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#1

Posted 31 January 2017 - 10:43 PM

You've spent a few weeks grinding, now it's time to go spending on the cheap, amongst other news today.
 
Before we get to the discounts, there's a few important things to point out that Rockstar have announced today.
 
Character transfer ends 6th March

In what we're assuming is a middle finger to the cheaters who transfer modded money, the ability to transfer your character (that is, appearance, money and progress) from last generation platforms to new generation platforms will no longer be active from 6th March. While the "definitive" version is no doubt the best way to play GTA V, with the upgraded visuals, first person mode, more animals and all of the updates of GTA Online, we hope this doesn't affect those who are genuinely still working away at their last generation characters if they've been unable to buy a new console yet. With that said, if you've been hmmming and ahhhhing about whether to upgrade, now might be the time!
 
More updates "in the works" for 2017

One line, 16 words, it feels like a long time since Rockstar have been so candid! In a little bit surprising but somewhat refreshing tone, Rockstar also confirmed today that more updates are being planned for GTA Online this year. The scale of these updates? we're not quite sure; we've had a few bigs ones over the last year like CEO, Bikers and Import/Export, so now might be the perfect time to release the most wanted vehicles, weaponry and clothing wardrobes that everyone is asking for. In response to our recent article about the GTA Online "slowing down" rumours in preparation for Red Dead Redemption 2, it's pretty good news in general.
 
Register for the mailing list
 
Plug plug plug! Rockstar have reminded us that, apparently, registering with their mailing list occasionally grants select members bonuses and discounts in GTA Online. People are speculating that this has been the source of the recent $250k mystery bonuses, but it still seems pretty random (I've had nothing personally so far :(). It also offers the usual latest news delivered right into your inbox about GTA V, GTA Online and yes yes yes, Red Dead Redemption 2! (eeek).
 
Rockstar says Thanks
 
Pat yourselves on the back everybody. Rockstar offers a nice gesture by toasting to the continually dedicated players of GTA Online from over the years; 2016 was a particularly good year so we're told, with Rockstar offering some recent stats about what's happened in the game world lately, including 24 million MCs and 10 billion vehicle mods being created/applied in December alone! Holy! They also offer their thanks for all the reports people send in about griefers, and reaffirm that they are commited to keeping the game clean from cheaters.
 
Now onto the sales...
 
There is certainly some money to be made and saved over the next 2 weeks until the 13th February, before we're assuming a Valentine's Day update will drop, including:
  • Double money and RP adversary modes - Juggernaut, Vehicle Vendetta, Lost vs Damned
  • 50% discount on Executive offices
  • 25% discount on Vehicle Warehouses
  • 50% discounts at LS Customs - vehicle armour, bulletproof tyres
  • 25% discount at LS Customs - cosmetics
  • 25% discount at Benny's - cosmetics
  • 25% discounts at Ammu-Nation - pistols, sniper rifles, light machine guns
  • 25% discounts on select vehicles - turreted limo, buzzard, cargobob, Pegassi Osiris, Principe Diabolus
  • Premium races - The Wave and Vespucci
  • Time trials - Storm Drain and Up Chiliad
And that's all folks!

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:04 PM Edited by Spider-Vice, 31 January 2017 - 11:04 PM.

My opinion about the character transfers being deactivated is that it's a bit of a chicken move. So, instead of applying actual data filtering mechanisms, to filter out ridiculous RP levels and money amounts (they very probably have access to logs on each transaction that's happened within the game, just filter accounts out based on past logged behaviour!), they decide it's a better idea to also ruin it for players who still plan on upgrading. I know they might want some sales for V NG, but I still think it's a seriously weird move. Rockstar launches a massive multiplayer online experience without caring to develop any kind of behaviour filtering. Mistake, in my opinion.

 

I initially thought they were starting to close things up for an eventual closure of GTA Online updates, maybe they were starting to reach a certain limit, where accounts transferred from LG couldn't adapt to all the changes, but other than that I see no reason other than filtering out cheaters (and in a really bad [sure, effective...] way). I do wonder until when this year they'll still keep churning out updates. RDR2 might not affect them, but they don't have infinite ideas, nor the engine can handle infinite updates, as I don't think they've made any major changes in the past year or so since the NG update.

