Published at 10:43 PM PST

No, you did not ready that title wrong - Leslie Benzies, the president of Rockstar North, is set to buy a church in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, where he has lived for over a decade.

Known as an eastern "gateway" into Stockbridge, the St Stephen's Church is a local landmark, dating from the early 18 hundreds; one which has been looking for a new owner, since a campaign to save it for the community failed earlier this year.

The future of the building was in doubt, with more than 50 potential buyers expressing an interest in the building - some wishing to turned it into "private flats or a bar-
restaurant complex". Benzies though, acknowledging the historical and community importance of the building, ultimately placed a securing bid that is rumored to be in the area of £500,000 (USD$850,000).

Philip Johnston, a spokesman for Benzies, told Edinburgh News that this is "an entirely philanthrophic purchase":

Stockbridge is a busy residential area with a relatively small number of community venues. The preservation of St Stephen’s church as a community centre meets a pressing need as well as protecting an important historical building. We are delighted that we can help bring the church back to its former glory securing its future whilst providing a renovated local and performing arts centre that will benefit the wider community.

According to Edinburgh News, "a charitable trust has been founded to manage the community centre and a board of trustees will include representatives from the local community".

I think Kotaku put it best Leslie - that's a class act.

Published at 8:10 PM PST

Great news for next-gen console owners and PC gamers today, as Rockstar announces that Grand Theft Auto V will be headed their way this fall:

Grand Theft Auto V will take full advantage of the power of the PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC with across-the-board graphical and technical improvements to deliver a stunning new level of detail. Increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic, and enhanced resolutions all work together to bring new life to the cities, towns, deserts and oceans of Rockstar North’s epic reimagining of Southern California.

The announcement was first made at Sony's E3 event, which an accompanying trailer above.

Rockstar is making the transition as seemless as possible for current players, allowing for Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to be transfered to their choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC upon release. Furthermore, all content added to the GTA Online world since its launch will be available to PS4, Xbox One and PC players from the get-go; this includes all Jobs, weapons, vehicles, properties and player customizations.

PC gamers who enjoyed the video editing features in GTA IV can rejoice also, as it will return with advanced movie-making features in the PC edition of GTA V.

No official release date has been announced yet, but fall starts on September 23rd this year in the US. Rockstar is promising more news and media over the coming weeks and months, so a firm date can be expected soon.

In the mean time though, pre-orders start tomorrow, Tuesday June 10th, with links available then at rockstargames.com/V/order.

Published at 5:39 AM PST

The accolades for Rockstar continue this month, following Leslie Benzies, Dan Houser, and Sam Houser being inducted into AIAS Hall of Fame last month. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced today that the company will be presented with the BAFTA Fellowship in a ceremony at the Tobacco Dock, London, next Wednesday, March 12th.

"It is hugely exciting to be able to recognise the amazing contribution made by Rockstar to the games industry over the past 16 years. The creativity and passion exhibited by the Rockstar teams have inspired a generation of game developers to raise the bar in every aspect of game development. From design and mechanics, through to storytelling, cinematics and audio immersion, and in the process creating games that compete so profoundly on a global stage across all entertainment media. Rockstar, this Fellowship is wholly deserved." - Harvey Elliott, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee

The award, which is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy, is presented annually in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, TV or games. The accolade will be accepted on behalf of Rockstar by Sam Houser, Dan Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut, which will attend the event.

"We have long believed in the potential for videogames to become a new form of cultural expression and worked to show that in our games, so for us accepting the BAFTA Fellowship is incredibly humbling. [...] This honour reflects the creative vision and dedication of a huge number of people over many years, and we look forward to accepting the Fellowship on their behalf. - Sam Houser

Mirroring the words of Sam Houser, it is great to see videogames starting to be acknowledged at the same level as other entertainment forms. Rockstar has always been at the forefront of offering gaming experiences that go far beyond what anybody expects from a videogame; to the extent that a Rockstar game feels like a live-action blockbuster movie, which is a far cry from the point-click adventure that gaming started out as. Congradulations to Rockstar and the team on another well-deserved accolade, here's to many more!

