Rockstar Games are pretty busy right now. Red Dead Redemption 2 has just been released, the online component for GTA 5 is still going strong with the public and in a few weeks we are going to see the launch of Red Dead Redemption Online. However, everybody thinks about GTA 6 and when we are going to see it.
The state of the political climate is an influence
The co-founder of the studio, Dan Houser, went on record with the UK version of GQ and he said that we won’t be seeing GTA 6 too soon, if the political climate doesn’t begin to settle down.
When GQ asked him for details, he said: “It’s really unclear what we would even do with it, let alone how upset people would get with whatever we did. Both intense liberal progression and intense conservatism are both very militant, and very angry.”
“It is scary but it’s also strange, and yet both of them seem occasionally to veer towards the absurd. It’s hard to satirize for those reasons. Some of the stuff you see is straightforwardly beyond satire. It would be out of date within two minutes, everything is changing so fast,” he continued.
It makes stance
The words of Houser strike close to home. The GTA series has often made fun at the American culture for decades, using it for either plot inspiration or to set the atmosphere in its games. Grand Theft Auto became such a successful franchise because of it, but the current state of the world won’t allow this formula to work.
Problems in real life
GTA used social jokes to improve the gaming experience, but what were once jokes, now they are sensitive subjects of debate. The game simply won’t feel like satire, so it might not work as well as its past iterations. We just have to see if things improve.
Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post. In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.