Grand Theft Auto V is an upcoming video game in the Grand Theft Auto series, developed by Rockstar Games. The game will be the first major title in the series since Grand Theft Auto IV, which was released in 2008, and started the fourth “era” in the series. A trailer will be released on 2 November 2011, at 4 PM (GMT).
The first Grand Theft Auto V trailer debuts today, November 2nd. Here is everything you need to know in order to prepare yourself:
First of all, the countdown will end at 12:00 PM noon EDT (New York), 16:00 PM GMT (UK) and on Thursday at 03:00 AM GMT+11 (Sydney).
When the countdown (below) reaches zero, it will be replaced by the trailer. To retrieve high definition and portable versions of the trailer, press the ‘Download’ button after the trailer starts playing.
So what can we expect from the trailer? It should reveal the location, some brief details regarding the plot, and hopefully an indication of when the game will be released. The trailer will probably last around 1 minute.
In September 2009 during an earnings call, Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick answered a listener’s question about the next Grand Theft Auto. He replied, “We’re not going to announce it, we’re not going to announce when we are going to announce it, and we are not going to announce a strategy about announcing it or about when we are going to announce it either, or about the announcement strategy surrounding the announcement of the strategy.”
In a November 2009 interview with The Times, Grand Theft Auto co-creator Dan Houser sat down for a rare interview to discuss the future of the series. Houser stated he planned to co-write a script that reached about one thousand pages in length. In the same interview, Houser also stated, “We’ll think of a city first, then the characters.”
In July 2010 Rockstar North posted seven job ads related to a new title. The firm looked to fill positions including Environment Artists, Physics Programmers and Character Animators. The job ad for the latter asking for those with “professional experience developing a third person action game”. It was unknown if Rockstar was hiring for GTA V, or the firm was bulking up its Agent team.
In December 2010, Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick said that the company “won’t annualise” its biggest franchises like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. He told Reuters that doing so would threaten their quality and risk burning out consumers.
Before the game had been officially announced, there had been several minor leaks of supposed GTA production including websites, casting calls featuring GTA characters,and an IGN editor who has said the next game will be released in 2012.The first signs of the game went online in February 2011, via an actor’s CV, which was followed by the discovery of Rockstar-registered GTA style URLs. In March a number of casting calls for voice acting in a project codenamed Rush were leaked on the internet that were said to be for Rockstar, including a role as James Pedeaston, a radio personality in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
In June 2011, sources allegedly close to the developer said the title is “well under way”, with final touches like mini-games already being applied, and a 2012 release “pretty likely”. “It’s the big one,” they also said of the game, noting that GTA V‘s scale is vast.
In a July 2011 interview with PSM3, Team Bondi co-founder Brendan McNamara was asked if Rockstar was considering MotionScan for the next GTA game, McNamara replied, “Yeah, I think they’re looking at it for every game. As much as L.A. Noire is a huge game, Grand Theft Auto is incredibly huge, so you’ve got all the problems of how big the cast would be and how many lines would you have to record and all that kind of stuff. Obviously we’d like them to, and they’re more than welcome to use MotionScan, but if they decide it’s not right for that and want to use it for another game, then that’s fine too.”
Announcement and unveiling
On 25 October 2011, Rockstar Games announced Grand Theft Auto V via their Twitter account, which included the #GTAV hash tag and a link to their homepage, which displayed the game’s logo. The ‘V’ in the logo is styled like a bank note. A message was printed below the logo stating that a trailer would be released on 2 November 2011. On 26 October 2011, Rockstar put a Grand Theft Auto V trailer countdown on their homepage. Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar Games’ parent company, shares jumped seven percent following the revelation that Grand Theft Auto V is in development.
HMV’s head of games Tim Ellis said the announcement of GTA V will bring a new boost to the market. Ellis told MCV a new GTA launch is “a fantastic development that would inject huge excitement into the games market for fans, retailers and media alike,” adding Rockstar would “face the challenge of delivering another brilliant game that’s as good if not better than anything we’ve seen before.”