New GTA V trailer shows more windmills, still no Palm Springs

August 16th, 2013 | by Brett Kelman | Comments

About two weeks ago I wrote a blog post about the possibility that Palm Springs would appear in the upcoming video game blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V.

The game takes place in a parody version of Los Angeles, known as “Los Santos,” but also includes large stretches of landscape meant to represent more of southern California. The game world also includes a parallel version of the Salton Sea.

Some of the early game trailers featured shots of a desert windmill field that looked awfully similar to the windmills along the interstate north of Palm Springs.

Rockstar, the company behind the Grand Theft Auto series, has neither confirmed nor denied if a parody of Palm Springs will appear in the game.

Look familiar? The top photo is a screenshot from a GTA V trailer.

Look familiar? The top photo is a screenshot from a GTA V trailer.

However, now Rockstar has released more footage. Each frame carries the potential for more clues.

Earlier this week the company released a new trailer, detailing the multi-player portion of GTA V. The trailer explains that GTA V will include an evolving, online world that allows 16 gamers to play together, embracing the chaotic freedom the game is known for as teammates or rivals. (The full trailer is embedded below.)

After I spent a few minutes gushing over the trailer, I watched it a few more times, searching for any additional hints of a virtual Palm Springs.

What I found was more of the same: Quick shots of windmills in a desert area, but nothing that points directly to Palm Springs or the Coachella Valley.

Here are some snapshots taken from the new trailer:


Do you think the trailer holds more clues? It might. Click below to watch it for yourself. If you find anything that could point to the Coachella Valley, feel free to e-mail me a

Rockstar has already confirmed that the gain includes the Alamo Sea, a not-so-flattering version of the real Salton Sea, in the desert region outside its bizarro version of Los Angeles.

Based on evidence from a past trailer, it looks like the coast of the Alamo Sea includes a town by the name of “Sandy Shores,” filled with run-down homes and trailers.

The entrance to Sandy Shores looks remarkably similar to a real landmark near the Salton Sea. (Composite photo to the right.)

Now look at this shot from the new trailer (But ignore the jet, as cool as it may be.) Is that the edge of Sandy Shores on the edge of the (Alamo) Salton Sea?

Maybe. We won’t know for sure for another month.


Grand Theft Auto V is set for release on Xbox 360 and PS3 on Sept. 17.

Education reporter Brett Kelman is also a shameless fan of video games. He can be reached on the phone at (760) 778-4642, through email at and through Twitter @TDSbrettkelman.

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