The Grand Theft Auto (GTA) V release date will be in the Spring of 2013, according to leaked photos depicting a promotional poster for the game. The posters also show both the Xbox 360 and PS3 logos, but nothing indicating a PC or Wii U release is found on the leaked photos. Also, no specific GTA V release date has been revealed but Gaming Illustrated analyzed previous release dates for other games from GTA V developer Rockstar and is predicting that GTA V's release date will be sometime in May.
This is not the first time there have been leaked promotional items concerning GTA V's release date. A UK retailer leaked info that the game would come in Autumn of 2012 and a Canadian retailer put the GTA V release date sometime during the Winter of 2012. What makes the current release date rumor more credible is next month's massive, 18-page Game Informer exclusive that will undoubtedly have release date information. If Rockstar has 18 pages worth of info ready for the press, the game is at or near completion and the timetable for release will almost certainly be a part of the article.
Of course, who needs print journalism when we have the Internet? There is already a buttload of rumors and info regarding the game floating around out there. The most reliable rumor is the size of the game. GTA V will once again take gamers to Los Santos, but this time they can expect an even larger sandbox to play in. Dan Houser, the President of creativity at Rockstar Games, confirmed the enormous map size in a Game Informer interview from January. The size of the new map is up for debate, with some sites predicting it will be 1.5 times larger and others, like IGN, predicting that the map will be FIVE times larger and, in classic GTA fashion, split into three maps.
Along with map size, a story summary is also making the rounds in the "credible rumor" scene. The protagonist's name will be Albert De Silva a.k.a. the "rich guy" in the game trailer.
Apparently, De Silva is a former crime family boss who's son is lazy-ass kid who just wants to play games all day (criticize much, Rockstar?). As to what exactly will elad De Silva back into the car-jacking, hooker-for-health-getting, rocket-launcher-cheat-code-enabled-apocalypse life of GTA V fun, we don't know. Don't be surprised if numerous characters from previous GTA titles show up to bolster the story.
A massive vehicle list was extracted from source code on the Max Payne 3 disc. In addition to the copious amounts of cars found in the game, GTA V will feature 20 different types of planes and helicopters. The last Los Santos GTA game, GTA:San Andreas, featured an airport and several planes for easy travel, something that was all-but-ignored for GTA: IV. It's exciting to think that there will be a map so huge that it requires you to fly from place to place, and that Rockstar has made air travel more accessible. New vehicle types will be available, but I'm intrigued by a few curious entries on the list: CABLECAR, SUBWAY, MONORAIL, MONORAIL2, MONORAIL3. Looks like you'll be able to hijack (and then crash in spectacular fashion) a few different kinds of TRAINS!!!
Of course, what's a GTA game without wanted level chases? Some details regarding the new wanted level system in GTA V have come out and it looks like Rockstar is upping the ante when it comes to unpredictable, difficult gameplay. Police will do more than just chase you on foot or in vehicles. Riot shields and flash bang grenades are a part of the 5-0's arsenal. There will be radio warnings broadcast about you, your appearance and your location when you reach a 4-star wanted level. The following wanted level breakdown was obtained by IGN:
1 star - police follow you on foot and try to make an arrest. No sirens, no car chases (unless you are speeding).
2 star - police will still attempt to make an arrest. If a weapon is drawn then the police will begin opening fire. Police will use stun guns if a weapon is not drawn.
3 star - Chases begin and the police don't care how they stop you, they just want to do it.
4 star - road traps, radio stations and much more hostile police. Even when you have evaded them, they will still search for 24 in-game hours for someone matching your description.
5 star - shoot to kill, arrest only if it's made very possible. Even when you have evaded them, they will still search for 48 in-game hours for someone matching your description. Few missions become unavailable if you are wanted.
6 star - military vehicles come after you. Even when you have evaded them, they will still search for 72 in-game hours for someone matching your description. Some missions become unavailable if you are wanted.
There will be no end to the rumor mill for GTA V until its official release date, which best guesses put at May of 2013.