Earlier this week, Rockstar released a couple of new screenshots for Grand Theft Auto V, but not much else by way of news or details, leaving GTA fans chomping at the bit for more information. Since the game’s announcement trailer last November, Rockstar has pulled the curtains shut on its development, with all news drying up to a slow trickle. The silence surrounding the game strongly suggests that the kerfuffle raised earlier in the year by developer’s resume stating a fall 2012 release may indeed have been for naught.
Despite the hush-hush development, gamers were able to glean a fact or two from a recent Q&A hosted by Rockstar which covered both Max Payne 3 and GTA. Most significant, perhaps, is the news that planes, jets, and other forms of aircraft will be making a triumphant return in GTA V, after being notably absent from GTA IV. Rockstar felt GTA IV was simply too small to properly support flying vehicles; however, this is no longer the case. In fact, the developer claims that GTA V is their “biggest open world game to date.” That’s a lot to live up to, but the bigger GTA V is, the longer we’ll be able to tide ourselves over until Red Dead Redemption 2...
In other gaming news this week, Sleeping Dogs looks poised to become a monster hit, the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series returns, Sony leaks new Playstation photographs — but not the ones we’ve been hoping for, Sam Raimi drops the World of Warcraft movie, and gamers kill Salman Rushdie — wait, what? Read on!
- Sleeping Dogs, a revelation at this year’s E3, looks to bring hard-boiled Hong Kong cinema to the video gaming masses in a GTA-style open world crime thriller set in (where else?) Hong Kong. Some top-notch star power is associated with the game, including Edison Chen, Lucy Liu, Emma Stone, and Kelly Hu. IGN brings us a sneak preview:
- Sam Raimi is no longer connected to the World of Warcraft movie. In other news, apparently there’s a World of Warcraft movie in the works.
- The surprisingly decent Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series is returning for a second season.
- The Elder Scrolls MMO is currently focused on PC development, but has its eye on the potential of next-gen consoles, as well.
- Last week, there were rumblings that a new, even slimmer PlayStation 3 was in development. This week, we have photographic evidence. What kind of demand will there be for new PS3s when the PS4 is rumoured to be right around the corner?
- So... uhhh... if you’ve ever wanted to execute Salman Rushdie in a video game, here’s your chance? Go try out The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of His Verdict. Or not.
- Borderlands 2 hits up the jungle, which is good. The Lion Sleeps Tonight is now stuck in our heads for all eternity, which is bad.
- Finally, An extremely interesting article on the sounds of Diablo 3. What exactly makes all those gushy, squishy, roaring, burning, sizzling sounds in-game? Many things, it turns out, in the oddest combinations.