Rockstar Games boss Dan Houser has spoken out about the possibility of the studio developing a Grand Theft Auto set in the future, but that they won’t do it just “for the sake” of it.
Speaking with French site Ecrans last November, Rockstar’s Houser stated that the team would “do it the very second we have an idea”, but that they “have no interest in going into science fiction for the sake of flying cars and laser guns.”
“When we decided to make a Western, it was because we knew we had something to say,” he added. “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.”
Questioned about whether he was worried of the franchises sustainability without such a change, “I’m not worrying about this for a good while yet,” he responded. “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.”
Scheduled for release this spring, Grand Theft Auto V is the “largest and most ambitious” instalment in the series to date; set in the bustling city of Los Santos, the game delivers a “world of unprecedented scale and detail.”