Grand Theft Auto’s premier merriment peddler is back. The flamboyant master of nightly ceremonies Tony Prince is set to feature in GTA Online’s latest update, dubbed After Hours, making his much-awaited return to the franchise after taking center stage in his own titular DLC for Grand Theft Auto IV, The Ballad of Gay Tony.
Incidentally, in conjunction with the announcement Rockstar revealed After Hours will be released next Tuesday July 24th on the usual trifecta of PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One. As always, After Hours is free following in the footsteps of previous content filled updates for the massively popular gangster-come-auto-theft-cesspit of depravity that is GTA Online.
After Hours gives players the opportunity to try their hand at establishing Los Santos’ most exclusive nightclubs. As you’d expect, serving drinks, hiring scantily clad waitresses, managing promotional material, and bringing in the sonic mastery of real-world DJs like The Black Madonna and Solomun isn’t all a nightclub can offer an entrepreneurial owner. As Rockstar puts it in a Newswire post on its web site, nightclubs can also be used ‘as a front for the most concentrated network of criminal enterprise ever to hit San Andreas’.
As for Tony Prince, a.k.a Gay Tony, unfortunately he won’t be a playable character to the dismay of many. Instead, he steps in as a partner in your endeavors, providing much needed impresario flourish, and we imagine a convincing front for the seedier going ons down below. As he puts it so succinctly, ‘we’re going back to what we do best. A dance music paradise’. He also seems very much onboard with staying out of the criminal side of things, which is sure to prove handy at some point.
A suitably vibrant trailer for After Hours was also released, which you can watch below. Packed with strobe lights, meddling cops, and pugilistic DJs, it does well to set the scene for what’s to come early next week.