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Grand Theft Auto V (commonly shortened to GTA V) is an upcoming open world action-adventure video game being developed by games developer Rockstar North in the United Kingdom and published by Rockstar Games. The game will be the first major title in the Grand Theft Auto series since Grand Theft Auto IV - 2008, which started the fourth “era” in the series. The fifteenth game in the series overall, GTA V is to be set in fictional Los Santos in the state of San Andreas and its surrounding areas, based on modern-day Los Angeles and Southern California. A rendition of Los Santos was previously featured as one of three cities in 2004’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, from the series’s third era.

FAQ

When is the GTA V Release Date?

Finally we can say that yes, there is a release date for Grand Theft Auto V! If you have been living under a rock the past month, Rockstar Games confirmed the game would miss the Spring 2013 window and instead release on September 17th, 2013.

Why was GTA 5 delayed?

Rockstar wants more time to iron it out and make Grand Theft Auto V the best it can be. This isn’t to say it won’t be bug-free (every game has some issues) but the extra few months mean more time to minimize bugs of a very complicated game. So much can happen at any given second during GTA gameplay so any number of things can go wrong.

Who is the protagonist?

There are actually three of them! With the success of GTA IV and its Episodes featuring three different perspectives of the story, Rockstar decided to do it again all in one game. The big difference is that you’ll be able to switch between the protagonists at almost any time you wish during the game - even during some missions! The three lives we’ll control in GTA V are (from left to right below):

Is there split screen or co-op for the story?

No, there will not be split screen or co-op of that sort. Online multiplayer will likely feature some co-op modes, though.

Will GTA 5 be on PS4 or the next Xbox?

Rumors of the next PlayStation and Xbox making their debut have been circling for the past year or so. When Rockstar delayed GTA 5 some fans worried it may have been pushed onto the rumored next-gen consoles. These fears worsened when Sony held a largely publicized meeting on February 20th which was all about the PlayStation 4. Sony announced plans for a Holiday 2013 release - GTA V coming out in the Fall right before.

We can say for a fact that GTA V will release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It would be silly to throw away the work put into them the past 5 years. But will GTA 5 be on the PS4 when that console launches? Very doubtful. Even with the PS4 said to be much easier to program, Rockstar is still busy with GTA V on the current consoles. Creating the whole game on an entirely new platform would take much more than a year on its own. Dan Houser also knows that a new console won’t have anywhere near the amount of users as the current consoles - Rockstar is still a business.

Could these current-gen games get ported over to the next-gen later? It’s possible but whether or not that will happen is a toss-up at this point. Even after GTA 5 drops there’s still DLC to look forward to as well as the expected PC release - although the bulk of that work will probably be shoved off onto another studio such as Rockstar Toronto. It seems more likely that when Rockstar is done with GTA V, they will be done with it completely. There are plenty of other games to make (whatever is going on with Agent… another Rockstar North title in development for 5+ years) and the next-gen consoles will get a GTA of their own one day.

At this time Grand Theft Auto V is poised to be Rockstar’s last hurrah on this console generation. A good way to go out with a bang if you ask me.

GTA V on PC?

We are certain Grand Theft Auto V will release on PC. Many fans are familiar with the PC version of GTA IV. The console port was not as smooth as we all would have hoped for. Fortunately Rockstar Games seems to have learned from past mistakes. The PC version of Max Payne 3 was built alongside the consoles to provide excellent playability across a wide range of computers. We are certain GTA V will do the same and possibly release only two weeks after the consoles as well! PC requirements for the game will not be known until a couple weeks before the release.

Will CJ or other characters return?

It is unknown if characters from GTA IV will return to GTA V. We are certain CJ and others from the III era will not be. Shortly after our last FAQ the voice of CJ, Chris Bellard, stated on twitter that he is not involved with GTA V. Furthermore, Rockstar has stated their views on the different sets of characters and the difference between background characters and “real” characters:

> “El Burro is referenced as he was also referenced in GTA 1, so it felt appropriate that he should cross ‘universes’ – the ‘universes’ are the worlds interpreted at different definitions, 2d, 3d and high definition, so we felt brands and radio / back ground characters would exist in both, but 3 dimensional characters would not. This is the logic (as far as it could be considered logical) behind it – so no, we don’t believe any GTA3 characters could exist in the GTA4 universe.”
So again, it is unlikely we’ll see CJ in GTA V. Other supposed “leaks” featuring characters or the GTA 5 story are fake.

