Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V, officially announced on October 25, 2011 is an upcoming installation to the violent and critically acclaimed adult oriented Grand Theft Auto video game series. Like many violent video games, the Grand Theft Auto series has been directly linked to acts of adolescent violence in real life.
Grand Theft Auto V will be set in modern day Los Santos; a fictionalized condensed version of Los Angeles. A rendition of Los Santos with virtually the same elements in addition to San Fierro; a city based on San Francisco and Las Venturas; a city based on Las Vegas were previously featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, arguably the most successful game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise commercially and critically. On November 3, 2011, Rockstar Games released a press release boasting the significance of the installment to the controversial franchise. In the months leading up to the eventual release date announcement, it was repeatedly mentioned that it is their biggest and most ambiguous game that they have ever made. Rockstar originally intended to release the second trailer on November 2nd, 2012; the one year anniversary of the release of the first trailer, however Hurricane Sandy cut of the supply of electricity to Rockstar's New York City office, delaying the release until November 14th, 2012. The second trailer revolves around the three protagonists and their lives, their relationships with other characters, and their criminal activities such as street racing.
Despite a lack of release dates or specific information regarding the storyline and plot, the trailer contains may references to income disparity, homelessness the recession and drug dealing. It has been speculated that the game, heavily anticipated by children and teenagers actually revolves around "the disparity between the rich and the poor" and "the problems with capitalism".
While this is not official information as of February 18, 2012, the Grand Theft Auto series and it's writer, Sam Houser has a long history of writing long, elaborate, detailed, and sophisticated scripts with left wing bias. The game is produced in Scotland, a country in the United Kingdom even more left wing than the city of San Francisco. Sam Houser is a graduate of a London university.
The hidden media messages in Grand Theft Auto games spread the idea that government assistance and extensive welfare programs increase the standard of living, and that nobody can live a long, healthy life without Canadian style healthcare.
Contrary to popular belief and statements by the online fanbase, it has been virtually confirmed that the game will take place in one city; Los Santos in conjunction with the surrounding countryside, desert, and beaches rather than three cities as seen in San Andreas. This issue is controversial and highly debated in the online community.
Release date announcement
On January 31, 2013 Rockstar Games announced on their official web site that Grand Theft Auto V would be released on September 17, 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. They announced that they would miss their target release date for Spring of 2013 on account of "extra development time".