Vice City linked to Grand Theft Auto V teaser?

Mod site forum poster appears to have deciphered clue in Episodes From Liberty City manual--which shows portion of in-game poster from 2002 hit.

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Source: The forums of modder-friendly mecca Modmywhat.com.

What we heard: When Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City went on sale on October 29, the game was already at the center of a hype storm. However, the game soon was sucked into a speculation maelstrom, courtesy of a very small--and very fake--advertisement on one of the last pages of its manual.

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The ad in question was for a nonexistent film, Liberty City, It's Over, a parody of the anthology New York, I Love You. In its center, the ad shows the cover art from Grand Theft Auto IV inside a torn-asunder heart--a sign some are taking to mean that the Ballad of Gay Tony is the last title of this GTA generation set in Liberty City. Then, below the title, are the words "Next Stop" above a rip in the poster--which shows another image underneath, as though the Liberty City, It's Over poster had been pasted over it.

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The image inside that rip has become the subject of fierce debate. Is it a blue-gray and yellow hillside from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas? Or does it bear the pastel color palette of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City? Now, Modmywhat.com user "Lysergio" claims to have solved the mystery by producing a screen of a fake poster from Vice City. Modmywhat.com moderator "Gunner" went one step further, overlaying the two posters in an animated .gif to show an exact match when the parody poster is mirrored.

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True to the hard-M-for-Mature ratings of the series, the suggestive poster uses a volcano surrounded by two tree-covered hills to advertise an erectile dysfunction drug. It was apparently on the wall of a porno shop in the game, or possibly the adult movie studio InterGlobal Films. The porn studio was at the center of several Vice City missions, which saw mobster protagonist Tommy Vercetti (voiced by actor Ray Liotta) assist erotic filmmaker Steve Scott (Dennis Hopper) and adult-film actress Candy Suxxx (real-life porn star Jenna Jameson). It is unclear if any of those characters would return, were Vice City to be remade using the Grand Theft Auto IV engine.

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The official story: Rockstar reps had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Though the existence of the Vice City poster could not be confirmed firsthand as of press time, the comparisons are awfully compelling--or an elaborate hoax. However, analysts are already predicting only a two-year gap between 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV and a full-fledged sequel--twice that between 2001's Grand Theft Auto III and 2002's Vice City. With the alleged teaser/fake film ad mentioning the month of March, news of the next GTA could be less than five months away.

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Flesseck214

This would be amazing. I can't believe how quickly Rockstar is at crafting these GTA games. There so much content and replayability to last you forever. I'm on the fence about Vice City because it's already been done, but because it's Rockstar, and we've seen GTA IV and that was amazingly fun no matter the location, I foresee this remake of Vice City to be even more grandiose. Bring it on!

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BigDawgSteve420

Vice City was by far and away my favorite. The soundtrack wasn't as good as San Andreas, but it was ten times better than GTA 4, which was so bad that I couldn't even bring myself to keep playing the game. A return to the 80s would be absolutely awesome!!!

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KadathBird

To quote Yahtzee, "What are we doing here again in Surrogate New York (Or this time, Surrogate Miami)? I thought the point of the series was to take you to new places?" I may also be nitpicking because I didn't like Vice City, I guess it was okay but I thought the missions were too short and I felt that the game world was lacking and not as fun to be in as III and SA. Maybe Rockstar will improve, but I wish they'd take us to a new locale they haven't done before.

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ScionofEntropy

I'd love to see Vice City with updated visuals and new locales. Hope to see some stuff coming out about a new game soon.

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godofdarknes

loved vice city it was always fun and i want the Tommy Vercetti back it was fun memory's :D

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Mushroomhead2

YEAH

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felixlynch777

GTA Texas FTW!

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Master_Niko

Vice City was way to popular for Rockstar not to revisit it again....and it seems the majority of GTA fans think the trip to San Andreas was the best...so i believe we will get both with VC in 2010 and San Andreas in 2012. And a next gen visit back to Liberty City...or possibly London about a year after the PS4 and XBOX 3 ( 720 w/e its still the 3rd ) hits the streets.

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metalkid9

I agree Vice City had a sick soundtrack, so did San andreas... *ahhh the memories*

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travisstaggs

GTA Vice City was the only GTA I really loved enough to finish, would love to see Tommy Vercetti again as well.

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GameBeaten

It would be cool to see Vice City again. I still haven't gotten Vice City Stories. It would be cool to see the city after the 80's, but the fact that the original Vice City took place in the 80's made the game have the best soundtrack out of all the games. Now, that combined with GTA IV/SA qualities would make for a pretty good game. Maybe a larger landscape of course, maybe having a city neighboring Vice City?

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meathead86

or they can let the past be the past and make somthing new upgrades are gay

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Neosword

Saw this coming.

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darth-pyschosis

I think its about time they do a smart business move and make a Wii specific GTA, with good marketing it will sell, heck it can't sell as bad as the PSP version of CW!

