Rockstar "Not Sure" Series Is Suited To Anywhere Else
We've long wondered where Rockstar might next take the Grand Theft Auto series. From the Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas, GTA has been firmly entrenched in North America and its sordid depths, but what with the likes of Red Dead Redemption and the upcoming Max Payne 3 showing Rockstar's interest in places south of the border, might the next GTA not be set in a fictional American state? Not likely, according to studio co-founder Dan Houser, who admits he's "not sure" the series is suited to anywhere but America.
"We go backwards and forwards on it," Houser reveals to Entertainment Weekly in regards to GTA leaving America in future installments. "There are very interesting crime stories and other stories you can tell about anyplace in the world." With Rockstar as yet unwilling to discuss a possible GTA V, the rumor-mill has been rife with chatter on the title's setting, with speculation ranging from London to Japan. However, while Houser and his team obviously have an interest in places elsewhere - Red Dead took a dive into Mexico at the midway point, whereas Max Payne 3 is set predominantly in a sprawling Brazilian favela - Houser isn't so sure GTA can make sense outside America.
"Whether that would work with Grand Theft Auto — when so much about Grand Theft Auto is about the Americana, about the American media — is something I’m not sure about," he admits. Here at Dealspwn, we think the sensible money is on a return to San Andreas. A full-blown GTA sequel once again set in Liberty City wouldn't fly with fans, and with Rockstar unwilling to take the series outside America, a return to San Andreas - or even Vice City - looks on the cards. [Entertainment Weekly]