When is GTA V Trailer #2 or more info coming?

Although Max Payne 3 is released, that doesn’t mean new GTA 5 information is going to start releasing. It could be weeks or even months before the GTA V hype really starts. Don’t fear, though, as screenshots or some other form of information may come before the end of the world - I mean year. The flow of information really depends on the release date for GTA V discussed above.

Are GTA V vehicles in Max Payne 3?

Recently some fans made some discoveries in Max Payne 3. First was a vehicle list ripped from the game files. Some have noted that not all of the vehicles listed actually appear in Max Payne 3 leading others to speculate if they are for GTA V or Max Payne 3 DLC.

Even more recently, pictures of airplanes were discovered in the Docks multiplayer map of Max Payne 3. The most notable is a military jet that looks VERY much like the jet seen flying through Downtown Los Santos in the first GTA V trailer. There are also two images of a private jet very similar to the one seen at the end of the trailer. The fourth is a C-130. Again, are these for GTA V or Max Payne 3 DLC? Rockstar has put in little things from other games previously…

Trailer(s)

Analysis:

Comparison between GTA V and San Andreas

Comparison between GTA V and GTA IV

Battlefield 3 Parody of GTA V Trailer

Impressions

Character Trailer

Screenshots


Racing like a pro.


Paragliding over the river.


Clinging on.


Biplane over the river


The chase is on.


Nightscape.


Comparison.


Leaked images from November 1st.


Release date speculation poster.

Characters

“Michael”

Occupation: Retired criminal
Age: Early 40s
Location: Rockford Hills
About: Highly successful bank robber who retired and went into FIB witness protection with a sweet deal. He and his wife Amanda have a rocky relationship and kids Tracy & Jimmy are not understandable anymore. With the wife spending money endlessly and domestic life driving him crazy, Michael needs to get back into “the business”. He is friends with Trevor. Note: This character may have been codenamed “Albert De Silva” from casting calls at the bottom of this page related to “Kevin De Silva”.
Special Skills: “Bullet-Time” with guns
Voice by: Ned Luke?

“Trevor Philips”

Occupation: Career criminal
Age: Early 40s
Location: Blaine County
About: Crazy, drug abusing ex-military pilot who lives in a trailer out in the desert. Did we mention Trevor is crazy? He is friends with Michael and used to rob banks with him. Note: This character may have been codenamed “Simon” from casting calls at the bottom of this page.
Special Skills: Frenzy mode (double damage given, half taken), Special melee attack
Voice by: Unknown

“Franklin”

Occupation: Repo man
Age: Mid 20s
Location: South Los Santos
About: Franklin works for Simeon Yetarian, an Armenian luxury car dealer, and does repossession when customers can’t pay. He hangs out with crazy, immature friends but running into Michael shows him another way to live.
Special Skills: Slow-motion driving
Voice by: Unknown

“Amanda”

Occupation: Wife
Age: Early 40s
Location: Rockford Hills
About: Michael’s wife and mother of Tracy & Jimmy. Loves to spend money and give Michael a hard time.
Voice by: Unknown

“Tracy”

Occupation: Student?
Age: Late teens
Location: Rockford Hills
About: Michael & Amanda’s daughter and sister of Jimmy. Likes typical teenage girl things. Tramp stamp doesn’t say much good about her.
Voice by: Unknown

“Jimmy”

Occupation: Pothead
Age: 20
Location: Rockford Hills
About: Michael & Amanda’s son and brother of Tracy. Smokes pot and doesn’t do much else. Wishes he was a gangster. Note: This character may have been codenamed “Kevin De Silva” from casting calls at the bottom of this page.
Voice by: Unknown

“Ron”

Occupation:
Age: Late 40s
Location: Blaine County
About: Trevor’s fearful neighbor. Paranoid conspiracy theorist. Note: This character may have been codenamed “Nervous Jerry” in casting calls at the bottom of this page.
Voice by: Unknown

“Lloyd”

Occupation:
Age: 30s
Location: Blaine County
About: Seen in Trevor’s trailer (video) possibly living in a trailer (mobile home).
Voice by: Unknown

“Chop”

Occupation: Franklin’s real best friend
Age:
Location: South Los Santos
About: Franklin’s Rottweiler. Possibly a form of weapon if we are able to command him.
Voice by: n/a

