Grand Theft Auto V is a game due to be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17, 2013. The latest entry in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series, it is set in the Los Angeles pastiche of Los Santos and its surrounding countryside based on Southern California. In a first for the series, the game will feature three playable protagonists as opposed to just one:
Michael, a former bank robber in his 40s who retired and went into FIB's Witness Protection, living in a mansion in Rockford Hills (the game's version of Beverly Hills) with his wife Amanda and their children Tracy and Jimmy. However, he is forced back into his old line of work after Amanda burns through all of his money.
Trevor Phillips, a former military pilot turned friend/partner in crime of Michael who is about his age, but never retired, and remained a drug-abusing career criminal living in a trailer out in the desert of Blaine County (based on real-life Salton City).
Franklin, a twenty-something black guy who works as repo man for a luxury car dealership. He feels trapped in the ghetto by his gang banger friends, who in turn see him as having gone "soft" and unfaithful to his roots. He is described as "the young and capable one of the bunch."
Together, They Cause Crime. Players can switch between the three at any time, and a major part of gameplay will be heist missions in which all three characters take part. On the fly, the player can switch between, say, the guy taking hostages inside the store, the guy sniping cops outside, and the guy rappelling down the side of the building.The first teaser trailer, released in November 2011, can be found here and a second trailer was released a year later in 2012, with three new trailers released on April 30th, 2013. More info here.As this game has not yet been released, please refrain from adding rumors or other unconfirmed information.
Grand Theft Auto V provides the following tropes:
And Now for Someone Completely Different: A new major feature of the game. Instead of playing as a single protagonist throughout the experience, you switch between three different characters at the press of a button. Each character has their own unique strengths, attributes and storyline that all intertwine.
Chronic Villainy: It is implied that Michael is bored by civilian life and cannot come to terms with it, and therefore uses Amanda's spendthrift lifestyle as an excuse for him to to return to a life of crime. His therapist outright tells him that he is "addicted to chaos" in the third trailer.
Michael is the traditional GTA protagonist who has already won. Having "beaten the game," so to speak, he's decided to get out, settle down and raise a family, but he finds "normal" life boring. It's implied that he only uses his wife's wasteful lifestyle as an excuse to go back to the one thing he knows how to do.
Trevor as well, though in the opposite direction, commenting on people who ignore the game's storylines and play them for what they're most infamous for. See You Bastard.
Franklin appears to be be the traditional GTA protagonist as well, except unlike the past characters he's trying to get out of the gang life, rather than delve deeper into it.
Dysfunctional Family: Michael's. His primary communication with Amanda consists chiefly of expletives, Tracy doesn't respect him, and Jimmy spends most of his time in his room smoking weed and playing video games.
Honest John's Dealership: The car dealership Franklin works for, whose owner is a sleazy Armenian guy who pressures yuppies into buying expensive cars clearly beyond their purchasing power, then sends Franklin to take them back when the payments stop coming in.
Saw It in a Movie Once: A small heist mission entitled "Blitz Play", which is based off of Heat, has Michael saying he got the idea for it from a movie.
Sequel Escalation: Rockstar has described the map as being bigger than those of San Andreas, IV and Red Dead Redemption put together, and then some to spare. On top of having a full-sized city, the game also features the surrounding countryside (much as was done with San Andreas).
Token Evil Teammate: While the protagonists are probably going to be very dark Anti-Heroes at best, Trevor seems to be far more amoral than the other two.
The New Tens: May very well become a subtle period piece for the early 2010s, as did IV for the Turn of the Millennium. The game takes place during an economic downturn, where class divisions are stark. The mobile phone has been stated to have internet-browsing capabilities.
Unnecessary Combat Roll: While these were present in IV, they're being much improved for V, allowing characters to additionally roll from cover to cover.
Villain Protagonist: Whereas most Grand Theft Auto protagonists are usually somewhat sympathetic (including Franklin and Michael themselves), Trevor is a completely straight example of this.
Vapor Trail: Players can do this in-game, strategically pouring the gasoline themselves.
Wide-Open Sandbox: It's GTA, of course. However initial promotion of the game suggests the sandboxing will be taken to a whole new level with a new range of random encounters and incidental missions that won't be as linear as they have been in the past.