GTA V Confirmed To Have Three Protagonists

In advance of Game Informer’s huge December cover story, in which the first detailed look at the game will be revealed, concrete information about Grand Theft Auto V is finally beginning to slip out. And congratulations are in order, because it’s beginning to look like many of the rumors leaked over the last year may have been deliberate misinformation.

First up, the rumor of more than one protagonist is true. The cover story confirms that GTA V will feature 3 playable characters, all of which are featured in the image at the top of this page. They have all been featured in the trailer, or in official art, but this is the first confirmation of their identities. No word yet on how three separate protagonists will be used during a single game, but if the word that GTA V is the biggest ever open world Rockstar has made is true, there will presumably be plenty of room. The robbery scene in the trailer suggests at least two of these characters will be working together, so it’s unlikely there will be the kind of segregation in story we saw with the Episodes From Liberty City. Hopefully all three characters will get a robust story and players won’t be stuck with three incomplete experiences.

In addition, Game Informer’s Matt Bertz has confirmed on Twitter that none of them are named Albert, which fully debunks the rumors from earlier this year that the main character of GTA V would be named Albert de Silva. To which I have to say well played, Rockstar. I am now fully convinced that you’ve been waging a very successful disinformation campaign for nearly a year.

For more, see Game Informer. In the meantime, here’s the full cover:

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1 Comment on GTA V Confirmed To Have Three Protagonists

R.J.

On November 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I’m actually intrigued by this idea. They experimented with the concept with GTA 4 and the two side stories for that game. Sometimes lengthy games like GTA can get a bit dull, so having access to different characters might help with that. Plus, since each character will be doing something different during the heists in the game it could open up the chance to replay the game from different perspectives.

As Ross mentioned, the down side could be that switching to a different character might only provide superficial differences. I’d like the switching to do more than just offer different gameplay, but to see aspects of the story that were otherwise unknown. The fun thing about the Episodes for GTA 4 was that there was plenty of reason for these stories to intersect and they cleared up loose ends.