GTA V locations confirmed

Grand Theft Auto's publisher, Take Two Interactive, has released a statement confirming some of the locations that players will be visiting in the newly announced GTA V Game.

Yesterday gamers were treated to a trailer of the game, which showed a new and sunny location, with a voiceover - presumably the protagonist - explaining that he hoped to be leaving his old life behind. Assuming his previous persona was a criminal, it doesn't seem like he managed to do so.

In an accompanying statement, Take Two call the game "the largest and most ambitious game Rockstar has yet created", revealing that it would take place in "the city of Los Santos and surrounding hills, countryside and beaches".

Take Two's claim is ambitious, considering the size of games like San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption which took a long time to explore. The choice of location is a bit of an odd one, though - Los Santos was featured as one of the towns available to visit in the earlier San Andreas outing. Presumably, the area will receive a significant size increase as part of the new title.

Rockstar also released a statement about the game, stating "Grand Theft Auto V is another radical reinvention of the Grand Theft Auto universe. We are incredibly excited to share our new vision with our fans."

The statement ends by saying that the game would be taking "a bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer", adding: "Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California.

"Rockstar Games pioneered the open-world genre with the Grand Theft Auto series, one of the most successful entertainment properties of all time. With more than 114 million copies sold-in worldwide, Grand Theft Auto games have helped propel video games into the cultural mainstream.

"Grand Theft Auto V is the follow-up to 2008's record-breaking, critically-acclaimed Grand Theft Auto IV. Rockstar Games continued its tradition of award-winning open world games with the 2010 blockbuster Western, Red Dead Redemption, and the groundbreaking detective thriller L.A. Noire in 2011."