 

As for the 250K bonuses. Well I got f*cked by them when I got the notification on the loading screen I had gotten something but I never got anything in-game. And I'm subscribed to their mailing list.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:30 PM Edited by EVOLUT7ON, 31 January 2017 - 11:31 PM.

well, finally they decided to make it :r*: 
As for me, I really appreciated for their feedback to our GTAfan community... But too sad that they didn't summed up the year of 2016 like they did that last year...

Anyway, welcome to 2017 and let's wait for the new updates and speculate about this here :)


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:32 PM

My guess is that the stats they got from a pretty bountiful Christmas showed a vast majority of new players being on current gen consoles instead of last gen, dwindling last gen playercount as people move to current gen and a heavily decreasing rate of transfers after the inevitable Christmas boom; so while they wouldn't wanted to have pulled the plug earlier and affected a large amount of normal players, it's fine to do so now since the numbers went below a threshold. Or someone looked at them and said "eh, low enough", whatever works.

As for why they'd remove it, on top of people transferring illegitimate stats I imagine they're wanting to squeeze the remaining people who would be happy to buy the game (or game+console) on current gen with a transferred character, but were waiting for whatever reason (biggest factor likely being slowly decreasing prices) so would be forced to act now. Once the window is passed they can then pretty much ignore last gen since there's no updates and no transfers, which would have a number of benefits from them.

It's gonna suck for a few people but not enough for Rockstar to really care imo.
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:36 PM

That's awful news. For me anyway. I was looking to get a PS4 around April time and level up my character from last gen til' then. Oh well.

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:40 AM

That's awful news. For me anyway. I was looking to get a PS4 around April time and level up my character from last gen til' then. Oh well.

Im sorry, but Your signature is a perfect reaction for us (ok, me) according to last gen people :)

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:50 AM

SINCE ROCKSTAR GOING TO GIVE US DLC'S FOR 2017. WHAT GOING TO HAPPEN 2018


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 01:38 AM

After March 6th will players who already transferred from PS3/XBOX 360 to PS4/XBOX ONE still be able to transfer to the PC?


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 02:12 AM

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 05:11 AM Edited by Yinepi, 01 February 2017 - 05:12 AM.

After March 6th will players who already transferred from PS3/XBOX 360 to PS4/XBOX ONE still be able to transfer to the PC?

This only effects LG to NG. Seeing as PC is updated "NG" version of game, I fail to see why it would effect those transferring from current consoles to PC.


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 10:00 AM Edited by HeavyDuke, 01 February 2017 - 10:01 AM.

That's awful news. For me anyway. I was looking to get a PS4 around April time and level up my character from last gen til' then. Oh well.

I'll do you a favor on this one. Check your inbox. Anyone els in this situation?

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 10:47 AM

I called it. It was inevitable they were gonna do this, and let's be honest, they weren't going to win against the cheaters. It's just easier to shut the feature off than fighting an uphill battle.

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 11:38 AM

People who are still on X360/PS3 should find a close friend with a PS4, XB1 or PC to transfer their characters over. Preferably on March 5th to maximize progress before transferring. That's what I'd do, anyway.

Happy about this, I'm sick of seeing people with 10,000 wins and 0 losses in Stunt Races just sitting back and blocking the tracks, etc. Since they have nothing to lose or gain. Good riddance.

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 01:25 PM

Like said, this is probably done because of cash cards and corporate greed.

 

Instead of coming up with propper anti-cheat mechanics they are just gonna do what Trump plans do do, close the borders.

 

And besides that, they will just count on this playerbase to rat on other players on current gen consoles

 

from there(this is rather speculation) it would kinda be a small step of just removing the report option on current gen consoles i guess, after about a year or so.


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 10:08 PM

Yawn more Rockstar online crap

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 07:18 AM

Yet another act of Rockstar done soley out of greed....


