Location revealed as Los Santos with countryside, protagonist revealed to try to escape a life of crime.
GTA V Press Release
November 3rd 2011
"We are very proud to officially announce that Grand Theft Auto V is in full development.
Developed by series creator Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V heads to the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches in the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created.
A bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer, Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present day Southern California."
GameInformer: You just released the GTA V trailer. Can you talk about that project in any respect? Obviously, it looks like its going back to San Andreas.
Dan Houser: I've got to be real careful here, or they will drag me through the office and whip me with barbwire. I will stick to exactly what's in the press release. It's Los Santos and the surrounding country side - and a very big map.
"First of all, we’d like to again thank you and everyone out there for the amazing response to the debut Grand Theft Auto V trailer. We know that there are a ton of questions you all have about the game, including release date and lots else. Right now, we are very hard at work on the game and are excited as well to show and tell you more as development progresses - expect that we'll be talking much more about GTAV starting at some point in a few months’ time. Please hang tight until then and thank you all for your patience and support!"
Will the spirit behind Crews and Gang Wars – multiplayer with a user-generated narrative – appear in other Rockstar’s forthcoming games?
"We made a promise not to talk too much about forthcoming games until a little further down the track but, yes, crews will feature in Grand Theft Auto V multiplayer. We are firm believers in the potential of third-person multiplayer and the attachment it can create to character, stories and worlds. This is at the heart of what we’re doing with Crews, and we think it opens up limitless new possibilities for the future. It’s right at the heart of our goal to bring greater weight and context to multiplayer games while still staying true to what competitive multiplayer does so well."
“Hey guys hope everything is good over there in Rockstar. Just a question referring to GTA 4, the game was brilliant and I really enjoyed and still do, but what disappointed me was the lack of planes and jets... Can you tell me why you didn't include them, I'm sure you have a very valid reason?” – via Mouthoff
"The city was simply too small for effective and enjoyable flying. It was the first time we made a high definition open world, and it was a massive amount of work to make something on that scale – we simply could not make an environment big enough for planes to work properly. Fear not, they are returning in what is our biggest open world game to date."
R* has unveilved a brand new Twitter account along with a slightly updated website on the front page of Epsilon site on the "KIFFLOM" page, where it has now been updated with a newly created Twitter account. This has been uncovered by T777 as well as other members of GTAForums which have uncovered that this indeed does belong to R*, R* employees on Twitter have hinted towards the Epsilon program and the Twitter account itself. For more information visit the GTAF topic of Epsilon to the right, as well as other important links for information.
3 new screenshots released by Rockstar Games that includes a man on a bicycle in Santa Maria Beach, a Koenigsegg Arera/CCX inspired sports car known as the "Cheetah" in Los Santos, as well as a jet-fighter jet which looks to be driven by the unnamed "Ned Luke" character. Visit the link to as well as links to the images to the right of you.
3 new screens were released by Rockstar Games today that includes a dirt-rally picture which includes 3 men on a dirt-bike, as well as another picture that includes a tennis court which looks to be near the "Vinewood Hills," as well as one last picture which includes a man on a parachute gliding to lower levels of a mountain.
4 new screens were released by Rockstar Games today which includes a man on a truck which looks to be hijacking a car on a high speed pursuit chase, another which includes a cropduster plane hovering over water, an Internus driving down a road, and finally a man shooting up to the sky with an AK47 and a laser aimed at the Hispanic guy. With these screenshots, each of them look to have the Hispanic guy within the trailer inside these screenshots (0:23 in the trailer).
Rockstar Games has said there will be more in a few weeks.
Andy McNamara today announced on his Twitter that news of GTA V will be revealed on the December cover of the magazine: "Game Informer." A fitting magazine to put one of the most ambitious games of all time onto where all major news first hits on a gaming magazine. Note: the magazine releases next month, not December!
Rockstar announced on their newswire that they want community input on the updated version of crews which will be featured in Grand Theft Auto V. They have said that if you have any input that you would like Rockstar to have within the crew system for V, then email them at: GTAVCrewFeedback@rockstargames.com.
