Grand Theft Auto 5’s latest gameplay video introduces its three protagonists – Michael, Franklin and Trevor – and reveals footage of the games’ mega-heist abilities, as well as the possible leisure activities that can be performed by the characters.

This newest addition to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, to be played on the Xbox 360 on PS3, promises to offer a unique gaming experience to past releases. For starters, GTA 5 will allow the player to interchange between three characters. This structure makes it possible to see and execute a heist from multiple vantage points. If one player is in the getaway vehicle, another wielding a gun and another grabbing the loot, the gamer can interchange between the tasks at will.

As for the three anti-heroes, the new gameplay footage gives abbreviated back-stories for them. Michael was once a successful bank robber, and now struggles as a husband and father. Franklin is an arrogant street hustler, convinced everyone is beneath him. And Trevor, according to the narrator, well, “The less said about him, the better.”

What’s more, Grand Theft Auto 5 will have advanced customization options not available in previous versions. In between the high-stakes robberies and lesser side thefts, Michael, Franklin and Trevor – through the game player – will be able to spend their money on a variety of items and activities. Cars and clothes and real estate can be purchased, and leisurely golf and tennis outings are possible, as well as skydiving and biking. Furthermore, when playing one character, it’s easy to call up one of the others to come join.

Rockstar, the game developers, have also announced that GTA 5 will have a lot less relationship-maintenance requirements. Furthermore, the characters personal lives will continue progressing even when you’re not playing them. "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," said Rockstar, "or whatever else these guys do in their free time.”

Grand Theft Auto 5 is set to be released Sept. 17.

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