A gallery of new Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshots published by Gamer.nl has detailed more of the game's world, said to be "five times bigger" than Rockstar's cowboy epic Red Dead Redemption.

This tallies with an earlier statement in Game Informer magazine that GTA5's world was more expansive than that of Red Dead Redemption, GTA4 and the original San Andreas combined.

In a separate interview, Rockstar boss and Grand Theft Auto writer Dan Houser has said he argued against a new instalment leaving the series' traditional US setting.

"I thought about it. A lot. Argued it every which way. I think, my own sense, speaking for myself and not for the company, is that it's as much a product Americana. That's such a big part of the game," Houser told InsideGamer.nl (via NeoGAF).

"You could make a great game set in Amsterdam. Would it be GTA? I don't know. We haven't done it, so I can't really offer a comment or an opinion on it. We've avoided it because we think that part of the experience of GTA is its engagement with America, or American media, American movies, American culture."

Grand Theft Auto 5 is set to be released next spring for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. After a year-long wait since its announcement, Rockstar's marketing campaign for the game is finally taking shape.

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