Grand Theft Auto gets more content with Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto gets more content with Ballad of Gay Tony

via ArsTechnica

Rockstar isn’t done supporting Grand Theft Auto IV. Today the company announced the next slice of the downloadable content coming “exclusively” to the Xbox 360, and boy is the name bound to draw some attention. Get ready to play The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Grand Theft Auto IV‘s second downloadable episode,The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime,” the announcement says. “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.” I have one word: fabulous.

The fascinating bit is that both this piece of content and The Lost and The Damned will be released as a retail product, on disc, for $39.99 at some point in the future. The disc will not require Grand Theft Auto IV to play, being a purely standalone product called Episodes from Liberty City. Pretty cool stuff.

The Ballad of Gay Tony will be coming this Fall for 1600 Microsoft Points, or $19.99.

GTA: Chinatown Wars sales are “disappointing”

via Bit-Tech

Rockstar’s latest GTA game, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS has met with disappointing sales that are well below estimates according to investors. That’s even in face of the renewed interest in the platform thanks to the launch of the Nintendo DSi too.gta_chinatown

While Rockstar and Take-Two originally reckoned that the game could sell around two million copies in the US in just the first year, those estimates have now been slashed to just 500,000 units according to

Despite a strong critical reception, Take-Two’s GTA: Chinatown Wars sold a very disappointing 89,000 units in March, well below our more recent 200-250,000 estimate and far below the 400-450,000 we thought the title might sell upon its release,” wrote Doug Creutz of investor firm Cowan and Company.

Investors reckon though that the quality of the game is not the problem though, but the demographical issues surrounding the DS platform. Continue reading

Hip Hop Producer Timbaland Lands Deal To Make Beat-Making Video Game

via HipHopRX

Hip hop music producer Timbaland born Timothy Mosley has gotten into the video gaming business and landed a deal to help in the creation of a beat-making video game after partnering with Rockstar Games/Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) the makers of Grand Theft Auto.

The game dubbed “Beaterator,” is called a powerful portable music mixer with robust beatmaking features and a highly-addictive collection of rhythm game

Timbaland has been brought on to present Beaterator for the PSP system. The game will be developed by Rockstar Leeds and is expected to be available this Summer.

In other news, Timbaland is reportedly working along side The X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke for her debut album.