Futuristic GTA a possibility
Rockstar’s Dan Houser hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a sci-fi GTA…
In a November interview with French publication, Écrans (via OXM), Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser commented on the likelihood of a futuristic Grand Theft Auto instalment.
"We will do [a future setting] the very second we have an idea," he said.
"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. So while this idea is very tempting and, by definition, anything's possible in a video game, we lack the essential thing for the moment: a good reason."
Given than Rockstar has already released a futuristic GTA with GTA 2, which was set in a sci-fi world of sorts, it’s not hard to see that the possibility is there. However, the kind of storytelling we usually expect from GTA, along with characters we can relate to won’t be as easily reproducible with such a shift.
That said, as with GTA 2, there’s no reason Rockstar has to go all out and, as Dan Houser said, implement lasers and flying cars. A near-future setting would also work, keeping cars grounded, but granting the possibility of taking the series to places it’s not been to yet. And, even a series as consistently good as GTA needs to evolve, or risk becoming monotonous.
Of course, Rockstar is currently far more concerned about today, and the arrival of the much anticipated GTA V, which is due out in spring on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.