Today, we have an official release date to share with you: Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in stores on September 17, 2013.
We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.
To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be. We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September – we thank you for your support and patience.
Yours, The GTA Team
According to GameInformer magazine, the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, the much-anticipated GTA 5 will feature not one but 3 playable main characters for gamers to explore (or terrorize) Los Santos with. Michael, Trevor and Franklin are an unlikely trio who come together for a series of large bank heists.
Players will be able to instantly jump from the shoes of one character to the next. Each man has his own particular skillset, meaning gamers will have the option of changing up their approach to different missions. Players can even change characters in the middle of a mission, giving them multiple viewpoints from which to experience the gameplay.
Michael: A career criminal, Michael is a bank heist expert who was forced to give up the life when things got too hot. Now in witness protection, he is living a quiet suburban life in Los Santos. Michael is living the dream: a shallow, vapid wife who spends money like mad and two kids who barely even speak to him most days. When his wife burns through his savings he is forced to fall back into old habits.
Specialties: Michael is the mastermind of the group. An expert at pulling off big heists, he is a natural leader. Expect him to play less of a hands-on role in the schemes, leaving the real dirty work to his two compatriots-in-crime. Not that he’s above cracking a few heads of his own when it comes down to it. Just expect him to do it more stealthy-like.
Trevor: Mike’s old friend back during his robbing days, Trevor is a 40-something army vet with PTSD and a nasty drug habit. He is a severely unstable man prone to fits of violence.
Specialties: A skilled sniper from his army days, Trevor loves explosives and setting things on fire just to watch ‘em burn.
Franklin: A repo man in his twenties, Franklin works at an auto dealership that scams people by selling them cars they can’t afford just so he can repo them back. When he crosses paths with Mike the pair strike up an unexpected friendship.
Specialties: Being that Frank is a lot younger than his cohorts, no doubt most of the legwork and physical stuff will be left up to him.
The other characters will still function autonomously when not being controlled by the player. Given that each of the three has his own unique backstory, don’t be surprised to jump back into a character’s shoes and find he’s been pursuing a personality-specific hobby (or vice) while you were away. According to IGN, each character also has his own social circle. Michael spends most of his time with his wife and kids, Trevor has his conspiracy theorist friend, Ron and Franklin usually hangs with the slightly off-kilter Lamar.
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The song used in the trailer is Stevie Wonder’s “Skeletons”.
Grand Theft Auto V preorders started this week, and now Rockstar Games has announced a second trailer will be released on November 14.
Rumored details of Grand Theft Auto v have surfaced online thanks to GameFAQs. These details supposedly came from the December issue of Game Informer.
-The main character is a half-american, half-puerto rican chap named Albert DeSilva.
-DeSilva is 42-years-old and has two children by his ex-wife.
-Breaking Bad seems to have had influence on the storyline, as DeSilva is drawn to a life of crime from an older age in pursuit of riches.
-Players also control Dougie Vejo, an up-and-coming criminal in Los Santos.
-GTA V’s centrepiece is Los Santos, with smaller towns rounding out the surrounding countryside.
-Grove Street returns, though Carl and Sweet won’t feature.
-Players can once again invest in properties.
-Character customization is limited to clothes/hair/facial hair – gyms and tattoos are out.
-GTA V may feature one or more returning faces from the previous game.
-Players can again customize cars.
-The band Lovefist makes a return, now known as the Jezzies.
-Tracks confirmed to be in the game include ‘My Michelle’ by Guns ‘N Roses, ‘Magic Power’ by Triumph, ‘California Dreaming’ by The Beach Boys and ‘Beautiful’ by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell.
-Mini-games include golf, tennis and surfing.
-The mission played by GI for their preview was based on the scene in the trailer where a jewellery store was robbed.
GTA V has been confirmed to release in Spring 2013 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
UPDATE: GameInformer’s managing editor Matt Bertz confirmed on Twitter that this leak is a fake.
Rockstar Games has confirmed rumors of Grand Theft Auto V’s release date. A promotional promoter from UK retailer GAME leaked on October 27 that originally revealed the Spring 2013 release date for GTA V.
Rockstar Games later confirmed with a promotional graphic of their own that the release date will be between late March and June of next year.
Game Informer has announced that on November 8 they will release their Grand Theft Auto V preview. The preview will be covered in over 18 pages that will include GTA V details and screenshots.
The digital edition will be release to iPad, Android, and PC/Mac on Friday afternoon. Print issues should arrive to subscribers the following week.
Rockstar released another batch of GTA V screenshots that showcases the business side of the game. Rockstar will provide more screenshots ”in a few weeks or so”.
Rockstar Games released three new GTA V screenshots featuring leisure activities. Head to our GTA V screenshots section to view all the new images from Grand Theft Auto 5.