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Houser: Sci-Fi GTA Will Happen "The Second We Have An Idea"

Matt Gardner
Dan Houser, Grand Theft Auto, GTA, Rockstar Games, Spaaace, Space

Houser: Sci-Fi GTA Will Happen "The Second We Have An Idea"

Well, we've had Bowie in space, what about GTA? According to Rockstar's Dan Houser, it's not completely unfeasible, they just haven't had a good enough idea to warrant such a title as yet.

“We will do it the very second we have an idea,” Houser told French site Ecrans late last year (via OXM). "One of our strengths is the consistency of the game world. We're not necessarily the best writers in the world, but we how to write a video game.

"When we decided to make a Western, it was because we knew we had something to say," he went on. "We have no interest in going into science fiction for the sake of flying cars and laser guns. The best science fiction stories are those that speak about the human condition. So while this idea is very tempting and, by definition, anything's possible in a videogame, we lack the essential thing for the moment: a good reason."

Of course, with GTA V on the horizon, Houser's pretty sure Rockstar are good for the time being.

"I'm not worrying about this for a good while yet," he went on, when asked about the difficulties of maintaining interest in elderly franchises. "In the past some of our titles have been successful, others less so, but as long as we have the ambition of making the kinds of games that nobody's ever made before, we're not going to get bored.

"To offer an analogy with cinema, some films can be told in one page of text. Once the basic situation is there, you know exactly how it will evolve. But if you're careful to change the narrative structure, it can change everything. Chris Nolan's Memento is a good example. That's the kind of approach we've achieved."

Frankly, I was kind of hoping that Star Wars 1313 might turn out to be GTA: Coruscant...but that's clearly not happening. Maybe you should phone George up for a chat, Dan.

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Late  Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:10

Saints Row got there first.

And in a very limited fashion.

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