On November 3, Rockstar games announced on their official website the full development of the Grand Theft Auto V. The details of the announcement are as follows.
Rockstar Games confirms GTA V is in full development
Three years after the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar Games, franchise creator and owner has announced another title. After hitting the stores in 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV has become a mega hit across the globe with 6 million sold copies and raking in $5 million just in the first week of sales. Speculations about the follow up started when Rockstar North posted job ads in connection with the new title for filling posts for physics programmers, environment artists and character animators.
On 25 October, Rockstar games announced the grand unveiling through their twitter account, along with a link to the homepage. The splash page only unveiled the logo of the Grand Theft Auto V, besides stating that the trailers would be unveiled on 2 November. On 3 November, Grand Auto Theft V was announced to be in full development.
In the press release, the Rockstar officially announced that Grand Theft Auto V was in full development, being the main focus for the company over the next few months. They further revealed that Grand Auto Theft V is headed to Los Santos and the countryside, the surrounding hills and the beaches in the most ambitious and largest game Rockstar has created yet. The release of the trailer on November also gave away the California surrounding, along with Vinewood (Hollywood) and valleys and hills. Besides the aforementioned locations, planes, working gym, jetskis and golf were also included.
Rockstar further stated that the game focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a present, re-imagined Southern California, and that it takes a new bold direction in storytelling, open-world freedom and mission based online multiplayer game play.
Take-two press release
During the Take-Two release, founder of Rockstar Sam Houser stated that he was incredibly excited to reveal to the fans their new vision of Grand Theft Auto. He went on to say that in the GTA universe, Grand Auto Theft V is a radical step-up and will redefine how the GTA series will progress from now on.