Official GTA 5 Box Art Reveals It Is, in Fact, GTA Box Art

Rockstar Games has released the official box art for Grand Theft Auto V, and it confirms something we’re sure everyone has been dying to know: it is, indeed, Grand Theft Auto box art.

Here, for your amusement, is how your copy of Grand Theft Auto V is going to look:

Pretty? Sure. But interesting? Well, since 2001, the Grand Theft Auto series’ box art has relied on an aesthetic that borrows heavily from comics and from exploitation films of a bygone era, with only a slight art shift from cartoony, to the more realistic style of the HD era. In fact, it has followed almost the exact same formula since Vice City:

In the nearly 12 years that Rockstar Games has managed the Grand Theft Auto series*, we have become accustomed to several constants. At least one NPC’s dialogue will be horrendous, with lines obviously read during a 5 minute recording session with no second take. You will be prevented from accessing the game’s entire map for completely arbitrary reasons. Lazlo. Increasing humorlessness.

Some of that may indeed change. But thank God, Grand Theft Auto cover art will always be Grand Theft Auto cover art.

What do you think about the new cover art? The best thing ever? Yet another news that isn’t news from Rockstars’ expert C*cktease operation Marketing team? Sound off in comments.

* The series was created by Scotland-based DMA Design, which had a publishing deal with Rockstar; it was ultimately purchased by Take-Two and renamed Rockstar North in 2002.

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2 Comments on Official GTA 5 Box Art Reveals It Is, in Fact, GTA Box Art


On April 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I’ve always liked the GTA box art, and it’s at least a bit more interesting than the cover where the protagonist is standing alone that has become the standard.


On April 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Its iconic cover art and people know exactly what it is with just a quick glance. Why fix something that isn’t broken?