GTA 4: Online Multiplayer Servers To Be Shut Down And Removed Completely
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GTA 4: Online Multiplayer Servers To Be Shut Down And Removed Completely

Liam Bartlett
19 February 2020

Grand Theft Auto 4's online multiplayer is the foundation of everything that GTA Online is today. Unfortunately, that very nostalgic chapter of Rockstars crime franchise is coming to an end.

Whilst it's not quite the GTA news we were looking for, the latest comes in the form of GTA4.

Grand Theft Auto 4s online multiplayer is the foundation of everything that GTA Online is today. Unfortunately, that very nostalgic chapter of Rockstars crime franchise is coming to an end.

With GTA4s multiplayer on its way to the chopping block, (possibly in an attempt to move those active players over to GTA Online) we give you everything you need to know about what's to come. 

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The Official Updated Steam Description For Grand Theft Auto 4:

We are making a number of changes to make sure players who own Grand Theft Auto IV and GTA: Episodes from Liberty City can continue to enjoy these games.

New Players

Starting 03/19/2020, Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition will replace both Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City wherever it is currently digitally available.

Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition will as also be available via the Rockstar Games Launcher. Current game save files will be compatible with Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition.

As a result of this update the following services will no longer be available in Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition:

  • Games for Windows
  • Live Multiplayer mode
  • Leaderboards

The following Radio Stations will be temporarily unavailable in Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition

  • RamJam FM
  • Self-Actualization FM
  • Vice City FM (previously available in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City)

Note: Because Japanese is a supported language for Grand Theft Auto IV, but is not supported for Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, players will continue to be able to play Grand Theft Auto IV with Japanese sub-titles but will need to select another language in order to play Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

 

Current Players

Players who have previously installed and played Grand Theft Auto IV or Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City will be able to update their copy to Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition through the following means:

Steam Users

  • Depending on the game, players on Steam will need to install or update their current game:
  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City will be removed and replaced with GTAIV: Complete Edition in the launcher library. Update file size is expected to be approximately 22GB
  • Grand Theft Auto IV owners will download content from Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City and their game will update to GTAIV: Complete Edition. Update file size is expected to be approximately 6GB

Physical Media

  • Games not previously activated using Games for Windows Live will be able to use the Key on the back of the game manual to activate and update to Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition

Games for Windows Live Digital Store Purchases

  • Games previously activated using Games for Windows Live will require players to create and/or link their Social Club accounts in replacement of Games for Windows Live to update to Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition

Note: New activations from players trying to install current copies of Grand Theft Auto IV may be disrupted until Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition is available. All users will need to be connected to the internet and authenticate their copy of the game.

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Liam Bartlett
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