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GTA Online Flight School update makes cash easier: patch notes inside

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:03 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Rockstar delivers again. New planes, new cars and many more opportunities to make money await.

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Rockstar’s released the full patch notes for GTA Online update 1.16, the San Andreas Flight School DLC announced yesterday, confirming that money’s going to be easier to earn going forward.

You can play with the new content now.

There’s now no cash reductions on mission replays, and groups of players in Contact Missions get significant percentage boosts. All good.

“Potential cash payouts have increased significantly overall,” although some Missions have been nerfed. Guess which.

Two planes and a new helicopter have been added, as have two variants of the same car, the Coquette Classic. You’ll also get new clothes in the form of a flight suit and a new cap, tons of new parachute options and a significant amount of new jobs.

And the Flight School itself is now open. Get online and get training. You’ll find everything in the notes below.

Top Changes

  • Cash rewards are no longer reduced by 50% on replay of a Contact Mission. Players will now receive the full reward for completing a Mission every time.
  • Players now receive more Cash for playing Contact Missions in groups:
    Two players – +10% Cash
    Three players – +20% Cash
    Four players – +30% Cash
  • Cash and RP for Contact Missions have been rebalanced. This is to ensure that all Contact Missions pay out a fair reward in relation to the mission difficulty and amount of time taken. The potential cash payouts have increased significantly overall, although some specific missions have been reduced as a result of the rebalance.
  • The San Andreas Flight School is now open for business in GTA Online. The Flight School can be accessed via a Job corona, from rank 6 onwards, at Los Santos International Airport indicated by a small plane icon on the map. Ten flying lessons have been added as part of the Flight School which will help to improve players’ flying skills.
  • Two new Planes and one new Helicopter have been added to the Elitas website: Buckingham Mil-Jet, Western Besra, and the Buckingham Swift (Two liveries)
  • Players are now able to purchase and equip a reserve Parachute at Ammu-Nation. They can choose different canopy designs for their primary and reserve parachutes.
  • One new vehicle (plus a roofless variation) has been added to the Legendary Motorsport website : Invetero Coquette Classic
  • 25 new ‘flags of the world’ themed parachute bags have been added to Ammu-Nation in GTA Online only.
  • Six new multicolored parachute canopies have been added to Ammu-Nation:
    Air Force Chute
    Desert Chute
    Shadow Chute
    High Altitude Chute
    Airborne Chute
    Sunrise Chute
  • A new Flight Suit outfit has been added for Male and Female characters. This is available in all clothes stores in the outfits menu.
  • A new Flight Cap accessory has been added for Male and Female characters. This is available in all clothes stores in the hats menu.
  • Players who downgrade to smaller garages will now be able to request vehicles stored in previous garages from the Mechanic.
  • Players in Tanks will now show as such with a specific Tank icon on the Minimap.
  • Substantial changes made to On Call functionality to enable players to enter their choice of Job as quickly as possible.
  • Fixed an issue where Crew Leaders could occasionally be unable to put a Crew Emblem on Jackets or Hoodies.
  • Fixed an issue in the Creator where placed props would not appear correctly.
  • A large number of new Jobs have been added:

    VS Modes:

    G-Rating Hot I (Raton Canyon)
    G-Rating Hot II (Vespucci)
    G-Rating Cold I (Raton Canyon)
    G-Rating Cold II (Vespucci)
    Acquire Targets I
    Acquire Targets II
    Air Force Zero I
    Air Force Zero II

    Parachutes:

    Under The Radar
    Cleared for Landing
    Taking the Plunge
    Holding Pattern

    Races:

    Need For Seed
    Under The Wing
    Crosswind
    Drag Strip
    Base Level
    Flying Low
    Swift Arrival
    The Humane Race

    Captures:

    Contend: Crowded Airspace
    GTA: Airheads

    In addition, the following jobs have been reactivated:

    Stocks and Scares
    Chemical Extraction
    Rich Men in Richman
    Hack and Dash

New Features / Updates

  • The color of the player’s Parachute Bag can now be chosen through a new option in the Interaction menu. They can also toggle the visibility of the parachute bag if they have a parachute equipped.
  • A player’s Mental State now also decreases over time whilst using the Spectate feature.
  • ‘NEW’ now appears on invites, alongside the Job type, for all Rockstar Created or Verified Jobs that have not yet been played by the recipient. This only appears on feed invite notifications, not on the phone.
  • Short- term RP and Cash bonuses will now show in Job coronas as well as on the Next Job Voting Screen.
  • News screens shown during transitions will now alert players if some Jobs have RP or Cash bonuses for playing them.
  • Both the Driver and Passenger are now able to see direction arrows in Rally Races.
  • If players choose to use a custom vehicle in a Race, that vehicle will now be saved and used as the default on the vehicle selection screen of the next Race.
  • Players are now able to talk to one another in spectator mode once they have finished a Race.
  • Players are now able to change the spectator camera mode and angle when they begin to spectate after completing a Job.
  • A small change has been made to time formatting on Leaderboards so that they now read as “00:00.000”.
  • The cap for the amount of Cash stolen by Muggers has been adjusted to allow for differences in level.
  • Players can now set the duration for One on One Deathmatches in the Interaction Menu.
  • A new on/off option has been added to the Interaction Menu to allow players to choose whether to wear a Helmet when using Motorbikes.
  • Co-op teams now appear grouped on Mission Leaderboards.
  • When using a Plane, you can now toggle the minimap by using D-pad down.

