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Bully 2 may have been killed by stretching resources too thin, layoffs – report

Game Informer’s Blake Hester published a detailed report all about the Bully 2 that might have been and what led to the studio developing the sequel’s downfall. In short, Rockstar New England was pulled in multiple directions to the point where Bully 2 was no longer the focus of the developers who worked there. Rockstar New England, which was purchased by Rockstar when the former was Mad Doc Software and was responsible for the next-gen remaster of the first Bully at the time, had ambitious plans for the sequel, a bigger, more characterized game that could stand alongside L.A. Noire and Grand Theft Auto 4 as a grand tentpole release worthy of the Rockstar name. It was not to be, though, as the studio got pulled in multiple directions, called on to assist with projects like Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 and immersed in the crunch culture that came with working on those games. This caused many developers at Rockstar New England to leave, but the studio was also hit with layoffs, ensuring that Bully 2 wouldn’t see the light of day. It’s a shame, too, because the game was “six to eight hours playable”, though not shippable at that point. Read more


GTA IV soundtrack update nixes Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, and dozens more

Update, April 27: Grand Theft Auto IV's soundtrack-skewering update is upon us, and fans have collected the full list of affected songs. Grand Theft Auto IV came out when I was at the height of my classic rock phase, which means I spent a lot of time listening to Liberty Rock Radio. To this day, I can't hear ELO's Evil Woman without seeing the long drive across the bridge from Dukes to Algonquin. Now any future replays of GTA IV are going to sound a lot less nostalgic. Grand Theft Auto V is the most profitable entertainment product ever. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: GTA 4 returns to Steam as a 'Complete Edition' - without some key features Rockstar removed GTA 4 from Steam because of Games for Windows Live GTA 4 gets its first patch in six years, making it play nice with Windows 8 and 10


GTA 4 gets its first patch in six years, making it play nice with Windows 8 and 10

GTA IV released eight years ago, but it just got a new patch on Steam, making it play nice with modern operating systems, as well as fixing some bugs and issuing some further optimisation work. Check out our list of the best old games for more videogame blasts from the past. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: GTA 4 returns to Steam as a 'Complete Edition' - without some key features Rockstar removed GTA 4 from Steam because of Games for Windows Live GTA IV soundtrack update nixes Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, and dozens more


GTA 4 returns to Steam as a 'Complete Edition' - without some key features

Grand Theft Auto IV was recently taken off Steam because of issues with Games for Windows Live support. However, it now seems the open-world game's heading back to Valve's platform. As spotted by Nibel on Twitter, the Steam page for the fourth major title in Rockstar's long-running GTA series now reveals it's on its way back - but as the 'Complete Edition', and without some of the game's online features. "Starting March 19, 2020, Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition will replace both Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City wherever it is currently digitally available", the page reads. Following this update, multiplayer mode, leaderboards, and GFWL support will no longer be included in the game, though. And that's not all - the RamJam FM, Self-Actualization FM, and Vice City FM radio stations have also now been removed. Sad news if you're a fan of the best reggae and '80s tunes Liberty City has to offer. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rockstar removed GTA 4 from Steam because of Games for Windows Live GTA IV soundtrack update nixes Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, and dozens more GTA 4 gets its first patch in six years, making it play nice with Windows 8 and 10


Rockstar removed GTA 4 from Steam because of Games for Windows Live

January 13, 2020 Rockstar says Games For Windows Live issues forced the removal of GTA 4 from Steam. Grand Theft Auto IV has been removed from sale on Steam, and Rockstar Games says it's because of Games For Windows Live. Microsoft's old platform was controversial even at the time, but many games that support it have continued to be sold on Steam and other platforms. However, it seems it's "no longer possible" for that to happen with GTA 4. "Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform," a Rockstar games spokesperson tells us. "With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTA 4 for PC and will share more information as soon as we can." If you already on GTA 4 on Steam, you can still access it there - but you can't purchase it there. The standalone DLC collection Episodes from Liberty City, which also uses GFW Live, is still available for purchase on the platform, and you can still get Steam keys for base GTA 4 through third-party sellers like Humble. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: GTA 4 returns to Steam as a 'Complete Edition' - without some key features GTA IV soundtrack update nixes Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, and dozens more GTA 4 gets its first patch in six years, making it play nice with Windows 8 and 10


