On the back of the final trailer, Rockstar have announced yet another surprise relating to its upcoming blockbuster, Grand Theft Auto IV. Upon the game's release on April 29th, the Social Club is a website that will help the game's likely expansive community congregate with all things GTA related. Players will be able to register any time after April 15th, with either an Xbox Live Gamertag or Playstation Network ID. However, it is currently unknown whether or not the feature is exclusive to Gold subscribers of Xbox Live, or everyone.
So what do you get what you join the Social Club? The list of features are as follows:
- LCPD Police Blotter: A virtual map and tracker of single-player criminal activity logged in Liberty City from all the players that are connected online. Get an idea of which areas are the most dangerous.
- The Story Gang: This is a single-player leaderboard that recognizes players who complete Niko Bellic's main story arc. The leaderboard ranks players according to the total amount of playing time it's taken to complete the story, as well as a historical rank by who has completed it first. Members of this club will receive special online goodies and merit badges marking all of their in-game accomplishments.
- The 100% Club: Watch to see who will be the first to complete 100% of the game. The first ten people to be identified on the Social Club as reaching 100% will be sent a commemorative 'key to the city' to mark their accomplishment. Once a few more reach the milestone, the 100% Club will then carry a historical leaderboard showing rankings of who has completed 100% of a game in the shortest span of playing hours.
- The Hall of Fame: This area will dynamically recognize those singularly elite players who have reached the top of the hill on various statistical leaderboards, and will also contain a personal awards display of special in-game landmarks and successes in Social Club competitions.
- The Liberty City Marathon: A ranking of special physical milestones achieved in the game - from the amount of miles walked, driven, or swam - to the number of bullets fired and stunt-jumps jumped. There will be additional special marathon-based competitions in the future from this area as well.