Rockstar says a sci-fi Grand Theft Auto game is 'tempting'
- Posted January 29th, 2013 at 06:39 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 10 Comments
The vice president of Rockstar Games has touched on the possibility taking the Grand Theft Auto series into a sci-fi setting.
Chatting with Ecrans, Dan Houser said that while a futuristic GTA is a “tempting” prospect, the company doesn’t feel it can justify moving into such a territory just yet.
"We will do it the very second we have an idea," said Houser, when quizzed if the multi-million selling crime series would eventually make the jump.
"One of our strengths is the consistency of the game world. We're not necessarily the best writers in the world, but we [know] how to write a video game.”
"When we decided to make a Western, it was because we knew we had something to say," he continued. "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."
Moving to a sci-fi setting would not only allow Rockstar to play around with a whole new bunch of ideas, but more importantly, it would also give the franchise a shot in the arm – not that Houser feels this is needed at present, though.
"I'm not worrying about this for a good while yet," he revealed. "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."
The next entry in the franchise, Grand Theft Auto V, is due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in spring 2013. The game introduces three playable protagonists with interweaving storylines, and takes place in Los Santos.
Stay tuned for more details on the game as we get them.
- 7:57am EST - January 29th, 2013
This is a very good idea, nice to show rock star wanting to try something new, this could be a big risk for them and they are right to wait to get a solid story for this idea. Anyways, the next GTA ( after GTA V) will surely comme out only on next gen consoles, if this is the case this might be the only good reason for me to go next gen.
- 9:35am EST - January 29th, 2013
Never been interested in playing a game where the good guys destroy anyone's property, assault grandmothers and kill random people, cripppling families - and all that in a realistic and serious way (I have fun in Saints row as humour and caricature is everywhere).
Getting in space, with ETs and a non realistic setting would be tempting possibly.
- 10:22am EST - January 29th, 2013
@3 125 million people disagree with you (Total GTA Sales)
OsborneLV | Eric_Osborne
- 1:16pm EST - January 29th, 2013
GTA 2 was in the future, so its not like they didn't go there before, I'd like to see a dark and grim future, dirty yet advanced in technology
@3 Im not sure that describes any GTA series, you dont play a good guy and there are no grandmothers or children for that matter in the game. Everyone in GTA are pretty much the same age, I never seen a family in the game other than a very few cut scenes, its not like you kill someone and people rush screaming you just killed my daddy
- 1:34pm EST - January 29th, 2013
@2 Moral phag
Blacksite | BlacksitePSU
- 2:12pm EST - January 29th, 2013
@ OsborneLV: It's not exactly the same thing. Grand Theft Auto 2's actual date is "three weeks into the future", so it'd still be 1999. I remember there was a gun that you could electrocute people with though.
- 5:37pm EST - January 29th, 2013
Who's interested in the XBOX 360 version here? PSU?..
- 5:42pm EST - January 29th, 2013
you couldn't even tell that gta2 was futuristic unless you paid attention. the graphics, cars, etc etc are all contemporary... its not like the jetsons or something.
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Making a sci-fi gta is a bad idea. Most GTA fans are set on the reality of the GTA world and not the fantasy of a sci-fi world. I imagine most fans would avoid it all together. A better idea would be to make a brand new IP that is a sci-fi gta-esk game. such as how Red Dead is like GTA in the wild west, but its not called GTA: Wild West. This would spare the GTA name brand and the fans from being upset, it would give the company the opportunity to not be tied into any limitations set by the canon of GTA storylines and it would also open up the doors to people who currently aren't GTA fans and might avoid a sci-fi GTA just because it says "GTA".
- 6:39pm EST - January 29th, 2013
I think a GTA with a Cowboy Beebop type vibe would be epic
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 8:41pm EST - January 29th, 2013
I think a futurist GTA would be awesome. Could borrow from Total Recall, Hard Rain, Star Wars, ect. Anyways I was kind of hoping that Star Wars 1313 would be heading towards an open world type that GTA offers.
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