“Lamar”

Occupation:
Age: 20s
Location:
About: Friend of Franklin. A little on the crazy side.
Voice by: Unknown

“Brad”

Occupation: Security/Surveillance Installation
Age:
Location:
About: Friend of Trevor that installs cameras but likely does surveillance of his own. Held by the IAA but sprung from their control by Michael, Trevor, and Franklin.
Voice by: Unknown

“Michael’s Therapist”

Occupation: Therapist
Age:
Location:
About: Michael’s therapist shown in second trailer.
Voice by: Unknown

“Cris Formage”

Occupation: Cult Leader
Age:
Location:
About: Leader of the Epsilon Program. Picture taken from a screensaver for the group which may not actually be him although it is likely.
Voice by: Unknown

“Pamela Drake”

Occupation: Former movie star
Age:
Location: Vinewood
About: Fading star of the silver screen. Can be found ranting in Vinewood.
Voice by: Unknown

“Simeon Yetarian”

Occupation: Car salesman
Age:
Location:
About: Armenian car dealer and Franklin’s boss. This man was likely codenamed “Harut Vartanyan” in casting calls at the bottom of this page.
Voice by: Unknown

“Lacey Jonas”

Occupation: Celebrity
Age:
Location: Vinewood Blvd
About: Vinewood star who wants to escape the paparazzi. Grab her car and escort her away from the flashing lights. She may have a publicist codenamed “Ira Bernstein” in casting calls at the bottom of this page.
Voice by: Unknown

Very Likely for GTA V

This batch of casting calls from Take-Two features the name of James Pedeaston who is a child molester featured in past Grand Theft Auto games. Aside from him, the others are only first names which could mean they are for radio shows. However, last names could be added later.

Matthew (18-25 Male United States)
A liberal young male who believes in a conspiracy made by republicans to undermine America.

Jose (30-40 Male United States)
A white creepy man who thinks that technology is a poison against the wilderness.

James Pedeaston (40-45 Male United States)
A man-boy love activist who just got released from an Indonesian prison.

Samantha (20-25 Female United States)
A young female obsessed with sex parties, always dreaming of being a Hollywood celebrity.

Anthony (10-15 Male United States)
A young, fast-talking boy fighting for the right of young boys to drink alcohol and have sex.
Possibly for GTA V

This next batch of casting calls are for the title RUSH, which was linked to Rockstar Games via some actors. This set has mostly full names which suggests these will be more prominent characters in the GTA 5 story.

Mitch Hayes - 38
Annoying, wise cracking, highly successful FBI agent. In great shape. Does triathlons, drinks low cal beer, but still has a sense of humor.

Miguel Gonzalez - 25
Young Mexican American FBI agent, caught between a few mob bosses. Very clean cut

Clyde - 23
Moronic, almost inbred and creepy white trash hillbilly. Very naïve but in a creepy it’s only incest sort of way.

Brother Adam - 50
Welsh monk / cult leader / yoga teacher, very lithe, very into exploring your personal tension through gripping massage. Needs Welsh accent.

Mrs Avery - 48
Neurotic soccer mom, home maker, anxious and addled on pain killers. Very angry at neighbor MRS Bell.

Mrs Bell - 45
Swinger, and mellow Californian divorcee. Ugly but comfortable with self.

Eddie - 47
Weed evangelist, guy who started smoking at 30, and is now a leading proponent of marijuana’s fantastic properties. White, awkward.

Ira Bernstein - 56
Publicist for an actress known as America’s newest sweetheart who just so happens to love animals, orphans, drugs and sex. He’s always trying to hide her latest indiscretion.

Kevin De Silva - 18
Albert’s fat, FPS playing gamer son. Smokes a lot of weed, has anxiety issues and a card for a bad back, very soft, very opinionated. Into making racist comments while playing online.

Harut Vartanyan - 42 to 52 years old
Armenian car dealer, moneylender, would be ***in and would be a bully. Heavily connected to the underworld, but irritates people so much no one likes him.

Nervous Jerry - 48
Paranoiac living in the sticks, near Simon, completely paranoid, and terrified of Simon.

Calvin North - 55
Clapped out FBI agent who now mostly works offering advice on TV shows whose only claim to fame turns out to be entirely false but a decent guy in other ways. Badly dressed. Divorced. Putting on weight.

