It's been a couple of days since Rockstar announced the different editions of GTA V that will be available and just what we'll get with them. Already pre-ordered yours? Take a moment to vote in our poll on GTAForums.
The exclusive items that come with each edition have been met with excitement and anticipation, but there was also one carefully placed and completely unexpected detail that has been causing quite the stir: the map. Coming exclusively with the special and collector's editons, the blueprint style poster of the map will feature points of interest we can visit in-game as well as clues to get quick 'n easy cash. Although by no means have we seen the full map, many eyebrows have been raised about size of the city shown.
From the beginning GTA V has been described to have a map as big as GTA IV, GTA San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption "combined". Does this mean only only land mass or the entire visable area? Does it include interiors or the underwater environment? There have been statements alluding to the answers of these questions, but not explicit enough to confirm. It's still relatively unclear about how large the land mass (that being areas we can walk, drive and explore) will be in comparison to other GTA games.
There's no one more analytical than a GTA fan, so since receiving this snippet of the map, the community has been busy at work attempting to calculate and measure just what we're looking at. The Los Santos Size topic on GTAForums has been growing by the day with countless comparisons to GTA IV's Liberty City.
One example is that of forum member deffpony, who has managed to compare scales out of screenshots, character heights and building models.
To get some insight into how he went about his measurements, deffpony told us:
"In order to determine an estimated comparison of Los Santos to Liberty City, I first obtained a 3D model of Algonquin. Knowing that the Rotterdam Tower is a 1:1 model of the Empire State Building it is safe to assume that the Los Santos Bank Tower is also a 1:1 model of its real life counterpart. Using a model of the LS tower alongside the proportioned LC model, I sized the Los Santos blueprint so that the tower sits in its appropriate location 3 dimensionally, thus creating a scaled comparison of Los Santos to Liberty City.
With the help of some screenshots I cross referenced character model heights between IV and V within the scaled comparison. The results were almost identical, adding further credibility to this scale.
The largest source of error would be if the Bank Tower, unlike the buildings in Liberty City, was not a 1:1 model. If this is the case the entire scale is a very rough estimate at best."
A big shout out to everyone else contributing to the cause; this is only one comparison of many that have been created, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more.
Now, it's important to note that everything regarding the map is complete speculation and based on fan interpretations and information-sharing. However, it would be unfair not to acknowledge to the sheer dedication that the community has put into the group effort of deciphering the size. If you feel a little disappointed with what you've been presented with, then don't worry, as the screenshots, trailers and press previews have shown us that GTA V is the most ambitious GTA game we're yet to even fully see. Call it bias, but we're feeling pretty positive here at GTANet that no matter what it seems like at the moment, the game is going to look and feel very big.
Last but not least, if you're still ummming and ahhhing about which edition to get, be sure to check out this weeks GTANet Podcast (episode 3) for a breakdown on what's included and how the contents fair to editions of previous GTAs and other games.