GTA4: The Ballad of Gay Tony (second DLC episode) announced. Coming this fall.

May 24, 2007
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Also, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City was announced, which is basically The Lost and Damned and this on a disc. It's a standalone release, too, so if you purchased the PS3 version and have a 360 but want the episodes, you don't have to repurchase GTA4.



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Rockstar Games Announces Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony for Download on Xbox LIVE® and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City Available on Disc for Xbox 360® this Fall

By: Business Wire
May. 26, 2009 04:01 PM


Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce the fall release of both the second episode of Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony - exclusively for download on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network, and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, which will include both episode one The Lost and Damned, and episode two The Ballad of Gay Tony together on a single disc exclusively for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

"Liberty City is the most vibrant game world we've created yet. The episodic structure has allowed us to interweave stories, gameplay and atmosphere in a whole new way," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "The team at Rockstar North have yet again surpassed themselves, and made something that is both epic and very innovative. This episode's focus on high-end night life contrasts with the biker gangs portrayed in The Lost and Damned, whilst giving us a lot of new gameplay possibilities."

Grand Theft Auto IV's second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City delivers two games on one disc - the all-new episode The Ballad of Gay Tony and the first episode, The Lost and Damned - together on disc for the first time - for Xbox 360 for $39.99 and will not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.

The Ballad of Gay Tony will release on Xbox LIVE this fall for $19.99 or 1600 MS points and requires players to have Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE membership to download.


For more information, log onto www.rockstargames.com.

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gofreak

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Hmmms. If this is actually a well-treated gay-related storyline, then interest+1. Doubly so because I don't have the 360 version of the game, yet still could play this without rebuying it.
 
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Ha! Awesome name.

I despise the way Rockstar manipulates the media, but credit where credit is due: You could probably count the number of game companies who'd release a product called "The Ballad of Gay Tony" on one hand.
 
Mar 27, 2008
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Totally considering picking up the episodes on disc. I own the game and PS3, and will never double-dip, no matter what. Unless these are announced for PS3, that disc is R*/MS best move regarding this deal.
 
Jun 26, 2005
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Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City delivers two games on one disc - the all-new episode The Ballad of Gay Tony and the first episode, The Lost and Damned - together on disc for the first time - for Xbox 360 for $39.99 and will not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.
Awesome. Day one. (bought GTA4 on PS3)
 
Jan 18, 2007
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_dementia said:
Disc also...

Retail pressure or was DD alone not performing well enough to justify the exclusivity bill?
Or door number 3 maximizing profits. Smart move regardless right before the holidays for TT. All that for $40 should move some SW.
 

Don

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Oh Yes!
Nice to finally get confimation of Luis as the main character, even though most people had already worked it out.

Also now people can finally stop listening to that Gamefork idiot.

Edit: Best logo for a GTA game yet :lol
 

Ermac

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Looks like I didn't have to buy the 360 version after all. Can't wait to play the DLC episodes.

This is guaranteed to sell a ton of copies because of this. No one (who has played gta4 on ps3) would have bought GTA4 AND THEN then expansions.

Nice move R*
 
May 30, 2006
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beermonkey@tehbias said:
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Not sure what this announcement changes about anything re: platform exclusivity. The content was either never permanently exclusive and still isn't, or it was and still is.
Now you can just buy the DLCs, so if you bought the main game on ps3, you will now be able to play them both without rebuying GTA4.
 
Jun 26, 2005
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beermonkey@tehbias said:
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Not sure what this announcement changes about anything re: platform exclusivity. The content was either never permanently exclusive and still isn't, or it was and still is.
What he means is he doesn't need a copy of GTA4 for 360 anymore to play the episodes.