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Rumour: Niko’s off to San Andreas

Friday, 9th May 2008 10:18 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Someone over at the GTA Forums has noticed that on the Rockstar Social club site there’s an image of a plane ticket for a Mr Niko Bellic – with the destination as San Andreas.

Now, this of course substantiates nothing, but as you love us writing about everything and anything GTA IV, we thought we’d oblige.

When will you tell us Microsoft? When?

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24 Comments

  1. Zumi

    What has Microsoft got to do with this?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. morriss

    Because if Niko’s off to San Andreas then it could be the contents of the DLC.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Zumi

    That’s the most unlikely thing.. ever. San Andreas was twice the size of GTAIV.

    Could be a sequel though.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    It could just be San Andreas the city, as opposed to the game. There were three cities in it, if memory serves?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. epic_wanderer

    In GTA 1 San Andreas was one city, in the PS2 era game there were three cities in San Andreas state: Los Santos, San Fiero and Las Venturas. Each of these cities had its own airport, if I remember correctly, so you wouldn’t get a ticket San Andreas you would get a ticket to Los Santos etc. Maybe I’m reading too much into this.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. patlike

    Ah, there we are.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Zumi

    It wouldn’t be one city. San Andreas is mentioned several time during the game as being the same as the PS2 San Andreas, the individual cities were named too. So the GTAIV San Andreas, is the state.

    Either way, the DLC won’t be a new city. This stuff is coming out in the Autumn, bringing a new city is essentially the same as making a new game, which would take years.

    Thirly, GTAIV brought in $600 on day one. A whole new city would be akin to a sequel, which Microsoft’s $50 million wouldn’t even come close to covering.

    The DLC will be new missions for GTAIV, and bits and bobs (cars, clothes, weapons). MAYBE if we’re very lucky, we’ll get an additional area, but I doubt it’d even be the size of Bohan.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. AMG

    maybe it’s just a bit of artwork for illustration purposes. you know, to make the site look nice?

    #8 6 years ago
  9. OrphanageExplosion

    Thirly, GTAIV brought in $600 on day one. A whole new city would be akin to a sequel, which Microsoft’s $50 million wouldn’t even come close to covering.

    The DLC will be new missions for GTAIV, and bits and bobs (cars, clothes, weapons). MAYBE if we’re very lucky, we’ll get an additional area, but I doubt it’d even be the size of Bohan.

    While I think you’re right, it’s worth pointing out that the $50m deal with Microsoft is an advance.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. epic_wanderer

    As regards the cost: if the main game cost $100 million, $50 million should cover the cost of a game half the size of GTAIV. Also, you’re not taking into account of the fact people will have to pay to download the content as well.

    Also (again), Vice City was made in a year as well. Presuming the DLC was started before the game was shipped it could be something the size of say an extra island (Staten Island? A bit of countryside + Albany?)

    #10 6 years ago
  11. OrphanageExplosion

    When I said that the $50m is an advance, that’s exactly what it is.

    It’s not a one-off payment to Rockstar for DLC exclusivity; MS has basically fronted up the $$$ in advance, knowing that they’ll get it back – and more – once the DLC is out.

    It’s a no-brainer when you bear in mind that Call of Duty 4 maps can sell over 1m downloads at $9.99/£6.80.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. epic_wanderer

    I agree, and should have been clear that I was responding to Zumi.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Zumi

    “While I think you’re right, it’s worth pointing out that the $50m deal with Microsoft is an advance.”

    Yes I know, that’s my point. Why take $50mil from Microsoft for exclusive stuff, when they would make many more times that if it wasn’t exclusive? They wouldn’t take a $50m deal when they could put it out on the market and make another $600m. I know it’s a loan, and they’ll get it back, but it’s still not cost-effective and would effectively be cutting their profits in half. This deal has to be better for Take Two/Rockstar, than for Microsoft.

    San Andreas would be a fully boxed sequel, not downloadable stuff. I can’t wait for the “is that it?” comments when they finally announce it. People are expecting way too much.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Axle

    This isn’t really related, but the inference from the game, is that there is an entire US in a parallel universe in GTA IV. The radio is always jabbering about the ‘Real Crimes’ series in Vice City and San Andreas, which for me is just as much ‘proof’ of the existence of other cities – San Andreas also had a mission to go to Liberty City.

    Personally, I reckon the ultimate aim for Rockstar would be to have an entire country realised in a GTA MMO.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. OrphanageExplosion

    It’s the obvious next step. Why have a city populated with NPCs when they could be real people?

    No wonder Rockstar is looking at Realtime World’s APB with the corporate equivalent of a ‘Paddington Stare’.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Zumi

    It’ll happen eventually, but most people on the street should still be NPC’s. It’d be a bit silly if everyone in the city was controlled by a real person, running around with shotguns, and driving like a maniac.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. patlike

    I’m very skeptical of the truth of that APB rumour, personally.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Axle

    Since when was APB a rumour? Aren’t Realtime Worlds working on it?

    #18 6 years ago
  19. patlike

    Not the game itself. EG published a story earlier this week saying RW bought the APB IP back from Webzen in order to sell it to Rockstar as GTA Online.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Oli

    It’s well true. Doesn’t mean the deal will go through, of course, but it is why they bought the rights back.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. patlike

    Ooooh. Well, there we are then.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Axle

    That’s interesting, but why didn’t Rockstar cut out the middle man and just buy it themselves? Do they need RW to devlop the online content?

    Seems like robbing Peter to pay Paul to me.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. patlike

    Well, that’s the big question, innit. Why pay for it when they don’t need to?

    #23 6 years ago
  24. iceatcs

    No. It is nothing to do with DLC.

    You will see something for PSP in few months from Rockstar. That’s right, if you are thinking of San Andreas Stories. Niko will be in this game.

    #24 6 years ago

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