Rockstar today had placed a brand new never-before-seen piece of artwork from GTA V. It's the artwork that you first saw in live action in the first trailer of Grand Theft Auto V, with three mobsters and possible, but not-yet confirmed protagonist(s) come out of a "Pest Control" vehicle to rob a jewellery store. Link to the official newswire artwork and thumbnail is available to the right of you.
Game Informer GTA V Cover Reveal Comes November 8th
October 26th 2012
Andy McNamara; editor and chief at Game Informer, today announced that the GTA V Cover will be revealed as well as the digital edition of the copy will be released on November 8th 2012, the issue will have a lot of new information, and to be more specific: 18 pages long, which is more than the IV and SA issues of Game Informer!
Rockstar Games today announced that Grand Theft Auto V will be arriving very soon and will be available for pre-order on: November 5th 2012 at all retail stores. Rockstar's Sam Houser has said that: "Grand Theft Auto V builds on everything we've learned about open world game design, we can’t wait to share it with fans."
Also released along with the announcement was a new piece of artwork which features a Bikini Girl with a phone that obviously rips off the iPhone, the phone is named the: iFruit.
Additional sizes for the "Bikini Girl" artwork will be released in additional sizes soon.
Even though this was a leak. It was a damn legit leak so I'll put it in here because the three pieces of leaked artwork were indeed made by Rockstar Games. This also provided us with a release window for GTA V which is coming in Spring 2013.
The first piece of artwork that was leaked was a hispanic (is that the right word? PM me if it isn't) guy holding down a Rottweiler who's name was "Chop" with metal chains and the dog was thriving to give someone, or something... a good bite. This artwork was leaked by Polish GTA fan site: http://www.gta-five.pl/.
The second piece of artwork that was leaked was a female cop that seems to be holding down a girl that looks to be a prostitute down onto a car and being put under arrest. It's also worthy to note that the girl has a shirt on that says "Lovefist" which was a fictional pop-rock group that has a prominent feature in GTA Vice City.
The third and final piece of artwork that was leaked was a man holding a rifle standing in-front of a quad bike with tattoos on his hands, arms, and neck that say "F * C K Y O U" and "CUT HERE." It also looks like he is in the desert so perhaps deserts are returning, though this is not yet confirmed.
Thanks to KamilKiri and Okin for providing GTAF with the artworks!
R* Comments on the game's release for the PC Platform
October 30th 2012
"Hey guys, glad to see so much enthusiasm about the release announcement. For those asking about the PC platform, we're currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and don't have any details to share about a PC version at this time."
Another leak... and legit too! There were more in-depth screenshots that were released by gaming outlets that received a letter from R* games that they were "kicking off the pre-order campaign" and that they included 15 or so picture viewers for each store for those who pre-order GTA V first. Each picture viewer has their own unique colour and also their own unique screenshot of GTA V within them. Also in the letter it was revealed that a second trailer should have been out before or on November 5th and that they were very excited to share GTA V with us.
It was announced today by Rockstar Games that the official second trailer of Grand Theft Auto V will be revealed on Wednesday 14th November 2012. Which is exactly 8 days from now. Rockstar said to watch it on their official site at the Newswire or via http://www.rockstargames.com/V/.
The Game Informer cover has been revealed and Game Informer has also said that there are now 3 main protagonists that you will be able to play as in Grand Theft Auto V. Game Infomer has said that the way Rockstar has handled this is "groundbreaking."
The first of many GTAV previews to come starts today with Game Informer's article hitting the digital newsstand, revealing the three main protagonists and exploring the re-imagined Los Santos, with many more aspects of the game. You can get an overview of the issue to the right of you.
Craig Conner composing the original soundtrack of GTA V
December 13th 2012
Dan Houser revealed on an interview with jeuxactu.com -- "We have a guy in Scotland, Craig Connor [sic], who works for us since the first GTA and we have discussed the idea of creating a soundtrack and got to work immediately and the result is amazing. He managed to transcend each mission by adding his music, his touch, which makes the game more dynamic and moving when needed!"
