Two preview screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V emerged from an impromptu Q&A posted on the Rockstar Games website.
With Grand Theft Auto V's city of Los Santos based on Los Angeles, the images of a police chopper over the concrete jungle and a peaceful waterside park give plenty for fans and locals to pick out.
For instance, the real life Echo Park and Lake Balboa seem the most likely candidates to inspire GTA V's tranquil resting place; the air image foreground corresponds to Beverly Hills and Downtown LA, while the Vincent Thomas Bridge lurks in the hazy distance.
Rockstar, notoriously coy about releasing information early, explained its rationale thus:
"We are very busy working on the game! Everything is going well, but the game is a huge project."
"We want to make sure we only release 100% correct information, and ... to keep plenty back for the actual game release so there are still lots of surprises when you play it."
"The only things we care about are that you enjoy the experience of actually playing the game and that we release accurate information."
Some estimates have placed Grand Theft Auto V for a late 2012 release, especially given publisher Take Two's optimistic financial projections, although Rockstar has more recently favored the month of May for the launches of Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption.