The news has been out for some days that Microsoft secured the exclusive rights to provide additional content for the upcoming blockbuster Grand Theft Auto 4 paying a total of $50 million for that content alone. The two episodic content packages which haven been bought for $25 million dollar each will both be released in 2008 exclusively for the Xbox 360.
I personally think that this is a huge sum that Microsoft paid for these exclusive rights. I'm wondering how much it would have cost Microsoft to purchase the whole company instead and add it to their gaming empire. There are no information available about the contents of those episodic content packages but I suppose that it will probably have at least the size of a decent add-on.
Everything else would be really disappointing. It remains to be seen how much it will cost Xbox 360 users to play the additional contents and if Microsoft is able to drive more users to the Xbox 360 with the additional content alone. What do you think about this move?
Update: The two exclusives are The Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and Damned, Episodes from Liberty City. Both episodes were released exclusively for Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming system on October 2009, and somewhat surprisingly less than a year later for Playstation 3 and Microsoft Windows as well. This indicates that Microsoft bought exclusivity for a period of time only and not forever.
Here is the Ballad of Gay Tony debut trailer which Rockstar released as a tester of the upcoming episode.
And here is The Lost and Damned trailer as well for your viewing pleasure.
There you have it, one episode about glitz and bizz, the other about a gang of bikers.
Rockstar Games added a new feature in the Lost and Damned game, mid-mission checkpoints which meant that players did not have to play through the whole mission again if they failed in the second half of it.
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