GTA 5 coming this year?

With GTA IV barely a year old and the Lost and Damned downloadable content not due for a month, you'd be forgiven that Rockstar was planning on giving

However, gaming blogs have been set alight by rumours of a new version landing by the end of 2009. Based in a Tokyo–alike city, the new version will follow Vice City and San Andreas in being named after a fictional town rather than being dubbed GTA 5.

CVG points out that this is just gossip for now, but that Vice City followed GTA 3 in just a year. By the time the Tokyo–based edition hits the shelves, GTA IV would be 18 months old.

What do you think? Scurrilous rumour or a whole new direction from the somewhat tired game? Tell us what you think in the comments section.