Rockstar have revealed the first official GTA V gameplay trailer, giving fans the most in-depth look at the upcoming sandbox title than ever before.

It was made available online at 10am EST (3pm GMT) via official Rockstar channels. You can watch the trailer for yourselves below…

The gameplay video shows off the new character-switching mechanism, as well as bike racing, tennis, underwater diving, hunting for deer, heist missions, police chases and so, so much more.

Rockstar also touched upon their new online feature known simply as “GTA Online”, which we will get more details for in the very near future.

For the first ever time in the GTA franchise, Players will control three protagonists, Franklin, Michael, and Trevor, who we are happy to say appears as crazy as ever in this new video, as he tries to flush a corpse down the toilet.

Players can explore Los Santos in its intricate, beutiful glory from the offset, and traverse the modern-day Los Angeles and Southern California-based terrain at will, from its beaches and backwoods to mountains and oceans.

Gamers will also be able to customise their characters in intricate levels of detail, as demonstrated in the trailer, and can choose between different pieces of attire and can even pick a colour using a slider. Cars can also be modified, as in GTA San Andreas.

Property and real estate can also be purchased and invested in.

GTA V will be the largest Grand Theft Auto game ever released and is bigger than the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV combined.

GTA V launches September 17 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The 360 version of the game will ship on two discs and will require an 8GB install.

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This article was first posted on July 9, 2013