With an exclusive interview and trailer for IGN, Rockstar announced that a first-person mode is coming to the current gen remakes of Grand Theft Auto V. Even during the short three-minute teaser trailer that Rockstar put together to show off the new view, it is clear that this mode is not just a slapped together camera shoved closer to the action. The entirety of Los Santos was built from the ground up to accommodate this new viewpoint – and it shows.
As animation director Rob Nelson explained, the primary reason this mode wasn’t included in the last generation versions of the game was due to a lack of time and powerful hardware.
“We’ve always been in interested in it, but it’s never really been an option for us,” Nelson says. “I don’t think we could’ve put it in the [last-gen version] because we were too busy making the game. We were too busy working on our third-person controls and the missions.”
“We were out of memory on the old consoles for animations. We were constantly fighting about what we could have and what we could still push in, and what other areas you could steal memory back from – audio, art, maps – for animation. So we could’ve added all the atoms to make a first-person mode to the level we wanted. We weren’t sure the world would have held up the way we would’ve wanted it to.”
One of the most re-assuring statements from the articles, as someone who absolutely loves Grand Theft Auto Online, is the fact that the revamped viewpoint will be available in both single- and multi-player.
The Grand Theft Auto Series has always been immersive in its own right, even when you were just playing as a sprite with a top-down perspective, but putting the giant city of Los Santos in front of you while in first-person is going to be incredible. Guns, cars, bikes, helicopters, and more all have their own specially crafted HUDs and screens. Cars feature working spedometers – something a lot of racing games still don’t even do – and your character will actually put on a helmet when getting on a bike or into a helicopter.
So far, the only worrying thing about the announcement was the lack of confirmation that the first-person view will be available from day one. I don’t even need to mention the H-word when it comes to things missing from Grand Theft Auto anymore, but I just hope this is there on launch day and we are not forced to wait months for it. This feature alone is going to be enough to make fans who already owned the game on Xbox 360 or PS3 buy it again, and rightfully so.
Check out the source link for the full details from IGN, and look for the shiny new version of your favorite crime-trio when Grand Theft Auto V comes out on Xbox One and PS4 on November 18th and on PC in early 2015.