Grand Theft Auto V Brings Back Real Estate

By Darryl Kaye on May 2, 2013, 4:10PM EST

Rockstar Games has revealed a ton of new information about Grand Theft Auto V, including talk of property acquisition, special abilities for the different characters and skill systems.

There are three main characters in Grand Theft Auto V and we're told that you'll be able to switch between them with relative ease. Each of them will have a different ability that maps to an element of the gameplay.

First off is Michael, a former bank robber. He's very much about finese, with the ability to slow down time when engaged in combat. Franklin, a repo man, will be able to slow down time when driving. Last off, you've got Trevor, who's ex-military. He will be much more suited to the nitty-gritty, as when he's injured, he will take less damage, but be able to deal more damage.

As with many other games in the past, and some of those from Rockstar, the abilities can only be used for a small amount of time and will be rechargeable depending on actions you perform.

Perhaps the bigger news though, is that Rockstar Games are going all-out on the sandbox element of the game. There will be numerous sports and mini-games for you to try your hand at as part of the experience. Mini-games such as ATM robberies, hijacking security vans and picking up hitch hikers.

The acquisition of property will also play a big part in Grand Theft Auto V. This hasn't been included in a Grand Theft Auto game since Vice City, but real estate will feature in a big way. You'll be able to purchase houses, garages, marinas and businesses to help you with revenue. The skill system from San Andreas will also return, rewarding you for performing different actions such as running and driving.

Grand Theft Auto V is due to release on the 17th of September, 2013. It'll be releasing on the PS3 and Xbox 360, as no next-generation consoles have been confirmed yet.

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