If you were excited for Rockstar Games’ upcoming installment in their open-world sandbox game series, Grand Theft Auto V, prepare to have that excitement blasted to unfathomable heights.
A pile of new details on the game, which we recently were informed will arrive in the spring, have been revealed after a special demonstration of the game recently. If you’re familiar with Rockstar titles, then you know they love to go bigger and better each and every time, and if everything plays out how these new details seem to indicate, this will easily be their biggest game ever.
Continue reading to find out what you can expect from Grand Theft Auto V.
First and foremost, the game will have three main characters you’ll be able to play as instead of just one. When you’re not doing a mission, you’ll have the option of jumping to any one of these three characters wherever they happen to be in the city whenever you want to.
Here’s a rundown of the three main characters:
* Michael is a retired bank robber who is living a life of luxury thanks to a sweetheart deal with the FIB. But when his wife burns through all his money he is forced to get back in the game.
* Trevor is a frequent drug user who is prone to violent outbursts. A former military pilot, he used to rob banks but now he scrapes to get by living on the fringes of Los Santos society.
* Franklin is a hustler who works for an Armenian scam artist who sells young kids cars they can’t afford. When they default on the loans, Franklin repossesses the cars. He crosses paths with Michael when looking for a bigger score.
Sometimes missions in Grand Theft Auto V will involve two or all three of these characters as well, and in those cases the game will sometimes actually allow you to jump from one to the other to do certain parts of that mission. In the demonstration, the trio are trying to get someone out of an IAA (CIA) building where he’s being interrogated. It starts with Trevor and Michael arriving via helicopter (since Trevor is a veteran pilot, you won’t have to wait until late in the game to be able to take aircraft out for a spin). When they arrive, Michael gets to rappelling down the side of the building (in which you can see many people going about their daily routines on each floor—an example of just how massive and detailed this game will be), and then crashes through the window their target is on and grabs him. At this point you’re given the option of remaining Michael and clearing out the area, or you can jump over to Franklin, who’s in an advantageous position with a sniper rifle, to take enemies out. After the coast is clear, you get your target back to the helicopter and take off, but another helicopter is hot on your tail. Here you can choose to be Trevor and try and lose the pursuing craft, or you can swap over to one of the other characters and open fire.
According to these new details, GTA V will not only be a massive game, but it will be bigger than all other Rockstar games (which are all large in their own right), including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Red Dead Redemption…COMBINED. This is due not only to the unbelievable world you’ll be able to explore (more on that in a moment), but the amount of interior locations there will be. Other Rockstar games, while still gigantic, consisted of mostly outdoor exploration; you could see all the buildings and landmarks, but were unable to go inside of them. No word on exactly how many locations you’ll be able to head inside of (fingers crossed for a movie theater!), but it sounds like quite a few.
Just like GTA IV was Rockstar’s own version of New York City, Grand Theft Auto V will be their version of Los Angeles and surrounding areas. In addition to the city itself and nearby suburban areas, players will also be able to visit beaches, a wilderness area complete with an entire mountain you can explore, wine country, a military base, and the Alamo Sea, which is an area modeled after the Salton Sea.
One of the great things about Red Dead Redemption was the ability to waste time, just like we often do in real life, with addictive mini-games. Sure, you don’t have to sit and play hours of poker with locals or a game of horseshoes, but the ability to do so was crucial in creating a wild western world you could pretend you were existing in. This appears to be the case with GTA V as well. Activities you’ll be able to do in the world of Los Santos includes (but may not be limited to) tennis, base jumping, triathlons, yoga, jet skiing, and my personal two favorites: the ability to play a full 18 holes of golf, or head to the coast for some deep sea diving to explore a fully detailed ocean floor.
The three characters will be fully developed characters, so apart from deciding how they dress, they already come with a specific personality, set of skills, and favorite hobbies. What one likes and can go off and do, another may not be a fan of, and thus, will not do it.
These are just a few of the exciting new details about Grand Theft Auto V. If you want to discover even more details, you can head to Game Informer for a rundown of things they can confirm, as well as a lengthy video discussion of the demonstration they saw.