The Grand Theft Auto series is longstanding example of how much an open-world game can accomplish. With several successful consecutive titles in the franchise, it doesn’t look like Grand Theft Auto is coming close to slowing down. Still, players might wonder whether the developers at Rockstar would favor a change of pace from the series’ standard style, like when they jumped to the Old West with Red Dead Redemption. As it turns out, a jump into the future might eventually be in the cards.
Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser has always been very open during his interviews, and revealed to french-based magazine Ecrans that he would absolutely consider creating a futuristic Grand Theft Auto title, but would need a good idea to base the game on.
“We will do it the very second we have an idea. 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, 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.”
Rockstar has always offered satirical commentary on society in its Grand Theft Auto games, so it wouldn’t be too hard to imagine the studio attempting to take on a futuristic, dystopian world. We can only imagine that it would somehow manage to include a robotic Lazlo on the radio, as the character has been a staple of each game since Grand Theft Auto 3.
Previous titles in the GTA series have gone as far back as 1961 with the original’s London mission packs, and 1986 with Vice City. A move to the future would evidently require serious re-development of key gameplay items – like introducing floating cars. For the time being, however, Houser is focusing on the present rather than the future.
“I’m not worrying about this for a good while yet. 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.”
What do you think, Ranters? Do you like the idea of a science-fiction inspired Grand Theft Auto game?
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