New photos from the hotly-anticipated video game Grand Theft Auto 5 have begun to pop up on various gaming blogs. The images are clearly planned leaks from the studio behind the game, Rockstar North, and they don’t give away too much about what gamers can expect to see in the game. That said, a few of the images do show elements of the game that were previously rumored but unconfirmed.
Even more exciting is the fact that some Rockstar employees are starting to speak publicly about the game. One extremely juicy detail that just emerged is that gamers will be able to play GTA 5 as not only the main protagonist, but also as the antagonist.
In an interview with the New York Times, Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser revealed the following:
“At the conceptual level, the idea was three separate stories that you play in one game. The next bit was, let’s not have the stories intersect once or twice but have them completely interwoven,” Houser said. “It felt like it was going to be a real narrative strength: you get to play the protagonist and the antagonist in the same story.”
In fact, it looks like there will be not two but three playable characters in the game. A recent Gamer Informer article, which you can read here, shows that the primary characters in the game will be Michael, a retired bank robber, Trevor, a violent drug addict, and Franklin, a young hustler.
The environment in GTA 5 is apparently five times bigger than in Red Dead Redemption — and it’s not like anyone felt cramped playing that game. The world is said to be ridiculously detailed and the images below certainly seem to support that notion.
The urban landscape, unsurprisingly, looks incredible. Look at that valley and bridge, though — how good does that look? And the mountain in the distance — that’s going to be a lot of fun to climb and explore. One of the most fun parts of San Andreas was leaving the city and going on a crime spree in the small towns at the edges of the map (and then escaping by jumping off a cliff, of course).
GTA 5 is expected to be released sometime in spring of 2013. It can’t come soon enough.
(Click on the images below to see them in high resolution.)