It’s not uncommon to announce a hot new game and have the roof blown off by the sheer awesomeness of it, but in the 24/7 news cycle that exists for the Internet, sometimes an announcement is all you need. But is the recent announcement of the upcoming trailer for Grand Theft Auto V news?
As a point of fact, literally the only announcement is that a trailer exists for Grand Theft Auto V, we will see it on November 2nd, and that is all. Until that announcement, nothing even existed to suggest there ever would be a Grand Theft Auto V. Except, of course, the endless speculation that the Internet fosters.
Within the one whole day since the Rockstar website went live, the Inernet has already exploded with a sea of articles explaining exactly nothing about the up-and-coming game, simply because nothing actually exists about the game. Not one screenshot, not one press release (which, of course, this article is now contributing to, in some way…).
All we’ve gotten so far is a long list of articles from top gaming sites and bloggers alike speculating about what they want to see, running down a history of the franchise that anyone could have gotten from a Wikipedia article, and occassionally bringing up the fact that “children’s crusader” Jack Thompson was actually disbarred for his repeated attempts to have the game banned and probably expunged from history via use of a flying Delorean or cramped phone booth.
Point is, a game announcement is nothing new. And GTA is, of course, a popular series, which has a strong following and an innovative, truly open-world gameplay that has garnered a noteworthy, at times controversial, reputation. So speculation is probably expected, but people have been speculating about this game since the first day GTA IV was released. The city it’s in? Who knows? The time it’s in? Who cares? How many hookers can you kill in a single blow (heh)? Probably plenty. But is it worth more than a splash page and a confirmation of the date? Hardly.
In a week, we’ll know a lot more than we do now, and we can finally direct our speculation in the right direction (though, clearly, the game will feature an alien from another planet, drunken UFO flying, a racist talking dog, a cameo by a velociraptor, and a bonus unlockable mole man level once you’ve killed your thousandth pregnant teenager. Clearly…).