One of the biggest games to be released this year is Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto V”. The latest installment to the popular “GTA” franchise will be released on September 17th. As the release date grows ever closer the hype-o-meter just seems to be ramping up more and more.
The game is suspected to be the largest ever made but it will also be the most expensive. Price tag aside, “GTA V” is estimated to have taken more money to make than most Hollywood Blockbuster Films. With a budget of $265 million it’s almost double the budget of the “GTA IV”. The game is predicted to sell 25 million copies in the first year and make $1.57 billion making the huge investment well worth it.
Although the game is being released right at the tail end of the current gaming consoles generation instead of holding out for the PS4 and Xbox One Rockstar promises the game is up to snuff. While it may not be able to take advantage of the new technology coming with next-gen consoles the game is promised to be more advanced than its predecessors. Rockstar North associate technical director and combat designer Phil Hooker commented to IGN,
“Every aspect of the game had to be better, richer in gameplay and more fluid and knowing we were launching on the same platforms meant we could focus on extracting the most out of those consoles and making the game as fantastic as possible.
“Hopefully the gamers will see all of these improvements at once in one go, compared to GTA IV this definitely feels 'next generation' to us.”
Content released for the game such as the official trailer, screenshots, and in-game commercials prove that game looks really good. It’s been revealed that the game will have mini-games like tennis and flying that seem like fun. The recently revamped webpage for the game sheds light on the flavor of the game. Looking much like a travelogue the Website shows off the highlights of Los Santos including hunting, shopping, some hilarious ad campaigns for the local government and even lauds the affordable healthcare available.
From radio stations to TV commercials Rockstar has put a lot of effort into making Los Santos feel like a real place with real people. This dedication to realism has followed through into the voice acting for the game. In an interview with radio station WGN Lucien ‘Lazlow’ Jones, GTA radio personality, explained how real life gangsters supplied the voices for characters in “GTA V”.
"There’s black gangs, there’s Latino gangs, and we recruited a guy who gets gang members, like actual gang members, real gang members,” Jones said. “I mean, El Salvadorian gang dudes with amazing tattoos and one of which literally had gotten out of prison the day before. And we brought these guys in to record the gang characters because, you know, you don’t want a goofy L.A. actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member. There’s nothing worse than that”, explained Jones.
“GTA V” will be launched on September 17, 2013.