Grand Theft Auto 5 focuses on Los Santos and surrounding areas

While yesterday's GTAV debut trailer revealed Los Santos would return, it was unclear whether it'd be the only city. Today, Rockstar announced it's set in "the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches."

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While yesterday's Grand Theft Auto V debut trailer revealed that the city of Los Santos would return in the open-world murder simulator, it was unclear whether this would be the only city. After all, when the Los Angeles analogue first appeared in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, we also got to visit GTA's versions of San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Rockstar issued the official announcement of GTAV today, confirming that it's in "a re-imagined, present-day Southern California," exploring "the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches."

The announcement describes GTAV as "the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created," and "a bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer."

"Grand Theft Auto V is another radical reinvention of the Grand Theft Auto universe," said Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser. "We are incredibly excited to share our new vision with our fans."

Grand Theft Auto V is in development at the core Rockstar North studio. Platforms and the release date are unannounced so far.

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    November 3, 2011 7:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto V focuses on Los Santos and surrounding areas.

    While yesterday's GTAV debut trailer revealed Los Santos would return, it was unclear whether it'd be the only city. Today, Rockstar announced it's set in "the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches."

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      November 3, 2011 7:04 AM

      I hope the PC version of IV sold well enough for Rockstar and publisher to put out V on PC as well--and hopefully, simultaneous to console launch.

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      November 3, 2011 7:05 AM

      hills? three cheers for driving around mountainous back roads for hours

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        November 3, 2011 7:47 AM

        driving around is fine, it when you are on foot in the mountains that it sucks

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          November 3, 2011 7:59 AM

          yea that did suck, I blew up cars too often out there

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        November 3, 2011 10:01 AM

        I loved exploring in SA, so many varied environments, that game was huge

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      November 3, 2011 7:33 AM

      So, whoever said we are getting Las Venturas and San Fiero as DLC was right. :/

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        November 3, 2011 7:42 AM

        So sad. I was thinking they were in the game. :(

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        November 3, 2011 11:30 AM

        Don't think GTAV will be lacking in content at all.

        And in reality San Fran and Vegas aren't close.

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      November 3, 2011 8:06 AM

      Well, that totally sucks. Maybe they're holding out for a surprise.

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      November 3, 2011 9:31 AM

      Can we please stop calling it a "murder simulator?"

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        November 3, 2011 9:42 AM

        You're quite welcome to stop, no need to ask permission, though I'm sure we all appreciate your politeness.

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          November 3, 2011 11:34 AM

          He's right. At least this gives it some nuance, you're not simply out to murder people just cus "they are the enemy blah blah blah." There is story, there's context.

          FPS are the true murder sims.

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        November 3, 2011 9:51 AM

        the game does feature simulated murder

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          November 3, 2011 11:16 AM

          Aren't most games murder simulators? Except Manhunt.

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            November 3, 2011 11:38 AM

            that was a stalking simulator

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            November 3, 2011 11:59 AM

            Nah, some are (un)natural disaster simulators (Katamari Damacy).