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ThisIsntLeonard

I want a replication of either: Vice City (aka Miami), Baltimore (The Wire, anyone?), or Boston (after the Departed, why not? also, GTA hasn't tackled the irish mob)

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blood_b45

Chicago should be the setting for the next GTA.

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tuna_leg

A remake of Vice City would be amazing

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deepen03

maybe instead of an 80's vice city, they will do a modern day vice city.

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coolkid93

As long as it's good, I don't care where it takes place. But It would be nice to have it Back in San Andreas though.

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johnnystarr

I...would....PISS myself no joke thats awesome but to bad I dont have a 360...

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GC4ever

i dont care where it takes place i would play it either way

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metalkid9

If anyone saw my post before I said that it'll go to Vice City. It's kinda obvious though, still good to know :P

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solidniko

well vice city would be good if u can still get some candy suxxx

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Da_Skull_King

@thorsen-ink really? i played that game like crazy and i only ever heard him on the radio... seems like you find new stuff in that game everyday lol

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metalkid9

Oh man I can't wait for the announcement, and it would be sooo sick if they release it in 2010 :D

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solidniko

canadian GTA! could be never no but i dout it that would be wierd

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metalkid9

Vice City? Duh! Thats why they had so many Vice City type of songs in TBOGT and not to forget the Vice City Radio Station.

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gamerfreak1991

If this is true then I cannot wait. Vice City is my favorite GTA, great cast of characters, superb story and an amazing soundtrack.

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scarface_dm

Should have made it in chicago :p o_0 well

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btaylor2404

A return to VC would be great. As good as it was GTAIV was too serious. VC was an amazing, fun, and not overly "impressed" with itself game. A next gen return to the 80's of VC, or the early 90's of SA would be a welcome move for the series, IMO.

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Glade_Gnarr

That sounds about right, go from liberty city to vice city to san andreas.

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Putty121

YES! I'm so glad it could be Vice City! All these people were talking about France and other European countries for the next game, but this is where it's at. Rockstar has perfected the art of American satire and that's what they should keep doing. Good stuff here.

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JimmyCos

This is stupid, rockstar games is clearly following the same order as the last GTA generation first liberty city second vice city third san andreas

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toddze

These worthless games are still being made? Even more shocking people are still buying the same ole thing?

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mattg90520

i wonder, am i the only one who enjoyed the seriousness of gta4? i thought it had plenty of absurd, snarky moments mixed in throughout so it never was too ridiculous. i did enjoy gay tony and thought they worked the more ridiculous missions into the game in a way that didnt seem out of place. it was a nice balance between old and new

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sdcazares1980

Tommy Vercetti to return? Count me in! Oh, and make sure to recast Ray Liotta while you're at it. ;)

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protokyoto

I wish they'd do Detroit in the next game as I'd see the border of my hometown on the waterfront (Windsor, Ontario). A man can dream can't he? lol.

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punkdsk8erdude

Meh i loved vice city, GTA 3, SA and IV. i loved the liberty city in 3 and the one in IV. they were different enough to be considered compeltely different, and it was a good thing. so i guess if they did that with vice city, maybe did a direct model of miami it would be cool. but at the same time, i think itd be better for us if they went to a completely new location. there are plenty of locales they havent been to yet - if they continue to base off of US locations, they can go to detroit, chicago, Minneapolis, new orleans, boston, washington dc, etc so many possibilities. why consistantly go back and recreate? just start from scratch! also, i hope they go backwards in terms of gameplay. To be honest, gta 4 only starting feelin lik a gta game after ballad of gay tony was released. the gameplay was so much more serious and tried to be more realstic than previous entries. i like the less serious, more sarcastic, fun, unrealism of 3, VC, and SA. i rly hope they go back to that. also, they need to update the graphics engine. IV looked good, but could look sooo much better. GTAIV is not one of the best looking games out there...

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PSdual_wielder

wow, well done..

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F0ZZY

Miami being remade.....and eventually San Andreas if they really gonna follow this order

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turnerdoc

its going be vice city 80s music clue is in new dlc y out of all the radio station's they have vice city radio dont match the rst of the music which for 2 station are bad san andreas was the best only because of size and loads of vehicles but vice city was the real best music was awsome

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SkidRow18

great, i predicted that too

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ascalon94

I think Vice City was one of the best. Riding in a comet down the road listening to 80's hits was great.

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twashington9737

Hmm. I should pop in VC and check out that movie studio to see if there is a poster similar to what's underneath the Liberty City, It's Over poster...Brb...Actually, I won't be back. Ha...

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heznave

Ricky Gervais WAS in a comedy club, saw him several times on buddy challenges.

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delusional696

Where ever it's set I'm sure it will be good. That said, I would prefer a new location.

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shootingrobot98

SWEET. A story based on modern-day Miami would certainly be awesome, although doing other cities would be cool too.

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irongobbo

Hope so! It would be fun!

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thorsen-ink

@Da_Skull_King << LINK REMOVED >>