Rumor: GTA V information leaks out of UK magazine

Saturday, 5th November 2011 15:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Supposed details regarding Grand Theft Auto V have “leaked” from someone claiming to work for a PlayStation-focused magazine based in the UK. The rumored information was posted on GTAForums, and if any of this information is true, which it’s hard to know for sure at this point, expect a few spoilers out of it. Therefore, if you wish to remain clean of mind, body, and spirit, proceed with caution below the break.

According to the forum poster, via NowGamer, the information came to him from co-workers at the magazine which were given a 30-minute look at GTA V at Rockstar North a week before the first trailer aired.

“The mag I work for will be running a GTA 5 special in it’s January issue,” claimed the magazine employee. “They saw this footage on Monday of this week before the trailer aired and are currently under a strict embargo but talk flowed out of the office and hence why I am posting here.”

While admitting never to have seen the footage firsthand, the employee said the following information - pulled “as is” from the post – was gleaned from those who were given a look at the game :

  • The game world is absolutely massive and will push both Xbox and PS3 to the very limit in terms of what it has accomplished. Yes, the main city is simply Los Santos however is it AT LEAST 4 times bigger than Liberty City in GTA 4 and that is just Los Santos. The surrounding country side, beaches, etc are massive. For instance, we saw the main character (an African/American, early 30′s) travel by car from the center of Los Santos into the wildnerness and it took over 15 minutes. The views were incredible from farmhouses with cattle, huge wind farms, an oil refinery which appeared to be living and breathing with nearly 100 NPCs working on machinery, operating vehicles, lifting and loaded, etc, unlike the gas works in GTA 4 which seemed to only house a few NPC at a time. The forests are more beautiful than those in RDR and featured people camping, young NPC drinking and dancing around campfires, people riding dirt bikes and jumping over logs, streams, etc. The water effects, forna, plants, trees all looked beautiful.
  • The shooting mechanics have been greatly improved with animations for diving, climbing, rolling and crawling all added for better realism. The re-loading animations for new ammo also look cooler, less static.
  • There is much more climbable elements in the world such as ladders, overhand climbing, etc.
  • There are animals in the game from dogs to cattle but at this time it is not confirmed if you will be able to harm the animals. Rockstar were able to get away with it in RDR as it was a true depiction of the world in which the game was set. Allowing dogs/cattle to die in a game sent in current times may cause headaches with PETA. Its unclear if Rockstar were joking here.
  • There are planes to pilot and they can be crashed into buildings if you choose to do so….
  • Rockstar have included many, many more interior locations such as a shopping mall, college campus, police station, a huge hospital and there is also a vast underground sewer network which one mission later in the game involves a jet ski chase that culminates in a Fugitive-esque waterfall jump ( there are nods to the ridiculous but awesome Ballad Of Gay Tony missions)
  • The city is full of NPCs jogging, weight-lifting, hitting on women, being chased on foot by cops, shopping, washing cars, fixing fences, moving home, filling up their cars, etc.

The following is a list of what the employee called the “real juicy info”:

  • Cars can be upgraded/repaired and it has been considered to have a car have fuel forcing the player to fill her up.
  • The dating aspect of the game is gone. You still have a cell-phone but only people you will meet in the game will call you to ask you to do a mission or to ask you to do something else before the mission.
  • Weapons include the usual arsenal you’d aspect but the flamethrowers, remote mines, laxer trip mines and claymores are included. It is possible now to pick up random objects in a street/buidling to use as a weapon. There is also a museam where it is possible to steal old age swords, axes, etc.
  • It is possible to rupture a fuel line and if you shot at the trail of gasoline it will lead straight back to the car blowing it up.
  • Mini games such as bowling, darts, etc have all gone. You can play basketball, weight train, arm wrestle, gamble and cage fight, enter triatholons, water races, cannoing, ab-saling, rock climbing, base jumping, ski diving. More to be confirmed.
  • Character customisation is back but only in terms of clothing, body weight, etc. The player you start off which, much like CJ, can’t be altered by race, age, height, etc.
  • Rockstar said burglary missions may return but only as part of missions and not on neigbourhood houses.
  • No children NPC at all. Ever.
  • There is now an ability to grab people and use as sheilds or in “hostage” situations.
  • The cops are much, much, much more realistic. If you kill somebody when you know there are no cops around you will not run the risk of a one star as often as you would in GTA4. The cops will use smoke and tear gas, dogs, riot gear and rams to knock down the doors of buildings you are hiding in.
  • You can enter some buildings and lock doors, push objects in the way to barricade.
  • You become better at things as the game progresses. If you only ride motorbikes then you will increase your skills, same as individual weapons.
  • Certain weapons can be customisable and some even home-made.
  • One mission involves breaking out a very familiar GTA icon from a previous game…
  • Torrential rain fall and sunshine and even tremors will appear in the game.

Both Future and Imagine Publishing have said the information did not come from employees who work at each respective outlet’s PlayStation Magazines.

Also, yesterday we noticed, like a quite a few others, that someone claiming to be a former Rockstar employee posted a shot of GTA V’s map via Twitter. We took screen grabs just in case they were taken down, and you can look at those below.

It is unknown whether the shot of the map is legitimate, but the Twitter account used – which we also took a grab of yesterday afternoon – was not doctored by any Internet fellas.

