Multi Theft Auto goes open source

The MTA team have released most of the source code for their San Andreas PC multiplayer addon.

Quotes copied from their site:

Formerly a closed-source project, we have migrated to open-source to encourage other developers to contribute as well as showing insight into our project’s source code and design for educational reasons.

All our source code available through this project page is licensed under the GPLv3 license. This excludes any dependencies and our net modules for both the client and server: these are still covered under our proprietary license. These modules have been excluded because of reasons involving security and cheating, but contain only a minimal amount of code.

MTA source is managed via google code

GTA IV DLC: The Lost and Damned – Feb 17, 2009

USA Today has published an article revealing information on the upcoming GTA IV downloadable content. The content will be released to the Xbox Marketplace on February 17, 2009. The episode, titled “The Lost and Damned” will revolve around Johnny Klebitz, a member of the Liberty City biker gang The Lost, who you meet a couple times in GTA IV’s singleplayer game (Elizabeta has you overlook a drug deal with him, and Ray has him accompany you on the diamond deal).

Houser had this to add about the DLC’s features and story:

The story is not directly impacted by decisions you took in the main game but tons of details and mysteries from the main story get explained, so it will add a lot of color to the main story. We feel like we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of the depth and detail in GTA IV’s mythical Liberty City.

Source: USA Today

GTA IV will be available on Steam

The PC version of GTA IV will be sold in stores and through digital distribution via Steam.  The release date for both versions is currently December 2 in North America and December 3 in Europe. The PC version will support XBOX Live compatible achievements. In a attempt to fight piracy, all versions will require an internet connection during first installation.

View the GTA IV Steam page for more information and some new screenshots.

New Chinatown Wars info

Nintendo Everything have translated a GTA: Chinatown Wars article that was published in a Spanish Magazine.

  1. Camera can swivel 360 degrees
  2. Trains will pass overhead in the city, cars will circle, pedestrians will be walking, etc.
  3. GPS seen on the touch screen while you move through the city
  4. PDA allows you to gain access to the map with more details as well as the goals of missions
  5. You can mark points that you want and the GPS will always tell you the shortest legal route to the destination with yellow or blue arrows
  6. New discoveries (such as gas stations) are added to the map
  7. Top screen brings you all the action, while the lower screen will let you control elements like the PDA, GPS, the radio, access to the people on the map, or using Motolov cocktails and grenades.
  8. Drugs have a big importance in the game
  9. Drug system can be compared to Drugwars
  10. You have to control the stock of drugs, buy them in one neighborhood and sell them in another
  11. You are given a map so that you know what people demand and at what price
  12. You can whistle into the microphone to get a taxi to stop
  13. It will be set in Liberty City, but Alderney will not be included

GTA IV 360 DLC and Chinatown Wars delayed

This is becoming a habit, first the GTA IV PC version was delayed by a few weeks then the GTA IV 360 downloadable content was delayed by months and now the Nintendo DS game “GTA: Chinatown Wars” has also had its release date extended.

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At a press conference today, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick confirmed GTA IV DLC’s delay rumors stating that it may arrive as late as Spring 2009. Zelnick also stated that Chinatown Wars isn’t scheduled to be released in the first quarter of the 2009 fiscal year (January 2009) as initially expected, but will arrive within Q2 2009, which ends in April.

Source: MTV

GTA IV PC system requirements and delay

IGN posted the GTA IV PC system requirements and they also announced that the US release date has been delayed until the 2nd of December.

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista – Service Pack 1 / XP – Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz
Memory: 1.5GB, 16GB Free Hard Drive Space
Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista – Service Pack 1 / XP – Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz
Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista), 18 GB Free Hard Drive Space
Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI 3870