GTA V details released

News Aaron Birch
12 Nov 2012 - 18:23

Rockstar has released some details about the upcoming GTA V, including a ménage à trios line up of characters…

Warning: contains some minor spoilers.

Speaking to The New York Times, Sam Houser, Rockstar Co-founder, has revealed some of the details about the different characters you’ll be playing in the next instalment of Grand Theft Auto.

Instead of the usual GTA story method of focusing on a single character’s rise through the criminal underworld, GTA V will, instead, see you control three different people, and their stories won’t be ships in the night, but will, instead, be constantly interwoven. And, what’s more, one of the characters you’ll get to play as is the game’s antagonist.

"Just at the conceptual level, the idea was three separate stories that you play in one game. The next bit was, let’s not have the stories intersect once or twice but have them completely interwoven. It felt like it was going to be a real narrative strength: you get to play the protagonist and the antagonist in the same story" said Houser in the interview.

This should make for an interesting story, although it’s not clear if this character switching will alternate through the story, or if you’ll play through each character’s story as a whole before moving onto the next, much like the recent Resident Evil 6.

The characters themselves are Trevor, Franklin and Michael. These are three distinctly different leads, with Trevor being a drug-addled criminal, Franklin is a street-savvy hustler and Michael is an ex-bank robber. Well, ok, they’re not all that different when it comes to their chosen way of making money, and this being GTA, it’s safe to say that Michael will be an ex-con trying to go straight, but will be pulled, reluctantly, back into a life of crime. How the relationships between the three will play out, and who the antagonist will be, remains to be seen.

As for the background of the story, it will, as many predicted, be set against the economic crash, “We’ve made something that sort of is Los Angeles and sort of isn’t. And that’s deliberate, that it isn’t an exact replication of it. We wanted this post-crash feeling, because it works thematically in this game about bank robbers. And that seems like it’s going to endure through the next year.”

Boasting the largest world of the series so far (which, given San Andreas’ world size is quite some claim), GTA V will be returning to the dusty, crime-splattered streets of Los Santos next spring on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and a new trailer will be released later this week, on the November 14, so watch this space.

New York Times

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