Grand Theft Auto May Never Return to London
With the Grand Theft Auto franchise now having returned to two cities it utilized in previous generations – New York (Liberty City) and Los Angeles (Los Santos) – in 2008’s Grand Theft Auto IV and the newly released Grand Theft Auto V, gamers have wondered if the series will return to other past destinations in the eventual Grand Theft Auto VI.
One of those cities is London, featured in Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 and 1969, both released in 1999 as expansions for the first Grand Theft Auto, which was released for MS-DOS, PC, PlayStation, and Game Boy Color in 1997. On returning to London, Co-Founder and Vice President of Creativity at Rockstar Games, Dan Houser, told The Guardian:
I think for us, my gut feeling is, GTA London was cool for the time, but games were more limited then. These days I think we would love to set a game in the UK, set in London, whatever, but I don’t know if it would be a GTA game. I think there are plenty of great stories we could tell about the UK, great environments to showcase, great gameplay mechanics that could have a UK bent to them – I just don’t think it would be a GTA necessarily.
The Getaway and The Getaway: Black Monday were two open-world video games based in London and were developed by Team SoHo and SCE London Studio. They were released for the PlayStation 2 in 2003 and 2005.
Grand Theft Auto V was developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th, 2013. PC, Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One ports of the game are rumored.