The Ballad of Gay Tony

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Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony is the second episode of downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox 360. It is due to be released in October 29, 2009.

The protagonist is Luis Fernando Lopez, a part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince. The storyline will interweave with the original game and first episode, most notably the Museum Piece mission which includes all 3 protagonists and secures the "Impossible Trinity" achievement.

As well as a new storyline, missions and characters, it should also feature new vehicles, weapons, features, mechanics, side missions, collectibles and achievements.

Rockstar says that "players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price." According to Rockstar's Official Website, "The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime."

The teaser trailer of the DLC, entitled "You'll Always Be The King Of This Town", shows Niko Bellic (with his off-the-boat clothes) and Gay Tony during the confrontation on Charge Island dealing with Gracie Ancelotti and the diamonds.

In addition to this Rockstar has also announced they will be releasing Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City at the same time, which is a disc found in stores that will include both episodes and will not require an original copy of GTA IV.

As it is seen on the trailer, this new GTA includes nitro in cars, street fights, new helicopters (Buzzard, Swift and the Skyhook), new cars (such as the Caddy), parachute, new weapons, etc.

According to GameInformer, a tank called SWAT Tank, or APC, will be added.

Sam Houser, the founder of Rockstar Games, said before its release "Liberty City is the most vibrant game world we've created yet. The episodic structure has allowed us to interweave stories, gameplay and atmosphere in a whole new way. The team at Rockstar North have yet again surpassed themselves, and made something that is both epic and very innovative. This episode's focus on high-end night life contrasts with the biker gangs portrayed in The Lost and Damned, whilst giving us a lot of new gameplay possibilities."

Note that the game logo, unlike that of The Lost and Damned, omits the "IV" from "Grand Theft Auto IV".

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