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GTA V Started A Multi-Protagonist Trend In AAA

The effects of GTA V on the AAA gaming industry are long reaching indeed. The game’s influence has been felt throughout the video games world ever since it launched. From basic things such as rival franchise Saint’s Row releasing a joke DLC called “GAT V” around the same time, all the way to influencing the entire mentality of player freedom underlying the highly anticipated and soon launching Fallout 4. However, GTA V has also started a few trends in game development. These are only becoming apparent nowadays, several years after GTA V’s initial launch, as development times are lengthy and only now can we see the fruits of GTA V’s influence.


A recent AAA success, while in a entirely different genre and setting, was still affected by Rockstar’s blockbuster. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt featured a wide open world that could be freely explored, much like GTA V. Now, this isn’t particularly special, as any open-world game worth your while is jam-packed with stuff to do, however the Witcher 3 also adopted another feature that was present in GTA V, and is significantly less common place. The game featured multiple playable protagonists. In some sections of the game, players assumed control over Ciri instead of Geralt of Rivia. While this could not be controlled by the player like in GTA V, the feature’s inclusion is a clear allusion.


A further example of GTA V’s influence is another upcoming AAA game, which is the next installment in an extremely popular franchise with almost as much brand recognition as GTA. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will feature twins Jacob ad Evie Frye, two fierce, stealthy assassins with their unique personalities and game play styles. It has yet to be clarified whether or not switching between the twins will be restricted in any way, but based on Ubisoft’s statements, we assume that they’ve opted for full player freedom.


Do you think GTA VI will also feature multiple protagonists? It’s pretty hard to believe it wouldn’t!

Jobs Listed for New Rockstar Next-Gen Game


Rockstar New England is hiring, and the new job postings hint at what its mystery project might be.

One job is for a physics programmer. It requires experience with the Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, and PS4 and mentions that the programmer will use “technology related to ragdolls, cloth fragments, [and] collision.”

The second job is for a graphics programmer to work on the visuals for “Rockstar’s next big title.”

Speculation is rampant about what this new game could be. Many fans are hoping for a sequel to Bully or Red Dead Redemption 2. What do you think it could be? We’ll keep you updated as we learn new details.

You can check out the job listings for yourself here and here.

All New GTA V Info – DLC Details & More!


The Official Playstation magazine for Brazil “Playstation Revista Oficial” scored an interview with Rockstar Games and have given us just a little bit more information about the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto V…

  • Franklin’s missions will all primarily involve gang warfare and car racing.
  • Heists are not actually part of the “core game story”.
  • There will be downloadable content available to purchase (DLC), but no release date was provided.
  • There will be buses (and specific bus routes) in the game.
  • You can activate your character’s special powers by pressing either L3 (PS3) or LS (Xbox 360).
  • Photos that you take in-game can be uploaded to the Rockstar Social Club.
  • Franklin’s “look” has changed the most over the period since development of the game started.
  • Rockstar Tip #1: If you are going to steal a plane, choose Trevor. He’s the best pilot.
  • Rockstar Tip #2: If you want to escape during a car chase, choose Franklin as he’s the best driver.

Translation courtesy of Reddit user ‘OverratedMusicGenre’. Bring on September 17!

GTA V Unlikely to be Banned in Australia

Update: GTA V (uncensored) has since been granted an R18 rating by the ACB in Australia. Details here.

Australian gamers worried about Grand Theft Auto 5 being outright banned there can breath a sigh of relief if the email capture below (courtesy of Reddit) is to be believed. Via its “Mouthoff” feedback system, Rockstar Games has advised that everyone who pre-orders GTA V in Australia will receive a copy – the inference being that the next iteration of the sometimes controversial GTA game series will not banned Down Under.


The worry stems from the Australian Classification Board’s (ACB) previous stern approach to games like the Grand Theft Auto Series, Left 4 Dead 2, Saint’s Row IV and Manhunt. Concerned gamers have been wondering if GTA 5 would be outright banned (which was always going to be unlikely) or otherwise to what extent it will be censored. At least email above should calm a lot of fears about the first scenario.