Publications from around the world are giving their take on the same press demo that Game Informer wrote about last week, with some containing new screenshots and an interview with Rockstar Games VP of Creative Dan Houser.
The second official trailer for GTA V was released today and it's a brilliant trailer revealing the voices of all 3 protagonists, as well as an insight into their daily lives. You can watch the trailer on YouTube, the official Rockstar Newswire, or on the GTA V Site site itself.
Dan Houser explains why GTA V is for current gen
November 14th 2012
Rockstar Games' Dan Houser has said that all of the best games come out at the end of a generation. This is no exception for a title such as GTA V. "The fact that hardware's so mature right now is exactly why we're able to go on to the next level" - says Dan.
Rockstar has released 5 new GTA V screenshots that features a swimming picture with a shark underneath the swimmer, Chop the Rottweiler with his owner Franklin, a Submarine descending below the ocean, Trevor, Michael, and Franklin flying in jets, and finally all of them together while in one screenshot.
Rockstar Releases More Artwork, All Released Screens, and the Announcement of the Box Art Reveal Later This Month
January 4th 2013
Rockstar has released all of the artwork that you have seen throughout the month of November through the GTA V previews from GameInformer and other media sites. The artworks are titled as follows: "The Trunk", "Franklin and Chop", "Stop and Frisk" and "Vinewood" which are all named appropiately. Along with this Rockstar provided all of the screenshots that have been released as well as one new screenshot which can be viewed by clicking here. Rockstar has also announced that they will be revealing the box art for GTA V at the end of this month. Stay tuned to http://www.rockstargames.com/.
Rockstar Games has announced that Grand Theft Auto V will be arriving to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms on the 17th of September 2013. R* has issued a statement with apologies and a brief explanation on why the game is delayed stating that "GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require." It's going to be a while but at least we all know when it's coming.
Rockstar has released 10 new screenshots from GTA V which include: Santa Maria Beach with lightning, an area of Los Santos with sunset, one of the protagonists swimming underwater, one of the protagonists parachuting from a plane, Franklin with a minigun, a Police pursuit chase, mountainous area with a river, Franklin on a motorbike escaping from somewhere, a car driving down Palm Springs and Michael leaning on the front of a car.
Rockstar has tweeted that the digital release of the box art will be released this coming week. To view the Tweet click here. Visit this topic to see the progress of the box art mural in 7th Avenue, NYC. Also visit here for any new happenings regarding it.
Today R* has officially released the artwork that you will see in stores and online retailers this coming September -- the GTA V box art. The box art features currently released artwork and artwork that has yet to be released by R*.
If any of you remember a couple of months back where a mysterious Twitter account had practically appeared out of no-where (which was soon found that the Twitter account was owned by R*) that had said a screensaver was coming very soon. Well, about 7 months later the screensaver has appeared highlighting the key goals of Epsilonism. As a quick reminder, Epsilonism is a fictional religion that made a prominent appearance in San Andreas, The Epsilon Program is now returning with the release of GTA V. To view the screensaver and to also view some Tweets by The Epsilon Program the links are to the right of you. It's also noteworthy to add that in the R* newswire post this was said: "The Epsilon Program does not exist in just one time or place. We invite you to visit one of our enlightenment centers. Directions will be provided in one week's time." We don't know what this means yet but we'll find out in a week's time.
Rockstar has announced that there will be three new trailers that will be releasing on the 30th April 2013. This is one day after the fifth anniversary of GTA IV's release. It is currently unknown if R* will release the trailers as separate or as one single trailer. All will be revealed on the 30th April.
The Epsilon Program has announced that it will be opening a "Recruitment Drive" in September that will allow the people of Los Santos to become Epsilonists and to pledge with the descendant Kraft. To apply, please go to this link and instructions will follow. #KIFFLOM.
Or in other words, apply here and you might be one of the lucky five people who may make it into GTA V as an Epsilon member. You have to be 18 or the majority of age (age of consent) in your respective regions; also: no hats, no glasses and a clear well-lit room with your face and shoulders in view when applying for the Epsilon Program.
