Way back when Cunning Stunts was first teased alongside Further Adventures in Finance and Felony, the DLC was hyped up to be an overhaul of the GTA Online Content Creator, bringing new props and features. The announcements and trailer following the tease all seemed to back this up. However, when the DLC finally launched, the Content Creator was untouched.
Rockstar clarified in the Newswire post dedicated to the launch of Cunning Stunts that the Stunt Race Creator update is still coming and will be released on the second of August. The delay has probably something to do with the bug that really kicked this whole thing off.
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Creators of fan-made maps in GTA Online really tended to like the method of stacking props on one another to create new buildings or objects in order to make their map truly unique. Stacking props allowed players to introduce pretty innovative mechanics for their maps.
Until it was removed, at least. After a particular patch, stacking props caused a bug where players could fall through not only the props themselves, but the bottom layer of GTA Online's world map, causing them to fall into "blue hell", the untextured eternal abyss below all video game maps that simply has the same color as the un-textured skybox in the game.
This bug proved to be a difficult one to squash, as Rockstar has been trying to do so ever since its detection. The removal of prop stacking proved to be a functional quick fix, however it wasn't ever considered to be a permanent solution, simply due to the popularity of maps utilizing it.
It's likely that the effort put into fixing this one bug also lead the team to start fixing other things that were wrong with the Creator. Hey, if they're touching the thing, might as well fix more than one issue right? And if they're at it, why not add more features? And Props?
That's pretty much how we picture the thought process that went into coming up with the Cunning Stunts concept. Except, then they realised they won't be done with it all in time and came up with a regular DLC idea to tide GTA Online players over. Then again - what better way to hype up the Stunt Race Creator than to allow players to race on some maps made using said creator?
Anyhow, a quick glance at your calendar will tell you that the 2nd of August is still a ways out. However, if you're itching for some custom Cunning Stunts racing and happen to play GTA 5 on PC, the modding community has you covered. Kind of.
With the props for the Cunning Stunts map being in the game, just not unlocked in the Creator, the PC folks who put together the custom map creation tool have managed to access said props. This means that the fantastical Map Editor mod that we've covered in the past can now be used to make custom race-course using parts from Cunning Stunts.
A few avid map-makers have taken this opportunity to put together their own custom race tracks using bits and pieces introduced with Cunning Stunts. Granted, these maps can only be played in single players, but they're fun for some solo time-trial style racing.
We've collected some of the most promising maps of this nature in order for you to get a taste of what it will be like once the Stunt Race Creator is finally released for GTA Online. If you want to try your hand at it too, feel free to download the newly updated Map Editor mod.
While currently only featuring the first complete track, Rutger100's Cunning Stunts Racetracks mod will be updated frequently, adding several more tracks to the lineup. The tracks will presumably get bigger and bigger as the mod is being updated. The track features many of the tube elements that have become so iconic to the recent GTA Online DLC as well as some speed boosters.
Next up is what is more like an amusement park instead of a straight race. A set of thematic stunts a set up for you to experiment with at your leisure in Samkimahri's Cunning Stunts Stunt Park. The mod is filled with loops, massive jumps, wall rides and more for your to explore. This is a perfect map on which to practise if you're having a tough time with Stunt Races.
We also have something of a more straight-faced stunt course with an emphasis on jumps. The McKenzie Stunt Jump map by Flukey_th takes players out to the desert of Blaine County for a thrilling ride through a tube, across a massive loop and more. This one is more of a one-off map, but it's really well put together, it a bit easy for you veteran stunters out there.
Last but not least we have a map coming from the genius modder Guadmaz, who also happens to be the mastermind behind the Map Editor mod. Incidentally, this mod is designed to work with said Editor. The Maze Bank Ascent mod is supposed to be a copy of the map of the same name from Cunning Stunts with a few slight modifications. Again, this is a great track for some practice runs.
Have you used the Map Editor to build some custom stunt maps for GTA 5? Feel free to share them for us to enjoy while we wait on the release of the Stunt Race Creator!