As Grand Theft Auto enters its fourth (well, ninth then) iteration, the series is debuting its first console multiplayer feature. Currently, there are few official details on what will be on offer to Xbox Live and PSN users, but it’s probably safe to assume there’ll be the usual array of deathmatch and team deathmatch modes coupled with a few more GTA-specific concepts.
Thanks to Xbox Live’s Achievements, being able to keep track of your friend’s scores online is what we’ve come to expect from modern games. But with GTA IV being released on both PS3 and Xbox 360, each individual’s closed systems make it difficult to keep track of how your friends are doing if they own a different console. Therefore Rockstar has invented a work around – the Rockstar Social Club.
The Social Club website will keep track of your multi- and single-player progress, chart the leader boards and even map all players’ criminal activity from aggregated single player games to show off Liberty Cities hottest crime spots.
The site will also rank stats like time spent playing, distances run, bullets fired, and so on. The “100% Club” will reward the first 100 players to play the game to completion. They’ll win a rare commemorative ‘key to the city’.
And there will no doubt be a whole ton of extra competitions and challenges added on later as soon as Rockstar thinks them up. Registration for the Social Club opens on the 15th of April, although you won’t be adding anything to you achievements until the 29th when the game goes on sale.
Grand Theft Auto IV (via Gamasutra)