My apologies if you got a sudden rush of excitement in thinking that this is entirely new news; however, I think some might find this as news to them! After seeing several GTA fans talk about or speculate on the return of characters from previous games to GTAV, be it Carl Johnson from San Andreas and/or Tommy Vercetti from Vice City, I thought it was worth bringing up a statement Rockstar made in December of last year.
While a lot this will seem quite obvious to many of you, with forum postings still popping up on the matter, and after a quick sweep of Twitter, it seems there are still fans under the impression that these characters are either factually or possibly returning.
Now, nothing against them, I can certainly understand why they would think so, especially after a mainstream game source hyped this last year.
So what I wanted to bring to light is this statement Rockstar made last year within a fan Q&A of theirs. Someone had asked about characters crossing "universes". You can read the full question and answer below, paying particular attention to the parts I highlighted in bold on the answer:
Now, while this question and answer wasn't specific to GTAV, I think what we can deduce from it is that what they said about GTAIV applies to GTAV as well - given that they are within the high definition interpretations of these fictional worlds.
That makes perfect sense if you think about it. Imagine if characters from the GTA 3 trilogy crossed over to this new interpretation of Los Santos, specifically CJ. Wouldn't it seem odd to think that the history CJ had with GTA: San Andreas' neighborhoods, the layout of the streets, the size of the map, all suddenly completely wiped out and replaced with a more broader city?
There are those, however, who say that this is the "bold new direction" Rockstar is taking by bringing back older characters. But that is unlikely given that they issued this statement a month after GTAV was announced with its trailer.
Of course, as mentioned by Rockstar, this does not apply to in-game branding and radio personalities. While we don't yet know for certain, I'm sure when Lazlow isn't busy playing rugby or making strippers cry, he's hard at work recording and producing radio content for GTAV.
On a separate note, you may have noticed we haven't yet seen many night time scenes from the game assets released so far on GTAV. If you want to get hyped, make sure you check out the video "NightFall" by Colin Rich - a "three minute tour of light through the City of Angels".
Rounding out this week's surge of GTAV screenshots are an additional four new images within a set called "Business". Rockstar noted that this will be the last screenshots for a while, and will be providing more "in a few weeks or so".
As these screenshots prominently feature a different character than the white male highlighted in previously released game assets, fans are speculating that this brings some truth to the rumor that the game will feature multiple playable protagonists - and we think so too!
So what are these "business" screenshots meant to highlight? Side missions (jobs), perhaps? The truck screenshot seems like it can form part of a "grand theft auto" business, with the crop duster screenshot being something along the lines of "farming" or drug trafficking. Discuss and speculate at GTAForums!
As promised, Rockstar Games released another set of screenshots today, all featuring leisure activities within Grand Theft Auto V.
Looks amazing, right? On the game's official website, Rockstar have opened up a further three empty slots following today's screens. Are these planned for release this week, as well? We'll have to wait and see, so stay tuned!
Discuss at GTAForums.
Rockstar Games have released a second batch of screenshots today on their Newswire; this time showing us some modes of transport around Los Santos!
Bicycles are confirmed with the first image, and in the others we can see the Cheetah sportscar and the Hydra jet.
If you weren't excited enough by the screenshots, Rockstar added "More to come this week..." at the end of the Newswire update. Has the GTA V marketing campaign officially started?
Update: Rockstar have also updated the official GTA V website to include all the screenshots released so far; but there are three empty spaces. Keep your eyes peeled on Rockstar's Newswire and GTAV.net this week.
What do you think of the new screenshots? Discuss them here over at GTAForums.
Rockstar's first GTA V viral marketing campaign has begun, starting with a number of tweets from the previously dormant Epsilon Program.
The Epsilon Program first made an appearance in GTA San Andreas and has been mentioned numerous times on radio stations and by pedestrians. The religious cult brainwashes it's followers into handing over large amounts of money and is believed to be a parody of the infamous Church of Scientology.
Will we see more GTA V viral marketing in the coming weeks and months? Join the discussion on GTAForums.