Rockstar finds the idea of a sci-fi GTA 'very tempting'

A sci-fi setting for GTA is "tempting," says Rockstar, but the developer would need "a good reason" to do so first.

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Rockstar vice president Dan Houser has said the idea of a sci-fi themed open world is "very tempting" but that the studio first needs to find "a good reason" to do so.

When asked if the GTA franchise would ever leave its contemporary time period by French website Ecrans (translated by OXM), the GTA scribe and lead writer on Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 said Rockstar would do so "the very second we have an idea."

"One of our strengths is the consistency of the game world," added Houser. "We're not necessarily the best writers in the world, but we know how to write a video game."

Looking back to Rockstar's enormous success with Red Dead Redemption, Houser said Rockstar chose the Western setting "because we knew we had something to say."

"We have no interest in going into science fiction for the sake of flying cars and laser guns," he added.

What's holding Rockstar back, then, is that it doesn't yet have the right story to tell. "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 videogame, we lack the essential thing for the moment: a good reason."

Rockstar's latest title, the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V, is scheduled for a spring 2013 release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. PC and Wii U versions are being considered.

Discussion

356 comments
vivalatour
vivalatour

sci-fi  > " Giant Terrifying Asteroid " I sure it don't come to this !!!! R* did great with RDR and all the more recent GTA games and what impressed me is the realistic factors ! I was also waiting for AGENT that has been listed as coming soon forever ?

 

tizmond
tizmond

Funnily enough I suggested the sci-fi GTA idea to a few of my gamer friends and we all agreed, it would be a great idea. A game like this wouldn't have to carry the GTA title, but it would certainly make for a great new IP and if anyone could pull it off, it's Rockstar. Would almost be like the original 'Syndicate', but with more depth and better graphics. It's definitely something I'd love to play. Make it happen Rockstar !!!

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Although I wouldn't mind GTA in a Sci-fi setting, you'd be surprised how many people are put off with Sci-fi. I don't think it would be a wise move for business, even if the game did kick ass (which I expect it would)

dramaybaz
dramaybaz

Blade runner-esque could work.

BiggsDark
BiggsDark

I sent a proposal to Rockstar a few months ago of my idea for a sci-fi GTA-style open-world game. It had a similar theme to the brilliant TV series Firefly - you, a space cowboy, commandeering a crummy transport vessel with a ragtag crew, travelling all over the galaxy taking on missions, battling criminal warlords by helping the 'federation' (space police), or earning money by working for the bad guys and gaining a nefarious reputation. It would be GTA meets Mass Effect meets Red Dead meets Firefly - basically, totally friggin' awesome. The emphasis would be on characters, and following along the lines of Firefly, the future wouldn't be ridiculously 'futuristic', but more rugged, realistic and relatable.

Needless to say Rockstar sent me a very polite note back saying they can't accept game ideas from the public...but this article made me curious, cos at least they're thinking about it.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Well considering all that Rockstar has found tempting and irresistibly so, this can't be a good thing...no GTA or Rockstar game EVER WAS at that.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

i'm sure Rockstar already know the only reason they will do it, and that's to make money, lots and lots of money!

dusan18
dusan18

If there was a Star Wars game with gameplay  or similar gameplay like in GTA or some other Rockstar games that would be awesome ...
but the problem would be the story (in what time to out the game and how to make it Rockstar awesome) because Rockstar is making great stories in GTA series /Max Payne series and in Red dead Redemption ... so a Star Wars story would probably be strange and hard to make this good...
But over all no meter what kind of SciFi scenario there would be i bet it would be awesome

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

cyberpunk, blade runner deus ex, (syndicate bullfrog versions!!!) GTA oh yeah.

Give the Pc version a real set of mod tools and you would see quite a few.

zpluffy
zpluffy

Wouldn't nightmare red dead falls in a category of being scifi. Maybe the add on for gta can work on that

zpluffy
zpluffy

Mabe they can wear halo suit

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Rockstar......Go home you are drunk!

eddyoshi
eddyoshi

I would love a gta in space, or even just a future city is amazing too.

ManHooYin
ManHooYin

The thought of an open world Sci-Fi game made by Rockstar is mouth watering. They make the best games in the world that are actually great value for money. If they do decide to make a Sci-Fi 'GTA' then it would be fantastic. I mean you can imagine them developing some kind of amazing anti-gravity physics where everything will start floating even drips of water and a giant space station or ship completely detailed inside and out. If this happens in the next gen consoles it will give me a reason to get one. I'm also pretty sure that if they were going to make it, it would most likely be of a completely different game or a spin off of GTA and not a GTA game itself.

erik_wolff
erik_wolff

Red Dead Redemption in space, AKA Firefly. This needs to happen.

JustArtificial
JustArtificial

This is stupid. The idea of a sandbox sic-fi game isn't. In fact more people should do it, because I'm sick and tired of running around the US in every damn game. No, the idea of having aliens jacking hovercrafts is stupid.

Grand THEFT AUTO!

Has someone at Rockstar spent too much time in Hollywood, and lost complete sense of the concept? Even GTA5 looks like it's just abandoned the concept, to the point where it's become a Michael Bay produced title.

Of course, someone will come to defend these "almighty" developers that pretty much make a game worth playing once in a blue moon. RDR and GTA 3. If you include 4 in that list... God help you.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

> A sci-fi GTA

> A good reason

AREN'T THOSE THE SAME THING???

