The setting also includes the neighboring state of Alderney based on.
The development team worked to represent the upgrade in quality across all design aspects while maintaining the coherence of the previous games.
Having achieved closure on his past, Niko is summoned by Pegorino for one final favour: to help with an extremely lucrative deal in collusion with Dimitri.
On 24 January 2008, the company announced the game's release date of 29 April 2008.
GameSpot 's Calvert and GamesRadar 's Walter also commended the licensed music, the latter admiring the humour of the radio's talk stations.
It was nominated for three awards at the 9th , and seven at the , tying for the most nominations at the latter.
Michael Pinson of The Pro Audio Files praised the separate features of the game's sound design—including the city's ambiance, licensed music, character dialogue, and vehicle and weapon sound effects—applauding the developer's use of uniting the features together.
The game's script, written by Dan Houser and Rupert Humphries, is about 1,000 pages.