Jerry Cole - 53
Disabled IT expert and criminal information vendor.

Rich Roberts - 35
English hardman actor, who acts tough but who wants to do serious work - the only problem is he can’t quite read the words.

Alex - 52
White loosie goosie hippy rich guy who has lost his money and is getting desperate but trying not to.

Scarlet - 45 to 52 years old
Unshaven female spiritualist and hippy with a love of exploring the wilderness. Very into journeys.

Chad - 29
Pretty boy misogynist Beverly Hills party boy. Made money, but not as cool as he thinks he is.

Tae Wong - 39
Somewhat incompetent Chinese mobster, loves doing ecstasy, going to raves.

Taes Translator - 45
Very straight laced Chinese translator, terrified of his boss’s dad. Male, awkward. Needs to speak Chinese.

An additional casting call features two of the previous names with the very familiar last name of McReary:

JANE BELL - 45 to 50 Female United States
Caucasian. 5’4" - 5’6". Ugly, lives alone. Very carefree and smooth-tongued.

JEFFREY - 38 to 45 Male United States
Irish ethnicity. Tall and athletic build. Lost his money by gambling and recently started working for his stepbrother. He is a bit lunatic.

WILLIAM - 35 to 40 Male United States
Jeffrey’s stepbrother. Likeable and talkative. Owns a restaurant in Beverly Hills.

EDDIE MCREARY - 45 to 50 Male United States
Irish ethnicity. Lives with his cousin. Smokes weed and loves partying.

MARCO - 25 to 28 Male United States
Young Mexican FBI agent. Has a strong sense of humor and likes to hang with friends.

Character Comparison

Timeline

[details=Timeline]August 20, 2012

Rockstar Games released a further three screenshots with the promise of more later in the week.

July 12, 2012
Rockstar Games released their first 2 official GTA 5 screenshots in a Questions and Answers session on their Newswire.

November 3, 2011
Rockstar Games released a statement giving a small amount of detail about the game. They then launched the official website splash page.
November 2, 2011
November 2nd saw the launch of the First Official GTA V trailer. This showed off Los Santos, some of the countryside and a number of characters who may play important roles in the game.

October 25, 2011
On October 25th, Rockstar Games shocked the world with a surprise announcement on Twitter. They simply posted the hash tag #GTAV and linked to their official website which displayed the GTA V Logo and gave a date for the first official trailer.

Announcements To Come…
The following announcements are not necessarily in order and may or may not happen…

Official Website Launch
Game Release Date
Additional Trailer Releases
Game Delay Announcement :wink:
Final Release Date
Game Launch
Additional Consoles/PC/Portable Launch
DLC Announcement
DLC Launch
Collectors/Complete/GOTY Edition Announcement
Collectors/Complete/GOTY Edition Launch

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Vehicles

[details=Vehicles]Here are the vehicles spotted in Grand Theft Auto V so far. They are categorized to easily find the vehicle(s) you are looking for. There are many returning vehicles from past GTAs and a few new ones too. Vehicles with a question mark (?) are unconfirmed and need further proof of the type or name of the vehicle. Vehicles with a (~) are new and use the real life counterpart for reference until a name is confirmed.

Super/Sport/Muscle

Cheetah
Manufacturer:
Influences: Koenigsegg Agera rear
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Feltzer
Manufacturer: Benefactor
Influences: Mercedes-Benz SL
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Phoenix?
Manufacturer:
Influences: Chevy Camaro
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

“The Red Car”
Manufacturer: Dewbauchee
Influences: Aston Martin Vantage
Capacity: 2
Features: Convertible top
Locations:
Notes: Similar features to the Super GT in GTA IV

~Audi R8 type
Manufacturer:
Influences: Audi R8
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

2 Door

Cognoscenti?
Manufacturer: Enus
Influences: Bentley Continental GT
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes: Appears to be a 2 door version of the Cognoscenti in GTA IV

Futo
Manufacturer: Karin
Influences: Toyota AE86
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Sentinel?
Manufacturer: Übermacht
Influences: BMW M3
Capacity: 2
Features: Convertible or not
Locations:
Notes:

