Earlier this morning, Rockstar released a new Asked & Answered post on Rockstar Newswire. The famously reclusive studio has been mum on any word about their Next Big Thing but with their latest post they've answered some of your most frequently asked questions.
One of the commonly asked questions about the multiple character story arc is how you'll switch between the Trevor, Franklin, and Michael. Instead of single-handedly cleaning up every drug lord, gang kingpin, and crooked politician's problem, you'll guide each character on their own interweaving story.
Michael, Franklin and Trevor have their own separate lives with their own sets of friends and acquaintances, and even their own preferred ways of spending their free time. When you’re not on a mission, you can freely switch in real-time to any of the three characters to drop in and out of their lives letting you see what they’re up to. And because they have their own schedules, you’ll never know what they might be doing – you might drop in on Michael in the middle of a family dispute; interrupt Franklin chatting up some ladies, or Trevor on the run from the law – or whatever else these guys do in their free time... How and when you switch between characters when you’re not on a mission is completely up to you.
Rockstar goes on to say that each character will have their own side jobs with some missions involving one, two, or all three protagonists. Additionally, you can choose whichever guy you want to use and can even hang out with the others when off mission -- this seems to strike a nice balance between the annoyingly needy social circle of "GTA IV" and the fun little minigames around town.
Since you'll have a more freedom than any other GTA coupled with the three characters, of course -- in classic GTA fashion --players asked if they could immediately break the game by killing the other two heroes.
In the open world, the characters are meant to be living their own ongoing and unpredictable personal lives, so understandably it’s not always easy to track one of them down in the vast city of Los Santos or the many towns spread about Blaine County at any given moment, but you will be able to find them. Having found them, (or simply after calling them up and arranging to meet them), you’ll certainly be able to hang out with them, annoy them should you choose, and maybe even assault them, but you won’t be able to kill them. They all have remarkable powers of recovery and good health insurance. The game is based on playing all sides of these three characters’ interwoven stories rather than having generic, interchangeable leads, so permanently killing a major character in that way wouldn’t make sense. If a player is determined enough though, they may well find a way to badly injure one of the characters and switching to that character would just put you in the hospital to continue where you left off.
Character development and sequence breaking aside, you better clear some room as you'll need 8 Gigs free for the mandatory install. This isn't anything to get too upset over as many other games -- such as "Halo 4," "Rage," and "Battlefield 3" -- required a hi-res texture install. Still, it might put a few others off if your HDD is topping out.
Grand Theft Auto V is the largest and most ambitious game we have yet created, and takes full advantage of every ounce of processing power available in the current generation of consoles. In order to provide the best possible experience for such a massive and detailed world, the game will have installation requirements on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 systems. For Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto V will ship on two discs; Disc 1 will be used for a one-time mandatory install and Disc 2 will be used to play the game. After the install, players will be able to enjoy both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online without any need to switch discs.
Unfortunately, there isn't any word on a PC build but seeing how "GTA IV" got a PC release and still has a strong mod community, anything is still possible. Also, next-gen systems might be getting a pass as well -- though it's reasonable to assume an announcement closer to when the PS4 and Xbox One release. You can read the rest of the article here.
"GTA V" will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th.