Rockstar recently answered several questions posed by gamers anxious to get their hands on Grand Theft Auto V, providing new information about the game's format and three-character structure.
First, GTA V will come on a single Blu-Ray disc for the PlayStation 3 and a two-DVD disc format for the Xbox 360. It will require an installation on both consoles, so be prepared to clear up 8GB of space. For the Xbox version, the install comes on one disc and the actual game on the other, so gamers will not need to switch discs during gameplay. Despite the difference in number of discs, Rockstar maintains that the Playstation and Xbox versions will play exactly the same.
"Players can expect the same great gameplay experience on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, as they have both been developed in tandem," promised the publisher. "We expect any visual differences to be completely negligible."
Gamers have had several questions about how playing as the game's three protagonists, Michael, Franklin and Trevor, will work. Rockstar said that while you are playing one of the characters, the other two will continue living their lives, allowing you to drop in and immediately become immersed in a character's life. The option to switch is only available when you are not involved in a mission. Also, characters won't have the ability to go rogue and kill off the others, but they can interact with each other and even join up on missions.
"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," says Rockstar. "How and when you switch between characters when you're not on a mission is completely up to you."
Grand Theft Auto V will hit shelves worldwide for both platforms on Sept. 17. Rockstar has not yet disclosed any plans to bring the highly anticipated game to next-generation consoles or PC. "We are completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now," said the company.
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