|Source: Rockstar Games|
Rockstar Games have today announced official release dates for the hugely anticipated Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC versions of their critically lauded open-world third-person-shooter Grand Theft Auto V. The grand free-roaming experience in question first launched on our shores via the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 last September, yet that didn't stop Rockstar and Sony from revealing a next-generation upgrade full of aesthetic bells and whistles in June at the latter studio's announcement-packed Electronic Entertainment Expo showcase.
Whilst it shouldn't come as any major shock at this stage in the metaphorical (and literal) game to hear that Rockstar aren't coming up short on new features, the full list of upgrades itself may still stagger even the most ardent fans of the enduringly acclaimed development team. Read on to discover precisely what lies in store for next-generation players:
- From a content-centric perspective, this reworked edition of GTA V boasts more than enough value for cash to appease sceptics: it'll ship with the original main campaign and GTA Online component, as well as all of the downloadable content which has been released with the intention of expanding both of the aforementioned game modes since the product's launch.
- As well as boasting all of the vehicles, armaments and secondary activities which featured in the original GTA V experience and subsequent DLC packs, the next-gen version will come packaged with exclusive items galore that'll only be available to Xbox One, PS4 and PC owners (for the time being, at least).
- On the plus side for current-generation players, though, should they choose to upgrade in a few months' time, then they'll unlock exclusive downloadable content via incentives systems which have been outlined on the official Rockstar website and will be detailed further in the weeks leading up to release day.
- Of primary interest to most fans will be the specific elements of the original package which have been modified over the last twelve months or so and in this respect, Rockstar have thankfully been only happy to oblige with regards to providing concrete details. The updates are as follows: additional animals and plant-life; more traffic and roadside pedestrians; an improved dynamic foliage system; enhanced weather and damage visual effects; several vehicles from classic Grand Theft Auto titles such as the Dodo Seaplane (and better yet, content such as this will only be available to those who've got a copy of the 360 / PS3 version in their possession - for the time being, anyway) and more still to be revealed. As if all of that wasn't enough, anyone who pre-orders this particular version will receive $1,000,000 of in-game cash to spend from the outset; in other words, how can we really decline?
Grand Theft Auto V will launch its dastardly sophomore heists on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this November 18th, with the PC version of the title following suit on January 27th, 2015.