Rockstar Games Confirms GTA V

An image from GTA IV

Grand Theft Auto V was today officially announced by Rockstar Games, with a teaser trailer coming on the 2nd of November.

The next title in the adventure crime series has no official release date or confirmed platforms, leading to some speculation that it may not be released until the next generation upgrades of Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 arrive in stores across the world. No-one actually knows when these upgrades will happen, either.
Two years in the making

The game, which is said to have been in development for at least two years, is likely to be released in late 2012 but there is no suggestion of anytime sooner. The predecessor, GTA IV, was released in the EU, North America and Australia in April 2008 while Japan had to wait till October of that year.

That game was situated in the fictitious Liberty City, heavily based on New York City in the United States, while the title before that, San Andreas, was based on Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. For the past year, gaming websites have been debating endlessly which city, or collection of cities is going to be used in the new GTA.

Places in America such as Washington D.C. and Chicago have been touted, as well as a return to London in the United Kingdom. Cities on other continents such as Asia and South America have also been rumoured. Some gamers have suggested that the 5 on the logo for GTA V resembles a coin which could mean Washington D.C., with another saying it looks very much like a Las Vegas-type logo.

Codename “Rush”

The truth is no-one knows except Rockstar but it hasn’t stopped the speculation about it being based around Los Santos (Los Angeles) and the famous area of Hollywood, with kotaku.com mentioning a character cast list and GTA-sounding domain names on the web. The article also discusses the codename “Rush”, which is rumoured to be Rockstar’s cover for production of GTA 5.

The Grand Theft Auto franchise reached a staggering 114 million sales last month since the first game, simply named Grand Theft Auto, back in 1997. GTA IV has reached 22 million sales since the April release.

Like other games in the series, GTA IV is composed of elements from driving games and third-person shooters and features “open-world” gameplay, in which players can interact with the game world at their leisure. Grand Theft Auto IV also features several online multiplayer modes.

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3 Responses

  1. Should be pretty damn good. The last one got a lot of hate for not being as fun as the ps2-gen instalments, which I never agreed with as I loved the realism of GTA4. I just hope they don’t go too far the way of Saints Row to pander to fan-boys.

  2. It’ll be interesting to see what the next instalment of the GTA franchise has to offer. I loved the realism in GTA 4, I hope they can maintain that for the next release, and still keep it as enjoyable and timeless as previous titles. No doubt when it comes out though there’ll be a public outcry about the ethics of it.

  3. San Andreas was brilliant, GTA4 was really good but they took out a lot of fun stuff to make it more real e.g. flying planes!

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