4 Door

Buffalo
Manufacturer: Bravado
Influences: Dodge Charger
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Emperor
Manufacturer: Albany
Influences: Cadillac Fleetwood
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Lokus?
Manufacturer: Emperor?
Influences: Lexus GS?
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Premier
Manufacturer: Declasse
Influences: Chevy Aveo
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Vintage
Peyote
Manufacturer: Vapid
Influences: Ford Thunderbird
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Tornado
Manufacturer:
Influences: Chevy Bel Air
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

SUV/Pickup/Van

Burrito
Manufacturer: Declasse
Influences: Chevy vans
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes: Seats two in front and two in rear

Contender?
Manufacturer: Vapid?
Influences: Ford?
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes: Hard to see due to blurriness

Habanero
Manufacturer: Emperor
Influences: Lexus RX
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Huntley
Manufacturer: Vapid
Influences: Range Rover
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Landstalker
Manufacturer: Dundreary
Influences: Ford Expedition
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Mesa Grande
Manufacturer:
Influences: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Capacity: 4
Features: Hard top or open
Locations:
Notes:

Serrano
Manufacturer: Benefactor
Influences: Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

~Infinity FX type
Manufacturer:
Influences: Infinity FX
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

~Older Land Rover type
Manufacturer:
Influences: Land Rover Series III front, Kaiser M715 rear
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes: Seats two in the front and two in the rear

~Scion XB type
Manufacturer:
Influences: Scion XB
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes: Seats two in the front and two in the rear

Motorcycle/Bike

Bicycle
Manufacturer:
Influences: Various
Capacity: 1
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Vader
Manufacturer: ****zu
Influences: Various
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Commercial/Industrial

Boxville
Manufacturer: Brute
Influences: Utilimaster
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Flatbed?
Manufacturer: MTL?
Influences:
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Linerunner?
Manufacturer: Jobuilt?
Influences:
Capacity: 2
Features: Can hook up to trailers
Locations:
Notes: This truck shares many features of the Phantom in GTA IV and may be an updated version

Phantom?
Manufacturer: Jobuilt?
Influences:
Capacity: 2
Features: Can hook up to trailers
Locations:
Notes: Although hard to see, this appears to be an older style of semi truck like the Phantom but may be a new model

Semi Trailers
Manufacturer:
Influences: Various
Capacity: 0
Features: Tanker, box, flatbed
Locations:
Notes:

Yankee?
Manufacturer: Vapid?
Influences: International?
Capacity: 2?
Features:
Locations:
Notes: This could possibly be a Yankee but it is very hard to see from the only image

Service/Other

Caddy
Manufacturer: ProLaps
Influences: Club Car
Capacity: 2
Features:
Locations: Los Santos Country Club
Notes:

Taxi
Manufacturer: Declasse or Vapid
Influences: Chevy Impala or Ford Crown Victoria
Capacity: 4
Features:
Locations:
Notes: Merit or Police Cruiser based

Trains
Manufacturer:
Influences: Los Angeles Metro Light Rail Trains
Capacity:
Features:
Locations: Train stations, rail lines
Notes: Although not confirmed, overhead catenary lines can be seen in the first trailer

Emergency

Ambulance
Manufacturer: Brute
Influences: Chevy chassis
Capacity: 4
Features: Lights and siren
Locations: Hospitals
Notes: Burrito chassis. Seats two in front and two in rear.

Fire Truck
Manufacturer: MTL
Influences:
Capacity: 4
Features: Lights and siren
Locations: Fire stations
Notes: Not confirmed yet but extremely likely to be in

Police Cruiser
Manufacturer: Vapid
Influences: Ford Crown Victoria
Capacity: 4
Features: Lights and siren
Locations: Police Stations
Notes:

Aircraft

Cropduster
Manufacturer:
Influences: Stearman Model 75
Capacity: 1?
Features:
Locations:
Notes:

Hydra?
Manufacturer:
Influences: F-35 Lightning II, AV-8B Harrier II(?)
Capacity: 1
Features:
Locations:
Notes: Possibly another VTOL aircraft like the Hydra in GTA SA

Maverick
Manufacturer: Western Company
Influences: Bell 407
Capacity: 4
Features: Possibly a spotlight (Police version)
Locations:
Notes: Seats two in the front and two from the sides

Maverick v2?
Manufacturer: Western Company?
Influences: Eurocopter AS350
Capacity: 4
Features: Possibly a spotlight (Police version)
Locations:
Notes: Seats two in the front and two from the sides. Unknown if this replaces the Maverick in the first trailer or will be a whole new model of helicopter.