Important Updates To Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City

We are making a number of changes to make sure players who own Grand Theft Auto IV and GTA: Episodes from Liberty City can continue to enjoy these games. New Players Starting 03/19/2020, Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition will replace both Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City wherever it is currently digitally available. Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition will as also be available via the Rockstar Games Launcher. Current game save files will be compatible with Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition. Steam Achievements for Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition will be unavailable until release. As a result of this update the following services will no longer be available in Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition: Games for Windows Live Multiplayer mode Leaderboards The following Radio Stations will be temporarily unavailable in Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition RamJam FM, Self-Actualization FM, and Vice City FM (previously available in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City) Note: Because Japanese is a supported language for Grand Theft Auto IV, but is not supported for Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, players will continue to be able to play Grand Theft Auto IV with Japanese sub-titles but will need to select another language in order to play Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. Current Players Players who have previously installed and played Grand Theft Auto IV or Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City will be able to update their copy to Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition through the following means: Steam Users Depending on the game, players on Steam will need to install or update their current game: Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City will be removed and replaced with GTAIV: Complete Edition in the launcher library. Update file size is expected to be approximately 22GB Grand Theft Auto IV owners will download content from Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City and their game will update to GTAIV: Complete Edition. Update file size is expected to be approximately 6GB Physical Media Games not previously activated using Games for Windows Live will be able to use the Key on the back of the game manual to activate and update to Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition Games for Windows Live Digital Store Purchases Games previously activated using Games for Windows Live will require players to create and/or link their Social Club accounts in replacement of Games for Windows Live to update to Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition Note: New activations from players trying to install current copies of Grand Theft Auto IV may be disrupted until Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition is available. All users will need to be connected to the internet and authenticate their copy of the game.


Grand Theft Auto IV will return to Steam with no Games For Windows Live or multiplayer

"> After disabling the option to buy Grand Theft Auto IV in January, Rockstar now say 2008’s open-world murder simulator will return to sale in March with a few changes. Microsoft’s awful Games For Windows Live technogubbins is being removed because it caused the trouble in the first place, and that’s great news. It seems some folks will also receive the expansions or base game for free too. Unfortunately, Rockstar are also removing GTA IV’s multiplayer mode and will temporarily disable several radio stations. A mixed crimebag. (more…)


Rockstar co-founder and head writer Dan Houser is leaving

"> "> "> "> After 21 years as a Rockstar Games big cheese, Dan Houser will leave the company in March. He’s co-written almost every Rockstar game since 1999, including Grand Theft Auto from London through to V, Bully, Max Payne 3, and the Red Dead Redemptions. That’s made him a big influence on the tone of Rockstar’s games. I wonder how that might change once he’s moved on. Where he’s going and what he’ll do next, we don’t know. He can probably afford to eat pizza while watching Heat on loop the rest of his life, to be honest. (more…)


Grand Theft Auto IV is missing from Steam, for now, anyway

Just in time to launch Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, Rockstar announced their own game launcher for desktop. Despite having both Grand Theft Auto V and San Andreas available on the new digital storefront, Grand Theft Auto IV is still notably absent. Now it’s been delisted from Steam as well, though it doesn’t actually seem to be related to any grand plans Rockstar have for their own launcher. (more…)


Rockstar explains Grand Theft Auto 4's sudden delisting from Steam

Late last week, sharp-eyed internet surveyors noticed that Grand Theft Auto 4 had suddenly, without warning, been delisted from Steam. With no official explanation, fans were left to speculate on the reason for the move, but now Rockstar has spoken, pointing the blame finger squarely in the direction of Microsoft's now-defunct Games for Windows Live. In a statement provided to USgamer, Rockstar explained it was forced to suspend sales of GTA4 on Steam simply because it's now "no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game", given that Microsoft has officially ended support for the Games for Windows Live platform baked into the title. Although this means Grand Theft Auto 4 is unavailable for purchase on Steam at present (standalone expansion Episodes from Liberty City is unaffected), Rockstar says it's "looking at other options for distributing GTA4 for PC". Read more


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