Rockstar has announced that among the updates and improvements to the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV
is support for upto 32 players in some multiplayer modes.
The PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV
is set for release on December 3rd, a month or two after the game was first released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms. A DS spin-off game, titled Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
is also currently in development for the Nintendo DS.
Grand Theft auto IV
for the PC will have a bevy of extra enhancements over the original console version though, including enhanced graphics, traffic density options, improved draw distance and a new replay editor that will allow players to upload video clips to the Rockstar Social Club website.
The multiplayer will also be expanded too according to Rockstar, who today revealed that the Deathmatch, GTA Race and Free modes will now support up to 32 players at once - much more than the console version. The other modes in the game are still limited to 16-player matches.
Be warned though that Grand Theft Auto IV
for PC is being released exclusively under the Games for Windows brand, so the multiplayer will likely be tied to Microsoft's PC version of Xbox Live. That isn't inherently bad, but it may put off a few fans.
If you've not picked up the game yet then you can check out our Grand Theft Auto IV
review on the Xbox 360 for more details about what to expect from the title.
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multiplayer all it's cracked up to be, or just a disappointing mess? Let us know what you think in the forums