You didn't really think GTAIV would be the final installment in the blockbuster franchise, did you? Realistically, the only legitimate question was, "how much longer before Rockstar announces Grand Theft Auto V ?"
Well, it may not be that far off, and the actual release may be a lot sooner than you might believe. If you've seen the latest Game Informer, Rockstar North is apparently already hard at work on the next GTA entry. The evidence was in the Loose Talk section in the latest Game Informer, as it seems RockStar North is already working on the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, which should be ready for release this holiday season. How, do you ask? Well, we have no idea, but we imagine the team will use the same engine that was on display in GTAIV; they'll just create a new world using that foundation. Here's the quote in question:
"We're not talking about new DLC or a collection of previously available DLC, we're talking about a full retail game. We expect this title to follow the suit of previous GTAs and use a subtitle such as GTA: San Andreas, etc. Tokyo might be a possible setting for the game, but details are non-existent at this time."
Well, where do you want the next GTA to take place? And would you want it to be a historic piece, like Vice City and San Andreas ? Before Liberty City was confirmed for GTAIV, some entertained the notion of a 1920's Chicago setting, and both London and Tokyo were also rumored as possible considerations. Perhaps Rockstar will want to appeal more to the Japanese crowd with a Tokyo-based GTA, even though they can't possibly be unhappy with the sales of previous titles. We hope to have more information on the mystery GTA soon, and once we have it, we'll fill you in. Personally, I wouldn't mind a direct sequel to Vice City , 'cuz that was my favorite. Love the '80s. 🙂