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'''Grand Theft Auto V''' ('''GTA V''' or '''GTA 5''') is an upcoming video game created by [[Rockstar Games]]. It will be the next installment in the [[Grand Theft Auto]] series, after [[GTA IV]] and [[Episodes from Liberty City]].  
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'''Grand Theft Auto V''' (also known as '''GTA V''' or '''GTA 5''') is a video game created by [[Rockstar Games]] and is the fifteenth installment in the [[Grand Theft Auto]] series of games. The game is also linked with [[Grand Theft Auto Online]], a game released in October [[2013]] that takes place in the same setting but shortly before the events of GTA V.
  
The game is set in modern day [[Los Santos in GTA V|Los Santos]] and [[Blaine County]], [[San Andreas in GTA V|San Andreas]] and its surrounding countryside. Although it was originally going to be released in spring [[2013]], Rockstar has confirmed the official release date to be 17 September [[2013]] for the [[Xbox 360]] and [[PlayStation 3]].<ref>[http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/48591/grand-theft-auto-v-is-coming-9172013.html Grand Theft Auto V Is Coming 9.17.2013]</ref>  A PC version has not been confirmed, however Rockstar has stated that "everything is up for consideration"<ref>[http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2012/11/19/grand-theft-auto-v-on-wii-u-and-pc-up-for-consideration/ PC and Wii U versions of GTA V up for consideration]</ref>.
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The game is set in modern day [[Los Santos in GTA V|Los Santos]] and [[Blaine County]], [[San Andreas in GTA V|San Andreas]] and its surrounding countryside. Although it was originally going to be released in spring [[2013]], this was delayed with the [[PlayStation 3]] and [[Xbox 360]] versions being released on September 17th, 2013. The game is part of the [[HD Universe]], a fictional universe that connects the storylines of [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]], [[The Lost and Damned]], [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]] with those of GTA V and [[Grand Theft Auto Online|GTA Online]].
  
 
For full details on the announcement, buildup, hype and leaks of GTA V, see [[History of GTA V]].
 
For full details on the announcement, buildup, hype and leaks of GTA V, see [[History of GTA V]].
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==Game Information==
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'''Game Content'''
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*[[San Andreas in GTA V]]
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*[[Missions in GTA V|Missions]]
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*[[Vehicles in GTA V|Vehicles]]
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*[[Weapons in GTA V|Weapons]]
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*[[Characters in GTA V|Characters]]
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*[[Gangs in GTA V|Gangs]]
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*[[TV Shows in GTA V|TV Shows]]
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*[[Radio Stations in GTA V|Radio Stations]]
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*[[Businesses in GTA V|Businesses]]
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'''Game Features'''
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*[[Cheats in GTA V|Cheats]]
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*[[Grand Theft Auto V/Features|Features]]
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*[[Internet in GTA V|Internet]]
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*[[Wanted Level in GTA V|Wanted Level]]
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*[[Safehouses in GTA V|Safehouses]]
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*[[Secrets and Easter Eggs in GTA V|Secrets and Easter Eggs]]
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*[[Special Vehicles in GTA V|Unique Vehicles]]
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'''Main Articles'''
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*[[Grand Theft Auto V Confirmed Information|Pre-release Information]]
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*[[Grand Theft Auto V/Criticism and Sales|Critical Reception and Sales]]
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*[[Completion in GTA V|Completion]]
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*[[Achievements in GTA V|Achievements & Trophies]]
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*[[Grand Theft Auto V/Trailers|Trailers]]
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*[[GTA V Gripes|Gripes]]
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*[[GTA V Timeline]]
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*[[GTA V Tips|Tips]]
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{{Chronology}}
 
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==Gameplay==
 
==Gameplay==
There are three separate [[protagonist]]s: [[Michael]], [[Trevor Phillips]] and [[Franklin]]. Dan Houser stated in an interview that one of the protagonists will be the antagonist. Rockstar have said that this would be Trevor, as he is psychopathic and a hothead, qualities he displays in the second trailer. Also, [[Rockstar North]] president Leslie Benzies told OXM that [http://www.mtv.co.uk/news/grand-theft-auto/386360-grand-theft-auto-v-characters-not-playable-start "not all protagonists will be playable from the start"] of the game, according to [[wp:MTV|MTV]].
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Grand Theft Auto V features three playable [[protagonist]]s, a first for the GTA series: [[Michael De Santa]], [[Franklin Clinton]] and [[Trevor Philips]], with the player able to swap between the three when not on certain missions or [[Wanted Level in GTA V|wanted]] by the [[LSPD in GTA V|police]]. Certain missions involve two or all three protagonists, allowing the player to switch between them to assist in completing the mission. One mission also allows the player to swap to [[Chop]], a Rottweiler dog owned by [[Lamar Davis]] but looked after by Franklin. The three protagonists have their own lives and, when not chosen, continue with their daily routines, occasionally resulting in the player continuing the activity. When the player chooses another character, the protagonist "left behind" remains in his location for a short period of time; if the newly controller character returns to the location where the other character was left, the two will interact and can optionally take part in non-mission activities together.
 
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At any time outside a mission (and in some missions that feature several of them), you can switch between these characters. When not being controlled, they will continue with their lives, so switching to them will put in you whatever situation they are currently in. These three protagonists will have overlapping storylines and will affect each other.
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Storyline missions and some hobbies and [[side-missions]] will only be available to the specific character. But most side-missions and random encounters will be available to any. Character customisation will be similar, if not identical, to GTA: San Andreas', with each character having a range of tattoos, hairstyles and clothes to purchase. Different body masses such as Fat and Muscle however, will not be returning due to the complex personalities of the protagonists. The Stats system from San Andreas will also be making a return, with each character having a particular knack for certain stats such as driving or flying. The three characters have their own unique special abilities that can be used during gameplay, such as slowing down time when driving or shooting.  
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Some storyline missions, side missions and hobbies will only be available to a specific character while random encounters can be encountered and completed by any protagonist. The player can also customise each character beyond their initial appearance through buying clothes, changing hairstyles, getting tattoos and enhancing certain abilities such as stamina, driving skill or flying skill. Each protagonist also has a [[Special Abilities|special ability]], which can be triggered during gameplay: Michael can slow down time while on foot, Franklin can slow down time while driving and Trevor can become angry, dealing out more damage and taking little in return.
  
