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Dan Houser thankful for not releasing GTA VI in the current political climate.

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GTAStreets

I don't believe that is the reason. If I was Rockstar I would release the game anyway. I think they halted it to modify what they already had and manipulate and add to what they already had in mind for us. To them GTA: 6 has to be perfect and they won't finalize until they are satisfied and that could take years.

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Journey_95
On 1/6/2019 at 4:31 PM, Wolff said:

Very strange, disappointing he seems to imply that satire of current events are one of the core elements of the entire game. I'd rather just have a good crime story than a comedy game, the satire should be kept subtle, like in the older games (mostly limited to radio/commercials) if you ask me.

Agreed, GTA V already went too far at times with the satire. Focus on a good crime story first, Rockstar's priorities are off here..

On 1/7/2019 at 2:36 PM, WFD1992 said:

Well, even more reason for the next GTA to focus on mocking them, since there would be no risk (though, from my personal experience Nazis are the most whiny, they just hide it behind a veneer of "why can't you take a joke"). Also, I myself am a Leftist (NOT a Liberal) and a SJW.

How about no..the next GTA should focus on a good crime story, not mocking the alt right..if anything both groups (extremes of both) should be mocked and only in radio shows etc. not as the focus of the game.  Seems like you just want your agenda shoved in GTA 

 

On 1/22/2019 at 11:47 AM, inkoalawetrust said:

Mock both

 

That's what Rockstar has been doing since forever now when it comes to parodying society and/or politics, they basically make fun of everyone and everything.

Agreed..both groups will get butthurt and that's the way I like it. 

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PaddsterG2k3

Sorry if this has been posted already, but its interesting that IGN's take on this is that it implies they won't do modern:

 

 

I know they have no insider understanding but I'd be inclined to agree with them.

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ViceCityVin

I’m a little late to seeing this, but I think I can understand what he’s saying. Initially I thought he was going to be afraid of offending people from the thread title (which seemed unlikely), but that isn’t really what I get from his comment. It’s more just that real life itself looks like a parody right now, and how do you parody a parody? It’s a case of “real life is stranger than fiction.”

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Pete4000uk

The mid 90s would be good, but what would they do for the kiddies? No flying cars back then you know!

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Zello
1 hour ago, Pete4000uk said:

The mid 90s would be good, but what would they do for the kiddies? No flying cars back then you know!

SA had a jetpack...

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TheSantader25

It's good that we have flying cars in real life since 2013. I was so tired of these f*cking traffic jams. 

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Big Fat Paulie
On 10/25/2018 at 2:14 AM, TheSantader25 said:

Seriously f*ck present time. 

 

Go back to 80s and 90s.

Crime like the way we see in GTA doesn't even make sense because of the current security advancements because of technology. GTA can no longer move with time. It has to go back. 

 

Also not much has changed since GTA V so they won't have satirical material anyway. Still the same sh*t they made fun of in V but even in a stupider and sh*ttier way. 

 

Overall seems like he was just looking for a half-assed excuse for not making a GTA.I doubt he wants to talk about anything GTA related now. 

 

This. A hundred times this.

 

Not only is organized crime rapidly changing because of new technologies and security measures (for example, the remnants of the Italian Mafia in the United States make the majority of their money off of online scams and other white-collar tech crimes rather than drugs, prostitution, or unions) but the culture of 2010's America is paradoxically both rapidly changing and stagnant.

 

As others have said, in terms of satire and commentary, any GTA set in the present day would basically be covering all the same topics that GTA V talked about, only in an even more blatant and shallow way.

 

Maybe R* should take a page from the 3D Era games and do a period piece. They could do the 1970's, as that has not been done in GTA (heck, Mafia hasn't even covered the 70's yet) or they could revisit the 80's, 90's, or early 2000's.

 

Think about it, the then-modern setting of GTA III was almost twenty years ago. If you did a GTA game that was a period piece set in the early-to-mid-2000's (2000-2005 or so), it would be retro enough to avoid controversy from either the Alt-Right or the PC Left, but still be modern enough to have a lot of the features of a GTA game.

 

Also, the early 2000's is in that perfect zone where the culture is just different enough from the late 2000's, so it doesn't feel like a re-tread of GTA IV. Basically, it could work in any time that is anything that is after 1970 (otherwise you might as well just play Mafia) but before 2007 (otherwise you should dust off the PS3 and just replay GTA IV and EFLC)

 

While GTA III was set in 2001, it was on a much more primitive engine compared to GTA V and neither the satire nor the depth of the open world environment was as pronounced as the newer GTA games are, at least by comparison.

