While we haven’t heard much about Grand Theft Auto 5 in going on a month or so now, three new screenshots have just been released that tease some of the many ways in which players will be able to zip around the city of Los Santos. As with past GTA iterations, there are some clever new additions for gamers to play around with, but nothing all that unexpected.
Perhaps the most unique new addition to Grand Theft Auto 5 is the bicycle. Obviously, in this version of South California, there’s a greater focus on health and environmentally conscious forms of travel, making the bike a perfect way to cover short distances. However, if Grand Theft Auto 5‘s open world is as big as Rockstar Games says it is, that might make bike travel pretty inconvenient.
Thankfully, right after the unveiling of the bike, is a new form of sports car that we can see is labeled the ‘Cheeta.’ The Grand Theft Auto series has always been known for its eclectic cast of vehicles, and if the Cheeta is just the tip of the iceberg then we are certainly intrigued.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a GTA title without some over-the-top forms of travel, and the jet fills that bill nicely. GTA: San Andreas, which was set in a smaller version of Los Santos, was the first in the series to really focus on the aerial travel, but this screenshot, and the final scene in the GTA 5 trailer, suggest flight will be an important element in this highly anticipated title.
Despite getting a closer look at Grand Theft Auto 5‘s forms of transport, and the promise of more screenshots in the week, we’re still wary of the lack of content being released to support such a huge title. After revealing the trailer to the masses, Rockstar Games ostensibly went radio silent, and have since not revealed much in the way of story or gameplay. A new set of viral sites have been rejuvenated, though, suggesting that development is ramping up.
Furthermore, the idea that Grand Theft Auto 5 might release by year’s end has gone out the window, leaving us now to assume that May (a key month for Rockstar releases) is when the title will release.
What do you think of the new GTA 5 screenshots? Are you excited to take a bike tour of Los Santos?
Grand Theft Auto 5 should be targeting a mid-2013 release for the PS3 and Xbox 360.