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Houser: City first then characters for GTA V, 1000 page script likely
Posted: 16.11.2009 11:52 by Simon Priest Comments: 2
Rockstar's Dan Houser has given the first official admission of Grand Theft Auto V in the works, saying they'll choose a city first before anything.

Once the urban star is cast, "then the characters" get brought in. Houser reveals he'll be co-writing a whopping script of around 1000 pages.

"We'll think of a city first, then the characters," Houser tells The Times in an interview.

That Rockstar is developing a full fifth instalment in the series is no shock at all. In the piece, Houser also touches on the hypocrisy of videogames being singled out as the violent offender of society, while gore fest flicks are sent on their way to box office.

"We do get frustrated when video games are singled out and movies are given a free pass. Manhunt 2 was banned in the same week that Saw was released," he argued,

"The arguments become quite ludicrous quite quickly when people argue that games are somehow more dangerous than full-motion video."

"Within Rockstar, sometimes we feel that some of our games get singled out and held up as pariahs. All we want to do is tell a story with rounded characters. Like GoodFellas, which is a key film for us, our rounded characters happen to be criminals."

Do movies get a free pass? Games sure get a grilling from anyone with a pulpit. Where do you hope Grand Theft Auto V takes us, videogamer? US? England? Japan?
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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 16, 2009
herodotus
Yes, give us a new country to play in. The EP for the first GTA provided London...why not go there again?
By Jake_SI (SI Elite) on Nov 18, 2009
Jake_SI
God another GTA... not complaining I guess, I've played each one so far, and this will be no exception.

But yea, another country would be nice, something with a totally different style, something which feels and looks different.