 

Heck, stuff like this is one of the reasons why I explicitly set my GTA VI concept thread in the 1990's and early 2000's (1993-2001) and weirdly enough, two of the protagonists are similar to what is being discussed here for potential ideas. One protagonist is a Mafioso and the other is a corrupt cop who is basically the GTA equivalent of Vic Mackey.

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HelloMyNameIsHuman
On 2/7/2019 at 5:40 PM, ViceCityVin said:

I’m a little late to seeing this, but I think I can understand what he’s saying. Initially I thought he was going to be afraid of offending people from the thread title (which seemed unlikely), but that isn’t really what I get from his comment. It’s more just that real life itself looks like a parody right now, and how do you parody a parody? It’s a case of “real life is stranger than fiction.”

But the games are already by and large real life or what people really think.

 

This is the "best" possible time for a "real" GTA game. Because it's not just the parody or caricatures, it's the snapshot of the times, and the opinion about all of those characters and scenery and ambiance is the main part. It's the perfect time. Maybe they just aren't going to do this kind of time capsule or retrospective in the case of the past-based games anymore.

 

6 years is way more than a rest, though. Way too long.

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Tengerecki
On 12/19/2018 at 1:12 PM, VictorVance1239 said:

I think the 40s-70s eras could work if its a brief part of the story like with time travel or something.

I think music from the stone age would be even better.

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saintsrow
On 2/15/2019 at 1:28 PM, Big Fat Paulie said:

 

This. A hundred times this.

 

Not only is organized crime rapidly changing because of new technologies and security measures (for example, the remnants of the Italian Mafia in the United States make the majority of their money off of online scams and other white-collar tech crimes rather than drugs, prostitution, or unions) but the culture of 2010's America is paradoxically both rapidly changing and stagnant.

 

As others have said, in terms of satire and commentary, any GTA set in the present day would basically be covering all the same topics that GTA V talked about, only in an even more blatant and shallow way.

 

Maybe R* should take a page from the 3D Era games and do a period piece. They could do the 1970's, as that has not been done in GTA (heck, Mafia hasn't even covered the 70's yet) or they could revisit the 80's, 90's, or early 2000's.

 

Think about it, the then-modern setting of GTA III was almost twenty years ago. If you did a GTA game that was a period piece set in the early-to-mid-2000's (2000-2005 or so), it would be retro enough to avoid controversy from either the Alt-Right or the PC Left, but still be modern enough to have a lot of the features of a GTA game.

 

Also, the early 2000's is in that perfect zone where the culture is just different enough from the late 2000's, so it doesn't feel like a re-tread of GTA IV. Basically, it could work in any time that is anything that is after 1970 (otherwise you might as well just play Mafia) but before 2007 (otherwise you should dust off the PS3 and just replay GTA IV and EFLC)

 

While GTA III was set in 2001, it was on a much more primitive engine compared to GTA V and neither the satire nor the depth of the open world environment was as pronounced as the newer GTA games are, at least by comparison.

 

Heck, stuff like this is one of the reasons why I explicitly set my GTA VI concept thread in the 1990's and early 2000's (1993-2001) and weirdly enough, two of the protagonists are similar to what is being discussed here for potential ideas. One protagonist is a Mafioso and the other is a corrupt cop who is basically the GTA equivalent of Vic Mackey.

 

Wow, you've made a whole bunch of good points!  Every paragraph.  

 

I've always been thinking that I want GTA games to keep up with present times.  GTAV was the the end-all masterpiece, for me.  Like Dan says, where can they go from here, without being repetitive?  As I said earlier in this thread, I think that in addition to crime simulator, maybe Rockstar should open up their beautiful virtual worlds to other gamer demographics, multiple game modes and multiple uses  - maybe not full Sims, but some a game mode with coop missions with a wider range of obedtives, that don't involve shooting and blowing up everything - more like quests, for example.

 

I still want present day setings the most, but I can see the uniqueness in some of the time periods you mentioned.  The atmosphere of Vice City was totally cool, and GTA San Andreas was a blast, too.  It's interesting that lately Rockstar has been giving us a load of retro 60's-80's cars in GTA Online.  

 

Personal opinion, I wouldn't want to go back any further than the 1960's.  Even LA Noire was too old a time frame.  

