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GTA V to Feature Three Different Main Characters

Perhaps taking a cue from its own DLC, GTA V will have three protagonists.

We don’t know much about Grand Theft Auto V, but that’s about to change. Rockstar Games’ promotional campaign for the spring 2013 release kicks off with the latest Game Informer cover.

The big news: GTA V will feature three main characters, a first for the series. Color me disappointed Rockstar Games continues to focus exclusively on male protagonists, but given how much better the downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV was (focused, efficient storytelling), I'm already way more interested than I was a few minutes ago.

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Edited by granderojo

To everyone upset about no Female lead, I agree but it doesn't jive well with what Rockstar has been going for in story telling up to this point. Every GTA has been parody and parodies of iconic film. What crime films have you seen with a female lead? Of those films how many of them are exploitation?

Yeah they have no material to riff from. So why do it? That said, let's get some good self aware exploitation, maybe kill bill style with a female lead. In a perfect world, I would have a female lead be like Molly from Episode IV from The Walking Dead. She's my favorite character in that game and probably my favorite female character in a videogame up to this point. Gary did a great job of creating her.

A female lead like Molly(extreme sports guru kind of chick), and have her star in some Point Break-esque DLC, surfing, skydiving, jeeps, heists in presidential masks. The works.

Can you imagine?

Fuck man now I want to go watch Point Break.

Posted by MiniPato

@NekuSakuraba said:

Awesome news. If it was CJ, Claude and Tommy, I think everyone would explode in excitement.

Don't know why people clamor for them. I'll be honest, I can't remember shit about CJ or Claude's characters or story.

In my mind, GTA games are like Final Fantasy games. New game, new cast. Why bring on old characters for no reason other than in service to fans rather than story? While certain characters are great, the games are long enough that you feel you've spent enough time with them and have seen the end of their character arc. So there really is no need to see more of them. Just keep bringing on new characters and new stories.

Posted by Chaser324

@MiniPato said:

Don't know why people clamor for them. I'll be honest, I can't remember shit about CJ or Claude's characters or story.

Claude is barely a character, so it's not surprising you don't remember anything about him.

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Posted by Manhattan_Project

"How about a female protaganist?" Really?

NO. Fuck that. How about they tell whatever fucking story they wanna tell.

And if/when they decide to have a female protaganist, I'm confident it would be great. Implying that Rockstar is somehow sexist or would make her stereotypical is dumb. Remember when people found out about BoGT? Tony turned out to be a great character.

As with every Rockstar game, I'm looking forward to this.

Posted by Begilerath

@Jace said:

@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

Cool, but it can't be right. Tommy would have to be way older than CJ or the GTA 3 guy (Claude)?

I was thinking the same thing, maybe the two guy white guys should be swapped in that picture.

Posted by OneManX

Not being a female is a non-issue and I hope for the love of God this doesn't become an issue.

While that would be cool and Rockstar has shown they can write a pretty good female character, don't have that take away from the idea of getting a more thought out, shorter plot.

Posted by DharmaBum

Bonnie MacFarlane is the best female character Rockstar has come up with.

Posted by Yummylee

@DharmaBum said:

Bonnie MacFarlane is the best female character Rockstar has come up with.

Bonnie's great, I agree. Loved playing as her in the multiplayer.

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Posted by wumbo3000

Not gonna lie, that cover looks badass.

Posted by Morrow

None of them looks appealing to me.

Posted by MeatSim

Sounds good, characters shouldn't wear thin like Niko did then.

Posted by Begilerath

@AngelN7 said:

Pfft where did this "No female character?!!" thing came from? as in having one could change anything other than giving videogame website writters more things to complain about female leads.

There was a rumor some time ago that the lead for GTV would be a female character. So apparently everyone assumed it was true and now they are mad at Rockstar for not doing what they imagined they would do...it's kind of dumb

Posted by AngelN7

@DharmaBum said:

Bonnie MacFarlane is the best female character Rockstar has come up with.

This!

Posted by AhmadMetallic

@Sackmanjones said:

All these guys looks mad. All of them are looking to get out of bad business. All of them will be doing bad business throughout the game. At the end, all three of them will be trying to kill each other, all of them will die. I just wrote Gta V

And I can't fucking wait!! Sounds sick I want it nowwww

Posted by foggel

Calling it.

Two of them will die, and you will have to choose who.

Posted by ThePickle

@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

If it is anything but this I will be severely disappointed.

Posted by MonkeyKing1969

I had wanted to play with a base of diverse characters of both genders, I'd even like to have a way to change the race, gender, and orientation of the characters. Therefore, it is somewhat troubling that they want back to the well with the old characters.

I would have preferred playing a gang banger who could have been white, asian, latino, black, or native american. I'd like to play a NY gangster who is white, asian, latino, black, or native american, or a Miami gangster who was white, asian, latino, black, or native american.

