Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New Grand Theft Auto 5 might be revealed at E3

First off, if you don't know about E3, it's the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Still clueless? Okay, E3 is the biggest, baddest trade show in the world for video games. Anybody who wants to get a preview of the coming year in video games, E3 is the place to go. The 2010 E3 is at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 15 to June 17.

Grand Theft Auto? If you've not heard of Grand Theft Auto, you must have been living in a box for the last ten years. Or, at least, you don't play too many video games. Grand Theft Auto is a game where you get to roam around a city committing crimes. Yes, I said "committing crimes." You can do everything from jacking cars to shooting people to ... well, let's just say there's a lot to do. It's an adult game, you might expect. Much of the Grand Theft Auto games are free form, meaning you can do pretty much whatever you want whenever you want within the game world, but there are storyline missions to follow. And not everything is easy in the GTA worlds, because there are cops who will bust you or take you down and there are often gang bangers or mobsters who will shoot first and not ask questions at all. The current version of GTA in stores is Grand Theft Auto IV, made by RockStar.

Now we've got all that settled. You're in the know.

So what's the big news?

Actually, it's more like a rumor. According to several online sources, including Gamereactor International, RockStar is possibly going to unveil information about a new GTA 5 game. This information was apparently leaked from an internal Entertainment Software Association e-mail that lists exhibitions at the 2010 E3.

This is big news for fans of Grand Theft Auto. For one thing, RockStar is still living high off GTA IV and most fans and video game industry media did not expect news of a new GTA for at least another year or so, maybe longer. Admittedly this is just the beginning stages of its public relations campaign for GTA V, so RockStar probably won't have much to release about the game other than maybe a title and possibly a few pieces of artwork; it would be extremely fortunate if RockStar would actually make public images from the game itself, but that's not likely to happen.

Another interesting thing is that according to this alleged leaked e-mail, this next GTA game has the word "Vice" in the title. Though not totally unexpected, this could be even bigger news. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was the second title released under the old GTA 3 series of games and to this day it has been one of the most popular GTA titles ever. And I personally have to admit Vice City was one of the most fun games in the series. So, could the GTA 5 game once more be taking players to the fabled land of Vice City? It seems more than possible. It seems downright likely.

Now I'm going to backtrack a little. In all fairness, rumors about upcoming video games are all over the Internet all the time. At least half of them turn out not to be true, but there's always the half that turns out to be real. I can't say for sure a new Grand Theft Auto will be shown at E3, but rumors keep flying, so maybe it will happen. Fans of the series can hope.

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