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Rockstar Tosses Out a Few More Grand Theft Auto V Details

Will we venture beyond Los Santos? Is there multiplayer? We have answers!

Despite having ostensibly announced Grand Theft Auto V last week when Rockstar Games put up a website teasing a week-later release for a trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, then effectively double-announcing the game yesterday by releasing the aforementioned trailer, apparently someone at Take 2 wanted to make extra-triple-super-duper-sure that everyone really knew Grand Theft Auto V had been announced, as today they released a press release once again announcing Grand Theft Auto V. So, just to be absolutely, positively, 100% clear: Grand Theft Auto V has been announced.

What lies beyond those mountains? Probably some kind of artificial world border, actually.

Normally this would be of no consequence to anyone, except that a couple of extra nuggets of information happened to be embedded in that press release. Arguably the biggest detail has to do with the game's setting, which we know already to be Los Santos, the Los Angeles surrogate established in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. We, along with pretty much everyone else on the Internet, have been wondering if the return to fake California would also mean a return to fake San Francisco, and fake Las Vegas, as featured in San Andreas. Evidently, that won't be the case. The press release specifically only mentions the city of Los Santos, and its "surrounding hills, countryside, and beaches." Presumably this will still be a fairly large environment, as the release also calls this the "largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created."

Elsewhere, a brief mention of multiplayer found itself buried in the release, ensuring that yet another online multiplayer mode will be on hand, though in what capacity, exactly, we do not know yet.

Still no sign of a release date, sadly, and the release only tangentially mentions anything related to the plot, citing a "pursuit of the almighty dollar" within the context of Los Santos' version of Southern California. Odds are it'll be a while before we get any more real, concrete details on this thing, so you'll just have to make this tiny hit last as long as possible.

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Posted by Alex

Despite having ostensibly announced Grand Theft Auto V last week when Rockstar Games put up a website teasing a week-later release for a trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, then effectively double-announcing the game yesterday by releasing the aforementioned trailer, apparently someone at Take 2 wanted to make extra-triple-super-duper-sure that everyone really knew Grand Theft Auto V had been announced, as today they released a press release once again announcing Grand Theft Auto V. So, just to be absolutely, positively, 100% clear: Grand Theft Auto V has been announced.

What lies beyond those mountains? Probably some kind of artificial world border, actually.

Normally this would be of no consequence to anyone, except that a couple of extra nuggets of information happened to be embedded in that press release. Arguably the biggest detail has to do with the game's setting, which we know already to be Los Santos, the Los Angeles surrogate established in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. We, along with pretty much everyone else on the Internet, have been wondering if the return to fake California would also mean a return to fake San Francisco, and fake Las Vegas, as featured in San Andreas. Evidently, that won't be the case. The press release specifically only mentions the city of Los Santos, and its "surrounding hills, countryside, and beaches." Presumably this will still be a fairly large environment, as the release also calls this the "largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created."

Elsewhere, a brief mention of multiplayer found itself buried in the release, ensuring that yet another online multiplayer mode will be on hand, though in what capacity, exactly, we do not know yet.

Still no sign of a release date, sadly, and the release only tangentially mentions anything related to the plot, citing a "pursuit of the almighty dollar" within the context of Los Santos' version of Southern California. Odds are it'll be a while before we get any more real, concrete details on this thing, so you'll just have to make this tiny hit last as long as possible.

Edited by Sherban

Finally got this quest!

Also: Vice City would have been more my style, but I'll take an interesting take on modern LA. Unlike a lot of people, I preferred the harsher trappings of GTA4 compared to its whimsical predecessors. Hopefully they don't go back on a good decision

Posted by alexl86

Really looking forward to a new GTA. GTAIV was one of my favorites of this generation, as was Vice City of the previous generation.

Posted by rmanthorp

MY BODY IS READY!

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Posted by scarace360

ok so will pc ship day 1?

Posted by uniform

Well that's disappointing news.

Posted by TheKing

"largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created."

This excites me.

