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'Grand Theft Auto 5' story spoilers revealed by Rockstar

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One of Grand Theft Auto 5's playable characters is the game's antagonist, Rockstar has revealed.

Speaking about the game's use of three playable characters, Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser said that their stories are completely interwoven and that users will play as both antagonist and protagonist.

New 'Grand Theft Auto 5' screenshots

© Rockstar Games



"The idea was three separate stories that you play in one game," Houser told The New York Times.

"The next bit was, let's not have the stories intersect once or twice but have them completely interwoven. It felt like it was going to be a real narrative strength: you get to play the protagonist and the antagonist in the same story," he added.

Houser also explained how he was influenced by the likes of Mario and Zelda, before revealing which areas of the game need to be completed.

"We are editing, fixing, removing, replacing, adding, avidly," he said. "It's the equivalent of, if you wrote a book, and you had two million spelling mistakes. And you had to do them by hand, in a language you didn't understand.

"But once it's working, you can sit there and watch the world go by. I still find that magical about them. You don't get that with anything else. The life might be fake, but it's still the closest we've come to a living artwork. I think that's the core appeal of them."

Grand Theft Auto 5 artwork

© Rockstar Games



The three protagonists, named Trevor, Franklin and Michael, will each have their own personality, skill set and social circles to interact with that contribute to the game's overall story. Trevor is a drug-addicted career criminal while Franklin is a street hustler and Michael is a retired bank robber.

The details emerged ahead of a new trailer, which will debut on November 14. The trailer was supposed to arrive earlier this week, but was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy closing Rockstar's New York offices.

Announced last year, Grand Theft Auto 5 will take place in Los Santos, which is loosely based on present-day Southern California. The game supposedly takes place in "the largest and most thriving game world" that Rockstar has ever created.

Grand Theft Auto 5 was recently announced for a spring 2013 release, which Rockstar has now confirmed will be after March.

Pre-order bonuses will reportedly include a miniature slide viewer, which features five locations from the game.

Watch the Grand Theft Auto 5 announcement trailer below:

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