aerial_viewThe release of Gameloft's Gangstar Vegas is "coming very soon," and the PR drip cycle is firing on all cylinders with the first installment of what's going to be a three part developer diary. In the video, you actually see a considerable amount of gameplay, along with some details from the actual developers of the game.

Of particular interest is that Gangstar Vegas's world map size is getting bumped up to 9 square kilometers up from the previous Gangstar Rio's [$6.99] 1 square kilometer. Additionally, the game's graphics are getting a bump with all new shaders and the implementation of the Havok physics engine should make driving around a lot better.

On the next episode of the developer diary they'll be covering some more details on both the creation and design of the game, along with the story and cut scene production. Keep an eye out for that. Also, if you're in to screenshots, well, Gameloft has some of those too:

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  • tranceforma

    Looks awesome. Can't wait.

  • iOSPeace

    I can't wait !

  • Ben Norvell

    If its freemium I'm done with Gameloft...

    • AlexsIpad

      They confirmed its not freemium

      • Ben Norvell

        Thanks for the great news, where did you hear it from?

    • oldgamer dude

      You beat me too it , I'm thinking how can a game like this be made freemium ? Then I woke up ;)

      • themostunclean

        Two words- Urban Crime

      • JJE McManus

        AKA gamelofts business model with regards to IAP

    • http://portablegamingregion.com/ PortableGamingRegion

      Nope, the price is $6.99.

  • themostunclean

    Note the glaring absence of UI and menu elements in the screenshots. I'm hoping this isn't an attempt to hide the dreaded freemium currency counter. I'm also hoping that the godawful "Urban Crime" wasn't Gameloft going on a test run for implementing freemium into the Gangstar series.

    I've been nothing but disappointed with Gameloft recently. Everything they make now is garbage. They do have the resources to make really great games instead of digital vending machines. Really hoping to be proven wrong with this one.

    • themostunclean

      Other comment popped up before mine posted.

      Hopefully that confirmation is legit but it doesn't mean it won't be loaded with IAP.

      Maybe they've finally gotten the message and are actually turning over a new leaf. I'll wait to see it before I believe it though.

  • VirtualBoyFreak

    Havok!!!! Yes!!!! For those of you that don't recognize the name, it's the same game engine used in Atari's Test Drive: Unlimited. Hopefully driving will be as good as in that game :)

    • http://portablegamingregion.com/ PortableGamingRegion

      Or it'll be like riding horses in Assassin's Creed (also uses Havok)?

    • wildperson

      Also the same engine used for Modern Combat 4

  • JBRUU

    For those in the dark, Havok is regarded by many as the best physics engine out there. It powers scores of AAA titles, including Skyrim and BF3. Hopefully Gameloft's implementation will do it justice.

    • ElectromagneticMelaniePulse

      It's worth remembering that badly implemented Havok can be very, very wonky though - see Deus Ex: Invisible War for example. Hopefully they'll get it right here.

      • Greyskull

        ...and mobile Havok is a completely different beast.

      • JBRUU

        Mobile Havok? There's no such thing to my knowledge.

      • themostunclean

        Well the video states that they licensed it for this game. So yes, it does exist.

        Doesn't mean it's a "mobile" version though. They just use the full version in a mobile game.

  • http://portablegamingregion.com/ PortableGamingRegion

    Plus motion capture tech, fight club activities, lots and lots of indoors environments, and last but not least - strippers.

  • Grummie

    Oh meh geeeerd

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Flesh

    Nobody cares

    • JBRUU

      You did enough to click on the article and comment.

      • dariusjr98

        Exactly. I will never understand idiotic comments like that.

  • Lamar Taylor

    Looks good and I will be buying this on day one. Can't wait to do dirt in Vegas and see all the fun stuff to explore like MMA fights and gambling.

  • toxiccheese

    It's looks great, but the city feels really empty. Vegas is a city with people everywhere! This looks like it needs a population boost.

