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GTA V trailer hits the web

Rockstar has fulfilled its promise and ensured that its servers get a little warm this afternoon, releasing the trailer for third-person shoot-and-steal-'em-up Grand Theft Auto V on its official website.

The trailer doesn't reveal a great deal about the game, beyond its location - a sun-kissed Los Angeles equivalent, likely the San Andreas seen in the imaginatively-titled Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - and protaganist - a sympathetic criminal looking to retire from his life of crime to support his kids - but that isn't stopping fans flocking to the site to catch a glimpse of what the latest entry in the series has to offer.

Although entitled GTA V, the game is actually the fifteenth in the series - if all expansion packs are counted - which originally started life as a top-down game in which the player took on the role of a police officer hunting down criminals.

A quick role reversal before the game's release brought about the series that we all know today, but wasn't without its controversy: the game's violent - and, occasionally, tongue-in-cheek sexual - themes have been blamed for the corruption of today's youth, with GTA III once described by former lawyer Jack Thompson as a "murder simulator."

Despite - or possibly because of - the controversy, the Grand Theft Auto series is extremely popular, and GTA V doesn't look like bucking that trend.

The trailer is available here (opens in new tab), for at least as long as it takes Rockstar's servers to fall over. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.