The release of “Grand Theft Auto V” is less than a week away. It’s been five years since “GTA IV” and fans are more than ready for the upcoming next installment to the franchise. In the hype preceding the release it’s been revealed that the map is impressively detailed and enormous, the map itself has been leaked, the soundtrack is nearly as expansive as the world, there’s real gangsters voicing characters and there’s no chance of a GTA movie despite Hollywood’s interest in one. Here’s the most recent new for “GTA V”.
It has been revealed that the online features of “GTA V” will be an important part of the new game. In an interview with Game Informer Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies stated that GTA online has been Rockstars aim back since “GTA 3”. Now that the technology is there Rockstar is able to create a truly open and expansive online experience.
Benzies stated, “We've always wanted to create a world with the complexity of a single-player Grand Theft Auto game with the addition of real players. We wanted a world where people could spend years without getting bored of playing the same content over and over.”
The online portion of the game already has over 700 missions available. Rockstar is planning on updating and adding more to the online world consistently after release. Benzies commented,” We've set this up so there are no limitations. The only limitation is the size of the disc and how much memory we've got, . . .We could, if we wanted, simulate the entire world, different countries, whatever.’
In other recent news some lucky industry insiders were invited to a demo of the game in New York last October. Keith Stuart of The Guardian’s Games Blog got the chance to speak with Rockstar co-found Dan Houser and learn more about the creative process behind ‘GTA V”. The interview reveals the step by step process the studio goes through to create their popular games, from a single idea to an entire world and story.
Most of the recent news about “GTA V” has reiterated the fact that Rockstar is dedicated to their games, going to great lengths to create the best experience for their players. In the interview Houser admits that they would never let a franchise over stay its welcome.
He said, “ . . . we always said that if we couldn't think of something interesting to do then we'd stop – for this or Red Dead, but particularly for GTA. As much as anything they are a response to what we think went well or what we could do better or what could be different from the last one.”
You can read the full interview at the Games Blog page here. “GTA V” will be coming out Sept. 17th for Xbox 360 and PS3.