I cannot imagine why they didn't make a game that allowed a bit more choice in 2013. Not because it is trendy or fair, but because it speaks to the diversity that is on the ground in California. If they want to tell one story with a specific character they should DO SO, but when they have three (and probably more) that are rigidly defined it just starts to seem like a miss opportunity.

Posted by hookem1883

On female lead: I think the Point Break idea is really cool. I thought for sure that Rockstar would have a female lead for this game. 3 more guys? What more can they do with these three that hasn't already been done in the previous games? I think having a female character would have added a lot more options with regard to the narrative.

Edited by DharmaBum

@Yummylee: @AngelN7: it was tragic when Marston had to leave her behind (obligated to his wife) after developing such great chemistry between each other.

Also proves that Rockstar can write a good female character!

Posted by Suigyoken

Really? A plug for complaining that there's no female character? Pandering right there. Otherwise I bet they want us to thing the guy on the far left is going to be the scumbag when it's probably the guy on the far right... middle guy might be the first protagonist who's story is weaved around the other two.

Posted by Yummylee

@DharmaBum said:

@Yummylee: @AngelN7: it was tragic when Marston had to leave her behind (obligated to his wife) after developing such great chemistry between each other.

For me it only strengthened the likeability of Marston remaining so rigidly faithful like that. Though restricting her as just a cameo in the Undead Nightmare story was pretty shitty.

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Posted by chilipeppersman

@cocowawa: that would be cool, but thats for games like saints row. GTA is different, and guys have bawlzzzzzzz

Posted by I_smell

and they're all ffffuckin rock-hard thugs who tried to get out, put they kept pullin me back in, right?

Posted by Animasta

@Manhattan_Project said:

"How about a female protaganist?" Really?

NO. Fuck that. How about they tell whatever fucking story they wanna tell.

And if/when they decide to have a female protaganist, I'm confident it would be great. Implying that Rockstar is somehow sexist or would make her stereotypical is dumb. Remember when people found out about BoGT? Tony turned out to be a great character.

As with every Rockstar game, I'm looking forward to this.

no one has implied that rockstar was sexist in any way, hope this helps

and, shocker, some people get bored of male protagonists all the time! WOAH

Edited by Death_Burnout

Not thrilled about that, It could potentially limit or narrow the openness of it.

Unless it actually is CJ, Claude and Tommy, cause then I'm totally down with that. That would be too cool. Highly doubt it obviously. Sure it will be a good story anyway.

Forget I said that, sounds like it will be very awesome

Posted by mnzy

How many crime movies are there with a woman as main protagonist? Can't really think of any, really.

Edited by Chaser324

@MonkeyKing1969 said:

I had wanted to play with a base of diverse characters of both genders, I'd even like to have a way to change the race, gender, and orientation of the characters. Therefore, it is somewhat troubling that they want back to the well with the old characters.

I would have preferred playing a gang banger who could have been white, asian, latino, black, or native american. I'd like to play a NY gangster who is white, asian, latino, black, or native american, or a Miami gangster who was white, asian, latino, black, or native american.

I cannot imagine why they didn't make a game that allowed a bit more choice in 2013. Not because it is trendy or fair, but because it speaks to the diversity that is on the ground in California. If they want to tell one story with a specific character they should DO SO, but when they have three (and probably more) that are rigidly defined it just starts to seem like a miss opportunity.

If you want that level of customization, go play Saints Row because that's not the sort of game that Rockstar makes. The Houser brothers focus on telling the stories of very specific characters, typically that center around some particular aspect of the American experience. Imagine taking Michael Corleone, Tony Montana, and Omar Little and mixing and matching them...that doesn't work. Those characters are products of their particular background, and they have different stories to tell as a result.

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Posted by Animasta

I just realized that despite being in the LA surrogate they didn't even bother making a latino playable character, seems a bit odd to me.

Posted by Ghostiet

@ThePickle said:

@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

If it is anything but this I will be severely disappointed.

It probably won't. GTA IV is a separate universe from III. Not to mention the fact that Tommy Vercetti would be pushing 60 in this game.

Posted by TheMasterDS

@mnzy: Does Jackie Brown count?

Posted by AngelN7

@DharmaBum said:

@Yummylee: @AngelN7: it was tragic when Marston had to leave her behind (obligated to his wife) after developing such great chemistry between each other.

Also proves that Rockstar can write a good female character!

Yeah I just liked how Marston behave arround her also she was running the ranch almost all by herself!. I was kinda sad when John drops by with his wife and pays a visit to her and they part ways as good friends.

Posted by Hitchenson

Got a dropbox of the feature. My, oh my, oh my. It looks and sounds amazing.

Posted by Cold_Wolven

I wonder how this will play out in the free roaming part of GTAV such as can you swap between the three when you are not doing a mission? Some part of me does wish that I could play a female character in this but that won't detract from my enjoyment of this game.

