The Grand Theft Auto series has always been known for its soundtracks, from the original music created for the games to the broad selection of licensed music that graces the airwaves of Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar has announced plans for a CD and vinyl release for the most recent game's soundtrack — as well as some more details on the extra radio content set for its impending current-gen re-release.
'The Music of Grand Theft Auto V' includes 59 tracks from the game's enormous soundtrack by artists like A$AP Rocky and Flying Lotus. Also included in the set is the original score for the game composed by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson and The Alchemist + Oh No, mixed by DJ Shadow. The score — something of a departure for the normally radio-centric series — was one of many elements highly praised in critical response to the game.
The vinyl edition spans six colored records and includes a booklet and exclusive lithograph poster. The CD version comes on three discs, with a branded Grand Theft Auto V USB stick shaped like a gold brick. It also contains artwork and a poster. Only 5,000 units of the soundtrack collection are being made, and they will be sold via online and brick-and-mortar retailers worldwide.
Along with the news of these special releases, we've learned a bit more about what to expect from the radio content of the re-release of the game for current-gen consoles and PC. We've heard lots about the graphical updates and bonus content being added in for the port, so it's not too much of a surprise that the soundtrack will be similarly updated — but good news all the same.
Several of the game's existing DJs will return with mixes and additional commentary, including Kenny Loggins, Cara Delevigne and DJ Pooh. Los Santos' talk radio stations are also being expanded upon, with Danny McBride reprising his role as Duane Earl of Blaine County Talk Radio and JB Smoove returning to offer more wisdom as Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris of Chakra Attack.
While the soundtrack release will undoubtedly be a boon for hardcore fans, the addition of extra audio content in-game is something that any player will be pleased about. Ever since Chatterbox in Grand Theft Auto III, talk radio has been a well-loved part of the series, so it's great to see that type of content being expanded upon for the game's re-release — as well as the music-focussed stations being bolstered with extra commentary and mixes.
All in all, it's further evidence that the current-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V will be the definitive version of the game — now lets see if anything comes of that zombie DLC.
Grand Theft Auto Vis out now for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and is set to release for Xbox One and PlayStation 3 on November 18, and PC on January 27, 2015. The game's soundtrack will be available on vinyl and CD from December 9.