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'Grand Theft Auto V' maps assembled by eager fans

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Such is the anticipation ahead of "Grand Theft Auto V" in September that fans have been cleverly piecing together maps based on promotional materials already released by developer Rockstar Games. 

The GTA 5 O'Clock 'Grand Theft Auto V' Mapping Project V.1

Most recently, a blueprint-style map (imgur.com/q6VRCBB.jpg) mimics the look of a scroll to be included with the Special and Collectors' Editions of the game, which portrays the Los Santos city and Blaine County.

Unfortunately, the extrapolation takes liberties with copy-pasted segments from the authentic sections, and it was soon debunked.

That said, its core elements -- three shots of a city layout -- remain true to the map scroll source, pieced together by 'gorgeprofondegta4,' a French member of the GTAForums series fansite.

A more credible attempt (imgur.com/oiVfLNF.jpg) comes in a Google Maps color scheme courtesy of the weekly GTA V O'Clock show.

It's based on not only the blueprint clippings but also a litany of screenshot comparison discoveries and other mock-ups posted to GTAForums (in particular a draft by xrCore).

Fidelity to both the scroll map and screenshots makes it much more believable, although educated guesswork is a little trickier when it comes to the game's less densely packed rural areas.

The designers admit that their vision is a work in progress and, tapping the internet's combined analytical power, invite viewers to annotate and improve their forecast as necessary.

The open-world, Los Angeles crime satire "Grand Theft Auto V" has been confirmed for release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with any PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions yet to be announced.

It predates the significant releases of "FIFA Soccer 14" the following week, "Batman: Arkham Origins," "Assassin's Creed IV," "Battlefield 4" and "WWE 2K14" a month later in October, and then "Call of Duty: Ghosts" on November 5.

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