Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony is the second of the two episodic expansion packs available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto IV, developed by Rockstar North and released for the Xbox 360 on 29 October 2009. It was then released for the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows on 13 April 2010. It is the fourth expansion pack in theGrand Theft Auto series, the 14th release on the series and is currently the final game of the Grand Theft Auto IV era. The Ballad of Gay Tony follows the exploits of protagonist Luis Fernando Lopez, a member of the Dominican drug dealers and the personal bodyguard of Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince. Prince is the owner of the two largest nightclubs in Liberty City and is a high-statussocialite.
Rockstar Games said in their press release that this episode "injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and crime" and that "players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price." A combined standalone disc-based package titled Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, which does not require the original Grand Theft Auto IV game to be played, was released alongside the second expansion and contains both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.