Possibly the biggest announcement from Rockstar Games was that Grand Theft Auto V will feature not one, but three playable characters - Michael, Trevor and Franklin. Players will be able to change between the three characters as they please with the press of a single button. Changing characters during a mission allows players to see that mission from different perspectives and according to Rockstar, changing characters while free roaming, might find the characters in interesting situations.
Michael is a retired bank robber in his 40s and now under a witness protection program. His wife has burned through his substantial fortune causing him to get back in the game. Michael is the character we first saw in the original Grand Theft Auto V trailer over a year ago. His friend Trevor, the second protagonist, is described as a "drugged out psychopath" with a violent and criminal career. The final character, Franklin, is a young repo man in his 20s. Franklin is an aspiring young hustler and is described as "the capable one of the bunch." The three characters get together to perform heists, which are described as a "big part of the game."
You will experience different combinations of the three different characters, each of which has a particular skillset. For example, in one heist mission, Michael rappels down a building, while Franklin covers him from afar with a sniper rifle and Trevor flies in above in a helicopter. Players can switch back and forth between Michael grabbing a target inside the building and Franklin who is snyping baddies. Once you escape, you can choose to either fly the chopper as Trevor, snipe other pilots as Franklin or jump on a massive gun to mow down enemies as Michael.
Grand Theft Auto V is set in Lost Santos. Los Santos will be the biggest open world in Rockstar's history, "bigger than Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV and San Andreas combined." Players will even be able to explore underwater areas of the city. You can customize your characters with different clothes, but height and weight customization is not in the game. The phone will be returning in GTA V, although it has been streamlined with more modern features, like you'd see on a smartphone.
Rockstar games have changed the driving physics so that cars "stick to the ground a bit better" and have "a little more physics on them", making driving feel more like a racing game this time around. Shooting and melee have also been improved , as have pedestrian models (some of which are now mo-capped for realistic movement).
Outside of missions, players will be able to participate in a number of activities including jet-skiing, base-jumping, yoga, triathlons, tennis and golf. You will also be able to cruise around the massive map in bikes, cars, ATVs, helicopters, planes, jet-skis and boats. Similar to Red Dead Redemption, players will come across dynamic encounters which may include checking out broken down cars or picking up hitchhikers.