It was released on 17 September 2013 for the Play Station 3 and Xbox 360.
The game is played from a third-person perspective and allows the player to navigate the world on-foot or by utilising a number of vehicles.
Off-mission, the player is free to interact with the game world at their leisure, however illegal actions may incite a response from the game's law enforcement agencies.
Throughout the game, the player simultaneously controls the three lead protagonists, switching between them both during and outside of missions.
The story is framed by the heist sequences, and many of the missions make use of shooting and driving gameplay.
The game's online multiplayer mode allows up to 16 players to roam the open world, and engage in co-operative and competitive game matches, Development began shortly following the release of Grand Theft Auto IV.
The development team envisioned Grand Theft Auto V as a spiritual successor to many of their previous projects, such as Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3.
To innovate on the core structure of its predecessors, the team designed Grand Theft Auto V's gameplay and story around three lead characters instead of one.
Creating the game's open world required extensive research; the developers conducted field research around California throughout development, capturing footage to be sent to the design team.