Rockstar has had a set pattern for their release dates since Grand Theft Auto IV back in 2008 – the Spring. The cases for Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption, and L.A. Noire also lean more toward the tail end of Spring. Rockstar doesn’t look to change that precedent with Grand Theft Auto V, which will launch on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with no word on WiiU or PC at the moment. They’ve also confirmed that preorders for Grand Theft Auto V will be available next Monday, November 5, and it’s safe to say that those preorder numbers will be sky high.
Set in the city of Los Santos, the game looks to be Rockstar’s biggest and best entry in the critically acclaimed series yet. Rockstar also isn’t shy on hyping the game up, calling it “the largest and most ambitious title in the series to date”, and “a world of unprecedented scale and detail bursting with life,”. The game will feature many different vistas, from a bustling urban environment to mountaintops and everything in between.
I’m hoping that Rockstar learns from the excellence that they’ve done in the past. Grand Theft Auto IV’s narrative was spectacular, to say the least. Red Dead Redemption featured a great, cynical look at times of old, while having the best gunplay out of any Rockstar title. L.A. Noire, while a little more divisive, did play up the mystery and intrigue aspect of games more than most games bother to do, and Max Payne 3 definitely showed that you can teach an old dog new tricks while still pushing a crushing narrative. Whatever Rockstar decides to do, it’ll undoubtably usher in a new era of Rockstar titles – as great as Grand Theft Auto IV was, what came after was just as good, if not better.