ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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With GTA V, and Rockstar's three year campaign in supporting three different releases of it finally over, we can all bask in its glory as await their next title. GTA 6 is certainly something that the company will be exploring in the back of their minds, though they're undoubtedly working on something like Red Dead Redemption 2, or maybe even that Playstation exclusive, Agent, that we haven't heard anything of for a long time!

But I'm wondering what kind of direction Rockstar will be taking GTA 6 on its release date. What sort of revolutionary ideas could they implement into the franchise and will they feel the need to really shake things up a few years down the road? Could they follow in the footsteps of Max Payne 3?

Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3

GTA 6: Following the Path Blazed by Max Payne 3 On Release Date

The Max Payne series was as synonymous with the cold, wintry months of New York city as it was with bullet time. Max represented the kind of protagonist we were familiar with in the Noir-era of American cinema and the game made countless references to the stylistic tropes of this cinematic movement. New York and Noir cinema were central to the tone of the game and it was really quite a brave and interesting decision for Max Payne 3 to be set in a polarising environment.

São Paulo, Brazil, introduced blistering heat and wild colours to the world of Max Payne. The game featured flashbacks to Max's time spent in New York and it's an intriguing glimpse into what the game could have been had they simply stuck to the original tone. Personally, I think it was a great stylistic choice to see Max outside of his element.

Rockstar's sense of humour could shine through, as we saw Max clad himself in the worst hawaiian shirt your dad could ever wear. It was a jest that really played in the game's favour and demonstrated Rockstar's desire to always keep franchises moving forwards rather than cementing them into formulas they know work. The question is whether a move like this could actually represent what Rockstar will do with other franchises in the future.

Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3

Grand Theft Auto has almost become synonymous with American culture - we don't think Rockstar are interested in making it anywhere else. However, I definitely think that these guys are willing to change something to keep it fresh. Perhaps the next few years will see far too many open world games set within America, and Rockstar will see the need for a different setting. Or perhaps GTA will change in a way that no one will see coming.

Obviously, GTA 6 will be a very different game in terms of marketing and potential sales in comparison with Max Payne 3 - after all it sold 4 million copies, whereas GTA V has somehow sold in and around 40 million copies - dayum! But what do you guys think? Are Rockstar too scared to change the formula of one of the most successful franchises of all time? Could they surprise us all on the release date of GTA 6? Let us know what you think in the comments!


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