GTA V was formally announced earlier this week. Platforms and a release date have yet to be confirmed.



  1. Gekidami

    “For instance, we saw the main character (an African/American, early 30′s)”
    …So that guy the trailer focuses on isnt the main character? Yet it clearly looked like he was, i mean it showed him in the cars and stuff.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. onlineatron


    I’m thinking/hoping there might be something to this multiple characters rumour.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. BULArmy

    I will not belive a single thing if it is not coming directly rom R* or it is written officialy on some mag/website.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    @3 Hear Hear! Thus the “rumor” tag. I am taking all of this with a teeny, tiny grain of slat until then.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    I dont believe that map is legit for a second.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Anders

    All this sounds awesome, but I’ll wait for at least semi-official word before getting carried away.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DuckOfDestiny

    I doubt most of this is true. Due to the simple fact this is everything that I want from the game, and I very highly doubt it would meet those expectations. But that’s me being cynical.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    Yeah all this information is too good to be true, I am going to wait until I see official information.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. NightCrawler1970

    Cars can be upgraded —-> PIMP MY RIDE
    Tipping cows —-> Redneck games lmao
    Cops more realistic, BRING IT ON!!!! wanna battle with black/white, 5-0…
    Map twice bigger than LA Noire maybe 4x bigger if included Vineville…
    It gonna be fun fun fun, bring it on!!!!!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    I hope the police AI is better this time round, in IV it was hard not to loose the police by accident with anything under 5 stars. I really didnt like that search radius system, way to easy to escape it.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Charlie Sheen

    hopefully the police info is true!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Maximum Payne

    ”You become better at things as the game progresses. If you only ride motorbikes then you will increase your skills, same as individual weapons.”

    #12 3 years ago
  13. 2plus2equals5

    In theory everything seems perfect, we have to see if all this stuff is fun.

    In particular the very huge map scares me, for me the greatest fault of gta4 were the time you need to go from the house to the place of the mission, often travels needed more time than the mission itself, and the driving wasn’t fun.

    Too boring memories, no i won’t buy gta5.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. tenthousandgothsonacid

    “The mag I work for will be running a GTA 5 special in it’s January issue,”

    If he is a journalist he should be ashamed at using the wrong spelling of “its”

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight


    Thats why you used Taxi’s and then skipped the driving part.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DuckOfDestiny

    @14 He would make a great addition to the VG24/7 team :D

    Also that’s what editors were invented for.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. NightCrawler1970

    @2plus2equals5, you need to see a doctor, something is wrong with you, GTA driving is bored???? i had fun, tricks like fast reverse and hit the e-break than turn 180 degrees than fast forward(in smaller cars), taking turns with limo with e-breaks lmao, doing wheelie on a scooter, and jump from ramps, in GTA 4 Car/bus/trucks/motorcycle-behavior was ok, each vehicle had there own skills/tricks, specially when i snatch a fire-truck to hose-down the hookers from the street, hilarious

    @15, he didn’t know about skipping the driving part LMAO!!!! until now..

    #17 3 years ago
  18. sel

    Total bullshit, he even contradicts himself in that post.

    “i knowz some GTA5 leakid infoz!!4!!” (source: Random Dude from the Internet.)

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Razor

    “travel by car from the center of Los Santos into the wildnerness and it took over 15 minutes.”


    #19 3 years ago
  20. Droid

    Well it all sounds great, if true, but makes me think it’s more likely to be an A+++ launch title for the next-gen consoles than for current devices. Dev’s are quite limited by the amount of memory in the current hardware and the supposed launch slot of this game roughly coincides with the announced next-gen timetable.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. ADSS

    Any body know GTA V will be on PC and when?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Maximum Payne

    @21 Rumor is it is developed by Rockstar Leeds(they are also making LA Noire for PC) and its going to be much better optimized and it will be available on same day with rest of platform.
    I know too good to be true.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Dralen

    I hope the part about rupturing fuel lines is true. I would just love to do that and say “Yippee ki-yay, mother fucker!” as I lit the trail. Hahaha! I such a loser lol.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Rudderless

    One look at the spelling and grammar in the post would tell you that no one from Future wrote this. Complete fabrication.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. sb319

    None of this is true.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @20 It won’t be on a new console. Games like this are fantastically expensive to make so you need as large an install base as possible to sell too.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. 2plus2equals5

    @13: i used taxi, but does it make sense? I play gta because i want to DRIVE and shoot, if i want to shoot only there are tons of better tps games.

    @17: my own copy was the only one with a LOT of stupid police cars, loooong paths, the need to stop at tolls etc? I don’t think so.

    As i said i don’t buy a gta game to take taxi(there’s even the need to wait and sometime the cousin don’t give the ride!), so i repeat, 15 minutes to go from center to wilderness? No thanks.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. McKlop

    The poster has already adimtted that he made it all up. Also, the guys from the magazine which was supposed to publish this info said it’s bullshit. So, people, THIS IS OFFICIALY FAKE, nothing to see here.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. HeavyD-Love

    Being able to light the gas trail leading to the vehicle’s explosion is an awesome idea..

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Maximum Payne

    @29 You can do that in Alone in the Dark
    *run for cover*

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Gekidami

    Doesnt surprise me. That part about the main character he mentioned being different then the one we saw casted a serious doubt for me.

    A link debunking it would be good, btw.

    #31 3 years ago

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