Only a Grand Theft Auto could spawn such a tumultuous flood of news with a debut trailer. Since the trailer’s launch yesterday, Rockstar has officially announced the title, calling it “the largest and most ambitious game” in the series. While the Los Angeles inspired San Andreas has been confirmed as one of the game’s central locations, there has been no word on any other returning locales. All revealed so far is that “Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California”. Multiplayer was confirmed for the game, although no details on how the campaign suite will manifest.
We’ve also got wind of another seemingly credible rumor surrounding the game’s reveal (since that bit about the logo hinting at an Pre-Industrial Revolution setting worked out so well). A seemingly innocuous street address of “2405” spied in the trailer by NowGamer seems to give away some of Rockstar’s intent with Grand Theft Auto V‘s release. If translated as the European method of a Month/Day date, May 24th is not only references a potential trailer Easter Egg but the release date of the song featured in the trailer (Small Faces’ “Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake” – May 24th, 1968). Both of Rockstar’s more recent hits, L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption also debuted in the States in May.
The only detraction from the theory is that May 24th, 2012 is a Thursday, not a Tuesday, the day when most video games tend to release. But since when has Rockstar and Grand Theft Auto ever been “most video games”?
“Grand Theft Auto V is another radical reinvention of the Grand Theft Auto universe,” said Rockstar founder Sam Houser, “We are incredibly excited to share our new vision with our fans.”
Excited to return to GTA multiplayer, EGs? Think there is any credence to the May 24th rumor? Give us your predictions in the comments section!