The next Grand Theft Auto will be the "largest and most ambitious" game ever made by Rockstar, the company behind Red Dead Redemption, Bully, and, oh yeah, Grand Theft Auto, said today, one day after dominating the gaming Internet with the debut of the trailer for GTA V.
Company founder Sam Houser called the upcoming game "another radical reinvention of the Grand Theft Auto universe."
A press release this morning confirmed that the game will take place in the city of Los Santos—the GTA version of Los Angeles last seen in the PlayStation 2-era Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas—as well as "the surrounding hills, countryside and beaches." The press release's description of the game as taking place "in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California" suggests that the new game won't reach up to San Fierro, the San Francisco stand-in that was also in San Andreas, but the claim that this will nevertheless be the largest game made by Rockstar means this will not be a small game.
Rockstar says the game will present "a bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based
gameplay and online multiplayer," as the game "focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar." After having built and marketed GTA primarily as a single-player franchise, Rockstar heavily promoted the online multiplayer for 2008's GTA IV and is clearly committed to amplifying that popular aspect of the game.
Rockstar has not indicated when GTA V will come out nor on which platforms. The company has also shared no details on who players will play as in the new game.