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March 1, 2015

Chronology of GTA V

This documents the many delays to both the release of GTA V for PC, lastgen consoles, and Online heists as well as significant updates to the game over the past +year. I will not mention verified jobs (except the 1st one), Rockstar/Social Club Events, minor title updates that don’t add new content, screenshots, nor any contests. I combed though the newswire going back nearly four years.

November 3 2011, Rockstar’s Official Announcement of GTA V
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/19471/grand-theft-auto-v-official-announcement.html

November 4 2011, The first Grand Theft Auto V Trailer
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/19461/grand-theft-auto-v-trailer.html

October 30 2012, GTA V Is Coming Spring 2013 (lol right)
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/45951/grand-theft-auto-v-is-coming-spring-2013.html

November 5 2012, GTA V Now Officially Available for Pre-Order
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/46011/grand-theft-auto-v-now-officially-available-for-preorder.html

November 14 2012, GTA V: Official Trailer #2
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/46171/grand-theft-auto-v-official-trailer-2.html

January 31 2013, GTA V delayed to September 17th 2013 on PS3 Xbox 360 (4 month delay)
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/48591/grand-theft-auto-v-is-coming-9172013.html

April 2 2013, GTA V Official Cover Art. So they were able to get the cover art done by Spring 2013. :3
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/49291/grand-theft-auto-v-official-cover-art.html

April 30 2013, GTA V Trailers: MICHAEL. FRANKLIN. TREVOR.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/49701/gtav-trailers-michael-franklin-trevor.html

May 23 2013, Announcing the GTA V Special Edition and Collector’s Edition
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/50061/Announcing-the-Grand-Theft-Auto-V-Special-Edition-and

August 15 2013, official GTA online gameplay videos and website goes live. It’s just the same articles posted on Rockstar newswire but GTAV news only.
http://www.rockstargames.com/V/GTAOnline

August 20 2013, Pre-Order GTA V Day 1 Digital on PS3. 360 didn’t get an on-demand version for about two months!
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51235/preorder-gtav-day-1-digital-on-playstation-network.html

August 29 2013, Grand Theft Auto V: Watch The Official Trailer
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51282/grand-theft-auto-v-watch-the-official-trailer.html

September 17 2013, Release of GTA V for Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 only after one delay.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51390/grand-theft-auto-v-now-available.html

September 25 2013, Some More Details on Grand Theft Auto Online. This is one of the first mentions of Online Heists.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51422/some-more-details-on-grand-theft-auto-online.html

October 1 2013, GTA online goes live, many title updates and headaches
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51500/gtav-title-update-details.html

October 18 2013, GTA V available on demand for Xbox 360.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51604/gtav-now-available-on-xbox-games-on-demand.html

November 5 2013, Title update 1.05 adding the content creator
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51716/new-gta-online-title-update-105.html

November 6 2013, The GTA Online Stimulus Package Direct Deposit GTA$500,000
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51726/the-gta-online-stimulus-package-direct-deposit.html

November 19 2013, The Beach Bum Update. The first title update with new content (or DLC)
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51813/The-GTA-Online-Beach-Bum-Update-is-Now-Available

December 11 2013, Online deathmatch and races updated to Creator
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51970/Free-GTA-Online-Deathmatch-Race-Creators-Update-Now-Available

December 17 2013, Online “Capture” job mode update release.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51990/GTA-Online-Capture-Update-Now-Available

December 24 2013, “Holiday Gift” temporary content which you still had to buy with GTA$ but was lost after the event was over.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52011/Grand-Theft-Auto-Online-Holiday-Gifts

December 27 2013, The first set of “Rockstar Verified” creator jobs (will not mention verified jobs again)
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52013/The-First-Rockstar-Verified-GTA-Online-Jobs

January 16 2014, Taking Aim at GTA Online Cheaters
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52096/taking-aim-at-gta-online-cheaters.html

February 4 2014, Crew member cap raised to 1000 members
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52170/Crew-News-Member-Cap-Raised-to-1-000

February 13 2014, The Valentine’s Day Massacre Special
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52188/GTA-Online-Valentine-s-Day-Massacre-Special-Is-Now-Available

March 4 2014, The Business Update
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52202/The-Business-Update-for-GTA-Online-Is-Now-Available

April 2 2014, Grand Theft Auto Online Spring Updates
This is the announcement that online heists would be release in spring 2014 which can constitute it’s first delay since it has been talked about since the start.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52217/Grand-Theft-Auto-Online-Spring-Updates

April 11 2014, Capture Creator Update
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52232/GTA-Online-Capture-Creator-Update-Now-Available-Plus

May 13 2014, The High Life Update
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52248/The-High-Life-Update-for-GTA-Online-Is-Now-Available

