The lights are on
In typical Rockstar Games fashion, we know very little about Grand Theft Auto V. We've seen a trailer and a handful of screenshots, but that's about it. We may not have a lot of solid information, but that doesn't mean we can't draw our own conclusions.
Mobile Hijacking?People aren’t supposed to climb the side of these auto transporting trucks, at least not while they are moving. The exciting implication here is that you might be able to hijack moving vehicles. This guy could either be trying to steal the truck, or stealing one of the cars that the truck is transporting. Jumping out of cars while in motion has always been a blast in Grand Theft Auto, and now it looks like we may be able to do it in reverse.
The other, far more likely implication is that you're actually controlling the truck in question, and the guy on the side is just an NPC letting you know that you left the little door where you pump gas open, or maybe that you forgot to grab the coffee off the roof of your vehicle and now you're driving around with a coffee mug on top of your truck like an idiot.
Skydiving?Skydiving featured prominently in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and was added for Grand Theft Auto IV’s the Ballad of Gay Tony DLC. It looks like there is some base-jumping going on here. It’s not new, but it’s still something to get excited about. I hope there's a minigame where you have to untangle yourself from a tree.
Tennis and landscaping?Grand Theft Auto has always added all manner of strange minigames to its plethora of activities, and presumably Grand Theft Auto V has tennis. Back in 2006, Rockstar released a game called Rockstar Table Tennis, so it’s at least familiar with gameplay of the back-and-forth volley variety.
That house also looks very nice. Maybe it’s not even a house. Maybe it’s a country club, and maybe you need to become a member and pay dues. Those bushes are also very strange. Maybe they can be manipulated by the player. Maybe, along with tennis, there's also a landscaping minigame.
Even more dangerous than the military?When you get a six-star wanted rating in Grand Theft Auto, the military comes after you. The implication from this screenshot – to me at least – is that there's an added seventh star, and it comes in the form of a single man in a reflective vest. You can clearly see that the man on the right is part of the chase. He's not running away; he's running after you. And he's dangerous.
Dirtbikes?Dirtbikes have been around since motorcycles were introduced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This looks like a legitimate race, so I think it’s safe to assume that you can take part in some dirtbike racing. Maybe you can bet on races, or race them yourself. The bikers are also wearing highly appropriate gear. Changing clothes would not be a Grand Theft Auto epiphany, but changing your outfit to suit your activity might be. It’s possible that wearing the correct gear might make you a better biker. Maybe it will be possible to sustain fatal, or nearly fatal injuries by dirtbike racing in nothing more than high-heels and underpants. Now this is starting to sound more like a wishlist, rather than analysis.
Jets?That is a jet equipped with missiles, and judging by the blurred lights, it’s moving very fast. How far can you fly in Grand Theft Auto V? In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas there was a mission where you flew to Liberty City for a job. You didn’t actually fly to Liberty City, so it was a bit of a cop-out, but maybe you can in Grand Theft Auto V. They might not be able to fit multiple cities on a disc, but you might be able to on a large enough hard drive.
Bicycles?I loved the bicycles in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If you were patient enough, you could upgrade your bike stats to a point where even getting hit by a car wouldn’t knock you off of your two wheels. I was sad to see them missing in Grand Theft Auto IV, but it looks like they're back for the sequel. Much like the dirtbike example above, this biker is dressed appropriately for a bike ride on the beach. He could really use some high-heels and underpants, though.
Laser sights?Grand Theft Auto has never messed with player-controlled light sources like lasers or flashlights. This could just be a new tech addition, or it could hint at the ability to upgrade your weapons. Hopefully, you can detach the laser pointer from your gun, go to the amusement park in the bicycle screenshot, and aim the laser pointer at peoples' butts and laugh.
Co-op?That plane looks like it has two seats. The game will likely have multiplayer just as it appeared in Grand Theft Auto IV, but maybe we can expect some cooperative two-player action as well. Also, that is some nice looking water.
Who are these guys?The guy in the middle shot looks like the protagonist revealed in Grand Theft Auto V's trailer. The other two could be anybody, but they seem like they are being highlighted. They could be multiplayer avatars, random citizens of Vinewood, or additional playable characters. My bet? They're probably friends of the protagonist. Maybe they're the guys that pull him back into the life he is trying to leave behind. They'll also be the guys laughing alongside you at the amusement park with all your laser-pointing shenanigans.
What else?Surely there is a minute detail I have missed, or maybe I haven't gone far enough with my predictions. What did you see that I didn't? And what do you want to see in Grand Theft Auto V that isn't hinted at in any of the media released by Rockstar Games so far? Let us know below.
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