Another “positive” for Oz gamers is the R18+ rating which can, as of the start of this year, be given to video games. Previously only films could get an R18+ rating and games an MA15+, meaning that any game above MA15+ would be banned or require censure to bring it within MA15+ guidelines.

For a bit of history, Grand Theft Auto III was originally banned in Australia due to sexual violence involving prostitutes, with a censored version being released later. A PC version was then released uncut. Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and PS3 was pre-censored by Rockstar Games and given an MA15+ rating, however the PC version was released unedited and given the same rating. Rockstar then released a patch for the console versions of the game that reversed the censoring originally put in place. The game retained its MA15+ rating.

The bottom line seems to be that Rockstar are on top of things and hopefully actively working with ACB. Whether they submit Grand Theft Auto V uncut and hope for a R18+ or MA15+ rating, or whether it requires some form of censor remains to be seen. The odds of Australian gamers being left “GTA V high and dry” come September 17 though are pretty much non-existent.

Welcome to Los Santos, Please Insert Disc #4


Now entering Downtown Los Santos, please insert disc #4.

Update: Rockstar Games has officially confirmed that the Xbox 360 version of GTA 5 will ship on two discs. The PS3 version is one disc. Read the details here.

Are those the words you Xbox 360 owners want to see flash across your screen while you’re exploring the world in Grand Theft Auto V? Didn’t think so.

What Rockstar Games is going to do given the limited data capacity of the DVD9 discs that the Xbox 360 is stuck with is quite an interesting topic.  Of course it doesn’t apply to the PS3, the other platform that GTA 5 will be released on, given it has Blu-ray.  Similarly, the inevitable PC and next-generation versions of the game will not be constrained by this problem.

So what are Xbox 360 owners going to do?

First things first:  will the game actually be bigger than 8.5GB (actually, they’ve got a little less than that to work with due to proprietary files required on each 360 disc)?  Most likely it will be, yes. Rockstar has already confirmed that the map in Grand Theft Auto 5 will be around 3.5 times larger than that in Red Dead Redemption. That’s a heck of a lot more data.  And the thing is that even the Game of the Year Edition of RDR came on two discs… Yes, one disc was for single player and the other disc for multiplayer (ie the map and storyline actually fit on one disc), but the fact they needed a second disc for the multiplayer map says that disc one was pretty full. And if one disc is full of Red Dead Redemption maps that are less than 30% the total size of the maps in GTA V, you can see that problems are going to arise.  in all likelihood, GTA V will be bigger than one DVD9 disc.

Turning to potential solutions, let’s look at the hard-drive install option/theory.  Yes, you should be able to install the game to your expanded Xbox 360 hard-drive and not need to swap discs at all.  However, Microsoft are highly unlikely to let Rockstar simply make this mandatory in order to play the game.  This is because of the 4GB Xbox 360 consoles floating around.  If you wanted to play GTA V and had one of these, you’d basically need to purchase a whole new hard-drive (which you really don’t want to do, particularly at the end of a product’s lifecycle!).  So we think it’s safe to say that the mandatory install option is out.

So what about going down the route of RDR: GOTY edition and putting single player on one disc and multiplayer on another.  This is illogical.  Rockstar have already said you’ll be able to jump into the multiplayer part of the game simply by pressing down on the d-pad.  Pressing down on d-pad, and then having to swap discs, just doesn’t make sense.  Add to this argument that the single player and multiplayer maps are exactly the same in Grand Theft Auto games, and it makes no sense to divide the discs into single versus multiplayer – that just won’t work.

So, can we actually expect to see the message at the top of this article in the game?  Well, that depends.  Here’s our two theories:

Maps versus Media

The map and the sound files are going to be the biggest sources of data in the game (well, definitely maps at least – and by maps I mean all the accompanying textures and graphics, etc).  And given you need to be able to switch from single to multiplayer and back very easily, splitting the game along those lines is out of the question, as is breaking it up based on where you are in the map (way too limiting, for example during exploration).  So what if the map was on one disc, and the bulk of the sound files and maybe some other media were on the other?  This would mean that if you want access to all the radio stations and even potentially the cut-scenes (for example, maybe they are split high versus low definition) then you need to install the second disc onto a hard-drive.  This would then let you play through the game, in its entirety, using one disc only.  However, you wouldn’t be getting the full “GTA experience”, which is why we think theory #2 below might be more appealing.

