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| GTA Fansite Shut Down After Leaking GTA 5 October Release Date - Misc |
Posted by: Danny on 06-12-2012 @ 13:16
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Gamefront News: GTA Fansite Shut Down After Leaking GTA 5 October Release Date
We’re all keeping an ear to the ground for more GTA 5 info, and today we picked up a few rumbles. It seems that GTA fan site GTANetwork was shut down after they supposedly leaked a release date for the next GTA V trailer, as well as the game‘s release date, which they claimed was October 20, 2012.
That date seems to be reinforced by the CV of one Jolyon Orme, lead vehicle artist on Grand Theft Auto 5. In it, he lists the release date of the game as 10/12.
Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see, but I would not be surprised to see a GTA 5 release date announced at today’s press conferences. After all, Take Two has created a hole in their release schedule the size of Jupiter, and they really only have one game in the works that can fill it.
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| GTA V To Sell 15m At Launch, Says Analyst Just Making Stuff Up - Rumours |
Posted by: Danny on 06-04-2012 @ 04:56 - Source: Gamefront News
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Gamefront News: GTA V To Sell 15m At Launch, Says Analyst Just Making Stuff Up
I’m pretty sure that the power system at Rockstar Games HQ runs on concentrated speculation. Why else would the company refuse to confirm a launch date for a game everyone knows is probably coming out in October, if not to spark a constant, steady stream of analysts and industry observers claiming to have unlocked the Da Vinci Code of gaming? Rockstar must therefore employ PhD level intellects for the project of generating hype, because their total silence on the game has done nothing but get analyst after analyst to make unfounded, yet authoritatively-issued, statements about the future of the long awaited Grand Theft Auto V.
Enter Analyst firm Sterne Agee. Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia released a statement to the press on Friday making some rather bold claims about the game’s prospects for success. He expects GTA V to sell about 14 million copies during the initial launch window. Granted, that isn’t an insane number. GTA IV sold about 13 million during its first year, and in the 4 years since launching in 2008 has sold about 20 million copies. That is similar to the astonishing success of GTA games of the previous generation, and is almost certain to bear out.
Bhatia also agrees with Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz, that GTA V will be coming out in early 2013. This prediction is based on Take-Two’s financial predictions for their current fiscal year (which ends March 31, 2013); those predictions include approximately 450 million in revenues from Rockstar games that aren’t actually itemized in the statement. The obvious conclusion is that they’re assuming a GTA V release in the current fiscal year and, maddeningly, are refusing to announce it just yet.
I’m not a seasoned analyst, but I’ll say what I always say when these guys predict an early 2013 release date for GTA V: Rockstar’s corporate parent Take-Two has all but erected a giant billboard over October, 2012 that says INSERT GTA V HERE. This isn’t speculation, it’s fact. They’ve moved around not one but two major games, and put them squarely in the early-2013 window. It seems absurd to even consider that Take-Two would want Grand Theft Auto V to directly compete with BioShock 3. Which is why, until Rockstar finally gets off their ass and confirms the launch date, my money is squarely on october 23, 2012.
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| Analyst Pegs GTA V For October - Rumours |
Posted by: Danny on 05-02-2012 @ 15:01
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Gamefront News: Analyst Pegs GTA V For October
Grand Theft Auto V is definitely coming October 23; not only that, but Rockstar Games will likely make the announcement the day before E3 2012, and still roll like a Boss and not make even a cursory appearance at this year’s trade show.
Did I grab your attention? Good, because none of that has any basis in fact. They are the predictions of Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, who made them during a GTTV announcement of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. “They’ve outgrown the show. I think they’re way too cool to go,” he said, regarding his belief that Rockstar won’t be at E3. “My read on those guys is they like stealing the thunder from everything else. So if I had to bet, I’d say you’d get an announcement on GTA V the day before E3 starts, that’d be Monday, June 4. they don’t show up and that’s all anybody can do is talk about GTA V at the show .” He then said that Rockstar will be releasing the game October 23, and that he doesn’t think they care about BioShock Infinite. So… yeah, he’s just basically talking a lot.
Pachter’s bloviating might be grounded in reality, kind of. Recently, a Rockstar employee’s CV listed October, 2012 as the game’s release window (before being removed, of course). But are we really supposed to believe they don’t care about BioShock Infinite? I get the need to have something to say about GTA V; in the nearly 6 months since the first official announcement, Rockstar has been ridiculously tight-lipped about it. Aside from that first trailer and initial PR statements, they have maddeningly refused to confirm any further details about what is sure to be the best selling game of its year. In the vacuum, our readers wondered if the trailer contained an easter egg suggesting a May, 2012 release date, and analysts have generally preferred to predict a 2013 release date.
Yes, Rockstar needs to throw us all a bone, and fast. I hope we hear something soon. But I’m getting a bit tired of speculation masquerading as analysis (except from Game Front readers, who are typically pretty good at it). While we wait for Rockstar to decide whether or not to get off the pot, let’s leave the speculation to the experts.
