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Grand Theft Auto 5: The elephant absent from the E3 room

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Rockstar Games presents Grand Theft Auto 5... but not at E3.

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The sign for Grand Theft Auto 5's Hollywood equivalent, Vinewood.

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I-5, as depicted in the trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5.

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The beach from the trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5.

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Screenshot from the Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer.

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Screenshot of a Los Santos underpass from the Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer.

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Screenshot from the Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer.


Rockstar Games, the creators of the wildly popular (and wildly morally ambivalent) Grand Theft Auto games, decided to forgo the big stage of the E3 convention in downtown Los Angeles this year. That didn't prevent rumors from flying rampant, such as release date speculation, alleged leaks that turned out to be fake, and talk that the game is being secretly shown off at E3 behind closed doors.

So, what do we know about Grand Theft Auto 5? We know it's set in a modern day analogue version of Los Angeles known as Los Santos (which also appeared in the very first Grand Theft Auto game, as well as the early '90s period piece game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas).

The trailer shows the GTA versions of iconic parts of the L.A. area, including Hollywood, downtown L.A., the Santa Monica Pier, the hills, Muscle Beach, even I-5. Check it out below:

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