Posted by Jayzilla

As long as I get to kill 100 dogs instead of 100 pigeons this time I will be fine with it. It's been a while since Rockstar has pushed the boundaries in one of these games. They could call the Achievement, "The Michael Vick Kennel Club" and make it worth 50 points.

Posted by SomeJerk

I'm just happy about it clearly not being film noir as heck.

Posted by Pezen

I really liked that setting in San Andreas, though I really hope it doesn't feel so gimped on features the way GTA IV did. Also curious what type of main character we'll be playing. I am optimistic though. But I feel Rockstar is sort of strongest when they give in to a specific time and place.

Posted by GilbertMordinAndSullivan

Just Los Santos is fine by me. Back in the day, travelling between the cities was pretty mind-blowing, but I bet if I booted up San Andreas I'd be a bit bummed by just how empty a lot of the world was. If they're just focusing on making Los Santos huge and fantastic, it will almost certainly be enough to fill a game.

Posted by Creamypies

Well if they continue with the episodic stuff, we may still see the other cities in the form of DLC.

Posted by Thor_Molecules

Man, such a shame they didn't include the other two cities. I loved the fact that I could just hop on the interstate and cruise to a completely different area in GTA:San Andreas. It made the world look so huge, and with the way the story was structured, you always had a completely new area and environment too look forward to, all with their own characters and missions.

But still, creating a single city as detailed as Liberty City in GTAIV is a incredible amount of work already, it would be nigh impossible for them to include all three.

I am looking forward to cruising the countryside though, and climbing the mountains. I have complete faith that Rockstar will deliver something amazing.

Posted by RE_Player1

Did they mention if the controls are still complete garbage? Seriously I never beat any of the games because after about 10 hours I just gave up.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I would rather see one really well done city than two moderately well done cities, so I'm fine with this.

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Posted by TimesHero
@Sherban

Finally got this quest!

Also: Vice City would have been more my style, but I'll take an interesting take on modern LA. Unlike a lot of people, I preferred the harsher trappings of GTA4 compared to its whimsical predecessors. Hopefully they don't go back on a good decision

@Sherban FFFFFUUUU- YOU WOKE ME UP WITH YOUR BRAGGING TEXT MESSAGE!!!

Jerk.
Posted by TzarStefan

@msavo: L2p noob

Posted by ExplodeMode

As long as it's still huge I can deal with no SF or LV, but there better be a BMX and a parachute at the top of Mt. Chiliad waiting for me.

Posted by PinkSoda

No release date!? Bastards!!!

Posted by Shuborno

@msavo said:

Did they mention if the controls are still complete garbage? Seriously I never beat any of the games because after about 10 hours I just gave up.

I'm hoping doing Max Payne will allow Rockstar to lean how modern games should control.

Posted by TheGanjaKing

Never played San Andreas when it came. I already had a bit of GTA fatigue after Vice City. Really, very excited for this game though. The amount of detail looks pretty staggering.

Posted by Argo15

When????????

Posted by Winternet

Like I said, all I want is ton of stories and side quests related to the good old days of Carl Johnson & Co.

Posted by SSully

Sounds good to me. They can still make a huge world with all of those areas.

Posted by punkxblaze

When is soon ;_;

Posted by Oddface

I'll take one huge, believable city over three oddly small ones like in San Andreas (though that game is still great in its own way).

Posted by uniform

@Buckfitches said:

Man, such a shame they didn't include the other two cities. I loved the fact that I could just hop on the interstate and cruise to a completely different area in GTA:San Andreas.

This is what I loved most about SA. It really felt like you got more games than one. Sure, without a fake-Vegas or fake-San Fran, they can concentrate more on making a better single city, but there was something truly delightful about having the option of traveling to a new city if you're getting tired of the main one. So, yeah, they'll be able to make a much better Los Santos, just like they did with Liberty City, but I got tired of LC rather quickly. I need variety to keep me interested, and it sounds like they're shooting for variety and larger sub-locations in LS. I suppose it's both good and bad news, depending on what you want out of the game.

