Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto V
GTA V box art
DevelopersRockstar North
PublishersRockstar Games
PlatformsPlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release dates

Xbox 360 - 17 September, 2013
PS3 - 17 September, 2013

EngineRAGE
Protagonists
LocationLos Santos, State of San Andreas
Year2013

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) is an upcoming video game created by Rockstar Games. It will be the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. The game is set in modern day Los Santos, San Andreas. A release date is not known, although it is presumed to be released in 2012 or 2013.


<youtube>QkkoHAzjnUs</youtube> For an analysis of the Trailer, see here.

Official Information about GTA V

On 2 November 2011, Rockstar Games released a trailer for GTA V, showing a range of clips of the game.[1] The next day, Rockstar released the "official announcement":

We are very proud to officially announce that Grand Theft Auto V is in full development.

Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V heads to the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches in the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created.
A bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer, Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present day Southern California.[2]


These two sources provide the only known information about the game:

  • The game is set in modern-day Los Santos (based on Los Angeles) and surrounding countryside in the state of San Andreas.
    • The cities of San Fierro or Las Venturas (the other cities in San Andreas) may not be included in GTA V. This might mean that the main story line takes place in Los Santos, but many fans have doubted that only Los Santos and some other parts of Southern California will be in the game, as Rockstar are known for various marketing tricks. It's possible that Rockstar are following a similar style of marketing, as in GTA: San Andreas, only Los Santos was shown with no evidence of any other cities, as a whole state was only a rumor, but eventually it was confirmed that San Fierro and Las Venturas existed.
    • Los Santos and the surrounding areas have been completely remade; it is not a copy of the map from GTA San Andreas. However from the trailers, the general outline seems to be the same, Downtown area being situated west of the East side, the rolling hills to the north with the Vinewood sign, outback with large mountain etc.
    • Named locations include: Vinewood, Little Seoul, Los Puerta Freeway, Vespucci Beach, Downtown, Del Perro Freeway, East Los Santos and Los Santos Bay.
  • The trailer also shows: planes, airships/blimps, trucks, jet-skis, mountainous countryside, convertible cars, mines and wind turbines.
  • The city and surrounding areas appear to be thick with smog during late evening time.
  • Many vehicles in the trailer appear to be directly from GTA IV, with some being redesigned, and many new ones have been created.
  • The U.S. Interstate will be featured in the game, making it one of the few things not to be parodied and have its real-life form in a GTA game. This does not confirm that San Fierro, Las Venturas or any new cities will be in the game.


Analysis

A number of conclusions could be drawn from the trailer. The following points are assumptions, guesses or expectations rather than being official or confirmed.

  • The protagonist moved to Los Santos looking for a fresh start, retiring from "that line of work". He "bought a big house, came here, put my feet up, thought I'd be a dad like all the other dads", but fell back into a criminal lifestyle because of financial troubles (fitting into the theme of "the almighty dollar").
  • A dog is seen in the beginning of the first GTA V trailer, suggesting that the game may include pets.
  • "Los Puerta" might be another city in San Andreas, possibly based on San Diego. There is good reason to believe this because the highway sign shown is Interstate 5, a real-life U.S. Interstate in Los Angeles. The I-5 goes both through LA and San Diego, and in real-life a portion of the I-5 in Los Angeles is called the San Diego Freeway, and Los Puerta Freeway might be its GTA counterpart. Interstate 5 also passes through the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, but it's too early to tell whether those cities will be in the game.
  • The music in the trailer is "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Overture" by Small Faces.[3]
  • One of the skyscrapers resembles the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles.
  • The robbers that are dressed as exterminators' target resembles the landmark shopping plaza on the corner of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd. in real-life Los Angeles.

