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GTA V Surprise Announcement at E3?

/ May 28th, 2013 7 Comments



GTA V has been very elusive since its official announcement almost two years ago. After all, there was about a year long gap between each official GTA V trailer. Since the game’s spring 2013 release date announcement and subsequent delay to Sep. 17, Rockstar Games has done a pretty decent job at providing players with new information – despite the initial deluge of gamer rage. For many gamers, the question is usually “what’s next?”; and the answer just might be E3.

[adsense250itp]The hesitation is understood because it has already been said that GTA V won’t be making an appearance at the yearly convention. Rockstar is notorious for doing their own thing and not falling in line with other companies; E3 has rarely been graced with their presence. However, it is E3 and almost anything is possible, even if it’s GTA V related. E3 is at the same time a magical and terrifying place. A place where Gabe Newell, fresh off his hate of the PS3, announced that Portal 2 would be on the system. A place where Nintendo thought the Wii Music air drums demo was a good idea. Is it so unrealistic to think that something GTA V related might not be shown?

Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar and also 2K Games, recently confirmed that none of their subsidiaries’ games would be making an appearance at E3. That means no GTA V and definitely no The Bureau: XCOM Declassified either. While this seems like a definitive “don’t get your hopes up” situation, it would give a surprise GTA V reveal or announcement even more impact.

During the initial backlash of the delay, Rockstar was accused of many devious plots. One of these rumors was that a next gen version of GTA V was coming. The delay would ensure that all versions of the game would hit stores close to the PS4 and next Xbox (now called the Xbox One) releases. Based on the recently released character trailers and how polished the game looks, a next gen announcement wouldn’t be that unrealistic. Both Microsoft and Sony are going to be focusing on games during their E3 conferences. Wouldn’t it be an amazing coup to simply replay a previously released GTA V trailer and slap a PS4 or Xbox One logo at the end of it?



Gameplay is something many have been thirsting for when it comes to GTA V. What good is a next gen announcement if no one has seen how the thing plays? The information combined from all the press releases and trailers have allowed gamers to get a general feel for the tone and story of this newest foray into San Andreas. It’s time to put the impressively cut trailers with great music out of the spotlight – it’s time to show off those much hyped new mechanics. Rockstar has been demoing a chunk of gameplay to the press that features how one of the GTA V heist missions will play out. E3 presents the perfect opportunity to blow away the media and viewers by showing just a taste of this mission. There’s honestly no reason not to, Rockstar just needs to do it.

E3 will be packed to the brim with games but there’s always room for GTA V. Just because it’s been said the game “won’t be there” doesn’t mean something can’t be said about it. If Nintendo even whispered that GTA V was coming to the Wii U it would probably cause the industry to implode while technically confirming that the game is also next gen. But most won’t hold their breaths on that one. The possibilities are endless and gamers will only have to wait a few more weeks to find out if GTA V will surprise at E3. Then again, maybe we will just see Agent.

Ben Sheene

Ben Sheene

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ben is from Kentucky where he originally began playing games (an activity he still continues to this day). With a love for writing he graduated from Centre College with a BA in English. He recently moved to California to pursue whatever future endeavors were there. A passion for music, gaming, blogging, and existing keeps him up at night and crafts him into the person he is today.
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