Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto franchise is one of the longest running in the industry, in a genre that they single-handedly created when Grand Theft Auto III surged into popularity. With nearly all cards on the table as to GTA V, a recent interview asked questions about possibilities for the franchise in the future. And by future, they meant a Grand Theft Auto game set in the future, flying cars and all.
When asked about the possibility of a futuristic versions of Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar’s Dan Houser explained that they would do it, if they had the right idea.
“We will do it the very second that we have an idea,” said Houser. One of our strengths is the consistency of the game world. We’re not necessarily the best writers in the world, but we know how to write a video game.”
“We have no interest in going into science fiction for the sake of flying cars and laser guns. The best science fiction stories are those that speak about the human condition. So while this idea is very tempting and, by definition, anything’s possible in a video game, we lack the essential thing for the moment: a good reason.”
While Houser’s response won’t leave many holding their breath for a futuristic Grand Theft Auto style game, at least there’s clear intent to bring each of their properties to market with reason. With so many games becoming annualized these days, having a franchise take a few years off seems to pay off well in Rockstar’s case.