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.

Unusually, the entire map will be open to the player right from the start of the game, like in 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 you do whatever you want to do, rather than being forced to do certain things at a certain time in a certain way.

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 distant 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:

  • Planes will return, and as Trevor is a former military pilot, he can fly them from the start of the game
  • Also known to be in the game will be: bicycles, helicopters, airships/blimps, trucks, jetskis, convertible cars and freight trains
  • Many vehicles in the trailer appear to be directly from GTA IV, with some being redesigned, and many new ones have been created.

  • Several screenshots suggest that the weapons in GTA V may be to some degree customizable. Many have been seen with olive-drab finishes, hinting toward the ability to change the paintjob on weapons, as well as attachments such as optics and flashlights.
  • There are several modern-day weapons in the game, including the IMI Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle, a Ruger MP-9 machine pistol, and an AK-47 and Mossberg 500 upgraded with modern synthetic furnishings.

Game world
  • The entire map will be open from the very start of the game
  • 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.
  • Mines and wind turbines appear in the landscape

  • Some characters from the GTA IV Era will appear in the game, but not protagonists such as Niko Bellic
  • Wildlife and animals will appear for the first time, including dogs

  • There is no single-player co-op, but there will be co-op multiplayer
  • Crews will be carried over from Max Payne 3 into Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer.[3]

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.[4]


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

Stills from trailer

Promotional screenshots

Game Informer Screenshots


Hints and Speculation about GTA V

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.

See also


  1. GTA V release date
  2. Rockstar Games Announcement
  3. Crews in GTA V
  4. Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake Overture/ Afterglow (of Your Love) -

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