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Deleted Missions are missions that were cut before a game's release by developers.
There are various reasons for why missions get cut during development. Most commonly, a mission is cut if script writers believe that it does not fit the storyline properly at that particular moment. Usually, missions that are cut according to these conditions are incomplete, featuring only audio or a cutscene. Other times, the missions may be severely flawed and plagued with bugs and errors during development, so they are abandoned. Sometimes, missions contain illegal or inappropriate features, so they are cut before release.
The following page lists all the missions that have been deleted in every Grand Theft Auto game released. The list does not include missions that have been modified or changed in the final version.
- Unnamed Rednecks mission
There was meant to be another Redneck mission, involving the stealing of a Jeep, because Pork Poker has a Jeep and Billy Bob Bean is jealous and wants one also, so they can have a party.
- Love Hurts: A rumored mission where Claude would fly a Dodo into the Love Media Building to kill Donald Love. This mission was presumably cut to avoid 9/11 controversy, however Rockstar has issued statements refuting this theory.
- Unnamed Mr. Moffat mission
After completing all the asset missions, the player was supposed to get a phone call from a character called Mr. Moffat who used a payphone to contact Tommy. He mentioned that he escaped the coop again but it won't be long until 'they' track him down. After a short conversion Tommy decided to go take a look for Moffat and help him out. This mission's script can still be found in game files.
- Unnamed Avery Carrington mission
At an unknown point in the storyline, the player was supposed to get a phone call from Avery Carrington. He mentioned that a representative of him needed chaperoning out to the Gator Keys as he was after some land out that way. The player was supposed to pick the representative up at Avery's own building site and make sure to get him there unharmed.
- Unnamed film studio mission
At an unknown point during the film studio missions, the player was supposed to get a phone call from Steve Scott. He mentioned that they needed a car chase scene but that their budget couldn't stretch around to it. The player was supposed to pick up a car left by Steve at the airport and perform an unknown task. There is a similar studio mission for Reni in Vice City Stories involving a car stunt scene being filmed.
- 3C mission
There was going to be a mission given by Sonny Forelli. It had something to do with Apartment 3c. It was to be the only mission given to the protagonist Tommy by Sonny. It is possible that the mission involved buying Apartment 3C, since it was going to be a Safe House.
In this mission, the player would be instructed to get a reasonably nice car and drive it over to Cesar's house. Once there, Cesar was going to tune it up for Carl Johnson and socialize at the same time. However, the car gets towed before they can do anything so CJ and Cesar head over to the police station to retrieve it from the impound lot. If enabled using mods, this mission is severely flawed, and is missing the pre-mission and post-mision cutscenes, suggesting that it was abandoned very early on during development.
A mission for Cesar Vialpando that would take place after Impounded.
This was the beta name of the mission Doberman as the mission had a different setting like stopping Poncho from being arrested, grabbing the "evidence" before the police collects it and kill Officer Carver.
In this mission you must prevent Berkley's RC Tiger from reaching Zero's RC Shop and destroying it. You must destroy the RC Tigers by detonating your RC Bandits near them and have to destroy them all before your remote control's battery runs out.
You must use a pickup truck to 'recover' a Sultan.
- An unnamed mission
In this mission, you will have to go to Las Venturas Airport where Ran Fa Li's Flight is going to arrive. You will have to reach the airport before the plane comes. After that, a cutscene follows in which you take Ran Fa Li & his assistant in a limousine. Then CJ discovers that it is an ambush and both the exit of the airport has been blocked with Linerunners by the mafia. You will have to somehow get the VIP to the Triad's Four Dragons Casino while the mafia attack you. There will be a limo damage bar shown too. After that, the Fish in a Barrel mission will be unlocked.
Nothing is much known about the mission but the mission possibly focused to Little Jacob since he says "I and I" often. The mission was given after Jamaican Heat.
Is an another mission that was cut during the development of GTA IV.
It can also be a reference to the TV series "American Dad".
Is a mission that was also cut during the development of GTA IV.
It may have been tied in with obtaining the Middle Park East safehouse.
- GXT lines imply there was meant to be a second mission for Dwayne where you had to take Dwayne's Ex named Bernice. This was most likely an early version of Ruff Rider.
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- Unnamed heist mission
A cut mission for Solomon Richards, it is unknown what was supposed to be done in this mission as there is no description. As the name suggests, it would most likely involve Michael having to secure or defend the film studio in some way.
- Final Furlong
In late 2013 and early 2014, users reported getting new Contact Mission invites in Online mode. Usually, the mission would fail to load, but, on the rare occasion they would, they could play through the mission, however it was without financial reward. The missions they played through were thought to be cut beta missions. A list of missions with the contact is:
- Ballas Shipment Grab (Martin Madrazo) (May have been an early name for Grab Your Ballas)
- Blow in the Wind (Ron Jakowski) (Early name for Turbine Carbine) (Video here)
- Crewman Show (Lester Crest)
- Docks Shipment Steal (Martin Madrazo) (May have been an early name for Dry Docking)
- High Tide (Martin Madrazo)
- Holed Up - Rockford Hills (Martin Madrazo)
- Holed Up - Vinewood (Martin Madrazo)
- Lines of Coke (Martin Madrazo) (May have been an early name for The Los Santos Connection) (Video here and here)
- Murrieta Heist (Simeon Yetarian)
- Quarry Steal (Lestar Crest) (May have been an early name for Quarry Quarry)
- Taking out the Trash (Martin Madrazo) (May have been an early name for Trash Talk)
- Viceroy Kill (Martin Madrazo)