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Rockstar Editor coming to Xbox One and PS4 in upcoming update

The Rockstar Editor that made way for an abundance of GTA V fan-made videos and mini-movies is now coming to Xbox One and PS4 in the game’s upcoming update.

Rockstar announced the mode would be coming to consoles back in May, and in the latest reveal of the winner of the Ill Gotten Gains Video Contest it was announced that the update is finally coming.

The winner of the contest (seen below) takes viewers through a dark story showing both the glamour and the hardship of a life of crime.

Now console players can join in on the action expanding the competition for Rockstar’s video contests.

The Editor will be available for both single player and GTA Online giving players the ability to transform into amateur video makers with extensive access to characters, pedestrians, and animals. Players may manipulate and direct short clips however they see fit.

Rockstar has said the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the Editor will be specifically tailored for the limited processing power they have in comparison to high-end PCs.

While no specific date is known yet, more info will soon come regarding both the update and the video contest.

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Rockstar sues the BBC for trademark infringement

Grand Theft Auto V is the center piece to a recent controversy between the parent company of Rockstar Games — Take Two Interactive, and the BBC who allegedly infringed on the developer’s creative property and trademarks.

The developer of the massively successful open-world shooter is claiming the British television company has unfairly used the Rockstar trademarks and that they are more than displeased with “BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games.” according to a report by Gamespot.

Rockstar claims they have had no official involvement in the project and that they’ve tried to address the issue but neither side is budging. “We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.”

The BBC docu-drama that has been the catalyst for this series of events, titled Game Changer, intends to depict the real-life stories behind the GTA franchise. The film is mostly based on the book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto, with Daniel Radcliffe starring as Rockstar’s co-founder Sam Houser.

Despite the controversy BBC has elected to not comment on any legal matters at this time.

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Digital game revenue continues rapid expansion | Grows 15% over the last year

SuperData Research has detailed just how successful the video game industry has grown in digital-only games. In the United States the digital revenue of the industry has broken the billion mark at $1.1 billion for the first time ever. The jump is a 15% increase compared to last year.

The entire industry as a whole has benefited greatly outside of social games. The free-to-play browser-based games and phone games often connected to facebook or twitter have suffered significantly. This section of the industry relies heavily on users buying in-app purchases, and for the first time in six months the average spending per user dropped to $40.

Highlighting the successes though, is Grand Theft Auto V and its PC release. GTA V has already locked the most successful game launch ever and even today the quality experience is still appreciated. 441 thousand PC copies of the open-world shooter have been sold in the United States.

The strangle-hold of digital games is beginning already with massive gains in digital sales being reported by Activision ($538 million in Q1 2015), Square Enix ($233 million in Q1 2015), and Ubisoft ($124 million Q4 2014). Electronic Arts has penciled in a $602 million total revenue (year over year) and with the recent release of Battlefield Hardline, the upcoming release of Star Wars Battlefront, and the growing EA Access service on Xbox One, that number will certainly grow.

As it stands now the control of digital games is just beginning and gamers are responding positively to the change. No longer are developers and publishers scared of burning bridges with the relationships between themselves and retailers. The ease of access and improved functionality of digital games make it a bad time for brick-and-mortar stores like Gamestop.

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Rockstar Editor and DLC on the way to GTA V on new-gen consoles

When Grand Theft Auto V released for PC back in April a few notable bonus features were included that made it stand out from the consoles even more than just the improved visuals. The Rockstar Editor was introduced to allow the creation of custom video clips from players. Now that feature is coming to Xbox One and PS4 — albeit in a limited fashion.

The Rockstar Editor, available for both the single player and GTA Online, will give video makers extensive access to characters, pedestrians, and animals to manipulate and direct short clips however they see fit. While Rockstar has said the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the Editor will be specifically tailored for the limited processing power they have in comparison to high-end PCs.

More notable features coming to the consoles is “The Lab” radio channel, but as for custom radio stations, they “just wouldn’t technically be possible” on consoles according to the developer.

Various DLC is also ensured for the near-future but as far as heists go, new ones seem unlikely to release any time soon.

“For those asking for more Heists, please understand that Grand Theft Auto Online Heists were a tremendous undertaking so it’s not the sort of thing where we can easily create and publish additional Heists like other Job modes and missions. We are, however, working on other cool updates for GTA Online that you can expect over the coming months.” – Rockstar Asked & Answered

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The best to come from the GTA V PC Editor

Rockstar’s PC release of Grand Theft Auto V had much more than just improved visuals and technical capabilities. The major new film-capture feature, Editor, has already gotten extensive use by fans with some high quality clips already being put together. Here’s some of the best to be made within these first few weeks.

 

Super Clown

A violent rampage, physics defying stunts, an eerie mood, and a creepy clown — what else could you need to make an awesome short clip in GTA V?

Trevor Philips in Jackass

On the other side of the coin some light-hearted chaos centered around the insane mind of Trevor Philips. All of the bone-breaking jumps are very believable for Trevor’s meth-fueled world.

The Epic Meth Lab Shootout

This is one of most well-made clips that takes a cinematic approach to a mission that is actually already in the game. The “Quentin Tarantino style” approach to the destruction of the O’Neil brothers’ operation looks fantastic with some nice special effects and kick-ass music.