Rockstar and the team join Gabe Newell of Valve, Will Wright of Maxis and EA, Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, and Peter Molyneux of Bullfrog and Lionhead Studios, as those presented with the prestigious award.

Interested in watching the ceremony? It'll be streaming live online at Twitch.tv; be sure to tune in.

Published at 5:27 PM PST

The PlayStation Store announced an impressive range of sales this week, including one based solely around Rockstar's catalogue, with some pretty hefty savings. If for, whatever strange reason, your Rockstar catalogue on PlayStation is lacking, this'd be the perfect time to rectify that problem!

Bully for $2.49, from $9.99

L.A. Noire for $7.49, from $29.99

L.A. Noire: Rockstar Pass for $2.99, from $11.99

Manhunt for $2.49, from $9.99

Max Payne for $2.49, from $9.99

Max Payne 3 for $4.99, from $19.99

Max Payne 3 Ultimate Edition for $5.99, from $29.99

Max Payne 3: Rockstar Pass for $3.49, from $14.99

Midnight Club for $2.49, from $9.99

Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition Remix for $2.49, from $9.99

Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition for PSP for $4.99, from $9.99

Midnight Club II for $2.49, from $9.99

Midnight Club Los Angeles: Complete Edition for $4.99, from $19.99

Midnight Club: L.A. Remix for $4.99, from $19.99

Red Dead Redemption for $7.49, from $29.99

Red Dead Redemption: Red Dead Redemption And Undead Nightmare Collection for $9.99, from $39.99

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare for $4.99, from $19.99

Red Dead Revolver PS2 Classic for $2.49, from $9.99

The Warriors for $3.49, from $14.99

No mention on when the sale ends, so don't wait around, hit up the PlayStation Store now!

Published at 1:33 AM PST

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) inducted Rockstar’s Leslie Benzies, Dan Houser, and Sam Houser into the Hall of Fame last night at the 17th D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas.

It is rare to see Rockstar attend an awards show; and even rarer to see several of the most prominent members of the Rockstar team at a single event. This is a special case though, as rather than crediting a single person for Rockstar's success - something that is inherently against the company's foundations - AIAS has honored the founders and president that built, and continue to push, the company.

You'd be hard pressed to find three more important people in the gaming world; especially all working for the same creative, talented and unique company. As VentureBeat notes, only 20 people have received this honor in the history of gaming - so for three people from the same company to receive it at the same time is pretty special. The creative flare that Leslie, Dan and Sam have has to be appreciated, if not just for their efforts, for the environment they've built at Rockstar that has made it such a powerhouse.

Upon accepting the award, Dan said that Rockstar as a whole was touched and that "it made us feel like we were 105 [years old]". He also had some words to say about the Rockstar as a family:

“Rockstar is a family, an occasionally dysfunctional family."
“We all belong and have found a home together. We love games and we love the maniacs who make them.”

Congratulations Leslie, Dan and Sam, this is an an honor truly well deserved.

Photo thanks to VentureBeat.

Published at 2:44 AM PST

With Grand Theft Auto V still chart-topping and players battling it our Online in the modern day Los Santos, it seems only fitting that Rockstar take us back to the 90s rendition that broke records in the PS2 era. That's right, Rockstar has announced today that GTA San Andreas will be making its' way to mobile devices next month, following in the footsteps of GTA III in 2011 and GTA Vice City in 2012.

Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas also features brand new touch controls including contextual control options to display buttons only when you need them and three different control schemes for driving and maneuvering, as well as a reworked checkpoint system for easier progression. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for mobile also comes equipped with full controller support, including Made for iOS controller capability on iOS7. It will be available for select iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle and Windows Mobile devices. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead.

