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The Grand Theft Auto Series
Grand Theft Auto (also known as simply GTA) is one of the most popular and controversial video game series of all time. It is developed and publised by Rockstar Games.
While the first GTA game debuted way back in 1997, it wasn’t until the release of Grand Theft Auto III, which brought the series into a 3D setting, that it really gained wide acclaim and attention.
Grand Theft Auto IV was (prior to GTA V) the latest title to have been released in the series and hit store shelves in 2008 for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Two expansion packs for the game were subsequently developed, “The Lost and Damned” and “The Ballad of Gay Tony”.
Grand Theft Auto V
The next game in the series, Grand Theft Auto V was officially announced by Rockstar on 3 November 2011. Prior to this, on 25 October 2011, Rockstar changed the homepage of their website to display the logo for Grand Theft Auto V (as above). The “V” has since become famous for its stylization as a bank note. The new logo was accompanied by a statement that a trailer for GTA V would be released on 2 November 2011.
The trailer, which can bee seen below, was indeed made public on 2 November and revealed that the game will take place in Los Santos. Los Santos is a fictional version of Los Angeles and various surroundings in California, including Hollywood (called “Vinewood” in the game”).
The official announcement for the game came a day later on 3 November and Rockstar Games said that Grand Theft Auto 5 would be “the largest and the most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created.” Rockstar’s parent company, publicly listed Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ: TTWO) also said that GTA V is “a bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer”. TTWO also said that the story within the game will be based on “the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California.”