Ever since the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 fans have wondered what’s next for the series, with years of GTA Online updates going by. There have been plenty of rumors out there for Grand Theft Auto 6, but Rockstar hasn’t confirmed anything.
One of the more interesting rumors out there revolves around the setting of GTA 6, and how it’ll take things back a few decades into the past. It wouldn’t be the first time the series has had a setting in the past, as Vice City took place in the 1980s.
Setting Grand Theft Auto 6 in the 1970s or ’80s would be an interesting move on Rockstar’s part, and could help breathe new life into the long-running series.
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What a 1970’s Setting Could Bring to GTA
One of the more prevalent theories about Grand Theft Auto 6 is called the Project Americas theory. According to Project Americas, GTA 6 will be heavily inspired by shows like Narcos, and take place across the 1970s and 80s. That setting could help give GTA 6 an aesthetic not often explored in video games and explored well even less. Rockstar has already proven they do an exceptional job with period pieces, just look at Vice City, L.A. Noire or Red Dead Redemption 2.
More than that, however, a 70s setting would allow Rockstar to experiment with the passage of time. It’s been nearly 20 years since the release of Vice City, and technology has advanced astronomically since then. Rockstar could use the setting of GTA 6 to show a city growing and changing over time, even over decades. If players start in the 70s and advance to the 80s, their decisions could help shape the city and story.
It’d obviously be ambitious, but Rockstar is one of the most talented developers out there. Tommy Vercetti, from Vice City, is also one of the most popular characters in the entire franchise. Setting GTA 6 in the 1970s would allow Rockstar to bring Tommy back again, and give an extra dimension to his character. Perhaps he could even work as a mentor to the protagonist of GTA 6, especially considering the drug empire theme suggested by Project Americas. After the modern settings of the last few games, it’d be refreshing to see GTA 6 jump wholeheartedly into being a period piece.
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