June 9 2014, Grand Theft Auto V Coming this Fall to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
The announcement that GTA V is coming out for PC, XBox One, and PlayStation 4, and *all three* would be released in the fall of 2014 but no date set.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52261/Grand-Theft-Auto-V-Coming-this-Fall-to-PlayStation-4-Xbox

June 17 2014, The “I’m Not a Hipster” update
Came online during HIGH and over hyped anticipation of heists being released around this time to everyone’s chagrin. In the comments section in this url is a note from R* apologizing for the (second) delay for Online Heists.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52264/The-GTA-Online-I-m-Not-a-Hipster-Update-Is-Now-Available

July 1 2014, Independence Day Special
Introducing Monster Trucks, fireworks, and beer hats.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52270/The-GTA-Online-Independence-Day-Special-Available-Starting

August 19 2014, San Andreas Flight School
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52294/the-gta-online-san-andreas-flight-school-update-now-available

September 12 2014, Official release dates for “nextgen” and PC.
November 18th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC January 27th. This marks the first delay for PC since it was announced in June that GTA V would released on all three platforms in the fall of 2014. January 27th is in the middle of winter.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52308/grand-theft-auto-v-release-dates-and-exclusive-content

October 2 2014, The Last Team Standing Update
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52322/the-last-team-standing-update-for-gta-online-now-available

November 13 2014, GTA Online Census
I know this isn’t real content but it’s interesting to read the stats.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52349/gta-online-census-the-story-so-far

November 18 2014, official release of GTA V for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
With no delay as there was with the Xbox 360, PS3 and still an ongoing delay with PC.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52350/grand-theft-auto-v-is-now-available-for-playstation-4-and

December 16 2014, Online Heists trailer released
“I know you’ve been complaining… but you weren’t ready.” This article states Online Heists coming in Early 2015. Here is another article by IGN interviewing Imran Sarwar GTA online producer and lead mission designer explaining why it has taken so long for online heists to be finished.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52365/gta-online-heists-new-trailer-and-info

December 18 2014, The GTA Online Festive Surprise.
This was just like last year, the items were temporary but they were free. There was a stocking mask you kept for free if you logged in on Christmas day.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52367/the-gta-online-festive-surprise

January 13 2015, New release date for PC to March 24th 2015, with system requirement specs. This is the second PC delay.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52374/gtav-pc-new-release-date-first-screens-and-system-specs

January 16 2015, Pre-orders available for GTA V PC, with bonus GTA$ and a free R* game due to the delay.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52376/pre-order-the-gtav-pc-download-at-the-rockstar-warehouse-now

February 24 2015, Release date set for Online heists for March 10th 2015 which keeps with Rockstar’s announcement from December about an “early 2015” release for online heists. Also announced is yet another updated (delayed) release date for PC to April 14th.  This is the third delay for PC, with bonus GTA$200,000 in GTA online for people who had already pre-ordered which potentially can add up to $1million for online mode if you ordered it before February 1st.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52394/gtav-updates-online-heists-coming-march-10-gtav-for-pc

March 10th 2015, GTA Online Heists go live after 1½ fucking years since the game’s release in September of 2013.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52402/gta-online-heists-now-available

April 2nd 2015, Watch the GTAV 60 Frames-Per-Second PC Trailer
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52411/watch-the-gtav-60-frames-per-second-pc-trailer

April 3rd 2015, GTA Online Heists TV Spot, footage from the PC version
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52413/gta-online-heists-tv-spot

April 3rd 2015, GTAV PC Digital Pre-Load Information
https://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/articles/204657218-GTAV-PC-Digital-Pre-Load-Information

April 7th 2015, GTA V PC pre-download goes live.
As of 1 pm EDT on Steam the pre-download is live. This offically makes GTA V on PC a “done” deal with no more delays. One week to go until it is playable.
https://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/articles/204657218

April 9th 2015, GTA Online PC servers appeared temporarily online on Rockstar’s status page. This lasted about an hour, as it’s no longer shown on the status page. It’s assumed that game revwers got a sneek peek at GTA V and GTA Online since This Link still shows a handful of people playing GTA V on PC via Steam’s database stats and info.
https://steamdb.info/app/271590/graphs/

Rockstar server status page:
https://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/articles/200426246–Updated-4-30-14-GTA-Online-Status-Latest-Updates-

April 14th 2015, Grand Theft Auto V Is Now Available for PC
At 12am midnight GMT, digital downloads were “unlocked” and installing began. The release went off with very few hitches if any. The majority of issues players had effected a few players who had unstable PCs, under powered PCs who made settings too high and ignored the minimum PC specifications released two months earlier. GTA V is quite scaleable, even on a PC at minimum specification with the advanced eye candy disabled, GTA V for PC plays and looks better than it did in it’s original release for the Xbox 360, and PS3, and on a modern gaming PC is the best experience for GTA V, bar none.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52417/grand-theft-auto-v-is-now-available-for-pc

So what’s left to wait for now it’s all said and done? GTA V and GTA Online aren’t done. There is still speculation for a new Story mode DLC (as there were two for GTA IV) more heist missions for GTA online, as well as whatever else Rockstar plans on doing. Stay tuned.

