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.