Grand Theft Auto V, probably one of the biggest gaming reveals of the year, has finally seen its first trailer be released earlier this week. Since then, Rockstar Games, its developer and publisher, has published a few more details, but there are still a huge amount of questions left unanswered.
Luckily, in true Rockstar tradition, the company chose to reveal quite a lot of interesting things through the trailer itself, which focuses on all sorts of things throughout its footage.
Now, it's time to dig through the video and see what we can figure out about the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA V.
First up, as you can see in the image above, we're going back to the lovely state of San Andreas, GTA's own version of California, more specifically to Los Santos, its virtual Los Angeles. This is different to GTA: San Andreas from many years ago, which allowed players to explore the whole state, composed of Los Santos, Las Venturas, and San Fierro.
The trailer is narrated by a presumed retired criminal, who wants to make sure his family has a nice place to grow up in. As you can tell by his tone, however, it looks like his past is catching up to him and he soon starts pulling more jobs, whether he wants it or not. This could prove to be a very adult story for GTA, if it's true, even more so than the one from GTA IV.
In case you're interested, the song in the trailer is called Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake and was released by British band The Small Faces way back in 1968.
The trailer starts with the lovely Los Santos beach, but, more importantly, a dog is pictured alongside its two owners, which could mean animals might finally get some virtual screen time in the new GTA. Up until now, neither animals nor children appeared in GTA, probably due to controversy that might appear if they can get killed by the player.
Los Santos is a much more lovely city than the 1990s version we saw back in San Andreas, with long boardwalks, sky scrapers, and even golf courses. Hidden in the top right corner of the middle shot we also get to see a blimp, which just might be pilotable at some point through the game's story. You can also ride jet skis through the canals of the city, as well as hike around the nearby mountains.
Car models look pretty much the same as they did in GTA IV, although some are finally fitted with working convertible roofs, probably to enjoy all that lovely Californian, I mean Los Santos-ian sun.
GTA V's world isn't just about a city, as there's quite a lot of open terrain, like this one surrounding a wind turbine farm, connected by a vast array of highways and freeways.
While life in Los Santos may be glitzy, its world is feeling the hardships of the economic downturn, with people wearing all sorts of clothes and lots of stores advertising massive sales. That's not stopping real estate moguls like that fellow above from building new sky scrapers and apartment buildings, so money is still being made, in more or less legal ways.
Wine is being produced nearby Los Santos, with probably illegal workers getting treated very bad. Still, imagine the possibilities of piloting a crop duster airplane and filling it with all sorts of chemicals.
Finally we get to see the first big crime produced in the trailer, with a bunch of thugs dressing up as repairmen and going in for a special kind of intervention.
New signs of the economic downturn are shown, with people now living under bridges, houses being put up for sale, the trademark GTA hookers doing whatever they can to make some money, while others rely just on the kindness of strangers.
Fighter jets are present in the game, just like they were in San Andreas, while the blimp makes another appearance, as well as a police chopper, so it looks like there will be plenty of aerial travel options available to players.
Vinewood, GTA's own version of Hollywood, is also confirmed, so players will no doubt be able to see the seedy side of film making one way or another.
That's it, folks, this was the trailer for Grand Theft Auto V and boy did it reveal quite a lot of interesting things.
Stay tuned for more details in the future, as Rockstar is no doubt itching to tell us more about its biggest and most ambitious project ever.