Rockstar has released the three brand new GTA V trailers that goes into even more depth regarding the three main guys of GTA V: Michael, Franklin and Trevor. Michael's trailer shows how unhappy he is with his life and due to the problems with his family life he goes back into crime, Franklin is a gangbanger and wants to escape the life of the ghetto and shows his life in the ghetto and also out of the ghetto, finally, Trevor's trailers shows how much of a true psychopath he really is. To view the trailers please go to the right of you or any other source.
Online GTA V Previews 02/05/2013
May 2nd 2013
Rockstar Games has given various media outlets for gaming a 20-minute sneak peak into the world of GTA V. Lots of new information about the protagonist trio as well as the overall features of the game with roughly 20 screenshots that have been mentioned in clear and concise detail. To view all of the previews and all of the links please click the links to the right of you.
The Epsilon Program has updated their screensaver with the "Goals of Epsilonism." To download the screensaver click here, to view The Epsilon Program's tweet click here and to view the Newswire post again click here.
Only official information will be included in this topic, and will be updated regularly. No leaks or rumours going around the mill will be included.
Any questions? PM me or any of the GTA V moderators.
Topic Edits: 01/01/2012 - Contacted via PM by bluesboyjr and llpalm08 regarding the press release by Rockstar Games (announcement of V), and also the edit of the logo, big thanks to Narcis_speed6 for the help. 13/02/2012 - No new GTA V information for a few more months 25/03/2012 - Contacted by several members of GTAForums (jhakai, superhobo666, and vertical limit) to be notified about the addition of "crews" for GTA V. 12/07/2012 - Details have been scarce for the last 4 months, but Rockstar Games finally released the first 2 official screenshots today. Topic has been edited. 12/07/2012 - Notified by Nah Tso Gud on the notification of planes returning in GTA V. 06/08/2012 - Added details of the "Epsilon Program." Removed the [b]GTA V - No new information for a few more months, as the release of the 2 V screenshots as well as the Epsilon Program being now released. Notified by Ferocious Banger. 20/08/2012 - Added information of "Transport" screens, notified by amartinez15 and Ferocious Banger. 21/08/2012 - Added changes to the "Lamborghini" sentence, it should be a Koenigsegg Agera/CCX. Changed the "Cheeta" to "Cheetah" the sun is covering the "h." Added back in the "No new information for a few more months" info upon request by finn4life to keep this topic as a timeline of events leading up to GTA V. Special thanks to also: LazyBoyEight, Mokrie Dela, ImPantsAtThis, IGnoTon, and White Flight. 22/08/2012 - Added the "Transport" GTA V screens info. 25/08/2012 - Added the "Business" GTA V screens info, and changed "Topic Edit #10" post and added the TYPE OF INFO: "Transport" GTA V Screens. 02/09/2012 - Changed the sentence in "Business" GTA V Screens to the Hispanic aiming at the helicopter and the helicopter aiming down with a laser sight, not the other way around (a man in the helicopter is aiming the laser down). 11/10/2012 - GTA V is Game Informer's next cover for December. Andy McNamara announced this on his twitter feed. 21/10/2012 - Added the "Rockstar Wants Your Input for GTA V Crews" information. 27/10/2012 - Added the "GTA V Artwork - Pest Control" information, as well as the announcement of the Game Informer GTA V cover reveal and digital release. Notified by amartinez15 of the artwork release of GTA V, and thanks to TrialzGTAS for letting me know about the little error on "Topic Edit #14," replaced August with October. 30/10/2012 - Rockstar announced that Grand Theft Auto V will be arriving soon in the Spring of 2013. 05/11/2012 - Added the legit leaked artworks that were released by polish GTA fansite: http://www.gta-five.pl/ and the other 2 leaked artworks were released by GAME in Brighton via their Twitter. Also added the legit pre-order bonuses that were shipped to retailers which featured brand new in-game screenshots. Finally, the announcement of the Grand Theft Auto V Trailer #2 Announcement was added. 