While III and VC were huge games in their own rights, they don't quite hold a candle to the sheer size of San Andreas; this is a major undertaking by Rockstar, and will be, not just a trip down memory lane for all of us hardcore fans, but quite a technical achievement. A game, which 9 years ago changed what gamers looked for in an open-world game, and required thousands of PC gamers to upgrade their PCs just to play, will now be available in the palm of your hand. Nice work Rockstar!

Stay tuned for more information soon.

UPDATE: GTA San Andreas is now available for download on mobile devices.

Published at 12:45 AM PST

The first additional content for GTA Online - Beach Bum - will hit next Tuesday, November 19th, through the next title update (v1.06). Included in the Beach Bum pack will be two new weapons, new land and sea vehicles, more action-packed Jobs, plus a wide variety of new apparel, hairstyle and tattoo customization options.

New Jobs

  • "Grass Route II" (Race): In this sequel to the original popular Grass Route Race, go off-road in an epic heat starting on the North bank of the Zancudo River through the treacherous wetlands with a triumphant finish on the beach in North Chumash.
  • Survival on Del Perro Pier" (Survival): Skip the ferris wheel for a deadlier kind of thrill ride as you take on waves of relentless enemies at this beachfront attraction.
  • "View of Vespucci" (Parachuting): This leap sends you from 2,980 feet, down towards Vespucci Beach, weaving through palm trees to land on the basketball courts of the rec center. If you've got skills, it's possible to freefall through the first few checkpoints before even opening your chute.
  • "Paleto Beach" (Team Deathmatch): The locals complain that not a lot happens in this sleepy town, so do them a favor and wake 'em up with a barrage of gunfire exchanged between you and a rival team. This Team Deathmatch takes place right on the romantic shoreline for 4-8 players.
  • "Sundae Driving" (Bike Race): Sure to be a new fan-favorite motorbike race, menace Vespucci Beach on your two-wheel rocket, taking breakneck corners as you try and best the competition.

New Vehicles

  • BF Bifta dune buggy
  • Canis Kalahari off-road truck
  • Bravado Paradise beach camper van
  • fast, stylish Speeder speedboat (making a special return to the GTA series)

All four vehicles will be available at no in-game cost, with the land-based vehicles accessible from the southernsanandreassuperautos.com website and the Speeder available via docktease.com on your in-game phone (call Pegasus for delivery). These vehicles are also available in Story Mode for Michael, Trevor and Franklin to enjoy - to access them, visit your garage property and the Marina property for the vehicles and the boat respectively.

New Weapons

  • SNS Pistol
  • Broken Bottle melee weapon

Each weapon will be available gratis from any Ammu-Nation location in GTA Online and will be added straight into each of the three characters' inventory in Story Mode.

New Customization Options

You'll be able to deck out your GTA Online character with all new beach-ready customization options including stylish board shorts, neon surfer attire, wild tribal tattoos, shaggy hair for that West Coast laissez-faire vibe and more...

This is just the beginning of new content updates for GTA Online, and Rockstar is promising much more in the coming weeks, including the Content Creator, full on cooperative Heists, and GTA Online's take on Capture the Flag. Also interesting is that "info on some exciting new Story Mode updates" is also on the horizon... could that mean the first Story Mode DLC for Grand Theft Auto V isn't far away? Don't be concerned with not having much to do over the holiday season, Rockstar has us covered!

Published at 1:26 AM PST

Still enjoying Grand Theft Auto V? We are. Battling it out in GTA Online yet? The servers are under some seirous strain, but the wait times are well worth it!

Anyway, take a step away from the biggest game of the year for a second and consider just how HUGE of an entertainment release it has been. Guinness today officially announced that GTAV had smashed seven of it's World Records, and once again overtaken the Call of Duty series in sales figures, ratings and, of course, records.

According to Guinness, who's worked closely with Rockstar for accurate figures, the game sold a mammoth 11.21 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release - generating a revenue of US$815.7 million.

