Racing has been a big part of Grand Theft Auto V and the GTA Online community. Map makers have used in-game tools to create outrageous stunt tracks with pieces you wouldn’t normally see on a race track. Rockstar Games is celebrating these creators with an over-the-top Trackmania-style DLC release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC next week called Cunning Stunts.
Cunning Stunts will be added to GTA Online on Tuesday, July 12 across all platforms. The DLC adds new stunt courses above Los Santos for players to race on, and a new set of stunt track objects for map makers to play with. There are straightaways, turns, ramps, tubes, loops, boost strips, and obstacles such as rings of fire and spinning blades.
These stunt track additions appear to borrow heavily from Ubisoft’s Trackmania series. That’s actually a good thing as GTA Online map makers have been forced to resort to using items like shipping containers and other in-game objects to create their crazy race courses. This doesn’t always work well due to objects not snapping correctly. These new objects will definitely provide a larger palette for custom content creators to work with.
Naturally, a new set of vehicles is coming with this update as well, possibly around 13 in total. Trophy trucks and a GTA spin on the Lancia Stratos, Fiat Abarth 500, Mclaren F1, Mazda 787B, Lexus LF-A, and Audi Quattro S1 Sport are being added along with the Tampa. There are also at least two new motorcycles and more to be released. New sets of racing duds and accessories to try on will be available as well.
Here is the complete statement from Rockstar Games about the Cunning Stunts DLC for GTA Online.
“Stunt Races happen on a massive scale, towering above the Los Santos skyline or soaring between the treacherous blades of RON Alternates Windmill Farm. Vehicles tear upside-down through loops and tubes, launch off ramps with extra propulsion from speed strips, diverge and merge across multiple pathways, and speed through gigantic rings of fire in death-defying new Races.”
“The jumps, gaps, terrain, and obstacles in each Race are tailored to match the attributes of specific vehicle classes, including new Super cars, Sports cars and Motorbikes. And of course, racing livery-clad vehicles deserve appropriately tatted and dressed drivers, sporting new motocross gear, racing suits, helmets and a host of other additions.”
It is important to note the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will not receive the free Cunning Stunts DLC as it is limited to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Rockstar Games previously made the decision to stop bringing new content to the last-gen consoles as they are no longer capable of physically supporting the extra content. Bungie recently made the same decision with Destiny.
There is still no fresh news about a new title from Rockstar Games, despite Grand Theft Auto 6 and a Red Dead Redemption sequel being widely rumored. GTA Online continues to pull in big bucks as GTA 5 has pulled in over 65 million in sales. So, there is no rush for a sequel when quarterly digital revenue for publisher Take-Two Games and the developer is this strong. Still, Xbox One owners can give Red Dead Redemption a spin thanks to backward compatibility starting on Friday, July 8.
What do you think of the Cunning Stunts DLC? Is the addition of Trackmania-style race courses and around a dozen new vehicles enough to keep you playing and spending money? Sound off in the comments below.
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