Aftermath of GTA V Announcement: Logo meaning and rumors

Posted by TreeFitty October 26, 2011 : 31 Comments : 189,340 Views

The dust is settling after the explosion of excitement following Rockstar's nonchalant announcement of Grand Theft Auto V. So now that you've gotten past the shock and sucked an IV bag dry, what's there to talk about? Plenty.

V Dissection

First let's look at the logo itself. Quite a change from the standard Roman numerals we are used to for GTA III and IV. The V has curves where the main parts of the V meet the serifs. There are 2 layers of strokes around the V (white and black, grey is entire GTA V logo) and a solid black inner shadow. The fill of the V goes from grey at the top left to green at the bottom right with a fishnet pattern. Very fancy and reminiscent of something older and business-like.
GTA V Official Logo
The banner across the V features the word FIVE in Federal typeface, essentially what is seen on United States currency. A very similar style of V and banner is seen on a 1907 $5 Bill:

GTA V Dollar Bill Compare

There are a few other historical bills with similar Vs too. So it's definitely about American money, putting us in the US for a GTA V location but where exactly?

The two major locations associated with money in the US are the capital in Washington, DC and another more familiar place with a gambling problem: Las Vegas aka Las Venturas! Another point some fans are bringing up is the upside-down "spade" inside the V, and even that the V in FIVE could make an A when turned making an Ace of Spades. This points us at Las Venturas again.

An interesting thing revolves around the V+FIVE banner combination. Is it really a repeat of the number 5 or does V mean something? Vice City, Vinewood, or even Venturas again could fit for a V-named location. Vice crimes and vices in general can involve money, Los Santos has been rumored many times as the location of the next GTA which includes the area of Vinewood (aka Hollywood, full of rich and famous people), and we just mentioned Venturas with gambling.

Of course this is purely speculation. Grand Theft Auto V could be elsewhere and the V not pertain to any specific location since money is just a big part of GTA and everything else in the world. There is still a possibility that we'll go outside the US either partially for a few missions or maybe during a decent chunk of the game. You never know.

What others are saying

IGN is busy getting our hopes up with an article about how Grand Theft Auto V will capture the feel of an era and location like Vice City did while combining a very interactive gameplay environment that isn't as much an RPG as San Andreas but still offers plenty to do. They also go on to say that as far as modern times go, Rockstar hasn't dabbled in the 1960s or 70s yet so perhaps those will be the eras we rampage in for GTA V.

Kotaku is spreading more rumors that their sources are still saying Los Angeles due to Rockstar's experience with the location and additionally that many of these sources are saying GTA V will have more than one playable character. We've played multiple characters in the same city quite a few times with Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories, and the Liberty City Episodes but those were separate games or add-ons. It is very possible we could play more than one person in the initial Grand Theft Auto V game.

Young Maylay (aka Carl CJ Johnson of San Andreas fame) has been tweeting and retweeting since the announcement of GTA V. Many fans wanting him back in one way or another. It has been made known previously that Maylay works pretty close with Rockstar on scripts. Exactly what he helps out with is unknown and there's the possibility he can lend his voice again for CJ or other people in the Grand Theft Auto V realm.

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Comments (31)

  • GTAFAN1 (Guest) December 04, 2011
    In observations it took i think there will be many new mini game's such as fishing, because of a No fishing sign in the begging and golfing. Also there are many mountains and hikers. At the start there was a dog, so maybe there will be pets and other animals like stray's and wild animals. There were many people that looks like many playable characters. Also there were many scenes with blimp's so maybe new vehicle's and it also looks like there bringing back planes. There also might be customizing tattoo's cause of the man being chased by the police had many tattoos. This were just observations that i took.
  • Ash_wales (Guest) December 03, 2011
    I think the next step for gta would be more interaction with the world and more "real life" eg. using items found on street (bricks, pipes ect.) and more vehicles , Bikes(san andreas). The thing i have noticed with gta is all games have different things and then next game come out and it has lost these things. More money making oppitunitys eg. robbing banks, jewelry shops and smaller shops as a free roam option not just as main missions and purchasing businesses and property to increase your money to purchases clothing, weapons and a good idea would be purchasing cars and bikes rather that just slealing (watching films gangsters and gangs steal and deal to purchase things and enhance there lives!!) more dealing with authority figures too!! love the games and REALY REALY cant wait for this one!!!
  • saintsrow3 (Guest) December 02, 2011
    i think albert is in it and hes 53 and thats not cool at all i think its sad like i said on my last message its my opinion just letting you know what i think bout the idea of a 53 year old dude playing the lead roll in gta5
  • saintsrow3 (Guest) December 01, 2011
    i think that cj wont be in gta5 hes had his time hes been in one game thats enough and i think some on young like anthony who is age 15 or some one who is 18 not 50 thats to old and weird but thats my opinion im just letting you know who i think should be in the new gta5 :D
  • Chevyman1911 (Guest) November 22, 2011
    this is my gamertag for xbox live but let me tell you GTA V will be the best if they get car modification added like san andreas and Rockstar puts that in multiplayer with jets and planes and all the other goodies so i cant wait in freaking out!!!!
  • xboxguy vs pspdude (Guest) November 19, 2011
    Saints Row 3 better look out GTA 5 is your father
  • thurlbread410 (Guest) November 08, 2011
    I think GTA 5 will be release april 21 or in may 9 2012... (GTA 5 is going to rape Saints Row)
  • AbdQud (Guest) October 30, 2011
    for real i gotta say this is future alot of thinks coming out real simple more features motion scan if they involved it and young maylay was involved too i agree it will be nice ill make sure
  • Stevie (Guest) October 30, 2011
    My guess for the relaease date is Friday July 27th 2012 In the uk. A good 4 months after Max Payne if not then Oct 2012. Either way looking forward to the trailer on Tues.
  • Majur23 (Guest) October 29, 2011
    No matter where the location will be,they need to add San Andreas features + RAGE engine and you have most completed GTA game.GTA IV was great game but it is like Rockstar where cheap on features(No haircuts,stats,little submissions).San Andreas features + Todays RAGE engine + Todays Euphoria physics = Most completed GTA ever.Only next generation GTA can beat it.
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