 
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Rockstar have confirmed that, as GTA V is part of the HD Universe ([[GTA IV Era]] onwards), certain characters from [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]] and its episodes will return, but not major ones like [[Niko Bellic]].
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==Setting==
 
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Grand Theft Auto V is set in the fictional state of [[San Andreas in GTA V|San Andreas]]: consisting of the city of [[Los Santos in GTA V|Los Santos]] and the rural [[Blaine County]], which also includes two towns called [[Paleto Bay]] and [[Sandy Shores]]. The player can explore the entire map from the beginning of the game, although certain areas ([[Fort Zancudo]], [[Los Santos International Airport in GTA V|Los Santos International Airport]] and [[Bolingbroke Penitentiary]]), result in a wanted level being given to the player. GTA V also includes a fully explorable [[Pacific Ocean|ocean]] floor, which can be explored by swimming underwater, scuba diving or in a submarine. Animals also roam across Blaine County and the surrounding Pacific Ocean with some (such as mountain lions and sharks) being prepared to hunt and kill the player character.
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==Los Santos==
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Like [[Liberty City in GTA IV Era|Liberty City]] in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], Los Santos and the surrounding areas have been completely remade on a much larger and more detailed scale than in [[San Andreas in GTA III Era|GTA San Andreas]].
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The world will be bigger than the total size of the worlds from GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption, and GTA San Andreas combined.
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Unusually, the entire map will be open to the player right from the start of the game, like in [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars|GTA Chinatown Wars]], rather than being restricted to a small corner or island until the game permits you to continue. This is in keeping with GTA V's philosophy of letting the player do whatever you want to do, rather than being forced to do certain things at a certain time in a certain way. Each playable character lives in a different area, which will help players explore several areas of the map at once.
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Named locations include: [[Vinewood in GTA V|Vinewood]], [[Little Seoul]], [[Los Puerta Freeway]], [[Vespucci Beach]], [[Downtown Los Santos in GTA V|Downtown]], [[Del Perro Freeway]], [[East Los Santos in GTA V|East Los Santos]] and [[Los Santos Bay]]. There is also expansive countryside including [[Mount Chiliad in GTA V|Mount Chiliad]], a military base and coastline.
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Notably, the game will continue to display distant mountains and buildings from the entire map, even many miles away. This is in contrast to [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]] where only 1.5 kilometers (roughly 1 mile) of distance is rendered, and buildings suddenly appear when the player gets close. Now, even lights on buildings and streetlights from the opposite side of the map will be visible when high enough up, creating a much greater sense of the massive scale.
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==Features==
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In addition to the multiple protagonists, GTA V will bring many new (and returning) features:
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;[[Vehicles in GTA V|Vehicles]]
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*Planes will return, and as [[Trevor Phillips]] is a former military pilot, he can fly them from the start of the game
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*Also known to be in the game will be: [[bicycles]], helicopters, airships/blimps, trucks, jetskis, convertible cars and freight trains
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*Aircraft and exotic cars will be available from the start, but they will be challenging to obtain
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*GTA V has the most vehicles out of any game in the series. This may be a mixture of vehicles from Grand Theft Auto IV and many new vehicles
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*Vehicles in GTA V will be customisable on a similar level to Midnight Club LA's: body kits, paint jobs/finishes, wheels, exhaust tips, window tints, tire smoke color, bull-bars, extra lights, brakes, engine tuning, suspension, horns, bulletproof tires, and panel armour. More aftermarket parts are unlocked as the player completes racing side missions. Rockstar have said that are are around 9,000 different customisation options for vehicles
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*Customising vehicles will play an integral part in some of the game's missions. Players will sometimes be required or advised to improve the performance of their vehicles or add certain parts (such as panel armour)<ref>http://www.denofgeek.com/games/grand-theft-auto-v/26347/gta-v-vehicle-moding-and-weapons-detailed</ref>
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*License plates will also be customisable
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;[[Weapons in GTA V|Weapons]]
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*Weapons can be customised with extended magazines, grips, paintjobs, stocks, flashlights, scopes, laser sights, and suppressors
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*There are several modern-day or updated weapons in the game, including the IMI Tavor TAR-21, a Ruger MP-9, AK-47 and Mossberg 500
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*Weapons will not be discarded after running out of ammunition, likely due to the aforementioned weapons customisation
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*Weapon selection is now handled through a weapons wheel instead of scrolling through each weapons class
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;[[Los Santos in GTA V|Game world]]
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*The entire map will be open from the very start of the game
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*The map is bigger than the total size of the worlds from GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption, and GTA San Andreas combined
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*The map is ''not'' a copy of [[Los Santos in GTA III Era|that of GTA San Andreas]], but a brand new city designed around LA, with some names reused from San Andreas
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*The map contains the city of [[Los Santos in GTA V|Los Santos]] plus masses of countryside including [[Mount Chiliad]], a vast desert, forests, beaches and many communities
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*The entire map will be visible from anywhere, instead of only rendering short distances, so even mountains and building lights from the far side of the map will be visible
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*The city and surrounding areas appear to be thick with smog during late evening time
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*Mines and wind turbines appear in the landscape
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*There is a fully-operational golf course
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*The ocean floor can be fully explored, with this comes the addition of wearable scuba gear and drivable submarines
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*There will also be shipwrecks containing money and useful items
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*[[Animals in GTA V|Wildlife and animals]] will appear for the first time; confirmed animals include dogs, cougars, deer, sharks and eels
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*Players can purchase houses, garages, marinas, helipads, and businesses to increase cash flow
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*Some specialty properties must be owned before purchasing certain types of transportation: the player will need to purchase a helipad before purchasing a helicopter, or a marina before purchasing a vessel
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*Purchasing certain properties will give the player additional perks: owning a taxi business will give the player free cab rides
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*Though likely expected, [[Trailers of GTA V|trailers]] and promotional screenshots confirm the presence of [[strip club]]s
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*There are 3 playable characters ([[protagonists]]) - [[Michael]], [[Trevor Phillips]] and [[Franklin]], and the player can jump into another character at any time
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*Each protagonist will have his own storyline, and will continue his life in the background when not being controlled
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*Some characters from the [[GTA IV Era]] will appear in the game, but not protagonists such as [[Niko Bellic]]
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*[[Random Characters]] will appear in random places, with the player having the option to interact with them to start a side-mission
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*[[The Lost Brotherhood]] will be returning as seen in the 'Trevor' trailer: in the second trailer, a group of Lost MC members are seen chasing and shooting at protagonist Trevor Phillips as he escapes in a plane, while in the Trevor trailer, a Lost MC logo was on a character's jacket
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*Players can hire people of varying abilities (and costs) to assist with missions; as hirelings go on more missions with players, their stats will increase, along with their cut of the spoils
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*Each of the three characters has his own unique bank account: money earned while playing as Trevor will not be available to Michael and Franklin
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* To allow players to experience the story and become familiar with the game's mechanics, GTA Online (the online multiplayer of GTA V) is unavailable until October 1st, two weeks after the game's launch.
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* GTA Online is a story-driven experience that intertwines with the singleplayer story. The player-created character is new to Los Santos and wishes to make it big. Through the player's actions, he/she will rise up the criminal ladder and meet several characters from the singleplayer story, such as [[Lamar]], who will give them missions.
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* Completing matches and missions earns the player money, which can be spent on customising their character's appearance, weapons and vehicles.
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* Players can also spend money on a customizable apartment for their character, and a garage in which they can store and customize up to 10 vehicles.
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* Banks and stores throughout the world can be robbed by the player. Teaming up with others makes pulling off the heists easier, however there is a chance that a member of the team may run off with the take, making trust a vital part in planning.
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* During a heist, Grand Theft Auto Online uses a voice recognition system. If one or more players yell commands at the bank staff such as "faster!", the moneybag will be filled faster than usual, allowing for a quicker getaway.
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==Official Information==
 