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| Ex-Rockstar Employee Leaks Huge (Alleged) GTA V Deets - Rumours |
Posted by: Danny on 03-27-2012 @ 15:32
Gamefront News: Ex-Rockstar Employee Leaks Huge (Alleged) GTA V Deets
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Brace yourselves people. Over the weekend, someone claiming to be the friend of a fired former Rockstar employee posted an enormous number of purported details about Grand Theft Auto V. Among other things, the post dished on the size of the map (it’s huge), multiplayer details, and the surprising news that the game will feature slight weapons customizations. The post also purports to confirm that as predicted by everyone except me, the older man featured in the original trailer is the game’s protagonist, and that his name is indeed Albert De Silva.
This post was soon deleted – you can still see the google cache version here – which would seem to indicate that it might indeed be legitimate. However, as ripten (from whom we saw this) points out, this is an awful lot of information for a game that supposedly isn’t due for another 14 months. The post also contains a rather inaccurate depiction of how corporate contracts work, suggesting that being fired terminates any obligations to adhere to non disclosure agreements. I can assure you all this is definitely not the case, and that if the post is truthful, the employee who leaked these details through his friend is probably facing legal sanctions.
As always, this information should therefore be taken with a huge grain of salt. Perhaps we’ll see more if that Belgian magazine cover turns out to be true.
Here is the original post’s content, in full:
I am a friend of someone who recently got sacked from RockStar North for general misconduct. Because one contract to RockStar covered everything, including secrecy, and his contractual obligaton was now removed, he was legally allowed to spill the beans on Rockstar’s upcoming GTA V. And he is making damn sure everyone knows about it.
Here is the info you really want:
1. The protagonist will be one character, and one character alone. His name is (as some rumours said) Albert De Silva. He’s a half hispanic man who was once part of a crime family in Vice City. He decided to settle down and have kids in Los Santos. He has one son called Kevin De Silva who is your stereotypical CoD player. He’s lazy, useless and shouts racial abuse online and is really into FPS games. Kevin does admire his Dad though.
2. Multiplayer will hold 32 people on the Xbox and PS3. I wasn’t told how many were able to be on the PC. Just like in RDR, players will be able to form Gangs. These gangs are not ranked through XP anymore, but via Reputation. Instead of gang hideouts, you can do jobs that range from robbing a launderette to breaking into a military base and stealing state-of-the-art weaponary. The Gang leader has much more control over his or her gang by being able to rank members of their gang and setting more specific objectives to specific members of their gang. Gangs can have their own terratory but this only applies to areas inside the city of Los Santos.
3. The map is about 5x as large as the GTA IV map and the City of Los Santos takes up just under half of this area (so it’s a bit bigger than 2 GTA IV Liberty Cities).
The map is (like most GTAs) seperated into three different sections. 4. Planes are flyable, they range from World War 2 fighter planes to Private Jets.
5. Cars and guns are customisable to an extent, for example, you can cusomise a gun to have a supressor on it and you can install nitrous into cars.
Here’s some stuff you might like:
1. The protagonist is the “rich guy” from the GTA V debut trailer. You get to learn more about this man in the second when he talks about his troubles. You only see the protagonist twice in the trailer. First time is the side of his face and second time is when he is driving a Deceptor (Audi R8). The people robbing the jewellery store are just with the protagonist. He is driving the van ready to get away.
2. Gunfights are more realistic. When you are shooting a gun out of a window of a car, depending on how fast it’s going you will have troubles aiming due to shaking cameras.
3. The game is due in May 2013. A more specific date has not been decided because the game is still needing 6 months to be fully developed. They will have a playable demo at E3.
4. Police chases are now way more than either running or driving. Depending on how wanted you are, police may bring out riot shields and flash bangs. 5. When someone reaches 4 star wanted level, there will be a radio warning on some stations.
6. Radio stations now do traffic reports that are actually correct. So if you don’t know what route to take, you can check the traffic reports on your phone or the radio. 7. The in-game TV now has many more channels
8. The protagonist DOES NOT die unlike in the last two Rockstar games.
9. The underworld actually has a working economy that you can contribute too by buying and selling drugs, weapons and illegal cars in single player.
10. The protagonist can take drugs which will have some effects. But smoking weed on the streetwalk will lead to getting a one star wanted level.
11. Police cars will go after you if you’re obviousely breaking the speed limit. Having high speed crashes will also damage your health.
1 star – police follow you on foot and try to make an arrest. No sirens, no car chases (unless you are speeding).
2 star – police will still attempt to make an arrest. If a weapon is drawn then the police will begin opening fire. Police will use stun guns if a weapon is not drawn.
3 star – Chases begin and the police don’t care how they stop you, they just want to do it.