Also, pirates.

tightwad34
tightwad34

There is no doubt that Rockstar would do it right. I just don't see it happening. You gotta think about the fact that they come out with a GTA every 4 or 5 years or so. If they keep that up I won't ever get burned out on the franchise. If it was a yearly or every other year release, then I could maybe see it. I think they are so good at making games that 4+ years to make a game for them is plently to always keep it fresh without having to completely change scenarios like aliens and flying cars, or whatever sci fi scenario you come up with. If they choose to try it, I will be behind them because they know exactly what they are doing.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Mass Effect Auto. I'm commander Shepard and this is my potential favourite sandbox game in cyberspace.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Here's why they can't do that.

-They could never go back

The future allows for all kinds of possible stories and scenarios. It would be a jump like from the Simpsons to Futurama. Who on earth wants to go back to the Simpsons?? Futurama is far more fascinating, aliens, robots. Same with a Sci-Fi GTA. The possibilities would be endless. Why go back?

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

Dose it need to be a GTA? It could always be a different project like RDR. Never thought that I'd like a Western game.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Blade Runner setting would 100% fit GTA.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I would love to see GTA taken into future sci-fi as long as it is more like BladeRunner and not like star wars ep 2 phantom menace. 

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

I have your reason for doing it right here....

BECAUSE I WOULD BUY THAT **** IN A NEW YORK SECOND!!!!

THAT is why you need to make a sci-fi GTA!

Also, don't ever change, GTA guys, don't EVER change!

sam628
sam628

l would like the flying cars idea :)

sam628
sam628

l support sci fi for gta 5 :)

PenguinRage
PenguinRage

Too many people jumping on the idea that it will suck. Like Houser said if they don't have a story to tell don't make the game. Hence the reason why I love Rockstar games because it is generally well made.. My faith is in Rockstar.

thetrollbasher
thetrollbasher

I can understand why some people would think that this is a bad idea.But come on people...Think about it.If your a true GTA fan,or if your just a all-around R* fan,then you would know that anything that R* creates is Good.That's why there's a difference between Saints Row and GTA.Trust me...A Sci-Fi GTA would work. And plus it would make sense if it was a episodic DLC for GTAV. Remember those weird missions you had to do for "The Truth" Back in GTA:San Andreas?Yeah.So if you know RockstarGames,then you know for a fact that this would work.

liononzion
liononzion

LAAAAAAMMMEE.  Please dont start making GTA like Saints Row (SR3 especially). Keep it Gangsta, or make a different game altogether

splinter10
splinter10

Actually I think that would be a really cool idea. The guys at R* are funny and witty enough to come up with a great world. Imagine an intergalactic city, different species walking about. One thing's for sure the radio would be hilarious.

JediKnightRider
JediKnightRider

Apparently a lot of you youngin haven't heard of a little gem called Body Harvest for the N64. Made by DMA design which eventually turned into Rockstar north. The setting of the game spanned from WWI all the way into the future. It was an amazing game for its time and it was basically what GTA 3 was built off. If they made a new one I guarantee it would be awesome. 

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Wusses.  You can do it easily, like "Wing Commander: Privateer" did years ago.  You just need lots of planet level editors, and a good storyline.  Weapons and vehicles change, but the biz doesn't.  Nor the grand theft.  "Grand Theft Spaceship:  Europa", anyone?

WeskerTeam
WeskerTeam

This would be really cool. I love sci-fi.

Vcause
Vcause

could start a new franchise but dont overlook reality...

TheEroica
TheEroica

My god, it would be so good I could weep just thinking about it... Just effin do it R*

Dysantic
Dysantic

Blade Runner

/the search for a story...

worlock77
worlock77

A GTA/RDR style game with a sci-fi setting could be very interesting. Especially if it's done by Rockstar.

Greyfeld
Greyfeld

They should make a cyberpunk game.  Maybe rip off Shadowrun.

na_dawg_12
na_dawg_12

C'mon Rockstar, make a pirate game!  Aarrrghh!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@JustArtificial Buddy GTA:SA in comparison to GTA3 was leaps and bounds. GTA3 was good, in 2000. 4 isn't, no, but vice city and san andreas very much were.

thetrollbasher
thetrollbasher

@JustArtificialLol,everyone has their own opinions.And I respect the fact that you have an opinion,but you're wrong.You are definitely not a Rockstar fan,nor do you understand them.Prove that R* "spent too much time in Hollywood".This has nothing to do with ignorant fanboyism or defending a developer.So please be more specific in the point you're trying to make.

randomfakename
randomfakename

@liononzion  

 Yeah because gangsta-ism will be eradicated in the future.

 How bout make GTA washington DC, politicians are the meanest gagsta's there is.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@Dysantic You don't need much story when you got giant photo realistic sets baby!

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

@na_dawg_12 Always liked the idea of a Red Dead style game in a pirate setting, that would be crazy XD 

thetrollbasher
thetrollbasher

@GrenadehBro,that all comes down to opinion.I believe each GTA is good.GTA IV wasn't bad at all,it's just the fact that it doesn't appeal to the ignorant masses.And when I say "ignorant masses" I mean the type of people who look for over the top action,instead of looking for a good story.Sure,compared to Vice City or San Andreas,it was boring to most people because you couldn't do much in GTA IV.It lacked extra features.That still doesn't cancel out the fact that GTA IV was and still is a great game.Along with the two other episodic DLCs for it.