==Official Information==
 
{{main|History of GTA V}}
 
{{main|History of GTA V}}
 
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Grand Theft Auto V was official announced by [[Rockstar Games]] in November [[2011]] with the release of the first [[Trailers_of_GTA_V#First_Trailer|first trailer]], while retail posters released in October [[2012]] confirmed a Spring [[2013]] release for the [[Xbox 360]] and the [[PlayStation 3]], which was later confirmed by Rockstar Games. In November 2012 Rockstar Games announced that the game was available for pre-order and three days later a twenty-three page [[Grand Theft Auto V/Game Informer|preview]] is released revealing the first real information about the game, including the scale of the games map and the inclusion of three playable characters. On Novembver 14th the [[Trailers_of_GTA_V#Second_Trailer|second trailer]] was released. January [[2013]] saw Rockstar Games announce that the release date for GTA V had been pushed back. On April 30th [[Trailers_of_GTA_V#Protagonist_Trailer_Set|three new protagonist based trailers]] were released.  
In November 2011, Rockstar announced GTA V with the [[#Trailer_1|first trailer]].
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From autumn 2012 through present time, Rockstar released a range of screenshots and artworks from GTA V.
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In October 2012, retail posters and displays were leaked showing a release date of Spring [[2013]] for the [[Xbox 360]] and [[PlayStation 3]]. This was confirmed by a [http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151314359580097&set=a.10150126067600097.319350.51752540096&type=1&theater Facebook post from Rockstar]
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On 5 November 2012, Rockstar announced that GTA V is available [http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/46011/grand-theft-auto-v-now-officially-available-for-preorder.html to be pre ordered] and released a "Beach Weather" PC wallpaper. Later that day they announced that a [http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/46031/grand-theft-auto-v-trailer-2-coming-next-week-wed-nov-14.html 2nd trailer will be shown on 14 Nov 12]. This second trailer was [http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/11/hurricane-sandy-delays-second-gta-v-trailer/ set to be released 2 Nov 12], the one-year anniversary of the first trailer, but [[wp:Hurricane Sandy|Hurricane Sandy]] left Rockstar's New York offices without power and unable to release the trailer.
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On 8 November 2012, GameInformer released a [[/Game Informer|23-page feature on GTA V]], revealing masses of information including the three protagonists, the scale of the Los Santos map, and some hints into the feature changes. See [[/Game Informer]] for more information.
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On 31 January 2013, Rockstar announced<ref>[http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/48591/grand-theft-auto-v-is-coming-9172013.html Grand Theft Auto V Is Coming 9.17.2013]</ref> the official release date of the game to be 17 September, 2013, despite earlier claims that the game would be released in spring 2013. A PC date is not yet known.
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On 30 April 2013, Rockstar released [http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/49701/gtav-trailers-michael-franklin-trevor.html three new trailers], focusing on the three protagonists.
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On 2 May 2013, Rockstar announced that several [http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/49721/worldwide-grand-theft-auto-v-previews.html gaming sites worldwide had received hands-on demos] and as of this day, Rockstar were allowing them to recount and analyze their experiences publicly.
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On 2 July 2013, Rockstar [http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/50871/asked-answered-gtav.html answered several gamers' questions] through a news article. In this article, they confirmed the following:
 