4 star – road traps, radio stations and much more hostile police.Even when you have evaded them, they will still search for 24 in-game hours for someone matching your description.
5 star – shoot to kill, arrest only if it’s made very possible. Even when you have evaded them, they will still search for 48 in-game hours for someone matching your description. Few missions become unavailable if you are wanted.
6 star – military vehicles come after you. Even when you have evaded them, they will still search for 72 in-game hours for someone matching your description. Some missions become unavailable if you are wanted.
Hope this is useful!
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| RUMOR(?): GTA V Is Belgian Magazine’s April 2012 Cover - Rumours |
Posted by: Danny on 03-27-2012 @ 14:57
Gamefront News: RUMOR(?): GTA V Is Belgian Magazine’s April 2012 Cover
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Update: Chief is Belgian, not Dutch. Corrected.
Grab your contraband weapons and ski masks, people: We may soon be getting our first real look at Grand Theft Auto V. That is if an image posted to the blog All Games Beta turns out to be real. They’ve posted what looks like the cover of the April issue of a Belgian gaming magazine called Chief, featuring the GTA V logo, and several teaser lines. If true, then this means, for some reason, that either Rockstar is going to the Dutch press first, or that someone has leaked some pretty important stuff.
There’s just a couple of catches. First, All Games Beta appears to be a content farm/clearing house for iffy rumors and easily available information. That doesn’t mean the this is fake of course. However, Chief Magazine’s official website doesn’t load. It appears to have gone down this afternoon, however, as I was able to briefly access it prior to that, my guess is that increased traffic due to this rumor crashed it. Even so, this would be an astonishing amount of information for a game that most analysts think won’t be out until 2013. Until we can verify this is indeed the cover, be wary.
Here’s a look at the supposed cover. NOTE: The teasers (translated) say: “The mystery unraveled”; “The first images”; “Los Santos already mapped”; “Who will be the new Niko Bellic?”
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| GTA V Now Likely For 2013 Launch, Analysts Say - Official News |
Posted by: Danny on 03-18-2012 @ 15:35
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Gamefront News: GTA V Now Likely For 2013 Launch, Analysts Say
When Rockstar unveiled the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto V last fall, the Internet asploded with interest. Fans picked over every single detail – yep, we did too – trying to figure out what the game is about. The primary discussion was over the identity of the protagonist, but some astute viewers came up with the crazy theory that Rockstar snuck a May, 2012 release date easter egg into the commercial. That was admittedly crazy, but only in its specificity. The gaming world at large agreed that it would come out in 2012, with some analysts pegging it to some time before before E3.
Sadly for those of us itching for a return visit to Los Santos, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that we’ll see the new Grand Theft auto before the Mayan apocalypse happens. Analyst group Sterne Agee, who previously predicted it would be launch sometime before Christmas, 2012, has now shifted their estimate, predicting that we probably won’t get it until March, 2013. The group went on to suggest that this would be more beneficial for Rockstar, as GTA V wouldn’t have to compete with games like BioShock Infinite and Assassin’s Creed 3, though to that one only needs to remind them that a GTA game is likely to smash all competition regardless of release cycle.
Obviously, Rockstar has remained silent on the question of GTA V’s release. They haven’t even released a new trailer. It’s possible they’ll return to E3 after a 2 year break to show off GTA V in development; if so, Game Front will be on the scene.
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| Rockstar Tradmarks “GTA TV” and “Rockstar TV” - Official News |
Posted by: Danny on 02-22-2012 @ 09:31
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Gamefront News: Rockstar Tradmarks “GTA TV” and “Rockstar TV”
Hinting at what lies in store for Grand Theft Auto V, it has been discovered that Rockstar Games has trademarked the names “GTA TV” and “Rockstar TV”. The filings, both publicly viewable on the US Patent and Trademark office website, were made on February 14 and are largely identical. They each list a wide variety of services ranging from games, feature films and live action TV, even animated projects and documentaries.
Naturally, this doesn’t actually reveal anything. In order to ensure they aren’t poached, they need to be certain the trademark covers as wide a range of entertainment possibilities as possible. Furthermore, Rockstar has repeatedly kiboshed suggestions of films based on the GTA series. It’s therefore likely we won’t actually be seeing after school cartoons, TV shows or movies anytime soon.
But what does it mean? These filings represent the first tangible information since the initial announcement, and they say little. Rockstar has been enormously coy about GTA V. Since announcing the game last fall, they have provided no new details, no follow up trailers, not even confirmation of whether or not the narrator in the trailer is the game‘s protagonist. (I still insist he isn’t.) We still don’t even know if it will see release in 2012.
That doesn’t mean we can’t speculate, of course. My guess is that Rockstar TV and GTA TV are indication that GTA V will have a far more robust multiplayer than anything previously seen in the series. Expect something like Call of Duty: Elite, with player video uploads, possibly custom content produced by very prestigious people, and an increased community environment.
What say you, GameFronters?
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