Adam Westing: A minor example is the host of Non-Stop Pop referring to herself as "Cara with the eyebrows," voiced by Cara Delevigne.
Approval of God/Official Fan-Submitted Content: If Rockstar Games approves of a player-created race or deathmatch map made with their Level Editor, it will become "Rockstar Verified" and easily accessible in-game to everyone playing Online. Additionally, they regularly feature videos and crews made by members of the Social Club community on their website.
The Next-Gen version has a variation. All the new songs added to the game were handpicked by their respective DJs, instead of Rockstar themselves. Meaning that Cara picked the new songs for Non-Stop Pop, Loggins picked the new songs for Los Santos Rock Radio, DJ Pooh picked the new songs for West Coast Classics etc. Many fans agree that the new songs are a massive improvement over the originals.
GTA V continues the tradition of hiring well-known musicians and personalities to provide voiceovers for the in-game radio stations. Pam Grier (as "Mama G") is the DJ of Lowdown FM, Kenny Loggins DJs Los Santos Rock Radio, Bootsy Collins is the DJ of Space 103.2, DJ Pooh does West Coast Classics, Cara Delevigne does Non-Stop Pop FM, and Flying Lotus (AKA Captain Murphy) is the DJ of his own station, FlyLo FM. The fact GTA V does not come with a printed list of game credits (unlike GTA IV and earlier games) increases the surprise as players seriously won't know who is on what radio station until they either pull a Guide Dang It or read the credits at the end of the game.
Like in IV, several comic actors have their own shows on talk radio; of note is Danny McBride as Duane Earl on Blaine County Radio, and J.B. Smoove as Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris on WCTR.
Shortly after the game's announcement, Rockstar stated that like in Grand Theft Auto IV, you would not be able to purchase property. That element has since been confirmed. Although, this was most likely done so Rockstar wouldn't spoil any gameplay until they were ready to announce it.
After specifically stating that Packie McReary wouldn't be in the game, who should appear? Packie.
Before Grand Theft Auto V was originally released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, Rockstar specifically said that it would not be released on next-gen consoles. Come E3 2014, and GTA V was announced for both consoles, with so many improvements, additions, and enhancements that many agree that the next-gen versions are the true version of the game. This wasn't a surprise to most people however, because most assumed that this trope was in effect.
Fans were predicting that the game would have multiple playable characters not long after the first trailer came out, going by said trailer's focus on different people at different points. It was nearly a year later when Rockstar confirmed this.
On GTAForums, an entire thread (warning: the thread is hundreds of pages long) was devoted to mapping out the game's play area, going by what information could be gathered from screenshots and trailers. What they came up with turned out to be quite similar to the snippets of the map that were revealed with the announcement of the game's special editions; compare the last map made before the reveal to this semi-official map◊ (put together from the aforementioned snippets). Likewise, their guesses as to the layout of the countryside were confirmed◊ when the full official map (taken from a strategy guide) was leaked.
Fans were expecting the game's multiplayer component, Grand Theft Auto Online, to be somewhat similar in style to an MMORPG, with more robust character customization than the last game's multiplayer, a free roaming "lobby" similar to the multiplayer of Red Dead Redemption, the ability to customize and store cars, and multiplayer heists. This and more has all since been confirmed.
PC version. For around 9 months GTA V was the Holy Grail and the forbidden fruit of PC gaming... until E3 2014
"Radio Ga Ga" by Queen was already highly popular, but after the Michael trailer it surged in popularity, with most of the comments for it on YouTube being related to this game.
"Hood Gone Love It" by Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. Its views on YouTube tripled in less than a week after being featured in the Franklin trailer.
Any song featured on the in-game radio stations count. Find any one of the songs from any of the stations on YouTube, guaranteed you will find someone, sometimes the top comment, saying they first heard it on GTA.
Steven Ogg really tripped while recording the introduction to the mission Fresh Meat leading to a mostly improvised scene (Franklin's laughter, Trevor's rant).
In a more serious example, Madrazo's actor Alfredo Huereca miscalculated his swing with a soft bat during the mission Marriage Counselling and managed to hit Ned Luke in the elbow with the wooden part of it. This take is used in the final version of the game, making Michael's reaction real.
Urban Legend of Zelda: Considering there are a number of easter eggs in this game, it's no surprise some people are going nuts over rumors. One big, confusing thing at the top of Mount Chilead is a diagram showing what looks like a flying saucer, an underground network of tunnels inside the mountain, and a pictogram of what looks like a man with a jetpack. Cue hordes of people poring over every clue imaginable to try to find a hidden jetpack item (the most popular thing people have been missing since San Andreas).
What Could Have Been: In the "Beta Code" for the Option C ending, it originally was not going to be the Golden Ending. It was originally going to be a "Kill Franklin" ending, with the player assuming the role of Lamar who had to do the task.
In 2012, a radio station called Nightride FM was announced by Kavinsky on his Twitter, and was stated to be hosted by him. It seems to have been completely cut and is not even mentioned in the final game - or Kavinsky lied about it ever existing.
Vinewood Boulevard Radio was originally going to be "P.M.R", a 90's rock station similar to Radio X in San Andreas. It was cut and replaced with the modern rock station we have in the final version, but this change seems to have been a late one as the P.M.R station logo is still in the game files.
Worldwide FM was a jazz station before it became a world music one. This and the above example are referred to in the game files as "Jazz" and "90's Rock" stations respectively.
Brucie Kibbutz was originally supposed to have a slightly larger role in the game, as one of the targets in Devin Weston's car theft ring. While most references to that mission have been removed, the car the player was originally supposed to steal (a red vintage Stinger convertible) is present as the sixth car on the Packer in "Pack Man", despite Devin only asking for five cars.
At a budget of $265 million, which includes marketing, GTA V beat out Star Wars: The Old Republic as the most expensive video game ever created.
Sales figures for release day are reported at over $800 million. Three days after release, sales exceeded $1 billion, making it the largest entertainment release in history.