  • marc0313

    Havok=MC4.
    MC4=Gameloft
    MC4=Good
    Havok+Vegas=Good.

    • Illuminerdy

      Your premises don't yield a valid conclusion.

    • dariusjr98

      None of these equations have anything to do with each other. Maybe you have to go back to Algebra.

      • marc0313

        I thought it was Geometry... Please, it's the property of substitution.

  • Paul Meekin

    I'm excited for this for sure, but I think the key to longevity is making sure there's enough to do outside of the drive/fly//run and gun gameplay. Minigames are the ketchup to this genre's french fries, if you get what I'm saying.

  • twistedmind87

    I've been waiting to post this for a while so here goes : Future game / iap / ios development... Free download with a server based iap unlock. This way pirating will be useless and iap crackers / unlockers will be irrelevant. Plus you get to demo the app before you buy and get top speed App Store downloads. Everyone wins except and piracy is no more!! Down side online access needed to purchase iap but then you would have that anyway to download from App Store. Please don't ruin this like DH4!

  • ODMay

    The graphics and gameplay looks good but I hope gameloft doesn't make this freemium so that they can gamble away our money and we all know that Vegas is mostly about people gambling away their money.

  • catharsis6163

    Hmmm. Cautiously optimistic. Nova3 was the last time I gave gameloft money. Aside from MC 4 nothing they have done in the past year has caught my interest. I feel their IAP model is a blot on the industry.

  • EDDWIZZLE

    This looks amazing! In gangstar rio the fighting sucked! But this game makes it look freaking awesome! With the MMA n all! N I wounder what are the weapons looking like??!!! N cars n the physics remind me of when GTA had the easy turning and then transitioned to the GTAV physics n driving! So the driving physics is a big thing with this game so I'm happy!

    • Chester_Copperpot

      You've a peculiar hand with English.

  • nightc1

    I look forward to this getting released, but I'll rea user feedback about the driving and stuff before I buy. I hope there's a lot to see since exploring is a huge part of my enjoyment of sandbox games.

    • Greyskull

      It's hard to believe Rio was a paltry 1square km. 3-4 square km. = (being generous here) 4 x 0.62 miles. Either the cars are very slow or you'll be running in circles. Wonder how that figure compare with the GTA3 from what...a decade ago? Longer?

      • Chester_Copperpot

        Pretty poorly. Rio feels like a walk-in closet by comparison. A messy one.

      • themostunclean

        GTA 3 Liberty City, including Portland, Staunton Island, Shoreside Vale, northern highways & towns: 15.6 sq. km or 6.0 sq. mi.

        This is only 9sq km (about 4 sq miles) so it's still pretty small in comparison. Gangstar Rio was a joke.

        Indoor sections, which GTA 3 didn't have but this game seems to, may add a small amount of area.

  • wildperson

    Hope gameloft remembers that frame rate is one of the most important things for a Gangstar game.
    Please, PLEASE don't sacrifice frame rate for graphical quality...

  • GameExp3rt

    It looks like saints row 0.o
    I underested ios and this company's power.....FTW

  • jarrenyo

    Can it be free

    • XboxOne

      People like you ruin everything good.

    • dariusjr98

      This is why we can't have nice things!

  • Sidious

    Gameloft tweeted that it will not be free to play.

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  • themostunclean

    Well, found a kind-of confirmation.

    A reply to a post on Glofts Facebook page sys it will not be freemium-

    Don't know how well links work from comments here so just google "gangstar las vegas wont be freemium"

    Here's the link-https://m.facebook.com/GameloftNorth/posts/610680802277828

    No comment on presence of IAP though.

  • tahzblade

    This game is out !!!!!!! Just got released !!!!!!!

  • tahzblade

    Gangstar vegas just got released !!!!! Im so happy !!!

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    Gameloft Posts 'Gangstar Vegas' Developer Diary