Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto V
GTA V box art
DevelopersRockstar North
PublishersRockstar Games
PlatformsPlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
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

LocationLos Santos, State of San Andreas

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.

The game is set in modern day Los Santos, San Andreas and its surrounding countryside;, and it will be released in Spring 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.[1] A precise release date is not yet known, and a PC version has not yet been confirmed.

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]


For full details of the new information revealed in November 2012, see Game Informer

There are three separate protagonists: Michael, Trevor and Franklin. Dan Houser stated in an interview that one of the protagonists will be the antagonist.

Image Name Description
Michael Michael Michael is a former 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 Trevor Trevor is a career criminal who had previously worked with Michael in various heists and had prior experience as a military pilot, allowing him to operate aircraft.
Franklin Franklin Franklin is mentioned to be working as a repo-man for an Armenian luxury car dealer, repossessing cars of those who defaulted on their payment to the dealership. He is also described to be "fit and fashion conscious".

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.

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 limited to clothing and similar - GTA V will not include full RPG-style customisation, like the fat/thin possibilities in GTA San Andreas, due to the complexity and personalities of the three protagonists.

Rockstar have confirmed that, as GTA V is part of the HD Universe (GTA IV Era onwards), certain characters from GTA IV and its episodes will return, but not major ones like Niko Bellic.

Los Santos

Los Santos and the surrounding areas have been completely remade on a much larger and more detailed scale than in GTA San Andreas.

The world will be bigger than the total size of the worlds from GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption, and GTA San Andreas combined.

Named locations include: Vinewood, Little Seoul, Los Puerta Freeway, Vespucci Beach, Downtown, Del Perro Freeway, East Los Santos and Los Santos Bay. There is also expansive countryside including Mount Chiliad, a military base and coastline.

Notably, the game will continue to display mountains and buildings from the entire map, even many miles away. This is in contrast to GTA IV where only 1.5km 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.


In addition to the multiple protagonists, GTA V will bring many new (and returning) features:

  • The trailer shows: planes, airships/blimps, trucks, jetskis, mountainous countryside, convertible cars, mines and wind turbines.
  • Many vehicles in the trailer appear to be directly from GTA IV, with some being redesigned, and many new ones have been created.
  • Planes are confirmed to be flyable in GTA V since there is more map space (Grand Theft Auto IV was to have planes as well, but due to restricted size, this was changed).[3]
  • Bicycles will be returning to the Grand Theft Auto series.

Game world
  • The map is bigger than the total size of the worlds from GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption, and GTA San Andreas combined.
  • The entire map will be visible to the player, instead of only rendering short distances. Even mountains and building lights from the far side of the map will be visible.
  • The city and surrounding areas appear to be thick with smog during late evening time.
  • 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.

  • Some characters from the GTA IV Era will appear in the game, but not protagonists such as Niko Bellic
  • A dog is seen in the beginning of the first GTA V trailer and in an artwork, suggesting that the game may include pets, and quite possibly wildlife.

  • Crews will be carried over from Max Payne 3 into Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer.[4]

Official Information

In November 2011, Rockstar announced GTA V with the first trailer.

Throughout autumn 2012, Rockstar released a range of screenshots from GTA V.

In October 2012, retail posters and displays were leaked showing a release date of Spring 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC date is not yet known. This was confirmed by a Facebook post from Rockstar

On 5 November 2012, Rockstar announced that GTA V is available to be pre ordered and released a "Beach Weather" PC wallpaper. Later that day they announced that a 2nd trailer will be shown on 14 Nov 12.

On 8 November 2012, GameInformer released a 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.

Trailer 1

For an analysis of the Trailer, see here.

  • The music in the trailer is "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Overture" by Small Faces.[5]


For all GTA V screenshots, see: Category:Screenshots of GTA V

Stills from trailer

Promotional screenshots

Game Informer Screenshots


Hints and guesses about GTA V

The Liberty City, It's Over! poster, a possible teaser on 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.

  • A number of sources were citing Ned Luke as the actor portraying the lead character, supposedly named Albert De Silva[6]. 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. 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:,,,, and[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.

A screenshot of the GTA V casting list on IMDB; note how CJ is listed as rumored while Niko is not. This casting has since been removed from IMDB.
  • There were rumors that both Niko Bellic and Carl Johnson would return[8], however these have been disproven. Michael Hollick, the voice actor for Niko, was involved in a pay dispute with Rockstar, which is the reason that he wasn't invited back to record new dialogue for GTA IV's DLC[9]; whilst Young Maylay, the voice actor of CJ, denied on twitter that he is going to be in GTA V [10]. It has now been confirmed by Rockstar that they won't come back
The easter egg at Firefly Island
  • In the Firefly Island amusement park in Grand Theft Auto IV, located quite near the miniature golf course, there is a fairground ride with a backdrop that features a collage of screenshots from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: the Vinewood Sign, a Hydra hovering in front of the Los Santos skyline, and a Shamal flying over the countryside. The similarity of this mural and the end of the GTA V trailer (where a private jet flies over the Vinewood Sign and towards Los Santos) has lead many to believe that the mural was a deliberate hint towards the location of GTA V. It is known that GTA games are in development for many years, even before the release of previous games, which suggests that GTA V has been in production since the release of GTA IV.
  • The internal files of Max Payne 3's list some vehicles from GTA games (including Patriot, Rancher, and Willard) alongside some new vehicle names (such as "bobsleigh", "carga", "cs2000", and "winky"). As Max Payne 3 and GTA V are interlinked, particularly with multiplayer crews, it is believed that these may be some vehicles from GTA V [11].
  • A possible easter egg in Max Payne 3 also hints towards potential vehicles in GTA V. In-game on a pin board, there are four images of aircraft, none of which are seen in Max Payne 3. Two of these aircraft however bear a striking resemblance to the ones seen in the GTA V trailer, namely the private jet and the fighter jet. The other plane appears to be based on a C-130 Hercules, and judging by further files found in Max Payne 3, could possibly be the Andromada.[12]
  • In regard to the lack of information for Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar stated: "We are sorry if you find this frustrating, but please understand, we don’t do this because we ‘don’t care about our fans' 'don’t respect our fans’ 'hate GTA fans' etc, — precisely the opposite! We do it because we want to make sure we only release 100% correct information, and because we want to keep plenty back for the actual game release so there are still lots of surprises when you play it. We just have not been in a position to show more of the game than the trailer and will not be for a while yet. We will try and get some more screens for you soon and then another trailer when we are ready." [13]
  • During Take Two's Q1 FY13 earnings call, they stated that Rockstar was “making substantial progress” on GTA V however a release date and what consoles it will be available on is still "TBA". [14]

See also


  1. GTA V release date
  2. Rockstar Games Announcement
  3. Planes in GTA V
  4. Crews in GTA V
  5. Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Overture/ Afterglow (of Your Love) -
  6. Is Albert De Silva GTA 5′s lead character?
  7. New Grand Theft Auto 5 Domains Registered? -
  8. Niko Bellic and Carl Johnson to appear in GTA V
  9. Why Niko Bellic didn't receive new dialogue in The Lost and Damned

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