"GTA totally deserves to be recognized as an icon of modern British culture, and we're thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books. Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it's taken on the might of Hollywood and won! I'm also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book.” - Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday

Full list of Grand Theft Auto V record-breaking achievements:

  1. Best-selling action-adventure videogame in 24 hours
  2. Best-selling videogame in 24 hours
  3. Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion
  4. Fastest videogame to gross $1 billion
  5. Highest grossing videogame in 24 hours
  6. Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours
  7. Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure videogame

Call of Duty, The Avengers and Avatar previously held records in this list.

Congratulations Rockstar, Take2, and everybody who's had a part in the masterpiece production of Grand Theft Auto V!

Published at 12:18 AM PST

Hopefully you've been fully immersed with Grand Theft Auto V and the world of Los Santos up until now, but today you can start to experience the next part of the adventure - GTA Online. Launching today, around 7 AM EDT depending on when Sony and Microsoft push the update out to the game, you'll jump into the multiplayer world of GTAV and beyond...

We were lucky enough to be invited along to New York last week for an early demo of GTA Online. What we played went far beyond what we've come to experience from the multiplayer component offered with most modern games. GTA Online isn't so much an addition to the game; it is an entire game in its own right. The premise itself is elegantly simple: take what everybody loves about Grand Theft Auto and open it up to more than a single player at a time. GTA Online, in that respect, feels very much like an entirely separate Grand Theft Auto title, set in Los Santos, yes, but with an entirely different approach and the constant presence of multiple protagonists.

In many ways, Grand Theft Auto V has prepared you for how GTA Online plays-out. Take a heist, for example; in the game you'd switch between Michael, Trevor and Franklin, performing different roles to complete the heist successfully. In GTA Online, the core objective may be the same, only now you'll be working with a crew of friends and will need to work together to complete the heist in an individual role - coming together as a unified team. Online is packed full of content, just like the game, so you'll have plenty of time to improve the efficiency of your team and prepare for more daring missions.

The most important point to remember about GTA Online is that it is just starting out, and its future sits with you. Rockstar has built, and will continue to extend Online, for the community - so ensure you leave your mark; be it creating additional content and missions, giving Rockstar feedback, or just enjoying the experience and inviting your friends along for the mayhem.

We were blown away by what Rockstar has done with GTA Online, and we are sure you will be too. This is a whole different take of the multiplayer genre, and it's amazing to ponder what the future holds. Jump in, put the pedel to the floor and pump some lead!

We'd like to thank Rockstar for the opportunity to see GTA Online in New York - it was an amazing experience and well worth the trip!

Published at 8:59 AM PST

The day is here; Grand Theft Auto V is launching around the world as you read this. Australia and New Zealand already have the game, with Europe and North America set to have it within the next 6-12 hours. Whether you're taking a break from playing, or waiting to start, we hope you enjoy every minute of this masterpiece.

If you haven't already, download the iFruit app for iOS - this app compliments the game in many ways and will be immediately useful. Customize your vehicle, train Chop, and even order custom licence plates for GTAOnline before they've been taken! The app is rather heafty at 444 MB, but it packs a hell of a punch content wise.

iFruit hooks directly into your experience of Grand Theft Auto V with some fun activities to further postpone the need for real social interaction. Keep up-to-date on the latest Grand Theft Auto V news, log into the Rockstar Games Social Club, stay connected on LifeInvader and launch other Rockstar Games apps.

Also, be sure to check out the perfect-score reviews the game has been receiving all day from the press. Rockstar has compiled a great article on all the reviews from today, and all of them give a perfect-score.

Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTAIV brought to the table five years ago. It’s technically more accomplished in every conceivable way, but it’s also tremendously ambitious in its own right. No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem. It tells a compelling, unpredictable, and provocative story without ever letting it get in the way of your own self-directed adventures through San Andreas. It is one of the very best video games ever made. - IGN

Grand Theft Auto V already has a 98 and 97 Metacritic score for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions respectively.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RockstarWatch for up-to-the-moment updates on all the happenings around the Grand Theft Auto V release, and ensure you enjoy your experience. Like us, sit back and let it unfold.

