Release Date: Spring 2013 (October 2014 – PC, PS4, XBOne)
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Grand Theft Auto V was first revealed on October 25, 2011, just a few days after Grand Theft Auto III’s tenth anniversary. Rockstar’s official website was changed to show the GTA V logo and Twitter hashtag #GTAV, with a release date for the first trailer – 2nd November, 2011.
One week later, the trailer revealed that the game is set in the city of Los Santos – Rockstar’s own unique version of real life Los Angeles, California, first seen as a city in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. An press release from Take-Two officially announced the game not long after the trailer went live, which confirmed the game’s setting in “the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches”, and went on to say it would be “the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created”.
“Grand Theft Auto V is another radical reinvention of the Grand Theft Auto universe,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We are incredibly excited to share our new vision with our fans.”
A bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer, Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California.
Predictions of when GTA V would be released were far ranging, but on 30th October, 2012, Rockstar narrowed down all speculation by announcing that the game should release in Spring 2013. Unfortunately this was a target Rockstar realised they ultimate would not meet, and the company issued a press release on 31st January, 2013, giving the game an exact release date of 17th September 2013.
As was somewhat expected, GTA V will initially be releasing on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is likely that a PC version will follow in the next year. Historically, PC releases have typically been released around 8 months after their console counterparts.
PC versions of Grand Theft Auto games since GTA III have proved to be immensely popular with fans, in massive part due to the incredible number of fan created mods that enhance or otherwise allow players to completely customise the game how they want it. Despite not officially supporting any aspect of modding the game, Rockstar recently announced that GTAV will be released on PC, Playstation 4 & Xbox One – October 2014
Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV.
Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a street hustler looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score. Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.
The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world ever created, Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay in new ways as players repeatedly jump in and out of the lives of the game’s three lead characters, playing all sides of the game’s interwoven story.
All the classic hallmarks of the groundbreaking series return, including incredible attention to detail and Grand Theft Auto’s darkly humorous take on modern culture, alongside a brand new and ambitious approach to open world multiplayer.