Rockstar has released a new trailer for Grand Theft Auto V. The trailer gives more information about the new version of Los Santos that Rockstar has set the game in. The most notable thing to be shown about GTA V in the trailer is the game's tone.

Rockstar seems to be opting for a more buddy action film tone more than the gritty crime drama tone of the previous GTA games of this generation. The trailer also shows the interaction between the three protagonists of GTA V. The trailer also promises crazy set-pieces that would be more at home in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas with its pseudo-realistic tone than Grand Theft Auto IV with its realistic dramatic tone.

Exciting police chases will ensue

Exciting police chases will ensue

Along with the trailer, Rockstar has also released new screenshots of the game that show some of the areas in GTA V, including a lookout point, desert-like area, and a beach-street with all of its beach-related stores.

Last week, it was revealed that GTA V will have three main characters that the player can switch between at any time unless they’re in a mission. The playable characters are Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. Michael is a retired bank robber in his early forties who lives in a posh estate with his spiteful wife, bratty teenage daughter and 20 year old son. He is in the witness protection program, but manages to live a luxurious life due to a deal with the FIB. He is forced to return to a life of crime because his wife's spending habits are making his money run dry. Trevor is an ex-military pilot who is prone to fits of rage. He resides in a desert region that is full of bikers and drug addicts. He is an old friend of Michael and joins him for another heist. Franklin is a hustler in his mid twenties working for an Armenian car dealership as a repo man. He comes in contact with Michael after targeting him for a hustle.

Looks like a romantic place for a murderous rampage

Looks like a romantic place for a murderous rampage

While players will be free to switch between any of the characters during free-roam, players will only get to change characters at certain points in missions. An example given was a mission where the three characters have to extract a target from being interrogated and tortured. Trevor flies the helicopter, Michael rappels down the side of the building from the chopper, and Franklin acts as a sniper from a rooftop across the way.  The player initially plays Michael until he bursts in through the window and takes a human shield, at which point the player is given the choice of either continuing to play as Michael or lending support as Franklin by sniping enemies from afar.

Look at all those beach goers

Look at all those beach goers

Rockstar had also revealed that the game world would be the biggest one that the company has made so far, with the world being bigger than the worlds of San Andreas, GTA IV, and Red Dead Redemption combined. When asked why the game world was so big, Houser explained that LA is geographically the largest city in the world and that the company has only scratched the surface of the city in the past. “We felt we hadn't done that with San Andreas – which was these very small, sketchlike cities,” Houser explained. “The geography you could get outside Los Angeles is spectacular,” added Houser. “The contrast between desert/rural Southern California, inland from LA and just a bit north, compared to LA, gives you a great microcosm of red state/ blue state theme – different vibes culturally as much as geographically. I think that was something we really felt would be good about this location.”

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