No one does an information drip-feed quite like Rockstar Games. The developer's launch of the debut Grand Theft Auto V trailer yesterday lit a fire across the Internet, and it's followed today by a press release that answers a few questions.
Emphasis on "a few."
The release confirms that, as many had suspected after seeing the trailer, GTA V will be set in the Los Angeles-inspired city of Los Santos, along with "the surrounding hills, countryside and beaches." It's a " re-imagined, present-day Southern California," in much the same way that GTA IV delivered a re-imagined, present-day New York metropolitan area.
The press release also promises "a bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling and mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer." In other words, multiplayer is back. There's no mention of anything about the story or the character we saw in yesterday's trailer, but it's confirmed that the game "focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar."
The big remaining questions that go unanswered is: who the main characters are, which platforms will the game be released for and, most importantly, when will the game be out? On that last point, my money's on late 2012.