I was almost certain Rockstar would announce Grand Theft Auto V at E3 earlier this month. It went missing at Microsoft's conference, so I expected Sony had snagged the exclusive unveiling and would show it off at their ultimately lackluster briefing. I was wrong on both counts. However, it's not much of a gamble to predict Rockstar is at least working on the fifth GTA - it is, after all, their biggest franchise. And according to Gamespot, it's not far off, with development "well under way".
"It's the big one," according to Gamespot's source who corresponds with Take-Two subsidiaries. Back in March, a casting call for what many assumed was GTA V leaked, promising a potential return to San Andreas. According to Gamespot's source, GTA V's scope is vast, not unlike the sprawling nature of Rockstar's Los Angeles-inspired region.
Gamespot's report reveals development is progressing well, with the final touches - such as the ludicrous mini-games - already being worked on and implemented. Their source confirms a 2012 release is "likely", suggesting an E3 reveal next year might be on the cards. We're not all that surprised GTA V is on its way; we are happy to hear it'll be here sooner rather than later, however! [Gamespot]