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Tell GR: Where Will Grand Theft Auto V Take Gamers?

Posted on Tuesday, October 25 @ 12:40:05 PST by
Today's announcement that Grand Theft Auto V was indeed on its way, even to the point that Rockstar Games was ready to show off an announcement trailer, was surprising to no one. We're very ready for the latest installment of the world's most controversial video game.

Spending hours upon hours in Grand Theft Auto IV's version of Liberty City has left us with quite the impression, but now that Grand Theft Auto V is officially on its way, let's examing what we know so far (very little) and narrow down the possibilities for GTA V's next location.

We'll start off by saying that Rockstar Games will not be taking players back to Liberty City for the latest GTA installment. That's stale. If we know anything about the elusive mega-developer, it's that Rockstar likes to keep things fresh.

We've really only got a logo to go on at this point, but there are some telling details inherent in the massive splash page. Grand Theft Auto V's logo features a roman-numeral 5 with the word "Five" spelled out in front of it. Since Grand Theft Auto III, numerical entries in the series have meant a return to Liberty City. Our guess is that the V in this logo will mean something.

Obviously, we're talking Vice City, but will a modern day Miami make for the amazing narative Rockstar is sure to cook up? We're not so sure. Once you've done 80s Miami, there might not be too much to go back to. Instead, the currency-esque V in the latest GTA's logo suggests a locale with a big focus on money and business.

We're thinking Los Santos, the San Andreas stand-in for Los Angeles. With California acting as the eighth largest economy IN THE WORLD, it make sense for a Grand Theft Auto to focus on the land of stars, business, drugs, police, race, and lower-, middle-, and upper-class citizens. Los Angeles presents the optimal locations for a totally varied cast of characters and a totally varied landscape.

It certainly helps that Rockstar Games has a ton of assets and research already built up in their recent development of crime-caper L.A. Noire. It makes sense that those utilties could be put to better use by the in-house development teams at Rockstar Games.

Where do you want Grand Theft Auto V set?

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