Posted by Metal_Mills

It could very well be out in March(2012?). This is the teaser in Gay Tony. Notice it says "Opens March everywhere"
 

Posted by MeatSim

If it's as huge as they say I don't have problem with it being just Los Santos.

Posted by redbliss

I prefer the focus on one city instead of three. I dont think I even spent much time in the cities other than the starting city.

Edited by Hef

October 22nd or 29th 2012. I win

Posted by ucankurbaga

I am in need of a release date.

Edited by Yummylee

That's a shame. To go along with the multiple protagonist theory, I figured there'd be three, one for each city of San Andreas. I don't doubt Los Santos won't huyage, though, and it's still a pleasing revelation to hear there'll once again be a little country side and mountain side to trek along, too.

Posted by Mercot

It's understandable if they need to focus on just one city due to hardware limitations. I just they were able to put RDR onto a refreshingly large map specifically because they didn't have clusters of large buildings, etc.

But...Los Santos was the least interesting locale of San Andreas for me. Looks AMAZING in the new engine, just wish we could have that road-trip diversity offered in GTA: SA.

K-DST.

Posted by Tebbit

I don't care about the extra cities so much, but if Axl Rose isn't a radio DJ in this one...

Lets just say I'm not gonna be especially "Chinese Democratic" about it.

Posted by Aarny91

This adds to the idea that they'll add other islands on in DLC.

Posted by Mercot

I predict May 2012. GTA: IV, Red Dead and LA Noire were all April/May releases.

Posted by probablytuna

Hopefully it'll be a decent sized-map but not as huge and vast as San Andreas. That map was too big for its own good.

Posted by Mr48

Now lets hope the PC version won't just be a shitty console port like GTA IV

Posted by Ravenlight

Okay, I'm calling it. GTAV will feature:

  • Claude Speed as either a playable character or NPC
  • Shooting controls will be improved but still unwieldy
  • There will be a rocket launcher
  • Ambulances will still be BS
Posted by MACog

@Mr48: It will Sorry just the reality of today. They haven't even released Red Dead on PC yet. We will be lucky if it comes out on PC at all.

Posted by RollingZeppelin

Once the 11th rolls around I wont need any gaming news for a while.

Posted by upwarDBound

This is what I expected, seeing how huge the city looked in the trailer. To expect that there would be two more with just as much detail seemed like wishful thinking. Despite that there seems to be a lot of geographical variety. Who wants to bet there won't be canyon races? I can't wait.

Posted by pepper

I loved the way Rockstar did GTA IV, so I can't wait for this game to come out

Posted by Melamed

Well, it really dissapoints me. I was kinda hoping the setting would be the whole state, not just LS. The thing that was really great aboul GTA:SA is the vibrant atmosphere it created with all that vastness of an open huge world. You could almost feel like there are no limits or boundaries.

Maybe rockstar could change their mind and make LV and SF into the game in high quality and fulfill a gamer's dream. That's definetly gonna make the game better and earn them more cash. Even if they postpone the release date, which they are inevitably gonna do anyway, as always.

Posted by scarace360

Please let the pc version come out day and date with the console and don't fuck up the pc version rockstar.

Posted by AmmyDog

@scarace360: Hopefully, but we should keep our fingers cross just in case =P

Posted by skrutop

@MooseyMcMan said:

I would rather see one really well done city than two moderately well done cities, so I'm fine with this.

Agreed. San Andreas was my favorite of the series, but there really was a lot of dead space between the cities. A more focused experience in a large Los Santos is just fine with me.

Posted by JStaunton

So no San Fierro probably?

Great...

Posted by Melamed

Though, i think there is still a chance that SF and LV will be back, the release only stated about LS, but it doesn't completely exclude other cities. It would be just strange and unrealistic having the countryside and nothing beyond that, just an empty void. And why would they need highways to nowhere, anyway? Come on, really... San Andreas IS a connected state and taking any city out of the game would be like pulling out a tooth from a healthy mouth

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