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10:00 PM on 02.27.2014

GTA Online is getting new dress pants

The next content batch for Grand Theft Auto Online is called The Business. New vehicles include the Albany Alpha, Dinka Jester, and Grotti Turismo R to fill out the sports car department, while the new Vestra private jet will...

Hamza CTZ Aziz


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Whoa: Irrational Games as we know it is shutting down photo
Whoa: Irrational Games as we know it is shutting down
by Jordan Devore

"I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it," wrote co-founder Ken Levine in a post that comes as an utter shock. "I'll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two. That is going to mean parting ways with all but about fifteen members of the Irrational team."

Continuing, he said "Seventeen years is a long time to do any job, even the best one ... While I’m deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished together, my passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before. To meet the challenge ahead, I need to refocus my energy on a smaller team with a flatter structure and a more direct relationship with gamers."

Although a "classical startup model" was considered, Levine and what's left of Irrational will stay with publisher Take-Two for this venture. Their goal? "To make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable. To foster the most direct relationship with our fans possible, we will focus exclusively on content delivered digitally." The future of BioShock is now in 2K's hands.

"There's no great way to lay people off, and our first concern is to make sure that the people who are leaving have as much support as we can give them during this transition," explained Levine. "Other Take-Two studios will be on hand to discuss opportunities within the company, and we'll be hosting a recruiting day where we’ll be giving third-party studios and publishers a chance to hold interviews with departing Irrational staff." Bittersweet news of the freakin' month.

A Message From Ken Levine [Irrational Games]

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5:00 PM on 02.11.2014

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a massacre in GTA Online

It's Valentine's Day and Rockstar Games is celebrating by adding new ways to kill others in Grand Theft Auto Online. Aww, they're so sweet! The Valentine's Day Massacre special will add the new Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun, ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:30 PM on 02.07.2014

GTA V on other platforms if 'that is where consumers are'

There was no official word about Grand Theft Auto V coming to PC, much less PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, during Take-Two's earnings call. CEO Strauss Zelnick was asked about the possibility of such ports, of course -- these are...

Jordan Devore

5:00 AM on 02.06.2014

Someone's taken over 3,000 pictures of the food in GTA V

Here's something you weren't expecting to see, like, ever. Paul Yan started a blog specifically to capture pictures of food from videogames. In this particular case, he's taken over 3,000 pictures of the food in Grand Theft A...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:30 PM on 02.03.2014

Grand Theft Auto V ships 32.5 million units

How large of a city could someone construct out of all of the copies of Grand Theft Auto V in existence? These are the things I think about while looking at earnings reports. Take-Two reported its fiscal third quarter 20...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 01.14.2014

Umm, yeah, it's way too early to pre-order Evolve

Look, Turtle Rock Studios' Evolve sounds appealing to me. It's got players taking on the role of either a group of monster hunters or the formidable beast they're hunting. It's by the Left 4 Dead folks. There's enough of a pr...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 12.30.2013

Rockstar verifies the cream of the crop GTA Online jobs

We sure do love to work. Throw us into an online degeneration simulator, and we'll just end up making jobs for ourselves. Anything to feel that familiar slow trickle of income as our life slow-trickles away. That's what's goi...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 12.25.2013

Grand Theft Auto Online has received a festive update

There is snow all over Los Santos right now in Grand Theft Auto Online. Rockstar is celebrating Christmas by filling the game with snow. So much snow. Good luck driving! The update has also added a bunch of holiday-themed ite...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 PM on 12.17.2013

GTA Online introduces capture modes tomorrow

As of an update dropping tomorrow on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there's going to a GTA mode in Grand Theft Auto Online in Grand Theft Auto V. Huh? Rockstar is introducing 20 new Jobs in GTA Online based on capture the flag, ...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 12.12.2013

Take Two talks possible Grand Theft Auto film

For such a widely-known property like Grand Theft Auto, a decent film adaptation could do tremendously well at the box office. It would have no trouble breaking into the mainstream with a ridiculous promotional campaign fitti...

Jordan Devore





3:15 PM on 12.02.2013

An early look at GTA Online's content creator

The person responsible for leaking those Grand Theft Auto V audio files that hint at upcoming DLC is back with an early video demonstration of GTA Online's content creator. Like the aforementioned files, the creation system ...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 11.25.2013

Rockstar trademarked a Bully title

All Games Beta shared a trademark application filed by Rockstar for Bully Bullworth Academy: Canis Canem Edit, which is most likely going to be a Bully game. This could be just a re-release of the classic PlayStation 2 game, ...

Joshua Derocher

12:00 PM on 11.05.2013

GTA Online updated to stop vehicles from vanishing

Rockstar has put out an update on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that should finally address those pesky disappearing vehicles and modifications in GTA Online. Measures are now in place to prevent data loss when there's a cloud o...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 10.25.2013

That free GTA Online money is waiting on more fixes

For a while there I thought I was missing something in Grand Theft Auto Online. And by "something," I mean $500,000 worth of in-game cash. The promised stimulus package hasn't gone out yet, and won't -- not until "progress lo...

Jordan Devore

2:45 PM on 10.14.2013

Missing GTA Online player data isn't coming back

During the early days of GTA Online, some players lost data including their character, rank, items, apartments, and/or cash. It was a messy launch, but there was hope that Rockstar would be able to restore this informati...

Jordan Devore