$50 million for one year of exclusivity? Someone at Microsoft is probably asking WTF...

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Rockstar announced overnight that Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City will be making its way to the PC and PlayStation 3 on March 20, 2010. This is a bit of a surprise, as Microsoft paid $50 million dollars to get what was believed at the time exclusive rights for the Xbox 360 to the two episodic contents (The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony) that make up GTA: Episodes from Liberty City. Apparently, the contract was either a timed exclusive allowing for sale of the content after a full year (Lost and the Damned was released on Feb 17, 2009), or Rockstar renegotiated the contract and gave back some money to Microsoft. Regardless, this is a huge win for PS3 owners that had not been able to experience two of the best 2009 DLC add-ons for any game.
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City Coming to PlayStation 3 and PC

We are happy to announce the much anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows® - LIVE on March 30, 2010. For the first time, PlayStation 3 and Games for Windows - LIVE players will have the opportunity to experience the last two thrilling chapters of the Grand Theft Auto IV saga.

The two action packed episodes will also be available for download on the PlayStation Network and Games for Windows® LIVE on March 30, 2010. Each episode boasts the same detailed and immersive Liberty City we all know and love. Games for Windows - LIVE players can enjoy 32-player multiplayer matches and an advanced video editor, and all fans will have the chance to once again listen to the dulcet tones of Liberty City Radio.

The Lost and Damned is a dark trip through Liberty City’s seedy underbelly as outlaw biker, Johnny Klebitz, fights to keep his gang together as a rift in the gang’s leadership threatens to tear the brotherhood apart. In The Ballad of Gay Tony, players explore Liberty City’s high-end nightlife as Luis Lopez, struggling to balance the temptations of money and vice against loyalties to family and friends. Both episodes feature a slew of new vehicles and weapons, and each episode adds new activities including cage fighting, gang wars and BASE jumping.