Generic / Miscellaneous Fixes

Fixed a wide range of exploits.
Fixed an issue where players could lose control of their characters when accepting an invite during main load screen via the XMB menu.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for Personal Vehicles to spawn on top of one another.
Fixed an issue where players could be removed from the ‘On Call’ queue if they entered the GTA Online Pause menu.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for players to not be informed that their aim settings had changed after using Find New Session.
Fixed an issue where it was possible to destroy a vehicle containing 4 players, and only kill the driver.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for players to become stuck on Skycam after completing the tutorial Race.
Fixed an issue where it was possible to spawn within Fort Zancudo after completing a Mission.
Fixed an issue where player models would clip one another on the Leviathan if players attempted to sit in the same cart.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for players to clip through the Leviathan carts when getting out after the ride finished.
Lester’s abilities ‘Remove Wanted Level’, ‘Cop Turn Blind Eye’, and ‘Off Radar’ now apply to all passengers in a vehicle as well as the player who initially triggered it.
Fixed an issue where players could be charged multiple times for riding the Ferris Wheel.
Fixed an issue to ensure that players who set Mercenaries on opposing team players during Deathmatches correctly receive a point if the Mercenaries kill a rival player.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for players to be pulled back onto the Ferris Wheel involuntarily if they were standing too close after getting off.
Fixed an issue in Vehicle Deathmatches where players could be targeted but would not be properly blipped on the Minimap.
Fixed an issue where NPCs and their vehicles would appear in the way of properties introduced with the Independence update.
Fixed an issue where players could hang for a short period of time when entering property.
Fixed an issue where players who lost a Race would occasionally see themselves performing a celebration animation.
Fixed an issue where various vending machines were not working correctly.
Fixed an issue where the Leaderboard would not appear when a player was spectating a Race.
Fixed an issue where players in Team Deathmatches were able to hear the other team talk. This has now been normalized so that only players on the same team can talk.
Fixed an issue where some parachute smokes would not transfer between sessions correctly.
Fixed an issue where players could occasionally have hard-top versions of vehicles delivered to them when they ordered the convertible version.
Fixed various issues where clipping could occur with clothing when players took selfies.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for a spectator to become stuck in property when ‘all exit’ to garage is triggered.
Fixed an issue where players in GTA Online were unable to call other players in Single Player, as well as calls between players in Single Player.
Fixed a small issue where the end of Race timer was overlapping player help buttons when a player was spectating.
Fixed an issue that could leave players stuck when switching between players in spectator mode.
Fixed an issue where players were unable to launch Contact Missions which they had previously bookmarked.
Fixed an issue where it was possible to become stuck in a spawning loop when dying after bailing from a Helicopter over the Ocean.
Fixed an issue where players were unable to invite Friends’ Crews in Head to Head matches.
Fixed an issue with transitioning into an event Playlist when choosing to enter the Playlist from the boot screen.
Fixed an issue where players who destroyed their own Pegasus vehicles would be given an increased mental state.
Fixed an issue in the Creator where weapons could be incorrectly named.
Fixed an issue in the Creator where a player testing a Capture Mission would be unarmed regardless of whether or not they have or are given weapons.
Fixed an issue in the Creator where switching the vehicle class would also change the radio station.
Fixed a text issue specific to Chinese and Japanese versions of the game in the Creator where an unsupported character could be seen when attempting to Copy / Delete a Job.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for a player to hang when changing the Default Class in the Air Race Creator.
Fixed an issue where Weather conditions would not synchronize properly between a spectating player and the player being spectated.
Fixed an issue where Bookmarked Air Races would occasionally not appear in some Bookmark lists, but would appear in others.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for players to become stuck when launching Contact Missions.
Fixed an issue where it was possible to hang when exiting the Deathmatch Creator tutorial.
Fixed an issue where it was occasionally possible for players to not receive Auto-invites when the friend sending them was in same session.
Fixed an issue where spectating players would sometimes appear in free mode at the North-East corner of the map far away from everyone else, after a job.
Fixed an issue with Armored Trucks constantly spawning.
Fixed an issue where an enemy in survival would occasionally run away from the shootout.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for the incorrect horn to play when testing horns in the Mod Shop.
Fixed an issue where it was possible for a newly purchased Personal Vehicle to become permanently locked if the player accepted a Job invite in the time between purchasing it and receiving it.
Fixed an issue where players would not be charged for Insurance.

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    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]