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 04:56 PM

Yet another act of Rockstar done soley out of greed....

Sure, if people wouldn't cheat, then transfers would probably never end. You're blaming the wrong party. 


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 01:58 AM Edited by The_Dust_69, 05 February 2017 - 06:30 AM.

 

After March 6th will players who already transferred from PS3/XBOX 360 to PS4/XBOX ONE still be able to transfer to the PC?

This only effects LG to NG. Seeing as PC is updated "NG" version of game, I fail to see why it would effect those transferring from current consoles to PC.

 

New clarification just surfaced that on March 6th NO you will not be able to transfer from any previous platform to PC.

This make me so stressed out. I guess I'm going to build my PC this month so I can get my foot in the door before it is closed forever! 

This is big news and it's not good!

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 03:00 AM

6th march: dodo .. finally?


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 06:17 AM Edited by Yinepi, 05 February 2017 - 06:17 AM.

New clarification just surfaced that on March 6th NO you will not be able to transfer form any previous platform to PC.

 


 

 

 

This has to be the most idiotic thing I've heard regarding this. Rockstar really are being c*nts about this.

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 06:46 AM Edited by The_Dust_69, 05 February 2017 - 06:49 AM.

 

New clarification just surfaced that on March 6th NO you will not be able to transfer form any previous platform to PC.

 


 

 

 

This has to be the most idiotic thing I've heard regarding this. Rockstar really are being c*nts about this.

There better be some really good updates this year if I'm going to invest in a PC.

"Last chance to transfer your years of progress to the PC!  It's NOW or never!" - Rockstar  :devil:


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 10:38 AM

Rockstar have been c*nts since the game released on PC. They once put a script in the PC version to delete lowriders spawned in SP by mods and greying out DLC weapons.
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Posted 05 February 2017 - 12:48 PM

Rockstar have been c*nts since the game released on PC. They once put a script in the PC version to delete lowriders spawned in SP by mods and greying out DLC weapons.

Yeah they really hate it if people try to have fun ofline. No cashcard proffit.


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 01:23 PM

6th march: dodo .. finally?

Returning player stuff doesn't require transfering. 99.9% sure nothing will change about it. 


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 03:33 PM

hey ive a question. i tried to trigger the sea plane random event in gta v. i play on pc and i have build 350. i arrived on boat several times, but the mission wont trigger. does any1 know why?


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 04:12 PM Edited by HeavyDuke, 05 February 2017 - 04:22 PM.

hey ive a question. i tried to trigger the sea plane random event in gta v. i play on pc and i have build 350. i arrived on boat several times, but the mission wont trigger. does any1 know why?

Hold on a minute... you tried to spawn an event with the sea plane? You built a small block Chevrolet 350 '5.7 Liter' and you arrived on a boat a few times and no mission gets triggered?

 

 

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Anyways, i always think its pretty fun when i drive one of my modded cars and someone during as mission sees them and gets all salty, throwing sticky bombs at it which don't do a thing when you are inside the mentioned vehicle. 

 

 

And i'm all like:

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Seriously though, i hope R* doesn't add any new vehicles that can only be obtained by using a mod menu such as the amazing Ruiner3.

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Because those then will never see the daylight on PS4 now with the transfers ending.


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 04:39 PM

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Because those then will never see the daylight on PS4 now with the transfers ending.

 

True, it'd absolutely suck if you couldn't get cars you're not supposed to have anymore..


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 05:07 AM

 

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Because those then will never see the daylight on PS4 now with the transfers ending.

 

True, it'd absolutely suck if you couldn't get cars you're not supposed to have anymore..

 

Which, besides Ruiner3, are those?


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 07:25 AM

 

 

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Because those then will never see the daylight on PS4 now with the transfers ending.

 

True, it'd absolutely suck if you couldn't get cars you're not supposed to have anymore..

 

Which, besides Ruiner3, are those?

 

Brickade, dune. Just a matter of time until they'll be blacklisted though. (i know that you could get the dune through races, but originally you could only get it through cheating+transfering)





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