Dan Houser Spills Some Details on GTA V

Published on January 5, 2013

What Dan Houser talked about GTA V

Arguably the most anticipated game of 2013 is Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V. The controversial franchise is one of the highest selling video game properties of all time, so it’s no surprise that gamers are clammering for more information on the series’ latest incarnation. In a November 2012 interview with IGN, lead developer Dan Houser spoke about what gamers can expect in Grand Theft Auto V. Here’s a summary:


Every Grand Theft Auto game to date has featured one protaganist that the player controls throughout the game. With Grand Theft Auto V, that’s about to change. In a gutsy move, Rockstar is allowing players to take control of three characters while they explore and do missions in San Andreas. Players will have the ability to switch characters on the fly, even during some of the missions. There won’t be any co-op missions, however, as, according to Houser, “It would be impossible to do that and keep the level of precision we’ve got in [the game].”

There won’t be any major decisions that the players have to make, either, which was one of the focal points of Niko’s story in Grand Theft Auto IV. “We don’t have the same choices as we had with Niko, for one very simple structural reason. Just keeping track of three stories as opposed to one story means it’s harder to introduce a variable,” Houser said.


Dan Houser interview

Dan Houser interview

GTA V interview

GTA V interview


Unlike other Grand Theft Auto games, the entire city of San Andreas will be available to explore right from the beginning, and it’s huge. According to Houser, “This world — the range of height and between north and south and east and west — is huge, and it’s a real strength. It felt California. Oceans are there and tall hills are there.” Rockstar claims that the map will be larger than Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption combined.


The Grand Theft Auto games are known for Easter eggs and references to other games in the series. This probably won’t change with Grand Theft Auto V. Hinted Houser, “There may or may not be a few guest appearances. Some really subtle ones for people to find. Little Easter eggs for people.”

There’s plenty to be excited about, but hopefully more information will emerge soon.

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