 

EDIT:  PS:  Extra credit for suggesting Vic Mackey as protag!! 👍 👍 

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Big Fat Paulie
16 minutes ago, saintsrow said:

 

Wow, you've made a whole bunch of good points!  Every paragraph.  

 

I've always been thinking that I want GTA games to keep up with present times.  GTAV was the the end-all masterpiece, for me.  Like Dan says, where can they go from here, without being repetitive?  As I said earlier in this thread, I think that in addition to crime simulator, maybe Rockstar should open up their beautiful virtual worlds to other gamer demographics, multiple game modes and multiple uses  - maybe not full Sims, but some a game mode with coop missions with a wider range of obedtives, that don't involve shooting and blowing up everything - more like quests, for example.

 

I still want present day setings the most, but I can see the uniqueness in some of the time periods you mentioned.  The atmosphere of Vice City was totally cool, and GTA San Andreas was a blast, too.  It's interesting that lately Rockstar has been giving us a load of retro 60's-80's cars in GTA Online.  

 

Personal opinion, I wouldn't want to go back any further than the 1960's.  Even LA Noire was too old a time frame.  

 

I'm inclined to agree with you.


Like I had said, anything earlier than 1970 is pretty much already well-covered by LA Noire and the Mafia series and anything from 2007 onward is too recent and would be a retread of IV, EFLC, and V.

 

Personally, while going back to the 80's and 90's in the HD Era would be cool, I think the best choices would be the 1970's (Liberty City or Las Venturas would be the best picks for a 70's GTA) or the early 2000's in almost any American city.

 

You could go back to early 2000's Liberty City, and be the HD Era homage to III/LCS, similar to how V was an HD Era homage to GTA: SA with its West Coast setting and wackier over-the-top antics compared to IV.

 

Or if they did GTA VI in the early 2000's, you could do a whole new city that's been mentioned in GTA but never seen, such as Capital City (Washington DC) or Carcer City (given context clues, Carcer City is a Rust Belt city, most likely based on Chicago or Detroit) or maybe you could take one of the major towns or cities from Red Dead Redemption and show what they are like in the modern era.

 

You already have Saint Denis as the clear New Orleans analogue, and since New Austin and West Elizabeth are roughly analogous to Texas and Colorado respectively, you could do a modernized Armadillo as Dallas/Ft. Worth or maybe Houston or have Blackwater be like Denver or Colorado Springs.

 

If they do Vice City again for GTA VI, you could have it in the 1980's like VC and VCS were in the 3D Era, but I don't know how I'd feel about that if it were only Vice City.

 

Although, if they did Vice City plus rural Florida and parts of Latin America and the Caribbean (and maybe we can throw in Saint Denis, rural Lemoyne, and possibly an Atlanta analogue for good measure) then I would be a happy camper whether it's set in the 1980's, 1990's, early 2000's, or even the current era.

 

 

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saintsrow
7 hours ago, saintsrow said:

 

As I said earlier in this thread, I think that in addition to crime simulator, maybe Rockstar should open up their beautiful virtual worlds to other gamer demographics, multiple game modes and multiple uses.

 

 

Here's the direction that GTA 6 should take:  Chinese Parent Simulator

 

After Michael's family problems, it'll be like a sequel to GTAV.  Rockstar, don't pass up this opportunity!  

 

Edited by saintsrow

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danosky

While I would like the game to be set in a modern setting, after playing GTAV for the first time recently I must admit to the following:

 

 - GTAV, which was released five years ago, is still as relevant today with their cultural references as it was when it was released.

 - Aside from Trump (and some other politicians on both side of the aisle), there's nothing new to lampoon from the current political climate.

 - I must agree with several others that the U.S. has become culturally stagnated in the past decade.

 

So while I would prefer a modern GTA, it would only be if it gave us a different experience and view of society than the previous, modern era GTA. With things as they are, I must admit that the best alternative is a period GTA. It would also help R* elude criticism from both ends of the political spectrum.

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Journey_95

 

2 hours ago, danosky said:

While I would like the game to be set in a modern setting, after playing GTAV for the first time recently I must admit to the following:

 

 - GTAV, which was released five years ago, is still as relevant today with their cultural references as it was when it was released.

 - Aside from Trump (and some other politicians on both side of the aisle), there's nothing new to lampoon from the current political climate.

 - I must agree with several others that the U.S. has become culturally stagnated in the past decade.