08/11/2012 - Game Informer cover revealed, changed the "November 11th" release date of the trailer to the 14th. Also swapped around the pre-order bonuses link and the trailer #2 link. Thanks to: Speetix, GTAFanatic81, Tradan, Connah and michaelkacer. 15/11/2012 - Added information on the GTA V Pre-orders, GTA V Game Informer Cover Release, and the release of the second official GTA V Trailer. Thanks to PrometheusX for the tables and helping me out! Thanks to Negociator and Hammertime12 for pointing out my mistake on the release of the second trailer, and as well to Lightning Strike for notifying me about the trailer's release. 19/11/2012 - Added information from the IGN week of GTA V. Which includes the PC Version and why it wasn't announced, why GTA V is for current gen, and getting to know Los Santos. Thanks to PrometheusX for the tables. 04/01/2012 - Added information on Craig Conner composing the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack; as well as updating the topic with the new screenshots that were released by Rockstar on Christmas Eve. Thanks to PrometheusX on the Craig Conner info tables. 04/01/2013 - Changed date of Craig Conner composing the GTA V soundtrack to December 13th 2012 and changed mistake of naming Franklin's dog Chomp. Thanks to WorldofCog. 04/01/2013 - Added information on all of the released artworks now being available in full quality, as well as the announcement of the box art and release of artworks that have been revealed through the November previews for V. 29/03/2013 - Added "Sunsets, Seas, Skies and So On..." information to this topic. Thanks to sarvesh25 for notifying me. 03/04/2013 - Added information on the box art release as well as the early tweet that was tweeted by R* regarding the digital release for the box art. Thanks to MERCYOVTHEDEVIL. 24/04/2013 - Added the "The Epsilon Program" screensaver information as well as some additional information on a possible reveal of more information next week. 25/04/2013 - Added the "Michael. Franklin. Trevor." information -- three trailers will be releasing this month (still not known if there will be three trailers in one or separate trailers). 28/04/2013 - Added the "Brand New GTAV Previews Coming Thursday May 2nd" information. 29/04/2013 - Added the "Epsilon Recruitment Drive" information. 30/04/2013 - Added the "Michael. Franklin. Trevor" trailers and changed the original announcement of "Michael. Franklin. Trevor." to: "Michael. Franklin. Trevor. Announcement." 04/05/2013 - Added information regarding the online GTA V previews that were released on Thursday, 02/05/2013. Thanks to the GTAV.net staff and Kirsty for compiling all of the links and also the summary. Also added the update to the Epsilon screensaver.
This post has been edited by Indi on Saturday, May 4 2013, 18:50
Topic Edit #2 - February 13th 2012: Added information which will be temporarily be placed in the topic, this is placed here until the first type of GTA V information arrives so that people can see that R* has addressed the issue of when the first real info arrives.
TYPE OF INFO: GTA V - No new information for a few more months
Topic Edit #4 - July 12th 2012: Added thumbnails of the two new GTA V screenshots which depicts a man sitting in what looks like a park with palm trees and sitting by a pond to capture the true essence of Los Santos. The second depicts a helicopter flying over the city of Los Santos.
TYPE OF INFO: First Two Official GTA V Screenshots
Topic Edit #6 - August 6th 2012 Is GTA V marketing imminent? A newly created Twitter account was discovered by T777, as well as other members of GTAForums uncovering that it belongs to R*. For more information visit the GTAF topic here: http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=519075
Removed the GTA V - No new information for a few more months table.
TYPE OF INFO: Epsilon Program - GTA V Marketing Imminent?
This post has been edited by Indi on Monday, Aug 6 2012, 12:23
Topic Edit #7 - August 20th 2012: 3 brand new released screens were released today by Rockstar Games which includes a Lamborghini inspired sports car known as the "Cheeta" as well as a man on a bicycle in Santa Maria Beach, and also a jet-fighter jet which includes the unnamed character known as currently "Ned Luke." Notified by amartinez15 and Ferocious Banger.
