There's many unsolved mysteries in GTA 5's HD universe especially when you compare Grand Theft Auto San Andreas with it's sequel in which Franklin, Micheal and Trevor now reside in.
A question on many people's mind is how on earth did Ballas take over the cul-de-sac of Grove Street? There's been many theories but in-game references lay down some of the missing pieces to the jigsaw puzzle.
While the connection between the HD and 3D universe is vague, it's there. One example is during the the Hood Safari mission. When the player almost arrives at Grove Street, if they have a good eye they will see three people on bicycles pedaling away.
The three men sort of resemble Carl Johnson, Big Smoke and Ryder. This is a reference to the mission Sweet & Kendl in Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas, in which CJ, Smoke and Ryder escape the Ballas on bikes.
In another reference to GTA SA, a Ballas gang member may yell out provocation ("The Families were kicked out ages ago") in regards to the GSF control of Grove Street. It's also worth mentioning that aside from Vinewood Boulevard, Grove Street is one of only a couple of road names retained from the first GTA San Andreas edition of Los Santos.
In 1992, (GTA San Andreas), The Grove Street Families were established in Grove Street and it served as their main base, which would often come under attack from The Ballas. One instance is the drive-by shooting that led to Beverly Johnson's death, or when OG Loc hosted a party at his house, three waves of Ballas members attempted to take over Grove Street, although in the end they failed.
In 2013 (GTA V), The Ballas have somehow made Grove St their new territory and home. A lot can happen in odd 21 years and there's many theories on how The Families lost their turf but the video below should give you a better understanding with in game dialogue.
GTA 5 Story DLC teased by Voice actor of Franklin
Many times, Shawn 'solo' Fontero, the person who represented Franklin Clinton in Grand Theft Auto V, has hinted at some brand new narrative for Rockstar's blockbuster title.
While it's possible Fonteno could've just been referring to the PC release, Rockstar have said, albeit a long time ago, that they do have "substantial additions in 2014 continuing Michael, Franklin and Trevor's story, mayhem and unexpected adventures in Southern San Andreas."
Of course, this was almost at the of 2013 when they first teased plot DLC and now it's been a long period since that time, but it's possible the content could've been put on the back-burner while the developer centered their attention on the debut of the PS4 and Xbox one versions, online heists, and the PC version, all of which took a lot longer than hoped-for.
This isn't the first time Fonteno has spoken of DLC for GTA 5 neither. Back at Comic-Con 2013 during IGN's Grand Theft Auto V panel, Fonteno let it slip that he and Malay, the voice actor for Carl Johnson (from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas) were working on a "CJ and Franklin thing." Of course, that lead into Rockstar revealing their plans for "substantial additions."
More lately, however, Fonteno featured in an interview with Jack Thriller in which he once again spoke about heading to New York to record new lines for his character Franklin. "We're working on the DLC, downloadable content, for Grand Theft Auto 5 and that's real big," he said last year. Check out the video below in which he makes the statement at 6:25.
It just seems strange that there hasn't been any reference to what happened to Grove Street, aside from NPCs and a brief mission where you end up having to shoot your way out of the location with Lamar and Trevor.
Last week Shawn Fonteno once again took to Instagram with another GTA 5 related post. He accompanied the image with the cation: "COMING SOON."
All we can say is that it's about time, don't you think?
Personally we'd love to see more Grove Street related DLC for GTA 5.