Franklin – Time

With a dark-stormy backdrop and a narrative to fit it, Franklin – Time is able to actually convey a fairly deep story in just a four minute video. The director, Jack Hunt, does an extremely good construction of tracking shots with great lighting effects throughout the clip.

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GTA V: PC release opens to mixed opinions

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The Grand Theft Auto V PC port released yesterday in astounding 60fps and a resolution that scales to 4k; more detail here. Apparently 73% of the Steam reviewers are satisfied, basking in the wake of a glorious video editor, meticulous setting adjusters, and even customized radio, but the other 27% aren’t doing so hot.

Crashes, bugs, and the sub rosa utterance of a rushed port portend a disjointed reception of Rockstar’s newest endeavors.

Despite these minor setbacks, Rockstar seems hellbent on using their insane revenue to give fans on all systems the sporadic fever dream of a world with relaxed rules, ultra-violence, and of course, packing your garage with stolen vehicles.

What a time to be alive.

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Rockstar introduces “editor” for Grand Theft Auto V

After almost two years since its initial release on Xbox 360 and PS3, Rockstar is still adding features to Grand Theft Auto V, and as they gear up for the new PC release the developer looks to add a major new gameplay component — a video editor.

The Rockstar Editor will be available for both the single player and GTA Online and will give video makers extensive access to characters, pedestrians, and animals to utilize in the “Director Mode.” This sub-category of the editor can let players stage their own specific movie sequence with customizable video and audio options.

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Piece together your clips after you’ve finished shooting.

The entire process operates in a similar manner as iMovie or Adobe Premiere — but a bit more simplified. After recording your clips you can create “whatever you can dream up.” Whether that be full fledged movies, montages, or a short-story type film; players will have a wide array of options when using the editor with various filters, detailed image manipulation options, a great selection of camera angles, and quick jumps to any location on the map.

Even time of day, weather, and pedestrian/vehicle density will be controlled by the players to help create the ultimate video game movie making experience.

The feature will be immediately available as GTA V releases officially on PC April 14 for $59.99.

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GTA V heists are here for select gamers

It only took two years and a few months, but Rockstar has finally — finally — begun the release of the long-desired gamemode — heists — to GTA V on all platforms.

Online heists will incorporate the same complex style the singleplayer missions have with players organizing in a team to pull off dramatic and high-profit objectives. Online heists have groups of four working together to determine an attack-plan, escape route, and how they’d like to split the pot after completing the mission.

The update was is due to release to everyone on March 10th, but Rockstar has elected to roll the new game mode out more gradually with certain players getting a chance to play the heists today. If you’re one of the lucky few you’ll receive a prompt to update GTA V as soon as you start the game up. If not, you’ll have to wait a few more days.

The update is 1.2 GB on old platforms (Xbox 360/PS3) and 4.8 GB on new platforms (Xbox One/PS4).

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Grand Theft Auto V atop the rest still months from its PC release

It’s been well over a year since Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V released back in September of 2013, and since then it has continually been placed rightfully as one of the greatest games ever with incredible records being shattered.

During its first three days of release the open-world action game became the fastest selling entertainment property to reach a billion dollars of retail sales.

With its more recent release on the new generation, it’s popularity continues as it has overtaken the likes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and FIFA 15 on the Charttrack ratings.

With new FPS features and significant visual upgrades when run on the new hardware, GTA V on the new generation is already a masterpiece, but as it prepares for its PC release its fair to expect it to get even better with even more capable hardware to help the game reach an even higher potential — both graphics-wise and mod-wise.

GTA V will release on March 24th on PC.

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WEEK 
1 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 1
2 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 3
3 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 2
4 SAINTS ROW IV RE-ELECTED/GAT OUT OF HELL DEEP SILVER
5 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION
6 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 4
7 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 5
8 RUGBY 15 BIG BEN
9 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 7
10 THE CREW UBISOFT 6
11 DESTINY ACTIVISION 9
12 ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY UBISOFT 8
13 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 10
14 DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION EA GAMES 14
15 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 17
16 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 11
17 JUST DANCE 2015 UBISOFT 13
18 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
19 WATCH DOGS UBISOFT 12
20 SUPER SMASH BROS. NINTENDO 15
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A winter wonderland in Los Santos! | Rockstar updates Grand Theft Auto V Online for the Holiday season

Just as it did last year on the previous generation, the snow is piling up across Los Santos right now in Grand Theft Auto Online in honor of the holiday season.

This time around there’s some more to see with the return of the firework launcher, and the ability for players to pick up snowballs and stage some lighthearted wars amidst the typical destructive nature of the world.

Something about these snowballs is a bit crazy in itself too, as they can deal some pretty substantial damage for a fluffy ball of freezing. Depending on a players strength you can kill a pedestrian with a single good throw.

Along with the snowballs and wonderful updates to the scenery and vistas of the city, expect some tough driving conditions as roads are even more slick than what they typically are with rain, and some objects in the streets are covered by the layers of snow.

Some new cars, weapons, and gear are also available to players, while Rockstar promises some extras for those that check their inventory on Christmas day.

Rockstar Newswire: Festive Surprise