That is if the comments of one naughty British magazine employee regarding Grand Theft Auto V are to be believed.
Assuming they are legitimate, then it's probably safe to assume that said person no longer has a job. Given the current economic climate, we can only assume that the alleged loose-lips is either a confident liar or a complete and utter idiot. Either way, it gives us something interesting to talk about.
The mag I work for will be running a Grand Theft Auto V special in its January issue, claimed a post on a GTA themed message board. They are currently under a strict embargo but talk flowed out of the office and hence why I am posting here.
"The game world is absolutely massive and will push both XBOX and PS3 to the very limit in terms of what it has accomplished. Yes, the main city is simply Los Santos however is it at least four times bigger than Liberty City in GTA IV and that is just Los Santos. The surrounding country side, beaches are massive."
The post goes on to detail a number of specific features, such as improved animations, refined gunplay, an increase in the number of indoor environments and a greater amount of NPCs simply going about their business.
"The views are incredible from farmhouses with cattle, huge wind farms, [and] an oil refinery which appears to be living and breathing with nearly 100 NPCs working on machinery, operating vehicles, lifting and loading," the post continued.
Apparently cars can now be upgraded, the game's dating aspect is gone, and new mini-games are in. These include arm wrestling, rock climbing and more — all hinted at in the game's debut trailer.
There's much more to glean from the post through here, which reads more like a fanboy's wishlist than a genuine piece of information.
Both Future and Imagine Publishing have said that the information did not come from either of the company's PlayStation magazines — meaning the content could as yet be a hoax.
We'll have to wait for the real embargo to lift to find out for definite.