Posted on June 23, 2008,

Portable Music Player Was in GTA IV Until Very Late in Dev Cycle

Some people might say that walking around Liberty City is a boring affair. While I wouldn’t go that far, it would be nice if you had access to the game‘s excellent selection of radio stations while on foot — it would make wandering the back alleys while looking for those blasted flying rats a bit more enjoyable. That’s been a feature I’ve wanted since the third Grand Theft Auto rocked the scene. Rockstar had the feature implemented in GTA IV until fairly late in the game’s development cycle before it was yanked, MTV Multiplayer learned last week.

“Some people on the team didn’t like the music/mobile phone idea for various reasons, but they went back and forth on the idea until the very end,” Rockstar spokesperson Darlan Monterisi explained. “This is VERY common. We do it in every game we make. We still prefer the balance of music in car and the ambient world’s noise on foot, but we are constantly reviewing this stuff.”

From the sound of what he’s saying, it seems like Rockstar would consider releasing a music player through an update if there was enough interest in it. I don’t quite understand the decision to completely omit the feature; why not just give players the option to listen to the radio while on foot, even if it isn’t by default? Hopefully they keep “reviewing” this and decide to amend their decision. (And it better be free.)

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9 Comments on Portable Music Player Was in GTA IV Until Very Late in Dev Cycle


On June 23, 2008 at 6:17 pm

I’m kind of glad they didn’t go with this. I’m so sick of hearing the same songs over and over…


On June 23, 2008 at 7:21 pm

i wish i could listen to music on my hard drive without having to run it through the guide button. Its really aggravating not to be able to listen to a radio station for your own music like in SA


On June 23, 2008 at 9:23 pm

I agree with Dadud. I’d love it if they could blend the music from the game with my own music. Or how about throwing commercials in between my music like in San An on the PC.


On June 23, 2008 at 9:38 pm

I miss being able to turn the damn radio off while in a car. The same tracks get old fast.


On June 24, 2008 at 12:11 am

Check the manual, there is a way to turn off the music.


On June 24, 2008 at 4:19 am

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On June 24, 2008 at 8:28 am

Kevin, you can. If memory serves me right, you just hold left or right on the d-pad and it’ll shut off.


On June 24, 2008 at 9:20 am

I swear I heard somebody on the sidewalk in Liberty City with a music player. Not just a ringtone. But actual music. I could be wrong?


On June 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

They could’ve added an mp3 player, where you can create playlists from songs on your HD, and songs from the game (Purchasable through the computers?). That would’ve been pretty sweet.