GTA IV Episodes Coming To Disc As Standalone Game

GTA IV Episodes Coming To Disc As Standalone Game

Today’s newly announced Ballad of Gay Tony episode for Grand Theft Auto IV was only half of Rockstar’s GTA news. The other half could usher in a new approach to downloadable content.

Rockstar announced that the fall-slated Ballad of Gay Tony and the February-released GTA IV episode The Lost and Damned will be released as a complication disc for the Xbox 360.

The disc, entitled, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, will retail for $US39.99.

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City delivers two games on one disc – the all-new episode The Ballad of Gay Tony and the first episode, The Lost and Damned – together on disc for the first time – for Xbox 360 for $US39.99 and will not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.

By contrast, the downloadable versions of the episodes will require that gamers own a copy of GTA IV. Requiring that players own the core game has been the tradition for post-release DLC of major console games. Rockstar’s announcement today signals is the first prominent experiment with a second approach, that treats add-on content as a standalone expansion playable on its own.


  • What about this DLC coming to the PC version? I really prefer the experience on the PC, and these episodes seem to be pretty decent. Any news on these ever coming to PC?

  • This is good news for me; I’d rather not use up all the space on my shitty little 20 gig hard drive. Inbetween Fallout 3, Rock Band 1/2 and GTA, I’m stretched fairly thin as is!

    Bit of a jip that I’ll have to pay more for Lost and Damned when I already have it, but I s’pose you can’t win ’em all.

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