April 2, 2014

My open feedback letter to Rockstar

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 4:11 pm
To GTAOnline@rockstargames.com
I really enjoy spectating from my TV, but I don’t get the Obituary notices of people dying and who killed them. Actually i get no notices at all while spectating (bounties being set, people leaving the server, etc..)
Also while spectating players who are driving fast, I can’t spin the camera around to look behind them to see who’s chacing them, very annoying. You’d think clicking right Stick would give you a behind look but that does nothing in spectator mode.
I’ve also noticed the same camera issue as a passenger in a friend car while in a Mod Shop, i can’t look at the back of the car while my friend buys mods.
While spectating it would be nice if i could see what kind of car a player is driving at the bottom right of the screen.
Would also be nice while spectating the minimap was present at the bottom left, that way i can get a better idea where they are and who’s around them.
I’d also like to be able to take screenshots while in spectator mode.
Highlighting other players needs to be changed from other than making their dot blink. Other players will blink like that when they respawn after they had been killed, and I get killed from friendly fire all the time because my crew mate thinks I’m a target they highlighted from before. Plus this highlight doesn’t seem to last very long. They all get turned off right after i die. Would be perfect if i can select a color for the dot on the map/minimap. The crew and friend colors around the dot don’t really help when the middle of a gun battle.
Often i see people disappear from the players list while in spectator mode. Now some ppl are hacking when they do that, but often it’s because they called Lester to be off-radar, or sometimes they are shopping. I really wish people wouldn’t disappear from the list assuming they are still out in public.
I also heard that you guys plan on NERFING how aggressive the police are.  PLEASE DO SO!! They are more annoying than players! And also quite STUPID trying to do a pit-maneuver while I’m driving a RHINO (tank).  Dumbass cops!
Why do all the female characters look identical? My 2nd character is female and they all look simular, yet the female NPCs all look diffrent, some big and fat, some older, some young, some sexy,, short and tall.  I can understand the limitations for player character animaitons but it would be nice to make my female characters more unique other than just a change of clothes and hairstyles. I’d love to look more like the hot girls in bikinis at Vespucci beach.  Even the female lifeguards look good.
The best looking female NPC is the bartender at Vanilla Unicorn.  I’d love to make my female character look something like her.  Nice hair.. cute tank top.. and a nice rack too! 🙂
Once you’ve ranked to 120 there’s really pointless ranking up anymore. We need more/new incentives and rewards to rank up for players like me who’s been on this since GTAo 1st went live. Because of this i’ve made a 2nd character to rank up.
Speaking of 2nd characters there are slots for 5 characters, when will these open up?
Please let us purchase a Cargobob! PLEEESE?  i have to use my low rank character to spawn one, and then sign back on with my high rank one just to play with it.  I cant see how a cargobob will effect gameplay or harass other player any more than a Rhino tank would cause.
Will we ever get to visit North Yankton in Online mode?
Will we ever get to meet Trevor, Franklin, or Michael in online mode as NPCs? Not just in cutscenes.
When im flying in a helicopter (and other aircraft some times) when the heli fails and starts to fall from the sky, every time i bail out and deploy my parachute, I lose my parachute and fall to my death. WTF is with that?  Even if i get far and clear from the helicopter and i try to deploy my chute, it quickly goes away as if someone hit it or shot it.. and i fall to my death.  this needs to be fixed.
I would like be able to mod my car with different horns (the standard ones) that you get different cars. Most cars have different “stock” horns from each other and I ought to be able to buy those in whatever vehicle i have for a cheap price (like under $1000 or so).  this includes the “Ooogah!” horn from the Roosevelt. Would be funny to put that horn in my Adder!  😀
We also need more licensed music for the radio. I know there’s a lot of stations in GTAV but they only seem to have less than 10 songs per station and it gets REALLY redundant. How about adding in the cool original radio soundtrack from GTA3? no licence fees there! Lots of good songs on that. I know you’re already adding new songs for online mode but those won’t play on the radio. I need new driving music.
I’m also getting really sick and tired getting calls from NPC nagging me about something. I’ve done ALL mission jobs that are out now and I’m still getting lip-service from Simeon, Ron, Lamar, Lester, Martin, and even random calls from Merryweather about not doing things when i just did them.. several times over even. I think once a player is high ranked they should leave you alone.  I’ve also gotten text messages from these characters thanking me for a job i did yesterday.  WTF?
thanks for your time
HUGSaLOT (on XBL)

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