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GTA IV to support 16-person multiplayer

GTA IV to support 16-person multiplayer

16-person multiplayer could be on the cards for GTA IV, but on which console remains to be seen.

Grand Theft Auto is a franchise which has seen phenomenal growth over the last decade, evolving from a top-down shooter with an indie following to a next-gen third person sandbox shooter/racer with possible support for 16-person multiplayer.

Although multiplayer GTA has been around for a while on the PC thanks to some canny hacks and modding, Rockstar itself hasn't built a multiplayer version of a GTA since Grand Theft Auto 2. Now though, Rockstar is apparently going to have another bash at it and will try to grab one of the Holy Grails of gaming - multiplayer sandbox with a story.

Rockstar dropped the bombshell at a recent Sony event and, according to GamingExcellence.com, Rockstar has set its sights a tad above the idea of a simple deathmatch clone. 16-person multiplayer is more what Rockstar has in mind, apparently.

All we need now is some co-op, ok Rockstar? Then all other games will become obsolete.

What isn't clear at the moment is exactly which platform the multiplayer is being built for, or if it's going to be good to go on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The PS3 is a more powerful machine and the announcement was made at a Sony event, but the Xbox 360 has an arguably larger online following and wider consumer base at the moment.

Either way, it's a long way off yet and the game isn't going to be out until next year.

Which is your favourite GTA game and why? Is the series over-hyped, or a genuine innovation? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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mikeuk2004 17th October 2007, 13:28 Quote
That will be good, if this is why its delayed then great because I would welcome this to a GTA game. Is it going to be co-op like crackdown or multiplayer like saints row??

I loved Multiplay on GTA 1 on PC over lan. Those were the days when mates would come round with their PC's for the weekend playing GTA, Half life, CS, Unreal tourny and Quake 3.

I loved getting in the subway train and crash into my mates subway train. wW would chase each other around the map for ages because the subway train goes at a set spedd lol but you could control it.
Shadowed_fury 17th October 2007, 13:30 Quote
Co-op would be so awesome, with 16 people? Niiice!
mrb_no1 17th October 2007, 13:40 Quote
Joe Martin,
"All we need now is some co-op, ok Rockstar? Then all other games will become obsolete. "

I agree. Playing it single player is good fun but when mates are over its a little less of a game we'd play, a multiplayer option would be awesome and adds longevity to the games playability. A co-op would be even better, double the trouble until the game has been completed thoroughly which is when the multiplayer online fun comes in. Awesome news and a co-op story line would be fat, something for the future maybe....if they did it all now, then we'd bitch in future gta's that there was nothing new despite the fact that this type of game will always have a fan base and younger generations get a hold of it.

peace

fatman
cjoyce1980 17th October 2007, 14:04 Quote
"The PS3 is a more powerful machine" OMG!!.....only in processing power, no where else does it out perform the 360.

don't forget that the developer has to design there own multiplayer software for the PS3, these libraries are already present with the 360 dev kit making life easier for developers.
will. 17th October 2007, 14:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
"The PS3 is a more powerful machine" OMG!!.....only in processing power, no where else does it out perform the 360.

So the comment is valid then? It is more powerful.

I will be waiting until someone who isn't a fanboy gives me a definite answer as to which console GTA 4 is better on. Obviously after the game is out.
Veles 17th October 2007, 14:24 Quote
So long as it's based in the city and not arena based like saint's row this will be awsome
CardJoe 17th October 2007, 14:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by will.

I will be waiting until someone who isn't a fanboy gives me a definite answer as to which console GTA 4 is better on. Obviously after the game is out.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2007/07/26/rockstar_favours_360_for_gtaiv/1
TTmodder 17th October 2007, 16:07 Quote
better come out for pc first. (hates consoles)
DXR_13KE 17th October 2007, 16:23 Quote
i am waiting for the PC version with 32 person multilayer games..... :D
CardJoe 17th October 2007, 16:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TTmodder
better come out for pc first. (hates consoles)

Not a chance.
will. 17th October 2007, 17:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Quote:
Originally Posted by will.

I will be waiting until someone who isn't a fanboy gives me a definite answer as to which console GTA 4 is better on. Obviously after the game is out.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2007/07/26/rockstar_favours_360_for_gtaiv/1

That is pretty old now though. Things change.

And yea, no way it would come out on PC first.
Mankz 17th October 2007, 17:18 Quote
No game will ever be needed again....

if this happens of course..

Oh, and if it lives upto all the hype..
Brett89 17th October 2007, 18:32 Quote
I do hope it's better than the POS multiplayer on SA. Although, there were a lot of things that could've been improved upon in that game. IMO it was getting a bit too old. 3 was revolutionary, although a bit basic in the physics(cars turning on a dime(cheetah in 3 and vice city)) no motorcycles or flying. I think Vice City was my favorite. Still had the lovely mob connections, and a host of improvements, made for a great game, in fact, i just replayed it this week.
DarkLord7854 17th October 2007, 18:54 Quote
Meh, Rockstar will end up screwing their PC fans and cut out any type of multiplayer from the PC version more then likely
Kipman725 17th October 2007, 19:07 Quote
I hated the console gta games due to the poor draw distance and aiming but had great fun with SA and Vice city on the pc, fully completing vice city (everything!) but not sa due to the huge size. I think they should cut out the gf system and the whole stats thing It felt very bolted on. Multiplayer would be great but only if the whole city is like it is for single player as an empty city deathmatch like the mods is no fun.
The_Beast 18th October 2007, 00:29 Quote
Does anyone know where GTA IV takes place or what the story line is??? do we go back to Tony or stay with CJ???


BTW 16 player multi. is going to be sweet
Brett89 18th October 2007, 00:32 Quote
It's Liberty City and a russian mob guy(I think it's customisable, but that's just a rumor i've heard)
8igdave 22nd October 2007, 00:58 Quote
Why not paly san andrayes (how is tht spelt lmao) doesn't taht have a mod to allow you to play like 100 players?
CardJoe 22nd October 2007, 08:49 Quote
Yeah, but it's not official and therfore not properly built and mods aren't an option to console owners.

BTW: San Andreas.
spec 22nd October 2007, 18:22 Quote
Awesome can't wait till I have my hands on GTA IV :)
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