GTA V to Feature Three Different Main Characters

Avatar image for patrickklepek
Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -

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.

No Caption Provided
Avatar image for patrickklepek
#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -

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.

No Caption Provided
Avatar image for thoseposers
#2 Posted by Thoseposers (943 posts) -

the guy on the left scares me

Avatar image for szlifier
#3 Posted by Szlifier (1479 posts) -

I expected that.

Avatar image for mike28212
#4 Edited by mike28212 (50 posts) -

Could prove to be interesting. I still need to complete the last one plus the DLC but am looking forward to this one.

Avatar image for cocowawa
#5 Posted by cocowawa (70 posts) -

how about a woman main character?!

Avatar image for mikeeegeee
#6 Edited by mikeeegeee (1638 posts) -

@Thoseposers said:

the guy on the left scares me

This was my first thought, too.

Edit: Wait, is that Claude?

Avatar image for sofakingstewpit
#7 Posted by sofakingstewpit (29 posts) -

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

Avatar image for forkboy
#8 Posted by forkboy (1632 posts) -

@mike28212 said:

Could prove to be interesting. I still need to complete the first game plus the DLC but am looking forward to this one.

You can probably skip the expansion for the 1969 expansion.

Or by first game do you mean 4th game?

Avatar image for shaanyboi
#9 Edited by Shaanyboi (1605 posts) -

And all three will be unlikable cunts who have no consistency between their character motivations and their actions.

Because, y'know, Rockstar are such brilliant writers....

Avatar image for baillie
#10 Posted by Baillie (4709 posts) -

Oh my god, it's totally Claude, CJ and Tommy!

Nah.

Avatar image for ilikepopcans
#11 Posted by ILikePopCans (951 posts) -

WE GET IT, the DLC is better. Why do you have to say it every few seconds.

Avatar image for gnitro
#12 Posted by GNitro (14 posts) -

@cocowawa said:

how about a woman main character?!

But then who would play the hookers and girlfriend characters... gosh... lol

Avatar image for subyman
#13 Posted by subyman (726 posts) -

Finally. No more 50 hours of the same lame character doing random things. Maybe they can actually weave an interesting story with more plot threads.

Avatar image for yummylee
#14 Edited by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

Honestly the story in both L&D and TBoGT was also a little hit and miss at times, too. Characters like Johnny's girlfriend, Terry and Clay, and Luis' mum were all left at the sidelines. I still really enjoyed the narratives (especially the L&D; TBoGT was a bit disappointing, though), but overall even with all of the padding in the middle, Niko's story I found to be the best.

Still really glad to hear about multiple protagonists! Best part of GTAIV as a whole was watching each of the stories connect and influence each other; playing through the L&D in particular was harrowing when you realise just how much shit Niko's actions pour over the gang.

For as generic as he may look, I'm especially excited to follow the guy on the right. He looks very Michael Mann-ish in his design. I wonder if the game switches between each one once their story's completed, or if you can select which one to play first.

Avatar image for phileskyline
#16 Posted by PhilESkyline (877 posts) -

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

No Caption Provided
Avatar image for waywardgamer
#17 Posted by WaywardGamer (81 posts) -

@ILikePopCans: Man, every few seconds would be pretty rough. You'd be all having a nice dinner with a pal and there's Patrick's face rushing through your pasta, all whispering "Better in chuuuuuuunks."

Avatar image for animasta
#18 Edited by Animasta (14920 posts) -

@rebgav said:

@cocowawa said:

how about a woman main character?!

Given Rockstar's preference for vapid machismo do you really, really want to see them tackle a female lead in a GTA game?

I was also going to cry foul but maybe you have a point

but hell they could just make a catalina clone and be done

Avatar image for cale
#19 Posted by CaLe (4774 posts) -

If they do have a female protagonist in future I hope her hair is black because I hate all other hair colors.

Avatar image for christoffer
#20 Posted by Christoffer (2342 posts) -

A female protagonist in a Rockstar game would be interesting, I agree. They know how to write characters and I think I've seen the rough-neck male a few too many times.

Nice to see we get some diversity. I hope it plays like The Lost Vikings.

Avatar image for mike28212
#21 Posted by mike28212 (50 posts) -

@forkboy: ha, yes I meant the fourth one.

Avatar image for sackmanjones
#22 Posted by Sackmanjones (5589 posts) -

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

Avatar image for thetrusammael
#23 Posted by thetrusammael (33 posts) -

If that was Claude CJ and Tommy, I would be totally psyched. Now that someone ruined my expectations because they aren't, I know I will still love this game.

Avatar image for animasta
#24 Posted by Animasta (14920 posts) -

I don't know why people miss Tommy and Claude, they barely had any personality. CJ did but his arch is over so I donno where they would go from there.

Avatar image for aetheldod
#25 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

Bummer 3 chances and no female protagonist :(

Avatar image for authenticm
#26 Posted by AuthenticM (4340 posts) -

Rockstar is allergic to women.

Avatar image for the_last_starfighter
#27 Posted by The_Last_Starfighter (483 posts) -

What's up with that assault rifle? the muzzle's chopped off at the front sight, am I missing something or is the cover art? 

Avatar image for solh0und
#28 Posted by Solh0und (2148 posts) -

I think Rockstar is trying to say that women don't make good,convincing guns-for-hire.

