It’s a red letter day for video gamers.
On Tuesday, Rockstar Games, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO), released its much anticipated Grand Theft Auto V. The game allows players to navigate a large city, interacting with various unsavory and often violent criminals as they carry out missions. Players get to take part in car chases, shoot-outs and assorted examples of mayhem. The game’s latest edition remains true to the spirit of gleeful carnage found in its previous iterations, USA TODAY notes.
Here are four things to know about Grand Theft Auto V:
- It is available for both Sony‘s (SNE) Playstation 3 and Microsoft‘s (MSFT) Xbox 360 consoles.
- It is set in a fictionalized urban landscape based on Los Angeles.
- It offers three main characters, unlike prior editions, which focused on one.
- Rockstar Games will launch an online version — Grand Theft Auto Online — next month.
Yesterday, Amazon (AMZN) said that it had sold out its pre-orders of Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox consoles, though some copies for the Playstation were still available.
Shares of Take-Two climbed more than 2% in Tuesday pre-market trading.