Brandon Boyer

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With October and November’s dogpile of blockbusters, it’s easy to forget that the year started off with a proper bang with Grand Theft Auto IV. As the release of PC version of the game draws nearer, Rockstar has started to show off the extensive power of that version’s exclusive video editor and video sharing — and we’re genuinely excited for the wave of machinima to follow, if only because we’re secretly hopeful for more Philip Glass-scored video and more footage of the everyday/mundane side of Liberty City.

But for Xbox 360 owners, today brings first official word via USAToday on the subject and release date of the first downloadable episode, which this time will focus only marginally on Niko, instead giving players the vantage point of one of the original game’s cameo stars:

This new episode, available Feb. 17 via download exclusively for those who own the Xbox 360 version (no price yet), stars Johnny Klebitz, a member of Liberty City biker gang The Lost.

“Johnny is a very different character than Niko, with a very different background,” says Dan Houser, vice president of creative development for Rockstar Games. “I can’t go into too much detail on the story, because we try not to give away too much plot before the game is released. But I can say that the story will show you a different side of Liberty City.”

Grand Theft Auto IV [Rockstar]

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