Maps versus Storyline

Another option is to have all the maps on every single disc, and to then split the storyline (and all its accompanying sound and video files) across other discs. This would mean: (1) you are free to explore anywhere without fear of getting the “insert disc #x” message; and (2) you can jump into multiplayer at any time as the maps will always be on whatever disc you have inserted.  It just means that when you want to play through the story itself, you’ll need to swap discs as you progress.

Yes, both options above are still a lot less than ideal (and rely on the basic, raw map files fitting on one DVD9 disc), but what are you going to do – the game could potentially be HUGE!

We think the second option is the lesser evil, but how about you?  Feel free to rip our theories to shred and/or leave your own by commenting below.

GTA 5 to be more realistic says producer

Since the release of the official trailer for GTA 5, Rockstar really has been quite discreet in terms of discussing possible developments for the game. However, more and more information is leaking by the day and using it we can slowly (but surely) start to get an idea of what the next release of GTA will be like.

First of all, we know by now that the game will take us back to San Andreas, which is great news for fans of what many/most? consider to be the best GTA game made – GTA: San Andreas.

We also know that the action will take place in the city of Los Santos, which is essentially a replica of the city of Los Angeles. And we already know that Rockstar’s has some experience working with the Los Angeles landscape, as it was the setting of the L.A. Noire, a game set in mid 20th century Los Angeles.

According to various sites, players will also have the option to play as multiple characters in GTA V, which would be a great addition to the game. PSP versions of GTA that were released after GTA 3 and Vice City all allow players to play as multiple characters, so this means the option to do so in GTA 5 is certainly not out of the question.

GTA 5 Convertible

Plus, people who’ve bought GTA IV and the two downloadable episodes had the option to play as Luis Lopez, Nicco Belic or Johnny Klebitz, which are further hints that you could be able to live more than one life in the next version of GTA. Each player had its own very distinct storyline and missions, and the feature would be a great way to add longevity to GTA 5.

Leslie Benzies, one of the producers of the series, has said that there will be more emphasis on the character’s physiology in GTA 5. He stated that what made San Andreas such a unique game was not the action or the ability to explore such a rich and diverse environment, but the changes in the character’s physiology. For instance, your character would become fatter and less agile if he ate too much and would become stronger when he went to the gym.

According to Benzies, this is what made the gaming experience so engulfing in GTA San Andreas and it is why the team decided to really push the idea to the forefront and expand on the concept. This could be a good thing for GTA V as long as the realism factor doesn’t affect the gameplay too much.

In GTA San Andreas, maintaining your character was pretty simple. All you had to do is go to the gym, press a few buttons and you were done. But in this version, it is expected you will have to train each part of your character’s body, do things such as cardio to maintain your stamina and even wipe off the equipment when you’re finished! If this is done properly, it could add a whole new dimension to the game. Continue reading

GTA 5 now likely to launch early 2013?

Everyone is expect GTA 5 to launch this year, however according to Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia, we might need to wait until 2013…

Bhatia ran some retail channel checks alongside other forms of analysis and has come to the conclusion that Take-Two (parent company of Rockstar) might intend on launching GTA 5 is the fourth fiscal quarter – meaning the period from January to March 2013.

Take Two Logo

As Gamesindustry points out, while this means that Take-Two would still be able to count what will no doubt be sizeable earnings from the game’s release in its year end results, GTA 5 would miss the Christmas/holiday season. But then again, Grand Theft Auto 4 was released well after the holiday period on 29 April 2008 – so capturing that period of holiday shopping isn’t high up on the agenda for Take-Two.

In favour of the later release is also the fact it would mean GTA 5 does not compete with new releases in the Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty series of games, and that it might even be developed and released for the first next-generation console scheduled to arrive, the Nintendo Wii U (the Wii U is scheduled to launch in the 2012 holiday season).

I know we’d all love to see GTA 5 arrive this year, but how would you feel if the launch was “delayed” until early 2013?