Grand Theft Auto V: Set in Hollywood or Rothbury ?

Before the World went Call of Duty crazy, remedy Grand Theft Auto was top-dog in the gaming world. Indeed it was the world’s fastest selling game before the older bullying brother came a long and took that top spot.

Well, recipe now it would seem that after the fantastic Red Dead Redemption (read our review here) Rockstar are ready to return to their seminal series Grand Theft Auto. And rumours that are swirling around the interweb, medicine is that the new game is likely to be Hollywood not Rothbury.

According to unnamed sources, the game might be announced at a Max Payne event in the coming weeks. Rockstar famously bowed out of E3 this year’s and decided to show its own games at their own event. Well this event may now show off the fruits of their labour. We have no doubt that game is well into production and will see the light of day by Christmas 2011.

This all comes after some imaginative journalism at the Daily Star last week, where they ran a story saying that Rockstar was making a GTA: Rothbury, which would follow horrific crimes of Roal Moat. You honestly can’t make it up.

The paper has apologised since and released a statement saying “It is now accepted that there were never any plans by Rockstar Games to publish such a game and that the story was false. We apologise for publishing the story using a mock-up of the game cover, our own comments on the matter and soliciting critical comments from a grieving family member.”

The most telling part of The Daily Star’s apology is this: “We made no attempt to check the accuracy of the story before publication and did not contact Rockstar Games prior to publishing the story. We also did not question why a best selling and critically acclaimed fictional games series would choose to base one of their most popular games on this horrifying real crime event.”

Rockstar’s army of lawyers clearly gave The Daily Star quite a going over. One good thing has come out of the tawdry affair though: it has donated the damages it received from the paper to charity.

So what did you think of the Daily Star? We were going to link to the apology, but that would give them more exposure and know one wants that.

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