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GTA V In Development, Due 2012

Felix Kemp
Games news, Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V In Development, Due 2012

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]

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LanceVance  Jun. 21, 2011 at 15:39

Lets hope the have put the "fun factor" back into the game. Saints Row may well take the crown from GTA if thats not the case. The last one was great in scope but just to straight laced for its own good.

DrTrouserPlank  Jun. 21, 2011 at 17:44

The last decent GTA was 3 and Vice City.

San Andreas was pretty dire, but sold well to the under 11's who think that Snoop and Dre are "da bomb".

IV was terrible and devoid of any fun whatsoever.

If V goes back to a San Andreas set-up then it will be terrible and filled with tedious and embarrassing rap culture and references.

Hector  Jun. 22, 2011 at 07:51

Agree with everything DrTrouserPlank said. The last decent GTA was vice city. Having a massive map doesn't necessarily make for a good game.

GTA IV was the reason I bought a PS3 and I've barely played it because its so boring. Let's hope Rockstar can return to their former glories.

Matt Gardner  Jun. 22, 2011 at 16:50

Vice City was brilliant. Excellent story, brilliant characters, nailed the 80s Miami vibe perfectly.

The PSP's VC Stories was excellent and had a great little empire building mechanic in there.

San Andreas and GTA IV both had some nice ideas and some great characters, but while they were well built, they had none of Vice City's charm.

The stage and setting, not to mention the time period, will be incredibly important when it comes to GTA V.

Goity  Jun. 23, 2011 at 10:51

GTAIV gets a bad rap in my opinion. Going back to the PS2 versions, the controls were simply awful, the lack of a satnav feature made the games pretty crappy to play, and the storylines were nonexistant.

GTA 4 improved on the PS2 versions in so many ways; I can barely stand to play the older ones, whereas I quite enjoyed GTA4. I think the problem is that it does get slow in many places, the lack of checkpoints is mindnumbingly stupid (fixed in the Episodes) and people have some ridiculous rose tinted view about how good the old GTAs were.

Josh Clark  Jun. 23, 2011 at 11:56

I'm with Goity on this one. I really enjoyed GTA4, and playing Saints Row 2 afterwards (not to mention San Andreas) just made me miss the tight controls of Rockstar's latest car-jacking simulation. There was enough humour in Nico's performance to make me laugh out loud on a number of occasions, and like John Marston later on, I came to feel for Mr Bellic as a character.

Similarly, I understand many people being turned off by Liberty City's lack of character, but the satirical radio broadcasts did a good job of placing the game firmly in the modern day.

It tripped up in a couple of ways (no I do NOT want to go bowling right now, Roman), but as far as sandbox gaming goes, it helped Rockstar prove that they're still pretty much untouchable.


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