TYPE OF INFO: "Transport" GTA V Screens
This post has been edited by Indi on Tuesday, Aug 21 2012, 14:25
Topic Edit #8 - August 21st 2012: Made changes to the "Transport" GTA V Screens" info, updated the sentences to the "Cheeta" now renamed to the "Cheetah" due to the light covering the last "h." Removed my own-interpretation of the Cheetah being inspired by a Lamborguni due to being notified by many other people that it should be a mixture between the Koenigsegg Arera/CCX, and finally added back in the "No new information for a few more months" upon request by finn4life. Changed "jet-fighter plane" to "jet-fighter jet."
Added thumbnails to direct links to the full resolution images in the information.
TYPE OF INFO: "Transport" GTA V Screens No new information for a few more months
Topic Edit #9 - August 22nd 2012: Added the new "Transport" GTA V Screens that have been released by Rockstar Games which feature 3 new screenshots with the first having 2 men on a dirt-bike on what looks to be a dirt-rally, as well as the second one on a tennis court near the "Vinewood Hills," and finally a man gliding on a parachute down to the lower levels of a mountain.
Topic Edit #12 - September 2nd 2012: Changed the sentence in "Business" GTA V Screens to the Hispanic aiming at the helicopter and the helicopter aiming down with a laser sight, not the other way around (a man in the helicopter is aiming the laser down).
Notified by: Demil, ALiXoV3rDoS3, SARDYNA108, Dr. John13, vertical limit.
Topic Edit #13 - October 11th 2012: Game Informer has announced that their next game to have the next batch of major news is: Grand Theft Auto V. The issue GTA V arrives with Game Informer is in November!
Topic Edit #14 - October 21st 2012: Rockstar announced on the 19th October 2012 that they want YOUR input on the next wave of crews which will be featured in GTA V. If you think you have anything useful to provide input for the crews, then send an email to: GTAVCrewFeedback@rockstargames.com
TYPE OF INFO: Rockstar Wants Your Input for GTA V Crews
This post has been edited by Indi on Saturday, Oct 27 2012, 20:08
Topic Edit #15 - October 27th 2012: Rockstar released a brand new piece of GTA V artwork on the 24th October 2012, and an official statement released by Andy McNamara (GI boss) about the release of the GTA V cover, and the digital edition of the GTA V GI issue.
TYPE OF INFO: GTA V Artwork - Pest Control
TYPE OF INFO: Game Informer GTA V Cover Reveal Comes November 8th
Topic Edit #16 - October 30th 2012: Rockstar has officially announced that Grand Theft Auto V will be released within the release window of Spring 2013. Along with the announcement of the release date was a new artwork that features a Bikini Girl that has a phone that rips off the iPhone, and is named the: iFruit. Additional sizes of this artwork that has been released will be released soon.
TYPE OF INFO: Grand Theft Auto V is coming in Spring 2013
Topic Edit #17 - November 5th 2012: Added the three legit leaked artworks that were released by several external sources. As well as the GTA V Pre-Order bonuses that are available, and finally the GTA V Trailer #2 Announcement.
TYPE OF INFO: New Grand Theft Auto V Artwork Grand Theft Auto V Pre-Order Bonuses Grand Theft Auto V Trailer #2 Announcement
Topic Edit #18 - November 15th 2012: Added information on the GTA V Pre-orders, GTA V Game Informer Cover Release, and the release of the second official GTA V Trailer. Thanks to PrometheusX for the tables and helping me out! Thanks to Negociator and Hammertime12 for pointing out my mistake on the release of the second trailer, and as well to Lightning Strike for notifying me about the trailer's release.
TYPE OF INFO: Grand Theft Auto V Pre-Orders Now Open Game Informer GTA V Preview Released First GTAV Online Previews Released Second Trailer for GTA V Released
This post has been edited by Indi on Thursday, Nov 15 2012, 00:33
Topic Edit #19 - January 4th 2013: Added information on Craig Conner composing the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack; as well as updating the topic with the new screenshots that were released by Rockstar on Christmas Eve. Thanks to PrometheusX on the Craig Conner info tables.
TYPE OF INFO: Craig Conner composing the original soundtrack of GTA V Rockstar Releases 5 New GTA V Screenshots
This post has been edited by Indi on Thursday, Jan 31 2013, 16:54