Although it hasn't been done to any GTA game so far. Can Rockstar increase our current map with a DLC? Add a chunk of new land somewhere.
It's a huge long shot, but I'd like to ask anyone here who might have game programming and development experience.
I marked out some areas which could be used. I used the east coast because there's nothing on the edge of the map but empty hills or beaches which could be replaced by merging more landmass and adding dirt roads going through them there. The underwater sections would only be moved to the new edge. The west coast has a highway so having that big ocean view counts towards it.
I am currently an intern 3D modeller and I have a few friends who program games. So I have my share of knowledge.
Yes, it can be done. However, not the way you propose.
Grand Theft Auto 5/Online features Southern San Andreas. I once made a post that we will probably see Northern San Andreas and Eastern San Andreas in the future.
they will not change the ocean borders; that's unbelievably much work. however; the coast lines of the northern and eastern part are made that way, that new land mass can easily be attached. however; we will probably only see connections with bridges and boats. Not landmass connections.
Why do I think this is possible:
first: Map size has only to do with disc limitations, NOT RAM.
secondly: The northern part is only partly seabed, the rest is not used ocean. When you venture from the coast, there is soon no seabed to be found. This is however not the case anywhere on the west/south coast. Here the seabed goes a long way out of the coast.
Third: in another thread we already discussed this, we found a few leads which pointed towards Map DLC, including Northern San Andreas.
Northern San Andreas would feature hills, dense forests and maybe even snowy areas.
Fourth: San Fierro is mentioned multiple times in the HD universe and said that it is IN NORTHERN SAN ANDREAS.
We didn't found any evidence for Eastern San Andreas, including Las Venturas. However, in my personal opinion, I think that Rockstar does the right thing when they include these in the game. It would bring back a lot of players, and they would make a ton of money.
It is highly possible that GTA Online will come to current Generation. Especially because R* said they would make GTA Online last forever/ A long time.
A few IMPORTANT quotes from the article:
"GRAND THEFT AUTO ONLINE IS A DIFFERENT ENTITY, A SEPARATE THING. IT'S NOT PART OF GTA V. IT'LL GROW ON ITS OWN..."
"WE ALREADY HAVE PLANS FOR WHAT THE NEXT WORLD HOLDS... WE'VE GOT A BUNCH OF OLD STUFF WE'RE TOYING WITH USING..."
"We're just going to add on new things to it, new places all the time. We've set this up so there are no limitations. The only limitation is the size of the disc and how much memory we've got. We could, if we wanted, simulate the entire world, different countries, whatever."
"Well, one thing we've toyed with - and we've talked about this before, so it isn't a spoiler - is (the ambition) to grow this world until it's the world."