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Rockstar: Grand Theft Auto V "Another Radical Reinvention"

Felix Kemp
Grand Theft Auto V, GTA V, Rockstar Games

Rockstar: Grand Theft Auto V "Another Radical Reinvention"

Takes Open-World Storytelling In A "Bold New Direction"

Rockstar finally unveiled the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto V yesterday, and thankfully the internet didn't crumble and collapse like last time. It just took a few hours to load a minute and a half of video. Matt's already pored over the trailer, frame by frame, extracting every ounce of information from the frankly stunning sequence. And now Rockstar have remembered they probably need to make a fuss, too, dispatching a press release that promises that their fifth anarchic crime-simulator  will be "another radical reinvention of the GTA universe".

"Grand Theft Auto V is another radical reinvention of the Grand Theft Auto universe," Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser reveals. "We are incredibly excited to share our new vision with our fans." According to Houser, GTA V represents a "bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer".

As we all speculated, GTA V is indeed set in the sprawling state of San Andreas, which Rockstar describe as a "re-imagined, present-day Southern California". But why are we here? Well, in pursuit of the "almighty American dollar", apparently, with the trailer itself cutting between scenes of luxurious wealth and indulgence and downtrodden poverty and suffering.

In relates news, a number of outlets have speculated when Rockstar and Take-Two might opt to release GTA V. Gamestop's UK arm have stamped a September 2nd, 2012 release date [thanks, nahahsh] on their official listing for the title, whereas London paper Metro have jumped on a particular scene where a San Andreas citizen hammers a 'For Sale' sign outside his house, with four numbers on the pavement below declaring '2405'. Is this Rockstar alluding to a 24th of May release date?

All in all, we're very excited. Yet again, even in a mere minute and a half, Rockstar conjure up such atmosphere and a sense of place other developers can only dream of. We can't wait to dive in to yet another GTA adventure, although sadly it won't be for a little while yet. Until then, let's all just watch the trailer again, shall we? [Rockstar]

Add a comment4 comments
nahahsh  Nov. 3, 2011 at 18:40

Gamestop's UK arm have stamped a September 2nd, 2012 release date, actually.

JonLester  Nov. 3, 2011 at 19:39

@nahahsh: Cheers, updated.

For the record, that was my bad - so used to Gamestop's US-format dates that I passed it on the wrong way round.

Last edited by JonLester, Nov. 3, 2011 at 19:43
iampav  Nov. 4, 2011 at 08:45

For the same reason surely 2405 is a none-starter? Wish it was 24 May, it's my birthday!

cap1  Nov. 5, 2011 at 15:28

GTA IV was a step in a "Bold New Direction" too - albeit a crap, boring and backwards direction.


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