BySimon Rune Knudsen, writer at
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Simon Rune Knudsen

GTA V may be the most critically praised and commercially successful game in the series, but that doesn't mean it offers everything we dream of. Not out of the box, at least. The west coast setting can get a little dull, especially after you've roamed the enormous Blaine County for hundreds of hours.

You start longing for something as basic a rainy day in . Or older, more historic buildings that line the cityscape. And perhaps more people with a Boston-like accent. These small things help build up worlds and make them feel special. You start missing good ol' Liberty City, the place where you've committed thousands of filthy deeds and made a million bad decisions in previous GTA titles.

[Credit: Rockstar Games]
[Credit: Rockstar Games]

But alas, there is no apparent way back to that unholy city of uncountable vices until Rockstar Games says there is. Because you couldn't possibly create an entire city by yourself in the GTA V engine. That would take years to complete, and who really has that kind of time in this day and age? Oh well, back to playing with the ramp truck on the Great Ocean Highway...

Russia Has The Time

The russian modder team OpenIV is creating their very own version of the Liberty City we know from GTA IV inside the PC version of GTA V. Here's the best part. The city won't replace Los Santos or Blaine County, but act as a supplement to what already exists. In other words, you'll be able to steal or board a plane on the Sandy Shores Airfield and fly it to Liberty City, finally making the Saint Mark's Bistro mission in GTA: San Andreas a cross-game-world reality.

The two very different cities are separated by a small sea, so we guess the east and west coast terminology doesn't make a lot of sense in the GTA version of the US. The OpenIV Team has been working on the project since the initial release of GTA V in September 2013 and presented the first teaser of the project this Sunday.

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According to this FAQ released by the OpenIV Team, the mod will work as an automatic convertor that converts Liberty City from your copy of GTA IV into your copy of GTA V. Which means you need to have both games installed if you want to install the mod.

It's time to spend a bit more time in the game you've probably already spent too much time on.
It's time to spend a bit more time in the game you've probably already spent too much time on.

Another thing to notice is the fact that you'll need to download and install both a converter tool and OpenIV's own modding tool in order to successfully get your hands on the mod. Also make sure to have sufficient hard drive space, since Liberty City "takes up a lot of space" according to the OpenIV Team.

Exactly when the mod will be released is still unknown. It won't be eligible for online play since Rockstar Games does not allow mods in GTA Online. If you try anyway, it'll probably net you a swift and merciless ban. But we're pretty sure there's plenty of single player fun to be had discovering a new and updated Liberty City once again.

What areas of Liberty City are you most excited about rediscovering?


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