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GTA IV - Development Diary

Feature: Everything you need to know about GTA's next-gen debut

Chances are you, everyone you know who's ever touched a game pad - and perhaps even your nan - can't wait to get their hands on the massive fourth GTA instalment.

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Probably then, you're also trawling every inch of the internet's gaming forums to stay up to date with the next-gen crime-em-up. To help keep you up to speed with anything GTA-related, you're friendly neighbourhood CVG has compiled every fact that's currently known about the game on one handy page.

As new revelations are made about the game as development progresses, you can expect this very page to be updated accordingly. So keep checking back and update your dusty Favourites list.

April 27, 2007 - New scans revealed foxy female
Official PlayStation Magazine lands in subscribers' hands and the 14-page preview is torn apart. Key points include details of Rockstar's creation of Liberty City, which the company claims is the real star of the game.

April 24, 2007 - New details from Game Informer Q&A
Game informer man answers fan queries, revealing new Midnight Club-style driving and scarce loading times.

April 10, 2007 - First gamplay details revealed
GTA IV-branded Game Informer lands in subscribers hands, revealing the first concrete GTA IV gameplay details including:

- Lead character's name is Niko Bellic, and he's believed to be Croatian or Serbian.
- Multiplayer is be announced at some point in the future.
- Players can use a mobile to call your contacts.
- There are no planes as the game takes place in one city only.
- You'll have more choice than in previous games, though you will still be taking orders from people.
- The story is said to unfold in many different ways giving you more choice and control over the outcome.
- The structure of the storyline is said to be "quite different" to previous games.

April 2, 2007 - First artwork emerges
Teaser cover of a US mag reveals the first GTA IV artwork - and the promise of new details and screenshots when the publication arrives at the end of the month.

March 29, 2007 - First trailer goes live
Debut teaser trailer reveals first GTA IV info, including the Liberty City and modern day setting. Also uncovered in the trailer is...

East European main character: The narrator in the trailer is a Russian character whose background seems to revolve around murder, smuggling and erm, selling people.

RAGE engine: As has always been heavily assumed, the next GTA ditches Renderware to make use of the graphically-spectacular Table Tennis RAGE engine (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine).

The funny is back: proving that GTA hasn't lost it's trademark humour are the plethora of fake adverts available for glimpse in the video, including upcoming TV show "America's Next Top Hooker" and "Sprunk", a beverage we probably won't picking up on the next trip round Tesco.

March 1, 2007 - Take Two reaffirms episodic content date
Previously announced GTA IV episodic content will now arrive in 2008, Take Two reveals in its financial report.

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