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Dan Houser on GTAV and the Future of GTA


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Following on from part one of their interview with Dan Houser last week, The Guardian have just posted up part two. This part has Dan go into detail about what went in to the making of GTA V, how it's improved from GTA IV, what inspired it, and what GTA inspires in other media. Dan says there's no concrete plans for future GTA games, they just make the best game they can at the time, they'll stop making GTA when it stops being interesting. With GTA V on track to be come the highest rated game of all time, it's pretty clear that we all feel GTA is still VERY interesting.
The interview ends with Dan being asked if we could see another GTA game set in the U.K. It's a question that he gives a great answer to.

Did you ever think about exploring the UK further in the GTA games? Lots of people remember the GTA London titles quite fondly...
I think for us, my gut feeling is, GTA London was cool for the time, but games were more limited then. These days I think we would love to set a game in the UK, set in London, whatever, but I don't know if it would be a GTA game. I think there are plenty of great stories we could tell a about the UK, great environments to showcase, great gameplay mechanics that could have a UK bent to them – I just don't think it would be a GTA necessarily.

I'm not sure we'd be able to get that in a game set in Britain, but would love to, a some point, do a different game set in Britain. There are plenty of opportunities for fun there for the right property – I just don't know what that is, there are so many games we'd like to make that we just don't have the bandwidth to make at the moment, but we always think, well the future is long and varied, and that's what the future's for. Speaking for myself, and normally I'd be as militant about saying we as much as possible, because it certainly isn't me at all, thank god, it's the clever people, they let me tag along, but my own personal feeling is that GTA is America. With this game, I think, we're very happy with the location. It let us do something iconic.

So there you have it. Rockstar would indeed like to set another game in the U.K., but if they did, it most likely won't be GTA. I have to agree with Dan's thoughts on this, America is the perfect setting for a GTA game, it just feels right. Since GTA London, others have tried; The Getaway was a nice effort, albeit played from the correct side of the law, but it wasn't great. I know Rockstar could and would do a better job, but I'm not sure it would be better than any of their previous games. So, here's hoping for a new future Rockstar franchise set in the U.K!

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The faults with GTA V dampen my enthusiasm and high hopes, but I do believe as far as GTA's future here and now, the sky is still the limit, given what Rockstar San Diego have done so far, Rockstar North better step up their game!

There's always some areas to make better, and as far as moving the game in another direction, I'm thinking involve multiple protagonists again, but make one or more female, so you not only swap lives, but genders, or involve single player gameplay as an officer of the law!!??!!

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