Grand Theft Auto V protagonists revealed

GTA 5 will have three different protagonists. The characters were revealed as Game Informer's cover stars for its December issue, with more information planned when the outlet puts the edition online for subscribers later today.

The three characters--an unhygienic sort of middle-aged white guy, a determined looking young black guy, and the presumed East Coast gangster trying to mend his ways--have all been featured in trailers, screenshots, or promotional art for the game before, but this is the first time they've been confirmed as the stars.

Game Informer promises to reveal the "groundbreaking way players will use" these characters, who appear to be on their way back from a heist with bags full of cash. Will we see a Reservoir-Dogs style campaign, jumping between our three anti-heroes as they organize and carry out a big score?

It looks like we'll soon find out.


  • Apastron - November 10, 2012 5:36 a.m.

    Rockstar are so revolutionary and cutting edge that they've never had a female character of any real importance. This is cutting edge because everyone that expects cutting edge would think a female character would be cutting edge.
  • Travia220 - November 9, 2012 1:19 a.m.

    A boring cast of characters for a franchise that has become stale and boring. Rockstar it's time to take pointers from Saints Row.. let the customer build their own character with a sexy character builder. You can still keep the game focused on that hero and let people not deal with your boring ass characters. Lastly, bring the fun back to GTA. It's become way to serious of a game.
  • Vincent Wolf - November 8, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    Beyond terrible. I don't know who would want to play them, I personally would rather prefer to put a bullet in them.
  • sirdilznik - November 8, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    I do like the idea of 3 separate protagonists. Obviously this presents story writing challenges, but in this regard I'm confident that Rockstar is up to the challenge, since story writing is something Rockstar definitely excels at. On the downside, I'm still bummed they chose to go back to Los Santos for this game. While GTA San Andreas was my favorite GTA, Los Santos was easily the most boring city of the 3 featured in that game, plus it's another played out, boring setting already used. Rockstar really missed an opportunity to take GTA to an exotic location (having played Sleeping Dogs recently and seeing how awesome a setting Hong Kong is reassured me of that). Much more importantly, please for the love of God finally make a game with a decent combat system. The horrid combat completely ruined GTA 4 for me, which is a shame since it's otherwise a terrific game. Here's hoping they get it right this time. I
  • Redeater - November 8, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    This could be one of the best ideas ever (GTA character stories always felt a touch long to me). Or one of the worst ideas ever (I don't want to be forced to play with another person or even worse.....shoddy fucking AI).
  • Divine Paladin - November 8, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    Well if you played San Andreas, shoddy AI was present in almost every mission where you had a partner anyway, so it's not like it'd be a shock. Jokes aside, I'm sure Rockstar wouldn't let something like that slip if it's indeed going to be co-op.
  • CUFCfan616 - November 8, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    I'd like for the option for friends to drop in on a game as one of the other protagonists, but to carry on a single player game without the other protagonists being controlled by ai. I'm hesitant about multiple protagonists though. Yes, you could get 3 times to enjoyment from getting to know each character (hopefully they won't just be reskins of the same character doing the same missions), but in games where I've had to switch between characters (or even in films and books that're switching between different storylines, LOTR for example) I find myself so engrossed in one story and character(s) that I get disappointed when having to switch to another story and reacquaint myself with it and it's just not as exciting to follow. Empire Total War was another example (different genre I know). I couldn't get my head round keeping track of everything in the multiple arenas around the world. That said, if anyone can do it, it's Rockstar. Sandbox games weren't even a thing before they came along
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 8, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Choo Chooooo. Here comes the mother fucken hype train. I'm not even gonna get on board. I'm standing on the tracks waiting for it to obliterate me.
  • db1331 - November 8, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Oh no. I hope it's not going to have forced co-op or AI partners.
  • Javv - November 8, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    My predictions for the characters. I repeat MY PREDICTIONS: Angry old man with trust issues that doesnt like interaction with other people unless they give him information. Used to be a family/succesful man that lost everything. Problably looking for vengeance. Cares more about getting info than money and stuff. Stereotipical black guy looking to protect something or someone. Used to be (or still is) a gangster (Grove street maybe). Doesnt actually want to do all the violence and killing but he does it because he needs to. Since hes the guy in the middle maybe hes the main man in the game. Charismatic party guy. Likes women, parties, money, drugs and all that. Does all that stuff for money, helping powerful friends and all that. Then he gets in deep shit and has to work with the other guys to get out of it.

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