Gallery

GTA V Foreshadowing in GTA IV

Despite all the speculations and predictions of where GTA V would take place, Rockstar put the answer right under our noses in GTA IV. In the Firefly Island Amusement Park, located quite near the infamous miniature golf course, there are two rides with backdrops of exact images which are in the end of the GTA V Trailer. The rides are adjacent to each other, one featuring the Vinewood Sign and the Los Santos skyline, as well as a jet, most likely the Shamal. The other features palm trees on a purple background. These pictures may suggest that GTA V has been in production since the release of GTA IV, or at least the location of the future game was known.

GTA V Foreshadowing in GTA IV

Hints and guesses about GTA V

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The Liberty City, It's Over! poster, a possible teaser on Grand Theft Auto V.

A number of possible clues have been found in previous GTA games and elsewhere to indicate what may be the setting and content of GTA V. Fans have also made a number of educated guesses.

  • There has been no official release date announced yet, but there are many suggestions and potential leaks. For example, British retailer Zavvi lists the game for pre-order with the release date as 23 November 2012, although this could be just an educated guess.
  • A number of sources are citing Ned Luke as the actor portraying the lead character, supposedly named Albert De Silva[4]. If this character is the man in the suit from the GTA V trailer, who closely resembles Ned Luke, this character seems to be older and more successful than previous GTA protagonists who have started at the bottom of the food chain and worked their way up. This could indicate a significant change in the progression of the game from previous iterations. Alternatively, this character could be one of several playable characters through the course of the game, as has been rumoured, which would be a first since the GTA 1 Era.
  • A leaked casting call lists several characters for a future game, which coincides with the name "Albert de Silva". These include mentally unstable hillbillies in "the sticks", a detailed cast of FBI agents, soccer moms and divorcees in the suburbs (perhaps de Silva's neighbors), celebrities, at least two Chinese Triad characters, and an 18-year-old slacker son for Albert named Kevin. Several young male Irish characters, including Eddie McReary who "lives with his cousin", hints very strongly at the return of Packie McReary. Niko Bellic's voice actor is in a dispute with Rockstar Games, and his return seems highly unlikely. James Pedeaston was released from prison and will make a comeback, but possibly with a different voice actor. There is a very strong focus on the political issue of legalized and/or medicinal marijuana.
  • On page thirteen of the Episodes from Liberty City guide book, there's a teaser that shows a broken heart made of the GTA IV box art and says "Liberty City, It's Over!" followed by "Next Stop..." and a small torn area that shows another poster behind, later revealed to be an advert for Mollis.[6] The torn area has been noted as being in the shape of France. It also says in the right lower corner in a red box "Opens March Everywhere".
  • According to reports, Rockstar Games recently registered new website domains that sound like they could belong to GTA V's in-game Internet, assuming the game inherits the feature from GTA IV. The domains are: CashForDeadDreams.com, SixFigureTemps.com, StopPayingYourMortgage.net, HammersteinFaust.com, and LifeInvader.com.[7]
Niko Bellic's Air Sol ticket to San Andreas.
  • On the Rockstar Games Social Club in the GTA IV Story Gang section, there is an Air Sol plane ticket that was apparently purchased by Niko Bellic to fly from Liberty City to San Andreas. This hints that Niko Bellic might make an appearance in the game, most likely as a mission boss or supporting character.
  • Take-Two Interactive revealed they are expecting at least $2.00 per share for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. The last time this happened was during the release of GTA IV, which reached $2.08 per share. Income only reached $1.06 per share during the release of Red Dead Redemption, and is projected to only reach $0.35 for the current fiscal year. It is expected that only a GTA game is able to bring this level of success to T2, which implies one must be planned for release in fiscal year 2012.


See also

References

  1. GTA V trailer - rockstargames.com
  2. Rockstar Games Announcement
  3. Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Overture/ Afterglow (of Your Love) - YouTube.com
  4. Is Albert De Silva GTA 5′s lead character?
  5. Grand Theft Auto V Will Be Set in Los Angeles, May Star Multiple Characters - Kotaku.com
  6. http://i33.tinypic.com/30icbj7.gif
  7. New Grand Theft Auto 5 Domains Registered? - 1up.com

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