How To Start a New Game in GTA 5


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John creates game guides and covers the latest updates and developments in Valorant, Diablo Immortal, and GTA V for PlayerAssist. He is a PC gaming enthusiast with an affinity for FPS and RPG titles, but he has recently also developed a newfound appreciation for MMORPGs.


Want to start a new game in GTA 5? We have you covered.

How To Start a New Game in GTA 5

GTA 5 offers many content in offline and online game modes, giving players many things to do in-game. Playing through GTA 5’s Main Story missions alone will take more than a few hours of gameplay. Add the Strangers & Freaks missions and Random Events, and you’re easily looking at a couple hundred hours worth of playtime in a single save file.

With that said, playing through GTA 5’s Story Mode from the very beginning can be a fun and refreshing experience, especially if it’s already been a couple of years since your last playthrough, but to do that, you’ll need to start a new game first.

What happens if you start a new game in GTA 5 story mode?

You will play through the beginning of the game when you start a new game in GTA 5 Story Mode. More specifically, you must play through the Prologue mission in North Yankton, where Michael, Trevor, and Brad attempt to rob a bank.

Achievements from previous save files will not be carried over to a new game. You will start entirely from scratch and must complete specific objectives to complete each mission with a Gold Medal.

Lastly, starting a new game will not affect your old save file; you can save the new playthrough later.

How to start a new game in GTA 5

  1. Start GTA 5 using any save file.
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2. Go to the Pause Menu.

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3. Navigate to the “Game” tab.

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4. Select “New Game.”

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5. Confirm.

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You’ll need to save the new game into a vacant save slot later on to keep your progress.

Will starting a new game in GTA 5 delete the old one?

No, starting a new game in GTA 5 will not delete the old one. Instead, you will start a new playthrough, which you can save on a vacant save slot later. Your old save file will not be deleted unless you intentionally overwrite your new playthrough on your old save file. You can save up to 11 unique playthroughs in GTA 5.

Starting From Scratch

Starting a new game can be confusing since the game does not have a dedicated start menu. Fortunately, starting a new game is as simple as navigating the pause menu and searching for the Start A New Game option.

Remember that you won’t carry over any achievements when starting a new game, so you’ll need to play through all the missions and hit all the objectives to complete Story Mode again.

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