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. 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.[1] A PC version has yet to be confirmed.


Grand Theft Auto series
chronology of events

2D Universe
GTA 1 Era

1961London 1961
1969London 1969

3D Universe

1984GTA Vice City Stories
1986GTA Vice City
1992GTA San Andreas

2D Universe
GTA 1 Era

1997Grand Theft Auto 1

3D Universe

1998GTA Liberty City Stories

2D Universe
GTA 2 Era

1999GTA 2

3D Universe

2000GTA Advance

HD Universe

2008GTA IV

The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony

2009GTA Chinatown Wars


2013GTA Online
2013GTA V


There are three separate protagonists: 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.

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.

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.

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

Like 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 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 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.

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 1.5 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.


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

  • Planes will return, and as Trevor Phillips 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.
  • Aircraft and exotic cars will be available from the start, but they will be challenging to obtain.
  • 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.
  • Vehicles in GTA V will be customizable: Paint jobs, new wheels, window tints, grills, and spoilers, plus you can upgrade suspensions, engines, and brakes.

  • Weapons appear to be customisable, such as choosing paint jobs and adding optics and flashlights
  • 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

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 map is not a copy of that of GTA San Andreas, but a brand new city designed around LA, with some names reused from San Andreas
  • The map contains the city of Los Santos plus masses of countryside including Mount Chiliad, a vast desert, forests, beaches and many communities
  • The entire map will be visible from anywhere, 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
  • There is a fully-operational 18-hole golf course
  • The ocean floor can be fully explored, with this comes the addition of wearable scuba gear and drivable submarines.
  • Wildlife and animals will appear for the first time, including dogs who will guard restricted areas and will alert enemies of the player's presence, and sharks while exploring the ocean.
  • Players can purchase houses, garages and businesses to increase cash flow

  • There are 3 playable characters (protagonists) - Michael, Trevor Phillips and Franklin. The player can jump into another character at any time.
  • Each protagonist will have his own storyline, and will continue its life in the background when not being controlled
  • Some characters from the GTA IV Era will appear in the game, but not protagonists such as Niko Bellic
  • Random Characters will appear in random places, with the player having the option to interact with them to start a side-mission
  • 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.
  • Players can hire people of varying abilities (and costs) to assist with missions

  • 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.[2]

Official Information

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

Throughout autumn 2012 and winter 2013, 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. 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.

On 31 January 2013, Rockstar announced[3] the official release date of the game to be 17 September, 2013, despite earlier claims that the game would be released it spring 2013. A PC date is not yet known.

On 30 April 2013, Rockstar released three new trailers, focusing on the three protagonists.

On 2 May 2013, Rockstar announced that several 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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For all GTA V screenshots, see: Category:Screenshots of GTA V

Trailer 1

Promotional screenshots

Game Informer Screenshots

Trailer 2


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.

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