That's it from us here at RockstarWatch for the moment, we'll be busying ourselves with GTAV for a some time now, so don't wait up - join in!

A special thanks as always to Rockstar for not only a truly amazing game, but also for their on-going support. This is your best work yet Rockstar, and the hard work really shows - congrats!

Published at 3:44 PM PST

It's hard to believe that 7 and a half months has gone by so quickly, but the wait is nearly over - Grand Theft Auto V hits stores in around 76 hours. Rockstars' latest update should help pass those final hours and prepare you for your stay on the West Coast...

Lovely Accommodations

Sponsored by the Blaine County Board of Tourism – watch their new commercial ‘My Blaine County’ – and browse a range of living options to suit your lifestyle from single-family homes in the heart of Los Santos, to rural mobile trailers in Blaine to a dream mini-mansion in Rockford Hills.

Sightseeing & Celebrity

Faded starlets, troubled celebutantes and aggressive, costumed street performers - you never know who you're going to bump into on Vinewood Boulevard. Come see the sights and sounds for yourself, or jump aboard the Vinewood Star Tours bus to have a struggling actor narrate as you take a guided tour of the landmarks and homes of the rich and famous while sitting on an un-airconditioned bus.

24-Hour Conveniences Stores

You'll find the roads of Los Santos and Blaine County packed with accommodating convenience and liquor stores, open around the clock for your last minute needs. Stop into your local 24/7, LTD service station or Rob's liquor store - the tills are always filled with cash to serve you.

Opportunity for the Upwardly Mobile

This is a land of great opportunity. Cash is king in these parts - and ambitious and hard-working business people can make some big bucks if they know the right people and the right enterprise to get hooked up with…

New Screens & Artwork

Midnight Launch Finder

Published at 6:53 AM PST

Rockstar has been kind enough to send over this exclusive screenshot of Grand Theft Auto V:

With only a week to the release, Michael is obviously takin' care of some last minute business.

Thanks Rockstar!

Published at 6:46 PM PST

Rockstar has updated the official site for Grand Theft Auto V again, in the run-up to September 17th. This the Travelogue has been updated to offer more details on Security, Fitness & Entertainment.

 

Security & Peace of Mind

The Los Santos Police Department is famous for tackling crime in the most aggressive and unhinged way possible, while private security firms like Gruppe 6 and Merryweather Security have a financial interest in saving your assets. Sponsored by Ammu-Nation – Protecting Your Rights.

Fitness & Relaxation

Vanity is at an all-time high and we're an athlete and fitness buff's paradise. Fancy a bit of tennis? We've got world class courts and stiff competition. Into cycling? Grab a bike for a lovely ride along the Los Santos beachfront or a punishing path through the mountains and hillsides of Blaine County. Or take part in a challenging triathlon of swimming, running and biking designed to pit egomaniacs against each other in a test of who exercises professionally the best. Sponsored by EGO CHASER Energy Bars - an energy bar that's all about you. Watch the commercial!

Exciting Music & Entertainment

For those stuck in traffic, tune in to the Los Santos radio dial for a wide range of music styles to choose from - check out radio station previews of Radio Los Santos and Channel X plus Rebel Radio, East Los FM, West Coast Classics, Fly Lo FM and Vinewood Boulevard Radio. Stay tuned for more radio station previews to come.

In the Home Entertainment section, you can watch a special preview of CNT's Fall TV Line Up, with clips from The Underbelly of Paradise, Impotent Rage and Moorehead Rides Again as well as a sneak preview of Kung Fu Rainbow Lazer Force, the upper-middle class super hero team coming to Weazel TV’s family values entertainment programming this fall.

New Screenshots

Don't forget to check out the new artwork also, and have a closer look at the new details in the Travelogue.

 

Published at 7:01 AM PST

As promised, Rockstar has debuted the Official Trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, ahead of it's release on September 17th. Enjoy!

