Even though, so far, November has belonged to Halo 4 (don’t believe us? Read our review), Rockstar Games is doing its best to pull off a publicity coup. The company announced on its newswire today that Grand Theft Auto V is now available for pre-order worldwide, and that a second, yes, second trailer will be releasing next Wednesday on November 14.
In fairness, the trailer was delayed from a previously-planned, early-November unveiling due to the devastation and disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy (the publisher is headquartered in Lower Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood). But it also coincides with a full reveal of Grand Theft Auto V through Game Informer, set to appear on Thursday. It’s arguably the main event fans of the game have been anticipating for a year… and sure enough the Internet may spoiled the surprise.
Rockstar collaborated with Game Informer on the massive 18-page spread, and the magazine has stated that it’s complete and ready for a digital release on the advertised date. Naturally, though, the story is hanging fruit for the Internet’s plethora of “insiders,” and one such user on the GameFAQs forums has produced a plausible list of Grand Theft Auto V details, claiming to be derived from early article access.
Though he wouldn’t provide a link – a credibility killer in most cases, but perhaps not here with the story locked away – the poster’s list seems consonant with the public’s existing GTA V knowledge:
-You play as Albert DeSilva a half american half puerto rican american
-He is 42 years old and has an ex wife and 2 kids
– the show breaking bad has a little influence on the game as Albert is drawn to the life of crime from an older age for the money.
-You also play as Dougie Vejo a younger criminal just coming up in Los Santos
-Los Santos is the only large city, smaller towns round out the countrtyside.
– Grove Street makes a return, however Carl and Sweet are not in the game.
-Money plays a large part as Albert lost most of his in a ponzi like scheme.
-Property buying is back
-The only customization for characters are clothes/hair/facial hair. no gyms or tattoos
-one or more characters from 4 may show up
-car customization is back, seems more fitting for Dougie however Albert may be going through a midlife crisis.
-the triumphant return of Lovefist!!! or as the band is now known as the Jezzies.
-Songs confirmed so far: My Michelle-Guns and Roses, Magic Power- Triumph, California Dreaming- The beach boys and Beautiful-Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell.
-New mini games include golf, tennis and surfing
– Mission played was called “Alimony” featured the scene from the trailer in which they rob the jewelry store.
For anyone who finds the name Albert DeSilva familiar, it’s likely because the same 42-year-old Hispanic was rumored to be Grand Theft Auto V’s protagonist last November when British voice actor Ned Luke had the character and game billed to his IMDB credits. The name alone, then, wouldn’t be too hard to conceive for a nefarious pre-reveal hoax, but more elaborate details — Albert’s character taking inspiration from Breaking Bad’s Walter White; Albert perhaps losing out on his “just another dad” dream to the pitfalls of a ponzi scheme; a familiarly kaleidoscopic soundtrack with artists from Guns N’ Roses to The Beach Boys to Snoop Dogg — are somewhat convincing. At the very least they have our attention.
Of course, so does this new quad bike image that surfaced on All Games Beta today, joining Grand Theft Auto V’s ever-growing cache of artwork.
The picture exudes unknown symbolism (the water-tower graffiti in the background; the crushed soda can; the character’s tattoos, a spade and a blade; what- or whomever he might be staring down in the distance of the desert), it begs burning questions (How exactly do you snipe from a quad bike?), and even teases the open-world possibilities beyond the iron and granite city of Los Santos (a literal sandbox). Most importantly, though, it reminds us of the exciting weeks ahead for Rockstar and Grand Theft Auto V.
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Grand Theft Auto V releases in the Spring of 2013 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Possible PC and Wii U releases have not been announced or dated.