Sunday, November 15, 2009

Grand Theft Auto V Casually Announced

I picked this up in my RSS feeds while playing Trine (great game, BTW; definitely worth the $20), and I read past "GTA V announced" and got to an interesting tidbit, all in an interview held by the Times Online in the UK with Dan Houser, one of the creators in the GTA series:

"Nevertheless, we do get frustrated when video games are singled out and movies are given a free pass. Manhunt 2 was banned in the same week that Saw was released. The arguments become quite ludicrous quite quickly when people argue that games are somehow more dangerous than full-motion video."

Love it. I absolutely do. You get some shit brewing, Jack Thompson & Co. get ahold of it, tear it apart, blow it out of proportion, slap "terrorism" or "terrorist" in there somewhere, and blammo, you've got headlines. I've yet to see anything on MW2's Airport level - which the game does give you the chance of skipping it early on, and you never once have to shoot an innocent civilian, just the cops near the end - but I don't necessarily keep up with mainstream news, just shit that I'm interested in.

Back to the topic at hand, here's the quote that pretty much says "GTA V confirmed" or whatever they're going to call it.

As for the boys themselves, they are already back at work. There's a Western game in the works for next spring, and the next GTA to think of. “We'll think of a city first, then the characters,” says Houser. The script he will end up co-writing will run to around 1,000 pages, nearly ten times as much as a feature film. 

As for myself, I would absolutely love for Rockstar to dabble more into the Yakuza and throw us into Japan, and not Chinatown. When was the last time we were outside of the States in a GTA game?

Oh, that's right, GTA 1's expansion pack. Go figure.

[Via GameDaily]