Grand Theft Auto V set in fictional Los Angeles?

Grand Theft Auto V could be set in a fictional version of Los Angeles, according to a new rumor posted on Kotaku. The game's developer Rockstar North previously set Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in its own fictional version of LA in a 1990s timeline. There's no word what timeline the new game will be set in nor if it is indeed a return to San Andreas.

The same story also claims that GTA V could have more than one playable character this time. Grand Theft Auto IV let players control up to three characters, although you needed to download the game's two expansion packs in order to access all three.

In any case, the anticipation for GTA V is clearly building since Rockstar first announced the game by surprise earlier this morning. Gamers can't wait to learn more about the latest entry in the long running and highly successful open world crime action game series. While the Call of Duty franchise has superseded the GTA games in terms of sales in the last few years, that's only because Rockstar hasn't released a new full version of the GTA series since April 2008.

If the game is set in a new fictional version of LA, it's also possible that it will have a lot of Hollywood voice actors handling various character roles. Well known actors were a part of the GTA series since Grand Theft Auto III was released, but Rockstar decided to dial down the well known voice thespians for Grand Theft Auto IV. We will certainly learn more when the promised first trailer for the game is released on November 2.

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Ricky65 said,
I'd like to see a city that hasn't been in a previous GTA game, unless they want to do London .

London would be cool, particularly with the Underground and Thames plus trying to get away from the security cameras!

"While the Call of Duty franchise has superseded the GTA games in terms of sales in the last few years, that's only because Rockstar hasn't released a new full version of the GTA series since April 2008."

That was random.

Panda X said,
That was random.

Not at all. GTAIV beat sales records at the time but the gaming industry has increased in size considerably since then. It is quite possible that GTAV could reclaim that crown to become the biggest media release in history.

Cause you know we haven't been to LA before. Was really hoping for something different. Maybe even international. I'd consider a futurisitic LA though, but I doubt they would ever do that.

coth said,
GTA SA was a bit boring to me. Was more hoping for Hong Kong.

Don't think even rockstar could render that many people on screen.

Dermot said,

Don't think even rockstar could render that many people on screen.

I wouldn't mind going back to San Andreas and the others in HD, just have to make it fresh, maybe add flying to say hawaii or a close country too, that would be sweet. I wouldn't even shun having a teleport door to another country, say London or Japan or something...

San Andreas was a mashup of 3 different cities, LA(Los Santos), San Franciso(San Fierro) & Las Vegas(Las Venturas.

So if GTAV is set in LA(which is not a new rumor) it will most likely be a re-imagining of the first city in San Andreas.

Ahh, Proper Expansion packs, with huge storylines and new events. Not the usual "Heres 3 maps we couldnt be bothered to fit into the final release, that'll be $20 please"

McKay said,
Ahh, Proper Expansion packs, with huge storylines and new events. Not the usual "Heres 3 maps we couldnt be bothered to fit into the final release, that'll be $20 please"

Exactly. Deus Ex did this perfectly. $15 for about 8 hours of fresh gameplay. Awesome.