On 2 July 2013, Rockstar [http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/50871/asked-answered-gtav.html answered several gamers' questions] through a news article. In this article, they confirmed the following:
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:*Both weapons and cars will be "very customizable"
 
:*The Xbox 360 version will be 2 discs, with Disc 1 being a first-time install-only disc and Disc 2 being the gameplay disc, while the PlayStation 3 version will be one disc and will automatically install the same way the Xbox 360 version does, both requiring 8GB of space
 
:*The Xbox 360 version will be 2 discs, with Disc 1 being a first-time install-only disc and Disc 2 being the gameplay disc, while the PlayStation 3 version will be one disc and will automatically install the same way the Xbox 360 version does, both requiring 8GB of space
:*A gameplay trailer and information on [[Grand Theft Auto Online]] will be coming soon; Rockstar will not confirm nor deny a PC version as well as next gen versions
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:*A gameplay trailer and information on [[Grand Theft Auto Online]] will be coming soon; Rockstar will not confirm nor deny a PC version as well as next gen versions (PC and next gen console releases have been since confirmed)
 
:*There will be new and stronger anti-cheating measures online
 
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:*Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gameplay will be identical
 
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:*There ''will not'' be another delay and the 17 September release date still stands
  
On 9 July 2013, Rockstar released the first [http://www.rockstargames.com/V/videos/video/10851 official gameplay video] for Grand Theft Auto V.
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==Editions==
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==Plot==
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===Time Period===
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GTA V is set in [[2013]] shortly after the events of [[Grand Theft Auto Online]], four years on from [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]], and five years on from [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], [[The Lost and Damned]] and [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]].
  
There are two special editions of GTA V available, with extra items in the box and giving extra benefits in-game.
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The game follows three [[protagonist]]s on their individual journeys to success in the criminal underworld.
  
[http://www.rockstargames.com/V/order Pre-orders],of these two-editions also gain access to the [[Atomic Blimp]].
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*'''[[Michael De Santa]]''': In [[2004]] Michael De Santa, then known as '''Michael Townley''', makes an off the books deal with [[Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation#GTA_V|FIB]] agent [[Dave Norton]] to retire from criminal activity in return for the arrests of [[Trevor Philips]], who escapes, and [[Bradley Snider]], who Norton killed. Michael, spending his days relaxing and arguing with his family, eventually returns to criminal activity after meeting [[Franklin Clinton]].
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*'''[[Franklin Clinton]]''': Franklin Clinton is a gang member attempting to move to a more lucrative type of activity, legal or otherwise. He works as a repossession agent alongside friend [[Lamar Davis]] and lives with his [[Denise Clinton|Aunt Denise]] in [[Strawberry]], [[Los Santos in GTA V|Los Santos]].
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*'''[[Trevor Philips]]''': Trevor Philips, believing his friend had been [[Prologue (GTA V)|killed]] in [[2004]], became involved in numerous types of criminal activity and is looking to expand his operations. Trevor lives in [[Sandy Shores]], [[Blaine County]].
  
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====History to current events====
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The game begins in [[2004]] with an attempted heist on a business in [[Ludendorff]], [[North Yankton]] by [[Michael De Santa|Michael Townley]], [[Trevor Philips]], [[Bradley Snider]] and an unnamed getaway driver. They manage to get away from the building with the money, however, the getaway driver and Bradley are killed, while Michael is also shot. Trevor flees the scene, which is filled with the local police and FIB agents, evading them. In between 2004 and [[2013]] Snider is buried as Michael, who moves to [[Los Santos in GTA V|Los Santos]] to retire from criminal activity, while Trevor eventually finds his way to living in [[Sandy Shores]], [[Blaine County]] just north of Los Santos.
  
===Special Edition===
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====The present day====
[[File:SpecialEdition-GTAV.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Special Edition]]
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Following the [[Prologue (GTA V)|opening mission set in 2004]], the game begins in earnest with [[Franklin Clinton]] and [[Lamar Davis]] working at [[Premium Deluxe Motorsport]] for [[Simeon Yetarian]] as repossession agents. Simeon, having sold a car to Michael's son [[Jimmy De Santa|Jimmy]], sends Franklin to repossess the car after he defaults on the payments. Michael, however, holds Franklin at gun point and forces him to drive the car into Premium Deluxe Motorsport's showroom. Franklin and Lamar, who had also kept a motorcycle rather than returning it, are both fired. Michael, feeling bad for Franklin, offers him a free beer and the two begin to talk about their involvement in the criminal underworld, both past and present.
The Special Edition contains a full retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V plus:
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*Collectible SteelBook with Exclusive Artwork
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*:This special SteelBook features double-sided, never-before-seen artwork of Michael, Trevor and Franklin. Custom color and metallic treatments bring out the detail of the artwork created exclusively for this SteelBook.
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*Blueprint Map
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*:This exclusive, additional 21.5” x 26.75” map displays a blueprint view of Los Santos and Blaine County. Cryptic markings indicate locations for fast cash and other points of interest for the up-and-coming entrepreneur.
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*:Michael, Franklin and Trevor each have a unique special ability. With this boost, the special ability bar will generate 25% faster.
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*Stunt Plane Trials
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*:Single player Stunt Plane Trials let you take on additional aerial challenges spread throughout Los Santos and Blaine County.
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*Bonus Outfits, Tattoos and More
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*:Michael, Franklin and Trevor get bonus outfits in their wardrobes, character specific tattoos at tattoo parlours, and special deals from shopkeepers across Los Santos and Blaine County.
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Michael, having seen his [[Amanda De Santa|wife Amanda]] cheating with her [[Kyle Chavis|tennis coach]], chases him to a house before pulling the support beams from underneath it, destroying the house. [[Martin Madrazo]], the home's owner, convinces Michael and Franklin, who had assisted Michael, into paying for the house to be rebuilt. The two form a crew and rob a [[Vangelico's Fine Jewelry|jewelery store]], taking enough money to repay Madrazo.
  
