|July 27, 2010
A report on VG247 suggested that Grand Theft Auto 5 may be set in Los Angeles (or Los Santos, as it was known in GTA: San Andreas). Eurogamer followed this up with a report that an independent source told them that Rockstar is “definitely” researching locations around Hollywood “and the surrounding area.” It’s interesting to note that the source for the Eurogamer story is unrelated to the VG247 story. Rockstar provided no comment on the rumor.
|June 17, 2010
An editor from technology site TheBitBag.com supposedly overheard a Rockstar Games tester discussing his work. After talking about how much time Red Dead Redemption was taking up, the tester mentioned the fact he was testing GTA 5. The validity of the report is uncertain, however the suggestion that GTA 5 is in the testing stages is certainly plausible.
|May 4, 2010
A ‘leaked’ pre-E3 games list circulated the web in May, a month before the expo was held in Los Angeles. The list stated that “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2” was among those games set to be shown. However the list was untrue and Rockstar Games did not attend the expo, citing “time restrictions” for its decision.
|March 5, 2010
Industry analyst Mike Hickey, of Janco Partners, predicted a pre-E3 GTA 5 announcement. “We believe there is building suspension for a pre-E3 announcement, although we expect nothing from Rockstar at this year’s official E3 event,” he said. His first prediction was wrong, while his second prediction was correct. There was no GTA 5 announcement and Rockstar Games did not attend the expo.
|November 13, 2009
Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser confirmed to The Times that a new GTA will be made. “We’ll think of a city first, then the characters,” said Houser. No specific details were confirmed.
|October 29, 2009
During the end credits of The Ballad of Gay Tony, a scene shows Packie McReary arriving at Francis International Airport in a taxi. He gets out the taxi and walks to the terminal with a bag slung over his shoulder.
Could this be a suggestion that Packie will feature in the next game?
|October 28, 2009
In The Ballad of Gay Tony, there’s an ad on a billboard in Star Junction that seems to tease where the series is headed next.
The ad, which is replicated in the Episodes from Liberty City instruction manual, declares “Liberty City, It’s Over!” to indicate that the GTA IV saga has ended. It then says “Next Stop,” but the portion revealing the location has been torn away, exposing part of a previous advert. The ad is a parody of the 2009 film New York, I Love You and there’s been much debate over whether it’s a genuine hint, or simply a joke. The advert underneath (which is partly exposed) can be found in several places across Liberty City, and many believe this is what holds the clue.