Rockstar Games (Parent Company: Take-Two Interactive)
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Up to 16 players (30 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC)
September 17, 2013 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
November 18, 2014 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
January 27, 2015 (PC)
ERSB: M (17+), PEGI: (18+), AU: R (18+), NZ: R (18+)
Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV.
Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a former street gangster, now looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score. Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.
Grand Theft Auto V was announced by Rockstar Games on October 25, 2011, a few days after the tenth anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III. Every Rockstar Games web page (even the old Vice City and San Andreas pages from 2002-2004) were replaced with a GTA 5 logo and a release date for the game's first trailer. The page also promoted the Twitter hashtag #GTAV.
The one-and-a-half-minute-long trailer revealed that the game is set in Los Santos, Rockstar's take on Los Angeles, California. Soon after, Grand Theft Auto V was officially announced in a Take-Two Interactive press statement. In the statement, Rockstar confirmed that "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." Rockstar also asserted that GTA V is "a bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer [..] focusing on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California."
Grand Theft Auto V was originally scheduled for release in spring 2013 (beginning of March to the end of May). On January 31, 2013, Rockstar announced that Grand Theft Auto V would no longer be scheduled for a spring 2013 release as the game "simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you [the fans] require." Grand Theft Auto 5 was eventually released worldwide on September 17, 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
On November 18, 2014 a new version of GTA 5 was released for the new generation of consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, featuring updated graphics, improved GTA Online performance and several new gameplay additions. Among the new features are the first person camera mode, new weapons, vehicles and activities, wildlife, denser traffic, enhanced damage and weather effects, and over 100 new songs.
Furthermore, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 was released on January 27, 2015. The PC version provides stunningly detailed, high resolution graphics (with multiple options to customize your experience) and the ability to add custom modifications. Over the years, the GTA modding community has extended the life of each GTA game through the addition of hundreds of new weapons, missions, vehicles, skins and maps.
Grand Theft Auto V is the fourteenth game in the series and, if it can replicate the success of its predecessors, there should be many more to come in future. The GTA series began in 1997, at which time its developer, Rockstar North, was known as DMA Design. The table below lists all the Grand Theft Auto releases to date.
|Grand Theft Auto||Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City||October 1997|
|Grand Theft Auto: London 1969||London (1969)||April 1999|
|Grand Theft Auto 2||Futuristic||October 1999|
|Grand Theft Auto III||Liberty City (2001)||October 2001|
|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Vice City (1986)||October 2002|
|Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||San Andreas (1990-1992)||October 2004|
|Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories||Liberty City (1998)||October 2005|
|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories||Vice City (1984)||October 2006|
|Grand Theft Auto IV||Liberty City (2008-2010)||April 2008|
|Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars||Liberty City (2009)||March 2009|
|Grand Theft Auto V||Los Santos (Present Day)||September 17, 2013|