Don't believe this topic has been done before. Cleared it with a mod and got the ok. If not then feel free to lock.
For me location in GTA is crucial, and I'm very curious to know how Rockstar will approach it in VI.
Assuming VI is the SA of its generation (the "big one" at the end of an era), I would assume Rockstar will adopt the philosophy of "go big, or go home". I would predict that a multi-city setting is almost guaranteed as a single city setting location would feel stagnant.
A large majority on here (including me) feel we will see a Vice State with the Everglades, the Florida Keys and possibly even a version of Orlando. That said, while that would be progression from V (a whole state rather than part of one) it would mean LV and SF being missed from this generation/canon (assuming VI is the last game of this "era") and potentially not being featured for another 10 years - meaning by the time they ever did again it would getting on for (if not more than) 20 years since they were featured in a GTA game (San Andreas, 2004 - also consider that the gap between the original GTA to SA was just 7 years). Now, I don't feel Rockstar would see LV or SF as being able to hold a setting on their own. Nor do I feel they would view a game of just LV and SF as being fresh - as it would feel simply like a continuation of V, in the sense of it featuring the San Andreas cities not present in V. In that sense I feel one of them would have to be used in conjunction with VC. If SF and VC, then the question would be asked, why not LV too, as it sits geographically in between. If just LV and VC, the statement would be made - "they're too similar". So why not all three?
On the other hand, part of me feels we might get a Vice State and a Carcer State (Chicago) which would offer a balance of tropical with cold and urban, allowing Rockstar to use snow technology which we were teased in V. Again though doing this would mean dropping SF and/or LV. SF was in the original GTA (1997 - then called San Andreas) and wasn't fully represented in SA (2004). We all know Rockstar likes to do their locations justice in new eras and so therefore while i think VC is a given, I think there is a very good chance SF and possibly LV could also feature too - in the same game.
Logic concludes to me then that VI may not just be Vice State, but SF, LV and VC altogther.
The question I have is...
Could this work from a gameplay perspective?
Could this be made with the technology present?
Would you be happy with it?
Apologies if this appears like rambling - I've been wondering how to discuss it for sometime!