Re: Grand theft Auto V thread
Whether they're alive or not and the date of V is besides the point. The III era (III, Vice City, San Andreas, Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories) and the HD era (IV + LATD + BOGT, V) are two different universes. The developers have said that the old characters (i.e. Claude/Tommy/CJ/Vic) are myths and tall stories in the HD era.
I'm sure there will be characters like Sweet etc in the game, but not the same characters or stories.