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Welcome back: Rockstar announces GTA V

Game developer has replaced its Web site with the GTA V logo, but has not divulged any game information. A trailer will debut next week.

More than three years after the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV, the creator of the franchise, Rockstar Games, has finally revealed that another entrant is on the way.

Web users who head over to the Rockstar Games Web site today will not be able to access its pages. Instead, the site has been replaced with the Grand Theft Auto V logo, along with a promise to launch a game trailer on November 2. Other than that, Rockstar hasn't divulged any details on the game.

Rumors have been swirling for years that Rockstar would launch a new Grand Theft Auto game. However, the company has stopped short of announcing the title, deciding instead to focus its efforts on other popular games it has launched recently, like Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire.

But given the success of Grand Theft Auto IV, it seemed that it would only be a matter of time before its successor was announced.

After hitting store shelves in 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV became a mega-hit around the world, tallying first-week unit sales of 6 million copies and bringing in $500 million during that period. The game became the biggest launch in the industry's history, easily besting the previous record-holder, Halo 3.

More than a year later, however, Grand Theft Auto IV lost its crown to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Last year's release of Call of Duty: Black Ops then bested that title to become the bestselling game of all-time.

Rockstar did not immediately respond to request for information on the game. However, we should know much more next week after the trailer launches.