New GTA V Features Revealed: Three main characters and huge map

Rockstar Games has revealed a raft of new GTA V features with the forthcoming West Coast epic set to be the most expansive Grand Theft Auto offering to date.

Ahead of the spring 2013, Rockstar has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V will feature three playable main characters and a map larger than those of GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption and GTA San Andreas combined, according to developer and publisher Rockstar Games.

Rockstar revealed these and lots of other details on GTA V in an exclusive cover story for the December issue of US magazine Game Informer, published today.

The game’s three main characters are Michael, an ex-bank robber now living the high life following a deal with the FIB (the game’s version of the FBI); Franklin, a young gang member from the wrong side of the tracks who has gone into semi-legitimate business as a repo man; and Trevor, a maniacal drug addict and lifelong criminal who once flew for the military.

All three characters have their own lives, homes and daily routines, and the player will be able to switch between them at will when not taking part in a mission. The trio’s stories closely intertwine, and they’ll be teaming up for selected missions in the game, some of which will be elaborate, extended heists in which you’ll be able to change character at selected points.

GTA V will take place in Los Santos and its environs, with Rockstar deciding to try to recreate the character of Los Angeles and the surrounding area rather than the whole state of San Andreas/California.

Publisher Rockstar has also revealed that there will be more vehicles than in any previous GTA title, including planes and other aircraft accessible from early within the game. Gunplay and melee combat has been improved, car handling has been given a major overhaul and mini-games will be more complex and focussed. There will also be a number of side missions triggered by random encounters on the road (a little like those in Red Dead Redemption): you might stumble across a hitchhiker or a drug deal gone wrong, and choose to get involved or ignore it.

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