Posted by Irvandus

@sofakingstewpit said:

I've definitely always wanted a multi protagonist GTA story.

Posted by CrossTheAtlantic

@Chaser324: Thanks for saying what I was going to!

Posted by Jace

@Begilerath said:

@Jace said:

@PhilESkyline said:

Rockstar is just putting an end to 3 great GTA stories!

Cool, but it can't be right. Tommy would have to be way older than CJ or the GTA 3 guy (Claude)?

I was thinking the same thing, maybe the two guy white guys should be swapped in that picture.

Maybe I could see it then.

Posted by Nomin

Here's hoping V is to this gen's consoles as San Andreas was to the previous gen. Maybe this will be PT Anderson like ensemble drama of the GTA stories?

Posted by Pr1mus

I'm more interested to know which Michael Mann or Tony Scott films they base the game on this time!

Posted by Ravenlight

Dude on the left looks like a cross of Kane and Lynch.

Posted by thedj93

awesome news. im pretty sure i saw some one on the forums totally call this haha.

Posted by Chaser324

@Nomin said:

Here's hoping V is to this gen's consoles as San Andreas was to the previous gen. Maybe this will be PT Anderson like ensemble drama of the GTA stories?

Oh, are we going to get a montage sequence with them all singing an Aimee Mann song?

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Posted by EnduranceFun

'Perhaps taking a cue from its own DLC'

Knew from this grammatical mistake who had written this article. What DLC, Patrick? GTAV's?

Posted by Manhattan_Project

@Animasta said:

@Manhattan_Project said:

"How about a female protaganist?" Really?

NO. Fuck that. How about they tell whatever fucking story they wanna tell.

And if/when they decide to have a female protaganist, I'm confident it would be great. Implying that Rockstar is somehow sexist or would make her stereotypical is dumb. Remember when people found out about BoGT? Tony turned out to be a great character.

As with every Rockstar game, I'm looking forward to this.

no one has implied that rockstar was sexist in any way, hope this helps

and, shocker, some people get bored of male protagonists all the time! WOAH

Except most people are saying they should include a female protagonist because its just what they should do. Which is complete bull.

And actually I've seen multiple people on here, on twitter and neogaf imply that Rockstar couldn't write a female character without being sexist or stereotypical.

Posted by Phatmac

I really am disappointed that there won't be a female protagonist. :/

Posted by Animasta

@Manhattan_Project said:

@Animasta said:

@Manhattan_Project said:

"How about a female protaganist?" Really?

NO. Fuck that. How about they tell whatever fucking story they wanna tell.

And if/when they decide to have a female protaganist, I'm confident it would be great. Implying that Rockstar is somehow sexist or would make her stereotypical is dumb. Remember when people found out about BoGT? Tony turned out to be a great character.

As with every Rockstar game, I'm looking forward to this.

no one has implied that rockstar was sexist in any way, hope this helps

and, shocker, some people get bored of male protagonists all the time! WOAH

Except most people are saying they should include a female protagonist because its just what they should do. Which is complete bull.

And actually I've seen multiple people on here, on twitter and neogaf imply that Rockstar couldn't write a female character without being sexist or stereotypical.

most people are saying they're disappointed that there isn't a female protagonist, I don't see people saying they should just include one for the sake of one (what they really should have done was made a latino character considering this is LA but still), there is a difference.

Also it depends on how you define stereotypical because it's not like rockstar men aren't stereotypical either (pretty sure one of these guys is the "I wanted to get out but I got pulled back in" guy)

Posted by mnzy

@TheMasterDS said:

@mnzy: Does Jackie Brown count?

Sure, good one.

Posted by AngelN7

@EnduranceFun said:

'Perhaps taking a cue from its own DLC'

Knew from this grammatical mistake who had written this article. What DLC, Patrick? GTAV's?

He probably meant to say GTA IV's DLC wich featured 2 new main characters who crossed paths with Nico during GTA IV.

Posted by craigymail

You said it on the Bombcast and it happened! Now tell me the lottery numbers!

Posted by whatisdelicious

@Manhattan_Project: Totally agree with you 100%. I don't know why I was so surprised that that was everybody's first reaction to this news. If it was a female protagonist, they'd have to spend half the story dealing with that simple fact, having her stand up to sexist guys around her, and they'd probably buck the female stereotypes by just writing her as though she were a male character anyway. Like you said, I'd rather they just tell the story they want to tell.

Edited by whatisdelicious

@AngelN7 said:

@EnduranceFun said:

'Perhaps taking a cue from its own DLC'

Knew from this grammatical mistake who had written this article. What DLC, Patrick? GTAV's?

He probably meant to say GTA IV's DLC wich featured 2 new main characters who crossed paths with Nico during GTA IV.

He knows. It's just what the grammatical mistake implies. Really, Patrick meant from Rockstar's own DLC, not GTA IV's. It's an easy mistake to make, and fun to take literally.