Fans of the Grand Theft Auto series may have mixed reactions on hearing that the classic Pay & Spray stations won't be making a return to GTA V.
With the increase in the amount of vehicle customisation, the developers said that they'd rather integrate all the vehicle services, creating a new shop called LS Customs...
In an interview, Imran Sarwar, producer and lead mission designer for GTA V, said:
"GTA 5's car and other vehicle customisations will be handled at a new automotive shop called LS Customs."
"Pay & Spray isn't in this game - it's been replaced by LS Customs," explained Sarwar. "These are located throughout the world and they're a one-stop shop for any car customisation. You will be able to take in your car or bike, speak to the mechanic, and customise them."
Rockstar have really made a point of adding a lot of emphasis onto vehicle customisation for GTA V, making it a core part of the game instead of just a few different paint jobs:
"Rather than it simply being an additional option for players to experiment with, we wanted to expand it and integrate it more deeply into the game so that it would seamlessly slot in with everything else that the player can do in the world," said Sarwar. "Some missions ask you to customise vehicles in certain ways, and we have taken vehicle customisation in general a lot further than we did in San Andreas."
"In addition to the many cosmetic customisation alterations such as body kits, paint jobs/finishes, wheels, exhaust tips, window tints, tire smoke colour, bull-bars, extra lights, and lots of other extra accessories, we have modifications that will affect gameplay and vehicle performance," detailed Sarwar. "Some of the modifications that affect gameplay include brakes, engine tuning, suspension, horns, bulletproof tires, panel armour, and of course, a general repair!
This will probably be a great way for you to adjust your playstyle in the game - if you like evading the cops, a fast, light car might be your friend; for driving the main characters guns blazing into an enemy gang base, you'll want a heavily armored truck. The potential to mix and match could make this a very entertaining thing to play with. Of course, once you've made your perfect vehicle, you don't have to keep it to yourself:
"There are more than 1,000 modifications in total. And when you're done customising your car, you can take a picture of it using the in-game cell phone and upload them to the Social Club."
So what do you guys think, will you enjoy showing off your cars? How long will you spend upgrading and tweaking the vehicles? Tell us below!