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====Introducing Trevor Philips====
[[File:CollectorsEdition-GTAV-Full.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Collector's Edition]]
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In [[Blaine County]], at the same time, Trevor Philips begins to expand his criminal empire by destroying [[The Lost Brotherhood]]'s Los Santos chapter while also attempting to form links with the Triads, although this proves unsuccessful, which includes destroying a rival meth lab owned by the [[O'Neil Brothers]]. News of the jewellery store heist appears on news programs and a phrase used during the heist reminds Trevor of his lost friend Michael. He sends [[Wade Hebert]] to Los Santos to discover the whereabouts of Michael and eventually tracks him down. The two confront each other but work together to [[Fame or Shame (mission)|stop]] Michael's daughter [[Tracey De Santa|Tracey]] from appearing on a [[Fame or Shame|reality television show]].
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*Grand Theft Auto V Security Deposit Bag with Logo Key
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Michael, Franklin and Trevor then begin to work together to achieve their aims of earning enough money to live out their lives, while also attempting to keep [[Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation#GTA_V|FIB]] agents [[Steve Haines]], [[Dave Norton]] and [[Andreas Sanchez]] from arresting or killing them. Together they [[The Merryweather Heist|steal military hardware]], 'recover' a man from the [[Central_Intelligence_Agency#Grand_Theft_Auto_V|IAA]] with information about a terrorist and [[The Paleto Score|perform a heist]] at a [[Paleto Bay]-based bank, although Michael and Trevor briefly go into hiding after kidnapping [[Patricia Madrazo]]. Trevor also spends this time piecing together the events of [[2004]] and brings his suspicions to Michael who is unable to successfully deny the truth.
*:Inspired by the heists in Grand Theft Auto V, this custom 10.75” x 8.5” money bag features a pop-up style lock and laser cut logo key to secure important items. The reverse side features a pressed Rockstar Games logo on the security mount with a framed ID window.
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====The truth revealed====
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Michael and Trevor, having planned to perform [[The Big Score|one last heist]], go their separate ways with Trevor promising to return and kill Michael. Michael and Franklin, however, continue to work together by perform a [[The Bureau Raid|terrorist attack]] on the [[FIB Building|FIB building]], with the promise of being set free from their work with the FIB corrupt agents. They, however, double cross the group and plan another meeting, which is subsequently raided by FIB agents after having received information from Andreas Sanchez. Steve Haines escapes and leaves his partner [[Dave Norton]] behind. Norton, however, also escapes with help from Michael and Trevor, who agree to put their differences aside to work on one last heist.
  
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====The ending====
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Michael, Franklin and Trevor prepare for and then execute the heist, getting away with a vast sum of gold, which is later melted down and sold by [[Lester Crest]]. The crew gets its agreed share and the relationship between Michael, Franklin and Trevor ends. However, unknown to Michael and Trevor, Franklin had been contacted by the FIB to kill Trevor and by [[Devin Weston]], a businessman and billionaire the trio had stolen cars for, to kill Michael.
  
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The player, as Franklin, then has three choices: to kill Trevor for the FIB, to kill Michael for Devin Weston or to save both:
*:Players will instantly receive a garage to store custom vehicles. In single player, the garage will be stocked with the 1930’s style [[Hotknife]] hotrod and the [[CarbonRS]] sports bike. In Grand Theft Auto Online, players will get the high-end [[Khamelion]] electric car.
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*'''Killing Michael''': If the player kills Michael, then he and Franklin will drive to a secluded spot before Michael is pushed off a water tower. Franklin can then either let him fall to his death or attempt to save him, causing Michael to headbutt him and fall to his death.
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*'''Killing Trevor''': If the player kills Trevor, then Michael and Franklin will chase him to an oil plant where Trevor will crash his car into an oil tank, covering him with oil, which Franklin lights on fire.
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*'''Saving both''': If the player decides to save both Michael and Trevor then the three work together one final time to attack FIB agents and [[Merryweather Security Consulting|Merryweather]] mercenaries before agreeing to split up and kill their various enemies. Michael agrees to kill [[Stretch (GTA V)|Stretch]], who had tried to get Franklin and Lamar killed on numerous occasions, Franklin agrees to kill Triad boss [[Wei Cheng]], who had almost had a business relationship with Trevor and who had almost killed Michael, while Trevor is left to kill Steve Haines. Afterwards Trevor kidnaps [[Devin Weston]] and locks him in the boot Devin's car, which is driven to a secluded location and pushed into the Pacific Ocean by the trio. With Trevor and Michael reconciling, the three agree to remain friends, but end their relationships professionally.
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Grand Theft Auto V was commercially successful within twenty-four hours of release having generated [[Money|$]]800 million, equating to 13 million copies being sold, and set a new record for first-day sales. Three days after released, on September 20th, 2013, the game exceeded $1 billion, making it the fastest selling entertainment product in history. Six days after release, September 26, 2013, GTA V had become the [[United Kingdom|UK's]] fastest selling game of all time and the 24th biggest-selling game ever.
  
