Rockstar Games Announces Grand Theft Auto V

Today Rockstar Games has officially come out of the blue with a minimalist blitzkrieg to announce Grand Theft Auto 5 onto the unsuspecting gaming world. Logging on to the Rockstar’s website only leads to the image above with nothing else aside from the trailer release date of 11/2/11 (Next Wednesday) and a Twitter hashtag of #GTAV as they are no doubt letting us do all of the dirty PR work for them.

It has been a while since 2008’s Grand Theft Auto IV was released as well as the two completely separate DLC follow-up games, The Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and the Damned, that concurrently take place in Liberty City and fans have been aching for another fresh installment of this franchise! And to think, it has only been ten years and three days since the release of the supernova hit GTA III, which is also due for an upcoming anniversary release on the iPad.

But they really left us nothing to go on, have they? Will the character be a return to one of the previous games or will we see an all new character? So far we have had some white dudes, a couple of italians, a black man, an Eastern European, a Jewish biker, a Puerto Rican, and a Chinaman in the handheld Chinatown Wars so who is left? If I had to guess I would pick a Los Angeles style Cholo since it is an all new character type as well as a chance to re-visit San Andreas. On the subject of San Andreas, does anyone else remember that teaser on the Rockstar Social Club’s site from a few years back?

For those of you that missed this, it was uncovered if you dragged a few items around on a digital desk until you uncovered this plane ticket for Niko Bellic going to San Andreas. What do you guys this? If he and cousin Roman were headed out west, do you think we will see them return? It would be a first for this franchise to reuse a protagonist but with such a fan favorite could you blame them?

Let us know in the comments how you feel and be sure to look here next week for the premiere trailer!