How Large is ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’s Open World?

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By now gamers have poured over every inch of the major Grand Theft Auto 5 information blowout that dropped yesterday, but few have probably honed in on some of the more interesting tidbits. With talk of three protagonists — which can be swapped to on-the-fly — not a lot of focus has gone into what will make the world of GTA 5, the city of Los Santos, stand out from previous Rockstar Games creations like Vice City or Liberty City.

While Rockstar is leaving most of the exploration to the players — who should be able to get their hands on the game some time next spring — they would be remiss if they didn’t at least tease the scope of Los Santos. And that’s just what they did.

According to the Game Informer cover story, GTA 5‘s version of Los Santos is bigger than the worlds of San Andreas, GTA 4, and Red Dead Redemption combined, with a little extra space to spare. That detail does include interior and exterior play spaces, but nonetheless outdoing some of the open-world genres largest creations is no small feat.

“When you include interior and exterior spaces together, Los Santos is bigger than the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV combined, with room to spare.”

Rockstar also reveals that Los Santos’ beachfront will have a very detailed ocean floor for players to explore. How exactly they might come to see the murky depths is unclear — submersible vehicle, snorkeling, Aquaman-like breathing powers? (kidding) — but knowing that a lot of attention went into areas that will largely go unnoticed just feeds back into Rockstar’s stunning design.

And for those that love drawing comparisons, Game Informer also claims that GTA 5‘s open-world incorporates a dense urban environment reminiscent of GTA 4‘s Liberty City and a large wilderness-filled expanse that calls Red Dead Redemption‘s frontiers to mind. Obviously, GTA 5 is going to want to leave its own mark, and first details about the game suggest it will, but it’s nice to have some points of comparison.

Whether or not the open world in Grand Theft Auto 5 will feel as large as Game Informer suggests is hard to determine, but it’s hard to believe Rockstar isn’t going for broke on this one.

How do you feel about Grand Theft Auto 5 boasting such a large game world? Any interesting facts you learned about GTA 5 while reading the first details?

Grand Theft Auto 5 is targeting a Spring 2013 release for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Source: Game Informer

TAGS: Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 5, PC, PS3, Rockstar Games, Xbox 360


  • boogoo

    That’s crazy huge. And I’ll get my hopes up for snorkeling. That could be incredibly fun.

  • HelghastUser

    This could either be Good or Bad. One of the reasons I enjoyed GTA4 and Fallout is because of how huge the playing field is. However this time around I think it might be a little more than I could chew. Granted I believe its getting its proper dev time, Even so such a large scale game could only be riddled with glitches…

    Ill probably wait a year before I purchase this, By then most major glitches would’ve taken cared of…

  • PersephoneK

    My main question for GTAV is will money actually have meaning in this game? One thing that always bugged me is you spend so much time earning money for your crimes, but you can’t buy anything worth having. It might as well not exist. You should be able to buy amazing things the higher you go in the crime world. Once GTA does that, this franchise will move to the stratosphere of amazing games. Its so close already.

    • brandon

      Amazing things? I would love to be able to customize clothes (colors, logos etc…) guns, (customized color, scopes, bigger clips, silencers and grips) and of course, cars.

      Like San Andres, make your car have Nos, make your car have cumtomizable colors, rims, window tint and so on. I would love to see you be able to decorate your own house. YOUR posters, YOUR carpet, YOUR everything, want a new kitchen? Hire someone to do it!

      Invest in things as well, you can lose your money OR you can make money depending on what your choices are during your missions. Blowing up a building or robbing a bank will make it so this company makes money because the business or whatever is their rival. Or, if you invest in the wrong company, you lose money depending on your choices.

      And, unlike real life, I would like to pay for gas. 😀

  • Matt

    While I love that the game world will be enormous, and I’m skeptical about its performance on consoles (mainly PS3). I want to get GTA V for my PS3, but I think it will run so much better on my PC.

    • ATG

      I want mine on ps3 also, but may be forced to go PC.

  • fanofgames

    This game sounds great.

  • oueta

    if rockstar says its gonna happend it happens.