Shamal
Manufacturer:
Influences: Learjet 55
Capacity: 2 or more?
Features:
Locations:
Notes: Appears to be a larger version of the Shamal in GTA SA

Skimmer
Manufacturer:
Influences:
Capacity: 1?
Features: Lands on water
Locations:
Notes:

Watercraft

SpeedoPhile 2000
Manufacturer: SpeedoPhile
Influences: Kawasaki, Yamaha
Capacity: 2?
Features:
Locations:
Notes:
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Release Date

When is the GTA 5 Release Date?

We do not have an official release date for GTA 5 yet. All GTA 5 Release Dates which you may have seen are guesses and speculation. Of course there’s a chance someone may get it right, however many online stores are putting up dates as a way to encourage people to pre-order GTA 5 - they are not official. Rockstar Games have NOT announced a release date for GTA 5 yet.

Based on past games from Rockstar we can speculate on when the game may be released, or even when the release date may be announced…

Update - November 2012:

Today, we’re proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V is expected to launch worldwide spring 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V takes place in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California in the largest and most thriving game-world we have ever created set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and for miles beyond – from the tops of the mountains to the depths of the ocean.
Starting next week November 5, 2012, Grand Theft Auto V will become available for pre-order everywhere and fans can expect a host of new information to become available in November.

GTA IV Development and Release Schedule

Development on Grand theft Auto IV began at Rockstar North within weeks of San Andreas’ release in October 2004. While Rockstar North oversaw some of the development in other Rockstar Games titles from other studios after 2004, its main focus was on GTA IV. With an official announcement in May 2006, GTA IV was originally planned for release in October 2007, however many early previews at the time said while the game content had been all but completed, the game was riddled with bugs and suffered issues with performance. This was likely because GTA IV was the first open world game Rockstar had made using their proprietary RAGE engine (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine). Before this, the only other game that had used RAGE was Rockstar Games Presents: Table Tennis, which acted as a tech demo for the new engine, and featured enclosed environments.

Part of the reason for the long development time was that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game were developed side by side. Most developers tend to create the game on one console and then port it over to the other, which usually results in a poor quality game on one side. This led to another problem: as the PS3 was a newer console and its architecture meant that development was more complicated, there were reports of the PS3 version falling behind. Indeed, all of the early previews were based on the Xbox 360 version of the game. It wasn’t until much later that anyone outside of Rockstar was allowed to see the PS3 version running.

In August 2007, we found out that the game had been delayed until April 2008. It took three and a half years to create GTA IV, including breaking in the new game engine and implementing the Euphoria physics/animation technology. Eventually, the game was released as promised in April 2008 - 2 years after the official announcement.

After GTA IV

After April 2008, some of the team at Rockstar North continued development to work on the episodic content for GTA IV. Others were split off to work on Red Dead Redemption, which was released in May 2010. Another title, AGENT, is currently being developed by Rockstar North but we know very little about this title and have no idea when it is planned for release.

Regardless, we know Rockstar North has not been free to work on GTA 5 as much as it had been for GTA IV. Rockstar may have split development up into other studios, but historically the development of GTA games has been kept within Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design), with some outsourcing to other studios for porting over to other platforms (e.g. to Xbox with GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas, and to PC for GTA IV).

So what does this mean for the GTA 5 release date?

It means there are fewer developers to work on it. However, Rockstar has now had experience working with RAGE in open environments, with Midnight Club: Los Angeles, Red Dead Redemption, and most likely Rockstar’s AGENT is using it. The RAGE team has also assisted Team Bondi with L.A. Noire. GTA 5 should need less tweaking to get the game running smoothly, so they can focus on content and should therefore need less manpower. That’s the theory, anyway.
Enough talk! When can we expect the GTA 5 release date?
If we gave them another three and a half years (i.e. the time it took for GTA IV to be made, including using a new engine), we would have expected to see it in October 2011. However with other projects going on, while they may have been developed at other studios, Rockstar Games is unlikely to promote more than one game at any one time. If they begin to hype up GTA 5 before Max Payne 3 (released in May 2012) and AGENT (TBA), much of the attention will be drawn away from these games. Grand Theft Auto is a big name and Rockstar Games would need to be careful not to let it overshadow their other titles.