The Grand Theft Auto V Collector’s Edition comes packaged in a premium outer box featuring a foil embossed Grand Theft Auto V logo on the top, finished with a matte, scuff-resistant film lamination, housing all of the contents.
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==Controversy==
 
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The mission [[By the Book]] generated significant controversy regarding its use of torture on [[Mr. K]] in order to extract information about an Azerbaijani terrorist. [[Trevor Philips]] uses various torture devices on Mr. K, who is strapped to a chair. Trevor is later asked by corrupt [[Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation#GTA_V|FIB]] agent [[Steve Haines]] to kill Mr. K but instead drives him to the [[Los Santos International Airport in GTA V|airport]] and while driving to the airport Trevor comments on the ineffectiveness of torture in extracting information.
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File:Beach-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|A beach with a [[Dogs|dog]].
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File:Jetski-GTAV-Speedophile2000-prerelease.jpg|A jet ski, marked Speedophile 2000.
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File:MountChiliad-GTAV-hikers-prerelease.jpg|Hikers at the base of a mountain near [[Los Santos in GTA V|Los Santos]].
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File:Convertible-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|[[Franklin]] in a convertible car retracting its roof.
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File:Windturbines-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|Several wind power generators near Los Santos.
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File:Michael-GTAV-firsttrailer.jpg|[[Michael]] overlooking the city.
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File:Cropduster-GTAV-field-prerelease.jpg|A crop dusting plane over a vineyard.
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File:Robbery-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|The three [[protagonists]] attempt to rob a store dressed as exterminators; notice the accessories on the rifle.
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File:Pumpjack-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|A [[wp:pumpjack|pumpjack]] on an oil well.
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File:LSPD-GTAV-helicopter-chase.jpg|A police helicopter and officers chasing a fugitive.
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File:Vinewood-GTAV-sign-prerelease.jpg|The [[Vinewood in GTA V|Vinewood]] sign.
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File:Policehelicopter-GTAV-prerelease-front.jpg|A new [[LSPD in GTA V|LSPD]] helicopter.
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File:Lake-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|A peaceful waterside.
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File:Cheetah-GTAV-prerelease-rear.jpg|The redesigned [[Cheetah]].
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File:Jet-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|[[Michael]] flying a jet.
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File:Parachute-GTAV-deployed-prerelease.jpg|A man with a [[Parachute]] next to a mountain.
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File:Sanchez-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|Three men racing on dirtbikes, possibly [[Sanchez|Sanchezes]].
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File:Tennis-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|Two civilians playing [[tennis]].
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File:Infernus-GTAV-prerelease-front.jpg|[[Michael]] in an updated [[Infernus]] while being pursued.
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File:Stuntplane-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|A man flying a [[stunt plane]] over a river.
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File:TrevorPhillips-GTAV-Jetski.jpg|[[Trevor Phillips]] on a lifeguard jetski with a IMI Mini UZI.
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File:Shark-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|A scuba diver and a shark.
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File:Franklin-and-chop.jpg|[[Franklin]] and his dog [[Chop]] rolling past a liquor store.
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File:Fighterjet-prerelease.jpeg|[[Trevor Phillips|Trevor]] in a cargo plane alongside a US Airforce pilot in a fighter jet.
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File:TrevorVinewood1.png|[[Trevor]] climbing the letter "V" of the Vinewood sign with [[NOOSE]] after him.
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File:Protagonists-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|The three [[protagonists]]
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File:Michael-GTAV-onphone.jpg|[[Michael]] on a phone
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File:Parachute-GTAV-LosSantos-prerelease.jpg|A character parachuting
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File:Fighterjet-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|A fighter jet attacking a police helicopter
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File:Buzzard-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|A [[Buzzard]]
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File:Helicopter-GTAV-shooting.jpg|[[Michael]] side-shooting with a TAR-21 rifle
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File:Squalo-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|A [[Squalo]]
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File:9F-GTAV-prerelease-front.jpg|A [[9F]]
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File:Comet-GTAV-prerelease-rear.jpg|A [[Comet]]
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File:Quad-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|[[Trevor Phillips]] on a [[quad]]
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File:TrevorPhillips-GTAV-gun-prerelease.jpg|[[Trevor Phillips]]
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File:Gun-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|[[Franklin]]
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File:Sanchez-GTAV-Franklin-prerelease.jpg|[[Franklin]] on a [[Sanchez]]
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File:Street-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|[[Pleasure Pier]]
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File:Watertower-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|Desert countryside
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File:Akuma-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|[[Franklin]] doing a wheelie
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File:Parachute-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|[[Trevor Phillips]] freefalling
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File:Sunset-GTAV-prerelease.jpg|A new type of helicopter
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File:Trevor-GTAV-walking.jpg|[[Trevor Phillips]]
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File:IFruitPhone-GTAV-artwork.jpg|Retail poster that was revealed on 10/30/2012.
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File:Beach-GTAV-artwork.jpg|"Beach Weather" PC wallpaper released on 5/11/12.
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Prior to the official announcements, trailers and magazine features of Grand Theft Auto V, a large number of possible clues had been found in previous GTA games and elsewhere to indicate what may have been the setting and content of GTA V. Fans also made a number of educated guesses, and many rumours circulated the Internet. See [[Speculation of GTA V]] for a detailed list.
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
* [[History of GTA V]]
 
* [[History of GTA V]]
* [[Los Santos in GTA V]]
 
* [[Businesses in GTA V]]
 
* [[Weapons in GTA V]]
 
* [[Vehicles in GTA V]]
 
 
* [[Grand Theft Auto V/Trailers|GTA V Trailers]]
 
* [[Grand Theft Auto V/Trailers|GTA V Trailers]]
* [[Vice City in GTA IV Era]] & [[San Andreas in GTA IV Era]] - references to the locations of GTA III Era games in the GTA IV Era.
 
 
* [[Community:GTA V Wishlist]] - the Grand Theft Wiki Community's suggestions on what should be included in GTA V.
 
* [[Community:GTA V Wishlist]] - the Grand Theft Wiki Community's suggestions on what should be included in GTA V.
 
