So, I know that GTA VI is a long, long way off, if on its way at all. That doesn't mean though that I can't dream a little about where I think it should be set. This may not (and probably never will) happen, but here goes:
Living in the north of England, I can't help but feel that it is always overlooked in favour of places like London for settings in fiction, but if this were to be the setting for Grand Theft Auto VI, it would be awesome: from the north/south divide in England, right up to the Shetlands in Scotland. Here's why:
There would be four cities: Liverpool in the south west, Manchester in the South Centre, Edinburgh in the North East and Glasgow in the north west.
Liverpool would be a fantastic setting, in my opinion: it is a decent sized city, but is actually very good looking and often associated with hardened criminals. It is a coastal town, and there are beaches in it's northern suburbs. Football (soccer) hooliganism, dodgy developers and drug deals could be involved here.
Manchester, too, is very interesting. Linked to Liverpool with canals, the 'Greater Manchester' area is much larger than Liverpool's 'Merseyside' area. The city is sprawling, with a more undefineable 'downtown' area than say, Liverpool. Once again, football hooliganism could be incorporated, with the addition of dodgy businesses, canal drug runs... I'm sure there are plenty of inventive missions. Oh, there are also a few tall buildings. The Liverpool and Manchester music scene has brought the world bands like Oasis, The Beatles, Elvis Costello and the Arctic Monkeys (technically Sheffield, but still northern).
Arguably the most attractive city of the four, Edinburgh is the Capital of Scotland and home to Edinbugh Castle, the world famous fringe festival and Victorian streets. Built on a Dormant volcano. Perhaps throwbacks to the notorious 1800s body snatchers 'Burke and Hare', who killed people to sell their bodies, as well as Deacon Brodie, the Scottish minister who lived a secret life as a burglar. A very glamorous city when it's at its busiest, and it snows there in the winter. Also, there are pandas in the zoo!
The most dangerous city on this list. Glasgow is known for being poverty and crime-stricken, brutal cities not just in the UK but in the world, and if you need proof of this, google 'Glasgow Smile' (TIP: Think 'The Joker'). You could include the drug empires, but also the famous case of the uncaught serial killer 'Bible John', who murdered three people in 1968-9.
- The Lake District
- The Peak District
- The Yorkshire Moors
- The Grampians
- The Shetland Isles
So, that's my 2 cents. I really would love to see this happen one day, and also want to see what your dreams are for the setting of GTA VI? Chicago? Detroit/Canadian Boarder? Vice City and Cuba? Vice city and Orlando? Does anyone share, or would like to see, my vision realized?