Published at 1:43 AM PST

Rolling Stone magazine has been lucky enough to score an interview with soundtrack supervisor, Ivan Pavlovich, to discuss what we can expect from the many sounds of Grand Theft Auto V. Here's the run-down:

  • There are 15 radio stations, two talk radio stations, 240 licensed songs, and around 20 movies worth of score.
  • First GTA game to feature a pop station - "exploring that made so much sense in the context of L.A."
  • One station, Vinewood Boulevard Radio, features Stephen Pope and Nate Williams from Wavves, is a modern rock station.
  • East LOS FM is a Mexican culture station featuring Mexican electronica, narcocorridos and Mexican ska, curated and DJ mixed by Camilo Lara from the Mexican Institute of Sound.
  • The West Coast Classics station is hosted by DJ Pooh, and will most probably feature some notable tracks from GTA: San Andreas, only with some twists due to Pooh having a major hand in finding some "true gems". Expect some surprises with this station - the article makes mention of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to start with.
  • Rebel Radio is Rockstar's take on outlaw country, based heavily on Jesco White's documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia - Ivan makes note that this is the kind of character you can expect throughout the GTAV world.
  • Score plays during missions, free-roam, and online play. It's completely dynamic and responds to what you're doing with your character.
  • The game's score was worked on by: Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire), Alchemist and Oh No.
  • Flying Lotus (Steve Ellison) has a station, with Tyler the Creator featuring on it. The station is based on unreleased, mostly new material, sent in from Steve's artist friends.
  • There is an original song made for the game, but no word on whose it is - Rolling Stone believes it to be a collaboration by Steve & Tyler.

Samples + Credits: Rolling Stone offered up some teaser samples of the four stations mentioned above. We loved the samplers, so we've tracked down the names of those tracks, and their spectacular artists, for you. Totaling 12 songs (three of which we're still tracking down...), it's nothing on the 240 tracks we're soon to be cruising to, but it's a fantastic start!

Vinewood Boulevard Radio - Sample

  • Shark? - California Grrls
  • (Unknown)
  • Thee Oh Sees - The Dream

East LOS FM - Sample

  • La Vida Boheme - Radio Capital
  • Hechizeros Band - El Sonidito
  • (Unknown)

West Coast Classics - Sample

  • Tha Dogg Pound - What Would You Do
  • CMW & Compton's Most Wanted - Late Night Hype (Including Will You Be Mine)
  • NWA - Gangsta Gangsta

Rebel Radio - Sample

  • Charlie Feathers - Can't Hardly Stand It
  • (Unknown)
  • Hasil Adkins - Get Outta My Car

Be sure to check out the full interview for more musings.

Published at 11:28 AM PST

Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto V will receive an Official Trailer this Thursday, August 29th, through the games' official website. Details on the exact time it will be launched are expected soon.

Published at 2:37 PM PST

Rockstar has posted an article which goes into more detail on the bonus digital content included in the Special and Collector's editions of Grand Theft Auto V. If you're yet to pre-order your copy of the game, consider purchasing one of these editions to unlock additional content, such as...

Additional Weapons (included with Special and Collector's)

Ammu-Nation will always be stocked with two bonus firearms - the .50 Caliber Pistol and the Bullpup Shotgun - that have their own unique customization options, skins and attachments, at no additional cost. You'll also have access to the Hammer, which acts as a brutal melee weapon.

Bonus Outfits, Tattoos and More (included with Special and Collector's)

Michael, Franklin and Trevor will receive a 20% discount at all stores within Los Santos and Blaine County, along with access to special items either in their personal wardrobes or from stores. Each character will also gain 1 additional outfit, article of clothing (shirt, hoodie and jacket) and a tattoo.

Custom Characters for Grand Theft Auto Online (Collector's Edition only)

You'll get Niko Bellic, along with both Claude and Misty from Grand Theft Auto III to use as parent options within the character creation system.

Side-note: GTA Online introduces a new spin on traditional character creation with the hereditary-based creation system. Select your character’s appearance by choosing your parent’s heritage, then use the gene dominance meter to dial-in which parent your appearance favors more. Additionally, you'll customize your character's daily activities - everything from family time to illegal work and sports to couch potato hours all have an impact on your character’s appearance and skill set (and you can always rank up your skill stats more via gameplay).

