Rumour – GTA V protagonist, release date, and map detailed

Monday, 26th March 2012 02:06 GMT By Brenna Hillier

This stack of Grand Theft Auto V information purportedly originating with a disgruntled former Rockstar North employee is interesting – and hugely spurious.

The info dump was posted on the Gamespot forums; it has since been deleted, but is still available through Google’s caches.

The poster signed up with a brand new account to post the info, and claims to be a friend of someone who “recently got sacked from RockStar North for general misconduct” and who is apparently free from non-disclosure agreements thanks to the termination of his or her contract.

According to this dubious source, Grand Theft Auto V will have only one playable character, Albert de Silva, the “rich guy” featured in the first trailer. De Silva is part of a criminal faction from Vice City, is half Hispanic, and has a son named Kevin – a “stereotypical CoD player” who is “lazy, useless and shouts racial abuse online” but does admire Albert. Albert will not die at the end of the game.

The map will be five times as large as GTA IV and divided into three parts. Los Santos is around half of the map’s total area. A variety of planes will be available to fly, and cars and weapons will be customisable.

Multiplayer will support up to 32 players on consoles, with PC to be confirmed. Players can form gangs, which will be ranked by reputation, and can perform tasks – the examples given are robbing a laundry or stealing weapons from the military.

Finally, the source puts Grand Theft Auto V down for a May 2013 release, with at least six months of core development still to go before a more firm window can be set, and a playable demo at E3 2012.

Hit the cache link above to read more; the poster goes into detail on Wanted levels, chases and in-game radio among other snippets.

All of this is pretty dodgy – if the source isn’t under contractual secrecy, why the anonymity? How many staffers does Rockstar fire that it won’t be able to identify the source immediately? And why the heck does Rockstar, a company noted for its insistence on keeping things under wraps, not have exit clauses on its NDAs? So pour a huge pile of salt on.

We’ll ask Rockstar for comment. No official details regarding Grand Theft Auto V’s story, features, platforms or release have been revealed.

Thanks, RipTen.



  1. albo88

    lol and look at what they did to that guy who post it
    this seems like an epic spoiler to me good shit

    This user has been banned from GameSpot for violating our Terms of Use. No continues, no restarts—game over. Please remember to treat our community respectfully and act responsibly, lest you end up flattened by The Banhammer. Always be excellent to each other.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. alterecho

    Please put a caution in the title for
    possible spoilers.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. ekfight

    Seriously guys???

    I read that the protagonist was outed and decided I wanted to come and take a read. I did NOT however read plot spoilers anywhere in here – have some decency when posting articles.

    Not trying to get on my internet high-horse or anything, but thats just plain rude tricking people like that.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    Liked it a lot. I dont care for spoilers!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ercarret

    Where are the spoilers? That he won’t die in the end? Or that he has a kid playing CoD? :P

    I’m as sensitive to spoilers as anyone else (especially when it comes to Rockstar games), but I didn’t see anything wrong with this article.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Edo

    Cars confirmed!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. NightCrawler1970

    How about refueling cars? can be fun if ya car-jack a empty car while you have cops on ya ass, try to refuel to get rid of them, unless you jump out while driving and car-jack another car, and hopefully a full gas-tank :P

    #7 3 years ago
  8. xxJPRACERxx

    If this is true then I think it’s good news!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DarkElfa

    I fail to see what the guy did to deserve a ban. I read the terms of service and unless he posted an image with it, I’m not sure where he violated it.

    Gotta love how far up the ass of developers Gamespot is.

    Gamespot: “Oh developers, your cock is so huge in my mouth”!

    #9 3 years ago

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