Today, developer Rockstar answered many of the questions surrounding Grand Theft Auto V in a Q&A article posted on their website.
One particular point of interest touched on is that GTA V will have a mandatory install before you can jump into the game. While many games already require minor installs, Grand Theft Auto V’s will be around 8GB, over twice the size of the previous entry in the series. The install will begin as soon as the disc is inserted, so be sure to make some space on your HDD beforehand.
Rockstar also answered questions about GTAV’s three protagonists and how switching between them works:
“Michael, Franklin and Trevor have their own separate lives with their own sets of friends and acquaintances, and even their own preferred ways of spending their free time. When you’re not on a mission, you can freely switch in real-time to any of the three characters to drop in and out of their lives letting you see what they’re up to. And because they have their own schedules, you’ll never know what they might be doing – you might drop in on Michael in the middle of a family dispute, interrupt Franklin chatting up some ladies, or Trevor on the run from the law – or whatever else these guys do in their free time... How and when you switch between characters when you’re not on a mission is completely up to you.
In addition, each of the guys has their own missions and side jobs. There will be times on a mission when you play as one character, or as combinations of two of them, and sometimes as all three, always being able to switch between the characters mid-action. Off mission, it’s up to you. You can play as one character on his own or hang out with either of the other two or both of them, or you can switch between any of them.”
Rockstar also mentions that GTAV will also come with a physical map of the game world, following series tradition, and that official gameplay footage will become available soon.
Grand Theft Auto V will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17.