many enhancements and new features over the console versions, and Rockstar have today summed that up in a nice overview.
As always you have a multitude of channels from which to discuss the game, including our own forums. Be sure to let us know your early impressions of the game and how it's performing for you.
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