ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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GTA 6 is an inevitability. Rockstar and their publisher, Take-Two Interactive have made an astounding amount of money with GTA V. The game has continued to bring in profits on Xbox 360, XBOX One, PS4, PS3 and PC for almost 3 years, during which time Rockstar hasn't delivered another game. In fact, they've yet to even announce any of the projects they're currently working on.

Though it's unlikely that GTA 6 is next on the list for Rockstar North, the game is undoubtedly being considered and planned. But how can GTA V be topped? What new mechanic will rival that of 5's three-protagonist-centered narrative and the ability to swap between them? Well, before Rockstar start innovating in that department, there are a few changes we'd like to see.

GTA 6 - Location & Timeframe

GTA: Vice City
GTA: Vice City

Some time after the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, fans began to discuss its sequel and how GTA 6 was going to have to change in terms of Rockstar's approach. Thus, the name Vice City was throw around a lot - like, A LOT. Everyone was discussing how GTA 6 should become the next Vice City, and that wasn't just in terms of quality (even though it probably is the best game in the franchise).

There really is no other game like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Has the medium ever captured the vibrant lifestyle of a time and place in history than how Rockstar did with 1980's Miami? The streets were bustling, the music was incredible, the colors were flamboyant, the story was fun and the people were crazy. What a time.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

I don't think any game in this franchise has Vice City's sense of time and place, or cultural flair. GTA V seems devoid of culture and more interested in poking fun at how debased, banal and hypocritical modern American life can be. If you play Vice City today, it still has so much life and flair. Though GTA V is a masterfully crafted experience, its world is often exaggerated and repugnant to the point where you can't relate to anything. Sure, the gameplay is a lot of fun, but there was something remarkable about Vice City's location, music and atmosphere.

This is what fans have focused on when discussing ideas for GTA 6 - we want that atmosphere again. That's not to say that fans want to see the game actually set in Vice City, but we're longing for a more interesting time and place. Therefore, we feel like GTA 6 needs to move its location and stop focusing on the present.

What Do You Want From Its Release Date?


Do we need another trip through time? If it isn't GTA 6 that's going to do that for us, then hopefully it's Red Dead Redemption 2. But in order to keep the setting of the Grand Theft Auto games interesting, wouldn't it make sense for Rockstar to set the game in another time and explore a new place?

Perhaps we could hop between America and Mexico as we did with Red Dead Redemption! Or take a trip down to South America. I think we're looking for more variety and a departure from the modern lifestyles of recent Grand Theft Auto games. Let's take a trip similar to the one we took with Vice City and bask in the glory of a culturally fascinating time.


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