== References ==
 
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Grand Theft Auto V
GTA V box art
DevelopersRockstar North
PublishersRockstar Games
PlatformsPlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Release dates

Xbox 360 - 17 September, 2013
PS3 - 17 September, 2013
Xbox One - 18 November 2014
PlayStation 4 - 18 November 2014
PC - 27 January 2015

EngineRAGE
Protagonists
LocationLos Santos, State of San Andreas
Year2013

Grand Theft Auto V (also known as GTA V or GTA 5) is a video game created by Rockstar Games and is the fifteenth installment in the Grand Theft Auto series of games. The game is also linked with Grand Theft Auto Online, a game released in October 2013 that takes place in the same setting but shortly before the events of GTA V.

The game is set in modern day Los Santos and Blaine County, San Andreas and its surrounding countryside. Although it was originally going to be released in spring 2013, this was delayed with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions being released on September 17th, 2013. The game is part of the HD Universe, a fictional universe that connects the storylines of GTA IV, The Lost and Damned, The Ballad of Gay Tony and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars with those of GTA V and GTA Online.

For full details on the announcement, buildup, hype and leaks of GTA V, see History of GTA V.

Game Information

Game Content

Game Features

Main Articles


Grand Theft Auto series
chronology of events

2D Universe
GTA 1 Era

1961London 1961
1969London 1969
1997Grand Theft Auto 1


GTA 2 Era

2013GTA 2

3D Universe
GTA III Era

1984GTA Vice City Stories
1986GTA Vice City
1992GTA San Andreas
1998GTA Liberty City Stories
2000GTA Advance
2001GTA III

HD Universe
GTA IV Era

2008GTA IV

The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony

2009GTA Chinatown Wars


GTA V Era

2013GTA Online
2013GTA V

Gameplay

Grand Theft Auto V features three playable protagonists, a first for the GTA series: Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton and Trevor Philips, with the player able to swap between the three when not on certain missions or wanted by the police. Certain missions involve two or all three protagonists, allowing the player to switch between them to assist in completing the mission. One mission also allows the player to swap to Chop, a Rottweiler dog owned by Lamar Davis but looked after by Franklin. The three protagonists have their own lives and, when not chosen, continue with their daily routines, occasionally resulting in the player continuing the activity. When the player chooses another character, the protagonist "left behind" remains in his location for a short period of time; if the newly controller character returns to the location where the other character was left, the two will interact and can optionally take part in non-mission activities together.

Some storyline missions, side missions and hobbies will only be available to a specific character while random encounters can be encountered and completed by any protagonist. The player can also customise each character beyond their initial appearance through buying clothes, changing hairstyles, getting tattoos and enhancing certain abilities such as stamina, driving skill or flying skill. Each protagonist also has a special ability, which can be triggered during gameplay: Michael can slow down time while on foot, Franklin can slow down time while driving and Trevor can become angry, dealing out more damage and taking little in return.

Image Name Description
Michael De Santa Michael De Santa Michael is a retired bank robber, living under the protection of the FIB witness protection program. With his money running out, he is being drawn back into a life of crime.
Trevor Phillips Trevor Philips Trevor is an emotionally unstable, sociopathic career criminal, suffering from drug addiction. He has previously worked with Michael in various heists, and has prior experience as a military pilot, allowing him to operate aircraft.
Franklin Clinton Franklin Clinton Franklin is "fit and fashion conscious", working for an Armenian luxury car dealer, repossessing cars of those who default on their payments. He is starting to work his way up in the criminal world.

Setting

Grand Theft Auto V is set in the fictional state of San Andreas: consisting of the city of Los Santos and the rural Blaine County, which also includes two towns called Paleto Bay and Sandy Shores. The player can explore the entire map from the beginning of the game, although certain areas (Fort Zancudo, Los Santos International Airport and Bolingbroke Penitentiary), result in a wanted level being given to the player. GTA V also includes a fully explorable ocean floor, which can be explored by swimming underwater, scuba diving or in a submarine. Animals also roam across Blaine County and the surrounding Pacific Ocean with some (such as mountain lions and sharks) being prepared to hunt and kill the player character.

Official Information

Grand Theft Auto V was official announced by Rockstar Games in November 2011 with the release of the first first trailer, while retail posters released in October 2012 confirmed a Spring 2013 release for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, which was later confirmed by Rockstar Games. In November 2012 Rockstar Games announced that the game was available for pre-order and three days later a twenty-three page preview is released revealing the first real information about the game, including the scale of the games map and the inclusion of three playable characters. On Novembver 14th the second trailer was released. January 2013 saw Rockstar Games announce that the release date for GTA V had been pushed back. On April 30th three new protagonist based trailers were released.

On 2 July 2013, Rockstar answered several gamers' questions through a news article. In this article, they confirmed the following:

  • The ability to switch to any protagonist at any time when not in a mission, as well as missions that involve multiple protagonists
  • Using one protagonist to "kill" another would result similarly to a protagonist "dying" in previous GTA games (they don't actually die, they just end up in the hospital fully recovered)
  • All editions of the game will include a double-sided map of Los Santos
  • Both weapons and cars will be "very customizable"
  • The Xbox 360 version will be 2 discs, with Disc 1 being a first-time install-only disc and Disc 2 being the gameplay disc, while the PlayStation 3 version will be one disc and will automatically install the same way the Xbox 360 version does, both requiring 8GB of space
  • A gameplay trailer and information on Grand Theft Auto Online will be coming soon; Rockstar will not confirm nor deny a PC version as well as next gen versions (PC and next gen console releases have been since confirmed)
  • There will be new and stronger anti-cheating measures online
  • Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gameplay will be identical
  • There will not be another delay and the 17 September release date still stands

One week later an official gameplay trailer was released and The Official trailer followed on August 29th.


