Is Grand Theft Auto V Coming Next Year?

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While casting calls and web domain registrations have already seemingly peeled back the curtain on the next proper Grand Theft Auto game, a report on GameSpot says that title is a lot further along than you'd think.

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According to "sources close to the Take-Two Interactive subsidiary" (that subsidiary being developers Rockstar), development on Grand Theft Auto V is already "well under way", with a 2012 release looking "pretty likely".

Earlier rumours and reports on the game hint that it'll be taking place in Los Santos, the Grand Theft Auto universe's equivalent of Los Angeles.

We've contacted Rockstar for comment, and will update if we hear back.

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Grand Theft Auto V development 'well under way' [GameSpot]

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DISCUSSION

ChrisCoutts
Chris Coutts

Short answer: no. A Grand Theft Auto title is coming next year, possibly, as Rockstar only have Max Payne (their next release) and Agent, for the PS3 but lacking even a teaser trailer or screen shots, officially declared to be in the works.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the next numbered GTA game won't be until the new generation of consoles is out and about, even more so now given recent revelations that they'll be around by 2015. I base this speculation on the continued treatment of all of the previous numbered GTA games, all of which I've been a large fan of. The numbers indicate a significant step up in gameplay and appearance, and further GTA releases built off that generation of tech gets the subtitled treatment.

GTAIV and its expansions didn't mention any new fictional cities in America, though it did cite real-world States and cities alike, as well as Las Venturas, Los Santos, San Fierro and Vice City in radio dialogue, civilian banter, etc. While I'd like to see either of GTA3's expansions recreated, Rockstar couldn't redo San Andreas without recreating the whole state once again, and the accompanying rural surroundings of the three major cities in San Andreas. Vice City would seem a more likely bet, and hopefully again with a 80s (or 90s? too soon?) flair.

Realize that any GTA game that comes out is ultimately going to have to out-do Liberty City, which is still a marvel of a game world in terms of detail and scope, as well as the sense of a living city (especially on PC). Unless this title's been in the cooker since GTAIV's episodes were released, we may be looking beyond 2012 for the next GTA game.

There is also the possibility that this is a game designed for an entirely different platform other than the big boys right now. With mobile gaming becoming an continually increasing trend, maybe Rockstar's got something lined up for the new PSP? or Wii U?...

If you've made it this far, you've earned the right to drop some lulz on me if all of this is horribly incorrect. Good job, trooper.