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Is it set in 2007, 2008 or 2009?

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:56 AM

I know it's an almost trivial detail, but I'm confused as to which year the game is set in. In IV, there seems to be a mixture of evidence to support it being in both 2007 and 2008 with people's criminal records and the mention of current world events. TLaD seems to point to it being either in 2008 or 2009 with mention of the recession. Although, TBoGT seems to blatantly place the game in 2009 considering the presence of Bleeter (Twitter), songs from 2009 and the fact that timestamps in the "Weazle News Terror report" trailer state that it's in 2009.

So which one would you say it's set in exactly?

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:32 AM

I'd say late 2008 or early 2009. Even though Twitter came around in 2009, it could've been in the GTA universe beforehand, just never used by Niko or Johnny.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 10:47 AM

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 10:50 AM

Where is this snapshot taken from?

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 10:54 AM

QUOTE (Bull12345Bull @ Saturday, Jul 6 2013, 10:50)
Where is this snapshot taken from?

You can click on it to go to the original thread where I posted it for more info, you can find it for example in a hospital

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 11:02 AM

It's set in the same year it got released. I think I read that somewhere in a preview to the game. I also remember Dan Houser saying in an interview that it's set in autumn. The game was planned to be out on autumn 2007 but it got delayed as we all know. So I guess it's set in autumn 2008.

Unfortunately, I don't have any sources to these statements.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 11:12 AM

QUOTE (SARDYNA108 @ Saturday, Jul 6 2013, 13:54)
QUOTE (Bull12345Bull @ Saturday, Jul 6 2013, 10:50)
Where is this snapshot taken from?

You can click on it to go to the original thread where I posted it for more info, you can find it for example in a hospital

Thanks, man. Nice find icon14.gif

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 11:34 AM

I remember stating this somewhere around here, but I will do it again. Game is set in 2008.

Here are the proofs:
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The game is set in 2008, the year the game was released. It is specifically between July and October:
In The Ballad of Gay Tony, whose timeline intersects the original GTA IV frequently, Gay Tony mentions in I Luv LC that "the banks" had been bailed out which was made official on October 3, 2008.
A Weazel News segment on the radio says that Paper Trail and Entourage were about one month apart.
Another Weazel News radio cast says that a month after the Platypus captain's body was found, shipmate Dave Bosoy was also found dead - Dave was found around the same time as Undress to Kill.
Ernesto Lopez mentions to Luis Lopez that his children are in school.
The entire plot also likely happens in less than three months - a celebrity named Cloe Parker has a three-month-old child, and in tabloid tradition there would have been extensive coverage of her pregnancy.
The real-life New York City begins to snow around mid November, and it never snows in the game.
It's never revealed whether John Hunter or Michael Graves was elected governor, which would have occurred in early November.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 05:14 PM

I always assumed it took place in 2008.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 05:18 PM

I would say all games are set 2008-2009

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:42 AM

Its probably set in 2007 because that's when most of the development took place.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:58 AM

QUOTE (dro0001 @ Sunday, Jul 7 2013, 05:42)
Its probably set in 2007 because that's when most of the development took place.

Good job not reading Tycek's post dozingoff.gif

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:29 PM

Is July usually warm? I mean, is there any change in clothing on the characters. There have been sometimes I don't see Niko's breath.
And some female characters have no sleeve shirts on. Does that mean it's a warm day/night or globe warming?

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 02:43 PM

Exactly:

2007 - Everyone with common sense would disagree and say 2008. But:
I remember the radio introduction to Lazlow's new show, where the host talks about his "6 years absense" in LC. Originally, it was planned to be a game in 2007. Due to the delay, it came out in 2008, with minor changes, also in the lcpd database, like having put in Niko's 2008 GTA record.

However,
it's 2007 originally, but due to the delay it actually became 2008.

Chinatown wars plays in 2009.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 03:03 PM

Since IV was supposed to come out in 2007 I'd assume it's set in the autumn of 2007. But the game has 2008 songs in it so you could say the autumn of 2008. 2009, no. I mean there were some 2009 songs in TBoGT but that was R*'s mistake.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:05 AM

2008

The definitive proof? Start a new game of GTA IV and proceed to Tw@ asap. Using the ingame internet, visit www.libertycitypolice.com to access the LCPD database. Look up Niko's criminal record and it says "2008 - Grand Theft Auto."

See for yourselves here:

From day one in game, the year is already 2008. Have no idea how late TBOGT takes place, but it would seem to be late 2008, early 2009.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:14 AM

QUOTE (Dick Valor @ Tuesday, Jul 9 2013, 07:05)
2008

The definitive proof? Start a new game of GTA IV and proceed to Tw@ asap. Using the ingame internet, visit www.libertycitypolice.com to access the LCPD database. Look up Niko's criminal record and it says "2008 - Grand Theft Auto."

See for yourselves here:

From day one in game, the year is already 2008. Have no idea how late TBOGT takes place, but it would seem to be late 2008, early 2009.

dozingoff.gif yeah these were the changes. It is set on 2008. But was actually on 2007.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:20 AM

Yes it's true...originally, it was meant to be set in 2007. I also know that line Shady talks about. Where they introduce Lazlow. He is, like R* describes, one of the characters independent to the different eras and appears in older and newer GTAs. However, they talk about he was 6 years absent.

But as we all know GTA 4 got delayed, just like GTA V. So there were changes. One of them was the year. 2008 it is.
Anachronistic are some songs in EFLC, which came out after 2008. Still it's meant to be set in 2008.

Chinatown wars plays in 2009 though.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:00 AM

I think it Starts in autumn 2008 and ends in spring 2009. yawn.gif

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:12 PM

Autumn 2008. Since it was developed from 2004 to early 2008, Rockstar didn't get to put a lot of 2008 stuff in, such as the economy crashing, rise of the smartphone and etc. If you look at the Episodes, which were developed later, they reference 2008 events more properly, such as Johnny making remarks about hte economy and Luis owning a touchscreen smartphone.




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