Rockstar is pulling out all the stops on their latest addition to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and they are making GTA V bigger than any game they’ve ever made. Also, I think the folks at Rockstar have been playing a lot of The Sims, for some reason. Take a look after the jump.
First off, the most obvious change from previous GTA games is the character you control — this time, there’s three main characters. You’ll be able to switch between Michael, a retired bank robber in Witsec looking to get back into the game, his best buddy Trevor, a “drugged out psychopath,” and Franklin, a young repo man.
All three you’ll be able to switch to and from with a touch of a button when you’re in a mission, able to jump from perspective to perspective throughout the entire operation. The map, and what you can do within the confines of the city, is supposedly larger and contains more depth than Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV and GTA San Andreas combined.
Rockstar has also indicated that characters from Grand Theft Auto IV will be appearing in this installation. They’ve said that IV, Episodes From Liberty City and V all exist within the same universe, but games prior to that do not. Also interesting note — they haven’t hired any celebrity voice actors.
And, apparently, you’ll be able to engage in a number of non-mission activities, such as yoga, triathalons, jet skiing, base jumping, tennis and golf. Each character will have their own separate social circles, and so when you switch perspectives, you’ll be able to catch different slices of life. They’re supposedly going to have their own hobbies, but what they are is unknown.
You can play dress-up with your characters, but unlike GTA San Andreas, you won’t be able to change their weight or physique. The cell phone mechanic will return with upgrades, apparently acknowledging that we live in a smartphone era now.
And, what I find most intriguing, is their claim that they’ve done more to the physics of driving a car, making it hold to the ground a bit better and resembling more of our modern day racing games. I’m hoping that makes chases more intense and less explode-y. Curiosity: PIQUED.
Grand Theft Auto V comes out in Spring 2013. It’s currently confirmed only for XBox 360 and Playstation 3. On November 14th, a new trailer will pop up.
Question: Are you gonna get down on this?