Grand Theft Auto is one of the most popular series of a generation, and if general wrongdoing make up a staple part of your gaming experience, you will have, at some point, immersed yourself in one or many of the iconic GTA releases. The 10th anniversary edition of Vice City released last week for those on iPhones and iPads, reminding us of just how much fun we can have with a car, motorbike and free roaming, and Rockstar North’s head honcho Leslie Benzies has even more good news for those that cannot get enough of GTA. He eventually envisages each of the respective worlds -Liberty City, Vice City, San Andreas et al – combining to make something of a megalopolis, with gamers having the ability to fly between each one.
As anybody who has played San Andreas will vouch, there is a point within the game where you fly back to GTA III’s Liberty City. While it’s not a fully-functioning world, it was a show of intent, and ever since San Andreas’ 2004 release, GTA fans have dared to wonder whether Rockstar would eventually combine any or all of its fictitious locations into one title.
Speaking with DigitalTrends, Benzies stopped short of confirming the idea was a definite, but expresses Rockstar’s desire to have something like that in place:
At some point we would like to have one big world containing all our cities and let the player fly between them and revisit their favorite areas, and in that context reimagining Vice City would be very interesting.
A re-imagined Vice City? A world containing all of GTA’s vast locales in one? Rockstar certainly knows how to tease its audience, and that has been no more apparent than with the constant trailers and hints with regards to GTA V. Headed to the retail market next spring, GTA V looks an aesthetic masterpiece, and with the prospect of each world eventually combining as one, interest in the franchise certainly won’t be dwindling anytime soon.
As a fan of GTA, I would love to flit between worlds by taking a simple flight, and hope Benzies’ utterances eventually bear fruit.