A few major gaming websites reported their sources had said a 2012 GTA 5 release date is coming. Of course these sources are unnamed. In addition to that, Max Payne 3 released in May 2012 (delayed two months from the previous date) which means if GTA V does release in 2012, it will be much later in the year. Unfortunately with that two month delay putting Payne right in the middle of the year there is also the very “good” possibility that GTA V could be pushed back into 2013. Downloadable content also extends the life of games so depending on how much Payne DLC is released, GTA V could definitely be pushed into 2013.

Update May 2012: On May 1st, 2012, Rockstar announced Max Payne DLC plans that extend all the way into Fall 2012. We do not believe Rockstar would like to step on themselves and would like to sell as much DLC as possible so that would point to a 2013 release of Grand Theft Auto V.

Update August 2012: Max Payne DLC was confirmed into October. In addition to that the 10 Year Anniversary of Grand Theft Auto Vice City is also coming this October and likely to extend into 2013 with various things for fans - including an HD remake like GTA III this past year. These points add to the possibility of a 2013 release of Grand Theft Auto 5.

Another point to bring up is Rockstar’s marketing strategies. When Rockstar is ready to release a game everyone knows it. For months leading up to release the information starts flowing. So far Rockstar Games has remained very quiet about GTA 5. What little confirmed information we have learned since the announcement has come from general Rockstar gaming news such as the Crew system beginning with Max Payne 3. If an October or 2012 release was coming we would probably know it by now.

Take-Two’s Q1 fiscal 2013 financial statement also shows Grand Theft Auto V in between BioShock Infinite in February 2013 and XCOM in fiscal 2014:

Given that, we could see the GTA 5 release date to be announced sometime in late 2012, with an actual release in early 2013. If Rockstar Games wants to stick to its normal release schedule for GTA games (October) we may have a fairly long wait on our hands and won’t see a release date announcement until the middle of 2013. However, with the extra development time it should be well worth the wait!

This is all speculation and you’ll probably get a different answer wherever you go. We just thought a brief history lesson might help explain why we expect to see it when we do.

GTA V Officially Announced with First Trailer Date

On October 25th, 2011, Rockstar officially announced Grand Theft Auto V with an image of the logo and a release date of the first trailer set for November 2nd, 2011. This reconfirmed our previous thought of a 2012 release being likely but again, by August 2012 we probably would have heard something.

Multiplayer

According to IGN, Grand Theft Auto V will feature “Crews” similar to Max Payne 3. The new Social Club functionality connect play across multiple titles, starting with Max Payne 3 and GTA V. By playing both games multiplayer, “crews” that the player set up in one will be carried over to the other. “Crews” will let players form private crews with friends, or join public crews. Players can be a member of up to five at the same time, and completing tasks as a crew will gain XP points for the player

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[details=Open Me]Decal - Leisure Screenshots and release date info
Camza - New screenshots
skate 101 - Character Comparison
Elliot: Leaked promotional item screenshots
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Been looking for some information on GTA V, I’ll have a good read through this in a little while.
Good work.

I love you LessThan3!

Great mother****ing job! Expecting to see more.

GTA IV was a pretty good port compared to Prototype 2 and Darksiders II, you just needed a good PC.

Dude this thread is freaking amazing, Nice job dude. Very helpful.

@Andriodcydia, You clearly do not know what a good Pc port is then. GTA IV was and still is one of the worst Pc ports ever done.

Not sure if trolling…

If you aren’t trolling, then wow.
That is all I can say.

Good job LessThan3 :smiley:

A Good PC Port has settings that actually mean something and a game that runs well across all machines.

I haven’t had choppy frames with GTA IV, and I run it on the highest settings at 60 FPS with my GTX 570, it also has a lot of video customization.

Prototype 2 had customization but it didn’t change anything in the game and it ran at 30-45 FPS No matter what machine.

Darksiders II didn’t have any customization.

What makes the game a bad port? I would love to know.

Go discuss this on your walls not my thread.

Really nice thread you got here LT, keep up the good work!

Nice thread deserves a sticky :smile:

I want this now.

Great looking thread! deserves a sticky imo.

Me too D:

A new video would be nice D:.

Very nice thread tons of detail love it < 3

There was supposed to be a new trailer coming soon but more screenshots are coming out this week.

New Leisure Screenshots added!

I just wanted to say thank you, not only for the info but this is like the threads that used to be so common on this site and now are scarce. Great Job.

this would make a good comparison photo to your gta thread