Special Ability Boost (included with Special and Collector's)

The Special Ability bar will generate 25% faster.

Side-note: Michael, Franklin and Trevor each have a their own unique Special Ability, which can be activated once each of them fills up the Special Ability bar based on various actions. Michael is an expert marksman - his Special Ability slows down time in a gunfight allowing him to pick off his targets with greater ease. Franklin is a skilled driver with sharp reflexes - his Special Ability lets him slow down time while driving any road-based vehicle, allowing him to quickly navigate through traffic with ease and take corners at high speeds. Trevor is a drug-addled sociopath with a short fuse - his Special Ability sends him into a rage, causing double damage to enemies while only taking half as much damage himself when hit.

Stunt Plane Trials (included with Special and Collector's)

5 thrilling and unique challenges which will zip you through mountains, deserts, oceans, and cities as you navigate through a maze of checkpoints. Completing each Trial will improve the piloting skill of your character. Completion times can be compared with friends on a leaderboard for the trails.

Unique Vehicles and Garage Property (Collector's Edition only)

The Collector's Edition features an exclusive garage to store custom vehicles, which comes stocked with the CarbonRS sports bike and the Hotknife - an open frame 1930’s style hotrod - to begin with. The high-end Khamelion electric car is specific to GTA Online.

Published at 7:34 AM PST

Rockstar has released another update to Grand Theft Auto V's official website this morning, revealing more about the games many features. This update sees information on the activities available in game - country clubs, yoga and spirituality, and tattoos.

Exclusive Country Clubs - A lush golf course in the desert? Is it a mirage? No, it's a byproduct of sensible water usage so that the well-heeled can hit the links at the exclusive Los Santos Country Club. Come rub shoulders and tee off with the privileged and pompous.

Serenity & Wellness - Whether it’s the Downward Dog pose or the more advanced Dropping Fire Log, there are many fulfilling and compromising positions you can contort yourself into with the help of an expert like Master Private Yoga Instructor, Fabien LaRouche.

Local Artisans - Visit one of our local tattoo parlors like Ink Inc or Blazing Tattoo and let one of the talented and highly-trained artists help you make a decision that will last forever.

Along with the update came eight new screenshots:

That's all excluding great new artworks and wallpapers available for download via the Arts & Download page. See all the new content on the official website.

Published at 1:37 AM PST

Popular Xbox 360 achievement tracking website Xbox360Achievements.org (X360A) has leaked, what appears to be, the achievements for Grand Theft Auto V. Another source for achievements tracking, Exophase.com, has mirrored the same list. Both sites are known for their reliability, but we won't know whether they are truly legitimate or not until the game is released; or we have the game guide in our hands.

X360A user Lebowski contacted the owner of Exophase, Mike Bendel, over Twitter regarding his source. According to Mike, the retrieval method is the same for both sites - directly from the Xbox LIVE servers. Exophase is displaying the games' secret achievements whilst X360A is not - which is their practice ahead of a games' release.

In the nature of full disclosure, and in being completely neutral, we're sharing this with you and leaving the choice to check them out entirely up to you. At RockstarWatch, we're big fans of secrecy in gaming releases as it adds to the initial experience; much like the plot to a movie - if somebody walks out whilst you're in line and spoils the ending, it just kills us. As such, we won't be listing the achievements here, but feel free to follow the links above if you'd like to see them. Keep in mind they contain obvious spoilers.

Published at 6:09 AM PST

The gameplay trailer for GTAOnline is live, check it out below.

Every retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V will be granted free access to GTAOnline when it launches on October 1st. We're imagining this being quite a good move, as it'll ensure players can enjoy the entire single-player story and get a feel for Los Santos before jumping into multiplayer - or having to start out after others have played from the games' release as is what generally happens with other multiplayer experiences.