GTA 6 needs to grow, and it sounds like it will grow

GTA 6 sounds like a very different game (Image: Rockstar Games)

One reader checked out the new GTA 6 rumours and what changes he’s happy about…he’s worried they might make the game worse.

we really have A proper leak of Grand Theft Auto 6, very little is said, but the internet is already full of fear and disgust about what it all means. There are really only three details: it’s set in “Miami”; it has two main characters, a Bonnie & Clyde-style couple in which the woman is Latino; and in general, Rockstar tries not to be in its humor Suppressed too much, which was immediately described as their “wake up”.

I’ll address the last point first, because it’s so tiresome to have to argue that being nice to people is a bad thing. I mean, what does it mean to wake up? Know enough about how you talk to someone to try not to offend them? Is this what people are unhappy about? Is this what they are trying to actively prevent others from doing? !

Obviously this goes way beyond GTA, and while I doubt GTA will be a key battleground in these “culture wars”, I’m glad to see Rockstar sided with the angels and has removed some tasteless trans from GTA 5 joke. Believe it or not, it somehow didn’t completely ruin it.

Whether that’s because Dan Houser and others left the OG writing team, no one (except them) can say, but it seems Rockstar is taking a new, more mature attitude. That doesn’t mean there’s no irony, though, as Hauser himself said during Trump’s tenure, the world has actually moved beyond irony. The Onion seems to be a very sober and accurate news source right now, and it’s hard to exaggerate the absurdities of real life without being immediately mesmerized by it.

So I suspect GTA 6 might be more fun than previous games, just as most comedy shows have gotten less fun lately. Of course, that’s going to be down to Rockstar dropping teeth, but that’s how it is right now, everyone has an opinion and it’s formed long before they see what they’re complaining about.

Knowing what some people are like, the fact that there is a woman in the game alone is enough to make some people lose their minds. I think most sane people can accept that it’s shameful that the modern GTA has never had a female protagonist in all these decades. Heck, they hardly have any memorable female characters. These games do this so badly that they can never redeem themselves properly, so this is the bare minimum they can do.

The last point is an odd reference to the Miami setting, although the author, a long-serving games journalist, is well aware that Sin City is GTA’s version of that city. what does that mean? Did he forget? This seems unlikely.

So, does that mean this new GTA will be set in the real world, or at least closer to it than previous games? There doesn’t seem to be any obvious reason, and I’m not sure what to lose or gain, other than I guess they can show off how similar the game looks to the real thing.

If they end up making the game super serious, like a true thriller, I think it would make sense, but that seems unlikely. Given all the ridiculous stunts and fights you get into in regular GTA, I don’t see how you can take it all seriously.

To me, that’s going to be the real outrage at GTA 6. I’m happy to hear its growth in comedy, and the way it treats marginalized people, but if at the same time, it’s taking all the fun out of the game that’s a troubling thing. As the game’s release draws nearer, we’ll see which one draws more outrage…

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