Rockstar has announced the cover art for one of the most anticipated games that will be coming out this year, Grand Theft Auto V. The cover doesn’t break any new grounds and follows the same template that the series has been following since the release of Grand Theft Auto III.

Since GTA III, all the cover arts for the major games in the series have had a helicopter on the top left corner, and since Vice City, there has been a bike on the right side of the cover. We can also see all three of the protagonists in separate segments on the cover art. The game is up for pre-order on various sites for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 versions. As of yet, Rockstar hasn’t made any announcements for a possible PC version of the game.

Following the GTA trend

Following the GTA trend

Back in February, Rockstar had announced that the release date of the game has been delayed from the originally-planned May release date to September 17. The company says that the delay was required as, “GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.”

It was earlier revealed through a listing on Amazon France that the open-world game will be getting a PC version, despite Rockstar’s refusal to mention details about anything but the console versions of the game.

While you can pre-order the game for EUR 49.99 (approx. Rs 3,600), there still isn't a date attached to the PC release. The website simply says “Soon” for the expected launch date. Presumably, the PC version of the game will come with enhancements, especially on the graphics side of things. The PC version may feature more detail, high-resolution textures and a greater view distance.

In November, a ton of information about GTAV was revealed. Rockstar is now promising greater mission variety in the game. One of the biggest complaints faced by GTA IV was that most of the missions consisted of driving to a location, killing your target, driving back to a safe location and repeat. According to Rockstar, some missions in GTAV will feature one playable character, while others will feature two or three. The game will also follow an Ocean's Eleven-type progression, where a lot of missions will be preparing for and pulling off complex heists.

The game will also feature a new inventory system. At the moment, each character has his own inventory and money, but the developers have explained that this is something the company normally addresses later in the development cycle, so the system could see a change before the game's release.

When asked if features from the previous games, such as underwater areas, will be making a comeback, the developers said that GTAV will have a lot of underwater areas to explore. The developers have also mentioned that none of the characters from GTA III, Vice City or San Andreas will be making an appearance, but characters from GTA IV might visit the city.

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