Supposedly, we are veering on the next instalment in the original crime sandbox that is Grand Theft Auto. And in their time they’ve covered quite a few places. (Albeit, through Rockstar’s unique take). As details are as sparse as you would expect, let’s add speculation to the fire of where in the world it’s going to take place. So, sit back and relax and let’s speculate.
Welcome to Vice City, Bienvenidos a Vice City
First up and for me at least, the place they should return to in GTA 6. Vice City, home to all the world’s most successful drug dealers, otherwise known as Miami, Florida. We last visited Vice City way back in the early to mid naughties with GTA Vice City, and it’s spin-off prequel Vice City Stories. GTA’s take on 80s Miami, which involved watching Scarface with brief interludes to Miami Vice, going so far as getting the guy who played Tubbs in the original Miami Vice in the game.
Vice City in particular one of the best if not the best in the series. Mainly thanks to being set in the 80s and the soundtrack *chiefs kiss*. Anyhow, it has been far too long since the series has graced the sandy drug and bullet-riddled beaches of Vice City. Maybe it’s time for a revisit? Whether it’s a modern setting, back to the 80s, or even somewhere completely different? But, no matter the setting it will be great to return to Vice City after so long.
If you’re going to San Fierro….
Away from Vice City and now moving on to the San Andreas double bill. First up San Fierro, otherwise known as San Francisco. While it can be argued that some of the elements of San Fierro have carried over to GTA V, Mount Chiliad anyone? But, they have never been fully used since the “other” apex in the series. GTA San Andreas, when Las Vegas and Los Angeles and San Francisco were somehow within a stones-throw of each other even though they are in two separate states, and a side note, that mission of shooting out toy aeroplanes was the hardest thing since Ron Jeremy.
Geographical issues aside, it’s been the only game it’s been in and I think this could be a very strong avenue to explore for the series. Bullit, The Rock, 48 hrs, Dirty Harry, Zodiac Killer, The Maltese Falcon – the list can go on from here. San Andreas was a start. I would highly welcome a more detailed look at San Fierro, but a modern take? It wouldn’t exploit the potential it has, but then Silicon valley? Through something like the 70s could be much better? Quite a dilemma, eh?
Next up on the San Andreas double bill, and also a serious contender. Las Venturas AKA Las Vegas, Nevada. A city that’s famously built on organized crime and pornography and other vices. Last seen in San Andreas, where we robbed a casino and pissed off the mob – but that was back in 2004.
16 years later where could GTA take Las Venturas? Well, a modern setting is a bit out of the question given the fact that real-life Vegas is as Robert De Niro once put it at the end of “Casino”. “Today it looks like Disneyland. And while the kids are playing cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and junior’s college money on poker slots”. And I’ve been there myself and he does have a point there.
But what about the past? Well, history can be helpful here because in the mid-60s Howard Hughes came to town and through his real estate dealings practically took over the town and brought out the casinos and hotels that had mafia connections. now while the period can be exaggerated somewhat. I think it could be an interesting avenue to explore and given Red Dead Redemption looked at the US during the cross over from cowboys to becoming modernized. Maybe it would be interesting to put that idea through the guise of Las Venturas in a GTA game?
Liberty City…..Where concrete jungles are made from
Now, Liberty City AKA New York has been part and parcel of the series for years. Stretching back to the start of the series in 1997 with Grand Theft Auto, and then with 3 more games later. With the last one being GTA IV and its expansions back in 2008.
Personally, I don’t think we will be seeing the glittering heights of Liberty City anytime soon given we’ve got 5 games out of the locale already. If i’m wrong, please don’t be a current take on Liberty City. The 70s or 80s would be an interesting viewpoint on the city itself. From the 70s you’ve got the crime scene when in Harlem you’ve got a shift of power from the Italian mafia to black, Puerto Rican and Cuban gangs. Frank Lucas’s story could be straight out of GTA, given that he smuggled drugs in the coffins of fallen US soldiers from Vietnam.
Then we’ve got the 80s where Wall street was booming, gangster rap is on the rise and coppers cracking down on drugs. And around the same time, Rudy Guliani became US Attorney for the south of New York, but in the end, I wouldn’t say no to Liberty City albeit in a different period.
Los Santos has been with us quite a while from GTA San Andreas and recently with GTA V and its increasing amount of platforms that it has been ported to. It’s fair to say it’s very well covered. this is probably so unlikely to happen even Trump saying the truth is more likely. Again revisiting late 80s to early 90s could be a blast or even going as far back to the 70s with hippie culture and probably Hollywood’s heyday before it got taken over with the latest edition of lycra man in the MCU. Again very unlikely, but never say never.
London Calling to the underworld
Now, this may seem baffling but back in 1999, there was an expansion to the original GTA where it took place in the real-life city of London during the 60s. It wasn’t much to it other than climb the criminal ladder and cockney rhyming slang and the Kray twins. Again very, very unlikely. Veering on flat out no, and given the 60s where the time when crims were robbing trains. Lately it’s more hush-hush, can’t do much here at all really.
Or elsewhere in the world?
What if Rockstar decides: no, I’m not going to base GTA 6 in Vice City or Las Venturas or San Fierro. I’m going somewhere completely different. Well, starting with America you do have places like Chicago or Boston. Seattle, Detroit, New Orleans. El Paso or even San Diego/Tijuana would be solid shouts if Rockstar are looking for new locales in America – Those would be options.
But if they want to go international. That would be tricky as the series works in America, Mexico maybe? As a gringo who’s left the US after a business arrangement gone wrong? Who knows.