Grand Theft Auto V larger than GTA IV, San Andreas, Red Dead Redemption together

Information on GTA 5 is pouring forth from the digital pages of the latest Game Informer, and Kotaku has already posted some information online. While we agree with the big green K that you should pick up a copy yourself for the full details, we can't help but share a bit of the juicy new tidbits on the game slated for spring 2013.

For starters, Los Santos and its surrounding locales are geographically larger than the worlds of Grand Theft Auto IV, San Andreas, and Red Dead Redemption put together. We have no exact figures, but judging solely by the remarkable expanses Rockstar gave us to roam in the latter two games, GTA V will give players a lot of room to roam. In that huge region will be an explorable ocean floor, a military base, and a healthy helping of wilderness.

The game's three main protagonists (named Michael, Trevor, and Franklin) can be switched between at "nearly any time," and each has his own skills and social circles. Inactive characters don't just sit around waiting for you to choose them, either--they go about their own lives. The game takes place in the same "world" as GTA IV, so some familiar faces may appear--think Brucie's OD'd on shark testosterone yet? GTA IV's (in)famous friendship dynamics will also return, though Rockstar has apparently nixed the half-baked romances.

Finally, Red Dead Redemption's dynamic events (you know, stumbling on bandits raiding a stage coach or a woman whose husband is about to be lynched) will reappear in GTA V. Muggers, hitchhikers, and the occasional dead body will add a little narrative direction to open-world wandering, if so desired.


  • DoubleLedgeTakedown - November 8, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    So pumped, I loved the random interactions in red dead
  • SUCKxITxEZ - November 8, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    I have not been this excited for a game since I was 12 years old waiting for halo 2. And i couldn't be less excited about halo 4.
  • ColtPersonality - November 9, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    why? I (and some reviewers) think it's a pretty good game.
  • SUCKxITxEZ - November 13, 2012 12:49 a.m.

    idk lost my interest in halo games. halo 2 added cool stuff like dual weilding and vehicle jacking but from halo 3 and on its just been different looking enemies with the same exact gameplay with small COD touches.
  • MadMan - November 8, 2012 3:53 p.m.

  • CUFCfan616 - November 8, 2012 4:27 p.m.

    As awesome as it will be for a massive world, I'm a bit apprehensive about 3 different protagonists. Will that mean it's basically three different games in the same location? I love playing through with one character. Add more playable characters into it and one or more of them is going to get neglected by players. If it works, I'll take off my hat, but atm I'm not holding my breath. Also, I'm hoping that money will play a bigger part in what you can do. Every GTA so far, you struggle to get a few dollars at the beginning, but then all of a sudden you're overwhelmed with so much cash that you don't know what to do with it. Vice City's businesses were a good thing to do with how to spend your money, but other than that, how much money you have in the game doesn't really affect the gameplay that much.
  • RedTurtleMULISHA - November 8, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    Excited for this one!
  • Imgema - November 8, 2012 6:51 p.m.

    Thats nice as long as it won't run at 15 fps.... GTA4 wasn't the smoothest game ever and GTA5 is supposed to be more demanding than that. It just doesn't add up, unless they improved their programming skills and knowledge of the hardware by 300% or something.
  • david-andrews - November 10, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    full of shit
  • doominatorx6 - November 8, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    Bigger than Just Cause 2, though? Also, I pray that the gameplay is nowhere near as serious as GTA IV was. Maybe more Saints Row 2/San Andreas-esque; balance the serious with the wacky.
  • FlameChucks76 - November 8, 2012 9:37 p.m.

    I wouldn't hold my breath in terms of this game map being bigger than Just Cause 2 (although it would be awesome). Here's a pic of various game maps put together and to scale. At the end of the day, i'm excited, granted as long as it's coming on PC!
  • GrandmaSlayer - November 9, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    wow, really puts things into perspective! I remember thinking san andreas was the biggest thing ever playing it first time
  • Vincent Wolf - November 8, 2012 11:07 p.m.

    Not interested for as long as I'm forced to play a pre-made set character. I want to make my own and I want to have a full control of it's gender, character and appearance.
  • GrandmaSlayer - November 9, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    It's not an RPG and the game would never work nearly as well with custom made. e.g Saints row 3rd! i loved the fuck out of that game and my custom made character! but did i feel the characters relationships with other characters, history, background or even future? hell no! I know GTA V is gonna tug some heart strings and they can only do it with these pre-set characters! Could you imagine the protagonist of San Andreas some white teenage girl or GTA IV's a comfortable looking mid 20's new yorker instead of of a struggling immigrant? you have to trust game developers and make sacrifices for some things to work
  • Jacko415 - November 10, 2012 8:35 p.m.

    "In that huge region will be an explorable ocean floor" here's hoping for a Rapture easter egg.

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