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Grand Theft Auto To Stick With America

Felix Kemp
Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto To Stick With America

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]

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Lothra  Oct. 24, 2011 at 19:22

There has already been GTA London so why not go back to that city? im not sure why they say they can't see it being based anywhere else when it already has been.

alanpmartin  Oct. 24, 2011 at 19:23

Is GTA London 1969 that easily forgotten? I know they always forget to mention it (like in this weekend's GTA 'complete' Pack), but journalists shouldn't!

curzonmike  Oct. 25, 2011 at 09:58

I can see what Houser means, there's always been a satirical element to the GTA series that works so well because you get the impression the dev team really know what they're doing and can identify with it themselves...not sure that would hold true for other areas.

Would love to see a London remake though.

ShaunnyB  Oct. 25, 2011 at 10:01

Rockstar are just being unambitious and lazy, as London, Milan, Madrid, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Melbourn and many other places have cultures of interest. I'd love to see a Snatch/Lock Stock/Layer Cake themed GTA, which could be varied enough to expand the franchise.

Of course, they opt for the easier option since the mass American market are such dullards, they would think they'd need a passport and visa to buy an internationally themed game.

davidpanik  Oct. 25, 2011 at 10:04

"The dev team can identify with?"

Aren't they based in the gritty streets of Edinburgh?

MattGardner  Oct. 26, 2011 at 14:55

I think the point is rather that it's far easier to satirise American culture for a global audience, considering how ubiquitous it is (mmmm....globalisation), than European.

Then again, I rather broadly agree with Shaunny B. It wouldn't be easy to pull off, but frankly if there's a publisher with in house production teams to do the job...it's Rockstar.

gouki  Oct. 24, 2012 at 14:44

Anywhere but liberty city it's been done to death.

they could have continued GTA IV with Patrick McReary
getting on the wrong plane instead of him going back to
Ireland he went to vice city by mistake.

GTA 6 could be London remake or somewhere new cuz
gta 5 is los santos.

Late  Oct. 24, 2012 at 15:40

What sort of anniversary/necromancy shenanigans are these...

You'll only confuse me with replys dated Oct 25th, Oct 26th, then Oct 24th!

JonLester  Oct. 24, 2012 at 16:20

Well, they say that close to Halloween, when the moon is right, our comments are visited by the ghost of FELIX KEMP! :p



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