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Grand Theft Auto V details revealed: Three protagonists, biggest GTA ever

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Video game crime is set to explode in 2013 thanks to the release of Grand Theft Auto V. And thanks to Game Informer, we finally have a few firm details about exactly what the game has in store. An 18-page cover story in the magazine's December issue reveals a wealth of info about the enigmatic open-world game, and it packs some doozies.

For starters, you won't be playing as one character, you'll play as three: retired former bank robber Michael (also the narrator in the game's debut trailer), career criminal and 'loose cannon' Trevor, and young street hustler Franklin. You'll even be able to swap between the three at will.

It's set in Los Santos, the fictitious take on Los Angeles first covered in GTA: San Andreas. But it's significantly bigger than that game -- or any other Rockstar game, as it were. The world of GTA V is bigger than three previous Rockstar hits -- San Andreas, Red Dead Redemption, and GTA IV -- combined.

The game will also feature more vehicles than any GTA game, extracurricular activities like jet skiing, golf and base-jumping (!), randomized street missions and a more functional in-game economy than what we got with GTA IV.

It all sounds pretty magnificent, and the game industry could certainly use a Grand Theft Auto-sized boost. The franchise has sold over 110 million copies to date -- putting it in the all-time top 10 -- and EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich believes the new game could sell as many as 25 million copies in its first year alone.

You can get the full story — it's a massive spread -- in the December issue of Game Informer, though it's already available digitally.

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