Grand Theft Auto V to be launched next month
ROCKSTAR Games will launch the Grand Theft Auto series five on 2 November.
In an unexpected and understated move, the company surprised the games industry with a holding page on its website announcing the existence of Grand Theft Auto V.
The page simply features a logo for GTAV and a date for the game's first trailer on 2 November.
While next to nothing is known of the new game, the existence of GTAV was never in doubt.
However, the left-field nature of the announcement suggests the game may be coming sooner than expected.
The news comes after Grand Theft Auto III, the game that put Rockstar and the GTA series firmly on the map, celebrated its tenth anniversary with an iOS port.
Grand Theft Auto was originally created as a top down open world game for PC and Sony PlayStation by Edinburgh based DMA Design in 1997.
However, the series breakthrough came with Grand Theft Auto III for PlayStation 2 which garnered critical acclaim for its rich and detailed setting Liberty City.
GTA III arguably popularised the open-world template, and Rockstar have continued to build on this legacy with subsequent Grand Theft Auto games, and titles such as Old West adventure Red Dead Redemption.
The last game in the series, Grand Theft Auto IV, was the fastest selling game in the UK at the time of its release and the series as a whole has sold over 114 million copies worldwide.