Plot

Time Period

GTA V is set in 2013 shortly after the events of Grand Theft Auto Online, four years on from Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and five years on from Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Pretense

The game follows three protagonists on their individual journeys to success in the criminal underworld.

GTA V

History to current events

The game begins in 2004 with an attempted heist on a business in Ludendorff, North Yankton by Michael Townley, Trevor Philips, Bradley Snider and an unnamed getaway driver. They manage to get away from the building with the money, however, the getaway driver and Bradley are killed, while Michael is also shot. Trevor flees the scene, which is filled with the local police and FIB agents, evading them. In between 2004 and 2013 Snider is buried as Michael, who moves to Los Santos to retire from criminal activity, while Trevor eventually finds his way to living in Sandy Shores, Blaine County just north of Los Santos.

The present day

Following the opening mission set in 2004, the game begins in earnest with Franklin Clinton and Lamar Davis working at Premium Deluxe Motorsport for Simeon Yetarian as repossession agents. Simeon, having sold a car to Michael's son Jimmy, sends Franklin to repossess the car after he defaults on the payments. Michael, however, holds Franklin at gun point and forces him to drive the car into Premium Deluxe Motorsport's showroom. Franklin and Lamar, who had also kept a motorcycle rather than returning it, are both fired. Michael, feeling bad for Franklin, offers him a free beer and the two begin to talk about their involvement in the criminal underworld, both past and present.

Michael, having seen his wife Amanda cheating with her tennis coach, chases him to a house before pulling the support beams from underneath it, destroying the house. Martin Madrazo, the home's owner, convinces Michael and Franklin, who had assisted Michael, into paying for the house to be rebuilt. The two form a crew and rob a jewelery store, taking enough money to repay Madrazo.

Introducing Trevor Philips

In Blaine County, at the same time, Trevor Philips begins to expand his criminal empire by destroying The Lost Brotherhood's Los Santos chapter while also attempting to form links with the Triads, although this proves unsuccessful, which includes destroying a rival meth lab owned by the O'Neil Brothers. News of the jewellery store heist appears on news programs and a phrase used during the heist reminds Trevor of his lost friend Michael. He sends Wade Hebert to Los Santos to discover the whereabouts of Michael and eventually tracks him down. The two confront each other but work together to stop Michael's daughter Tracey from appearing on a reality television show.

Michael, Franklin and Trevor then begin to work together to achieve their aims of earning enough money to live out their lives, while also attempting to keep FIB agents Steve Haines, Dave Norton and Andreas Sanchez from arresting or killing them. Together they steal military hardware, 'recover' a man from the IAA with information about a terrorist and perform a heist at a [[Paleto Bay]-based bank, although Michael and Trevor briefly go into hiding after kidnapping Patricia Madrazo. Trevor also spends this time piecing together the events of 2004 and brings his suspicions to Michael who is unable to successfully deny the truth.

The truth revealed

Michael and Trevor, having planned to perform one last heist, go their separate ways with Trevor promising to return and kill Michael. Michael and Franklin, however, continue to work together by perform a terrorist attack on the FIB building, with the promise of being set free from their work with the FIB corrupt agents. They, however, double cross the group and plan another meeting, which is subsequently raided by FIB agents after having received information from Andreas Sanchez. Steve Haines escapes and leaves his partner Dave Norton behind. Norton, however, also escapes with help from Michael and Trevor, who agree to put their differences aside to work on one last heist.

The ending

Michael, Franklin and Trevor prepare for and then execute the heist, getting away with a vast sum of gold, which is later melted down and sold by Lester Crest. The crew gets its agreed share and the relationship between Michael, Franklin and Trevor ends. However, unknown to Michael and Trevor, Franklin had been contacted by the FIB to kill Trevor and by Devin Weston, a businessman and billionaire the trio had stolen cars for, to kill Michael.

The player, as Franklin, then has three choices: to kill Trevor for the FIB, to kill Michael for Devin Weston or to save both:

  • Killing Michael: If the player kills Michael, then he and Franklin will drive to a secluded spot before Michael is pushed off a water tower. Franklin can then either let him fall to his death or attempt to save him, causing Michael to headbutt him and fall to his death.
  • Killing Trevor: If the player kills Trevor, then Michael and Franklin will chase him to an oil plant where Trevor will crash his car into an oil tank, covering him with oil, which Franklin lights on fire.
  • Saving both: If the player decides to save both Michael and Trevor then the three work together one final time to attack FIB agents and Merryweather mercenaries before agreeing to split up and kill their various enemies. Michael agrees to kill Stretch, who had tried to get Franklin and Lamar killed on numerous occasions, Franklin agrees to kill Triad boss Wei Cheng, who had almost had a business relationship with Trevor and who had almost killed Michael, while Trevor is left to kill Steve Haines. Afterwards Trevor kidnaps Devin Weston and locks him in the boot Devin's car, which is driven to a secluded location and pushed into the Pacific Ocean by the trio. With Trevor and Michael reconciling, the three agree to remain friends, but end their relationships professionally.


Sales

Grand Theft Auto V was commercially successful within twenty-four hours of release having generated $800 million, equating to 13 million copies being sold, and set a new record for first-day sales. Three days after released, on September 20th, 2013, the game exceeded $1 billion, making it the fastest selling entertainment product in history. Six days after release, September 26, 2013, GTA V had become the UK's fastest selling game of all time and the 24th biggest-selling game ever.

Controversy

The mission By the Book generated significant controversy regarding its use of torture on Mr. K in order to extract information about an Azerbaijani terrorist. Trevor Philips uses various torture devices on Mr. K, who is strapped to a chair. Trevor is later asked by corrupt FIB agent Steve Haines to kill Mr. K but instead drives him to the airport and while driving to the airport Trevor comments on the ineffectiveness of torture in extracting information.

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