How does a company like Rockstar follow up on its big titles from the past two years, Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire? Apparently by going back to the franchise that made it a household name among gaming enthusiasts and detractors alike. The first trailer (indeed, our first look at all) at Grand Theft Auto V is slated to debut next week on November 2. Kotaku points to rumors that a fictionalized version of Los Angeles will be the setting in this next installment of the series (under the guise of "Los Santos"). We'll know more next week.
As for me, I'd love to see GTA head out west. Having spent time in Los Angeles for E3 Expos, I kind of know my way around the real city enough to be able to travel through a fake version efficiently. Besides, I want to see Rockstar's parodical take on the Los Santos Convention Center with a mission that hits right at the heart of the E3 experience. There's plenty of gold to mine in a GTA set in Los Angeles, and you'd better believe that despite the timeline differential, I really want Detective Cole Phelps from L.A. Noire make a quick cameo.