Avatar image for bucketdeth
#29 Posted by Bucketdeth (8253 posts) -

I'm so fucking pumped for this I could just rip out my own intestines and run down my street yelling "AND I RAN, I RAN SO FAR AWAY".

Avatar image for oldmanlight
#30 Posted by OldManLight (1325 posts) -

@PhilESkyline said:

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

No Caption Provided

man if this was true, i'd lose my proverbial shit.

Avatar image for aarny91
#31 Posted by Aarny91 (3961 posts) -

@PhilESkyline said:

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

No Caption Provided

You may be on to something...

Avatar image for yummylee
#32 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

@Animasta said:

I don't know why people miss Tommy and Claude, they barely had any personality. CJ did but his arch is over so I donno where they would go from there.

Claude was obviously just a shell for the player and not even a character (though his cameo in San Andreas was still pretty funny), but Tommy had plenty of personality.

Avatar image for maxopower
#33 Posted by MaxOpower (284 posts) -

Yeah, would have been cool with a lady in the mix. That said, a hillbilly looking gross dude, a black guy, and a older man, is still pretty different from what most developers do. None of them is a 25-35 white guy with brown hair. (Ok maybe that guy to the left is just that....)

Avatar image for boodoug187
#34 Posted by BooDoug187 (470 posts) -

@GNitro said:

@cocowawa said:

how about a woman main character?!

But then who would play the hookers and girlfriend characters... gosh... lol

She could be bi. I mean I played as female characters in Saints Row 2 and 3. Kinda makes some of the talks with female NPCs have a whole different tone.

Avatar image for jace
#35 Posted by Jace (1153 posts) -

@PhilESkyline said:

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

No Caption Provided

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

Avatar image for geirr
#36 Posted by geirr (3524 posts) -

I'm disappointed too about the lack of a female protagonist - I wouldn't have been since I wasn't expecting it but seeing they now have 3 new protagonists and none of them female, I give three times less fucks about this game.

Avatar image for iceman228433
#37 Posted by iceman228433 (743 posts) -

Dude yea how about a Female main character, ever think of that one rockstar?

Avatar image for metal_mills
#38 Posted by Metal_Mills (3502 posts) -
@PhilESkyline said:

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

No Caption Provided
Fuuuuck. That would be AWESOME.
Avatar image for dvorak
#39 Posted by dvorak (1518 posts) -

@Metal_Mills said:

@PhilESkyline said:

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

No Caption Provided
Fuuuuck. That would be AWESOME.

Holy. Fucking. Shit. That really would be brilliant.

Avatar image for victor018
#40 Posted by Victor018 (215 posts) -

Didn't they say that all the previous main characters were dead when GTA IV was released?

Avatar image for angeln7
#41 Posted by AngelN7 (3001 posts) -

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.

Avatar image for nekusakuraba
#42 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7812 posts) -

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

Avatar image for yummylee
#43 Edited by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

@Victor018 said:

Didn't they say that all the previous main characters were dead when GTA IV was released?

Yeah, and GTAIV (and by extension GTAV I assume) is supposed to take place in a separate universe from the PS2 games, hence why there were literally no characters from the previous games who appeared in GTAIV.

EDIT: Discounting Lazlow maybe.

Avatar image for lazyaza
#44 Posted by Lazyaza (2516 posts) -

I feel like if anyone's going to write a strong well realized female character for a game lead role Rockstar could pull it off. Oh well maybe this just means 6 will have one for an entire game. What I care more about though is how well this one plays, all the gta's have been progressively less janky but 4 was still pretty far behind with a lot of its gameplay elements tho I am sure Rockstar has learned a lot since 2008.

Avatar image for saganomics
#45 Posted by Saganomics (226 posts) -

@PhilESkyline said:

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

No Caption Provided

Too perfect.

Avatar image for markwahlberg
#46 Edited by MarkWahlberg (4714 posts) -

My guess is they're basically addressing the 'Niko Bellic is an ok guy who occasionally goes on bloody rampages' dissonance thing by giving you one character who's more or less psychotic, and who can go on killing sprees without 'breaking character', and allowing the others to fill the more empathetic (sympathetic?) roles in the story.

Avatar image for ssully
#47 Posted by SSully (5473 posts) -

Sounds great to me. I thought GTAIV got really fucking boring, and I never finished the main story line for niko. But I loved the DLC for it, I thought the shorter stories were great.

Avatar image for lastninja
#48 Posted by LastNinja (296 posts) -

This is strictly not a first for the series, as Grand Theft Auto had eight protagonists.

Avatar image for saganomics
#49 Posted by Saganomics (226 posts) -

@MarkWahlberg said:

My guess is they're basically addressing the 'Niko Bellic is an ok guy who occasionally goes on bloody rampages' dissonance thing by giving you one character who's more or less psychotic, and who can go on killing sprees without 'breaking character', and allowing the others to fill the more empathetic roles in the story.

CJ is the legit empathetic one, Tommy is the psychotic character you unlock achievements with and Claude is killed in the first ten minutes of the game (being CJ's impetus for getting out of the biz).

GOTY? GOTY.

Avatar image for fuzzylemon
#50 Posted by FuzzYLemoN (1609 posts) -

I smell interweaving plots!

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.