 

So while I would prefer a modern GTA, it would only be if it gave us a different experience and view of society than the previous, modern era GTA. With things as they are, I must admit that the best alternative is a period GTA. It would also help R* elude criticism from both ends of the political spectrum.

Agreed..I feel like making a game set now would just be a bit repetitive and lead to unnecessary backlash (from either group). A period piece GTA would be refreshing now and shake things up. Then the one after it can be set in present day again.

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lostmeogaccnt04

Well if he decides to ever make a new one just do the 80s theme again, Vice City plenty of stories to be told, or few cities if he wants to go wild. Great music to pick from in that decade and no restrictions on the story since there was not so many special people back then.

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Aquamaniac

I'd like a GTA in 1999.

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FadeAway
On 3/1/2019 at 2:51 AM, Aquamaniac said:

I'd like a GTA in 1999.

Same here. SA was based in the 90s, released in 2004. VC based in the 80s, released in 2002. Would love some year in the 90s, particularly late 90s. They could create their own music but also have a variety of songs from that time period too.

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BurnettVice

I'm up for a GTA set in the past or present. But I do wonder what they'll do with online if its set in the past. 

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Hmmm nice bike
3 hours ago, BurnettVice said:

I'm up for a GTA set in the past or present. But I do wonder what they'll do with online if its set in the past. 

If Red Dead Online ever features a unicorn, armored model-T with a machine gun mount, or a flying horse at any point, then I wouldn't put it past them to force sci-fi stuff into a GTA Online that's set in the past.

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StrafeFTW

If they want to set GTA 6 in the past, it better be in the 80's than the 90's because i'm not a big fan of rap songs..

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Zello
4 minutes ago, StrafeFTW said:

If they want to set GTA 6 in the past, it better be in the 80's than the 90's because i'm not a big fan of rap songs..

80s had rap, and so did the 70s too with early rap.

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StrafeFTW

Hmm then I just hope in the next GTA game, there are full of rock musics like Queen, Beatles and etc.. and pop music like Final Countdown, Forever Young and etc.. and no more rap songs because rap songs sucks..

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Zello
5 minutes ago, StrafeFTW said:

Hmm then I just hope in the next GTA game, there are full of rock musics like Queen, Beatles and etc.. and pop music like Final Countdown, Forever Young and etc.. and no more rap songs because rap songs sucks..

That's just your opinion man... I like all forms of music. R* includes a diverse selection of all types of music. If you don't like rap then don't listen to the rap stations it's not that hard.

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StrafeFTW
6 minutes ago, Zello said:

That's just your opinion man... I like all forms of music. R* includes a diverse selection of all types of music. If you don't like rap then don't listen to the rap stations it's not that hard.

Yea

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XXVIII

 

The song “Final Countdown” will be the global anthem that catches all ears for a grander purpose, sooner than a roads worth of months and wait. My apologies for the reiteration, but it is over and is the prophecy that Almighty the Scot chased, attacked and conquered.

 

(Furthermore, Almighty the Scot and Creator are monikers cladded in cameo. Learning up by paying up is a fate which the value of your diligent labor grind sitting in your wallet does not desire.)

 

It is cryptic or nothing; I take on the former role. 🙂

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HOW'S ANNIE?
5 hours ago, StrafeFTW said:

Hmm then I just hope in the next GTA game, there are full of rock musics like Queen, Beatles and etc.. and pop music like Final Countdown, Forever Young and etc.. and no more rap songs because rap songs sucks..

I'm by no means a fan of rap/hiphop and the culture surrounding then. But not everybody who buys GTA expects to play the game the same way you would. Considering a large chunk (hell, I'd probably even say the majority) of the people who play GTA like rap music, that'd just be them giving the middle finger to their fan base. Assuming it suits the atmosphere and setting, I say more variety the better.

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MARKUS.

Rap? I am not fan about new trends like trap and I am not bitching about it just don't listen, give me West Coast Classics any day

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Grotti Vigilante

On the subject of rap, let us also not forget that not only may you alienate some of the target audience, but it can play a major part of the game's theme too. Imagine if San Andreas, a game where you play a gangster from the streets of Compton's GTA equivalent, didn't have Radio Los Santos. For some odd reason it doesn't feel right imagining the Grove Street Families raving in the street like CJ did in Life's A Beach. 

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Eternal Moonshine

i honestly don't care which music genres are included. i like all types of music. from rap and pop to rock, classical and even meme music. i don't get why some people dismiss some music genres just because they're really into rock or whatever. way to miss out on a lot of cool music

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