Grand Theft Auto V’s world bigger than Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV and San Andreas combined

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V will feature the biggest world Rockstar Games has ever created, the latest issue of US magazine Game Informer has revealed. With interiors and exteriors included, Los Santos is to be bigger than Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas combined.

Game Informer’s new issue, which international readers can buy on iOS and Android, features an exclusive 18-page look at the game, which was last week confirmed for release in Spring 2013. Rockstar president Sam Houser says that the company’s intent was to make a “proper Los Angeles. We felt we hadn’t done that with San Andreas – which was these very small, sketchlike cities.”

Inspired by the Grand Theft Auto IV DLC expansions The Lost And Damned and The Ballad Of Gay Tony, the game will feature three customisable protagonists (pictured on the magazine cover) between whom players can switch at will. Also revealed are the first details on mission design – confirming that there will be several “multi-tiered” heist missions, building on Three Leaf Clover, arguably GTA IV’s finest hour –  as well as the host of side missions and activities players will be able to get up to in Los Santos’ huge, varied sprawl.

And there’s a host of new screens, of course, and more besides. Follow the download links in the second paragraph for more; we’ll leave you with a quote from an interview with Rockstar North art director Aaron Garbut.

“When we’re building the world we tend to fly about and check things out using a freely moveable debug camera,” he says. “It’s pretty incredible to start out nearly a mile up overlooking the vast city, rivers, coastline, countryside, hills, mountains, canyons, deserts, wetlands, forests and all the little towns, farms, buildings, and settlements and then zoom in to an area.

“Whatever you can see, and you can see a lot, is fully realised, fully resolved, filled with unique characters, vehicles, missions and experiences and waiting for you to explore. It’s intense.”