It's been a faint dream for many loyal Rockstar fans living in the UK ever since the Grand Theft Auto franchise blew up worldwide and dominated the video game industry with hours of funny satirized adult humour, a vast range of memorable characters, over the top criminal activities and realistic free roam freedom but unfortunately the brand hasn't ventured outside of the united states since 1999.
Grand Theft Auto franchise is a British marvel, providing a slanted view of America, it's humor, lifestyle politics and culture. If by any chance a GTA was set outside of the USA, there's very few cities that could work as well as Britain's capital, London City. Although technically Rockstar Games have already visited London back in the earlier days, with more powerful hardware at their fingertips Rockstar would have the opportunity to create something truly breathtaking.
London is a hugely popular City
Since Grand theft Auto games are highly influenced by Hollywood, lets not forget that London has been the setting for many television shows, movies and other video games so GTA could return to their past glory and set their free roam overlord in one of the most multicultural, celebrated and oldest cities on the planet today.
Many people will argue that London wouldn't be the right setting since the media's representation on the big screen is usually based around middle aged goofs drinking tea, crumpets, and Big Ben but that's not the entire picture. In GTA London you could get involved in football riots, witness the changing of the guards, attack traffic wardens, join a street gang, tour the city, mug people, enjoy a bit of culture when causing trouble on the streets of London, go night clubbing and so much more.
A Vibrant Public Transport System
Majority of GTA games have a transport system that takes you around the world's diaspora, in GTA London you would be able to use the London underground, double decker buses and black cabs. The Underground system could be used as quick travel when you have discovered each station. Black cabs or illegal minicabs could be also be used as Taxi missions just like in previous GTA installments.
London is notoriously known for it's diverse set of gangs and Rockstar has implemented gang warfare in GTA before, most notably San andreas with the bitter rivalry between fake sets Grove Street and Ballas. This inclusion could be used as a part of the story and be a key point in bringing back the gang wars, surprisingly missing from Rockstar's recent GTA V. Considering London's size and multicultural presence, there's a number of gangs that could be created from hooded youths on council estates to Russian Gangsters. Imagine films like Shank, Bullet Boy, Adulthood or Green Street just to name a few and you've got the picture.
There's many famous landmarks in London including Buckingham palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Hyde park, The London Eye, The Royal Albert Hall, Leicester Square and many more. Rockstar would no doubt create parodies of these trademarks as they've done in previous GTA games. Just imagine, you could go on a shopping spree in Harrods and the next moment you could be speeding through Downing Street in a mini cooper. You also could go on a open bus tour where you'd get a history lesson in accordance with Rockstar's satirized humour or base jump from The Shard (at your own risk.) The Thames could be used as another means of getting around the City, including boat races.
Correct side of the road
The UK and majority of the world sensibly drive on the left side of the road also known as the correct side of the road, then there's America. USA in fact drives on the other side which is partially dangerous for obvious reasons.
Weapons are not impossible to get in the big city and there's a variety of ways to arm and protect yourself against the unknown. Weapons would range from short range accessories including Knives, baseball bats, work tools to hand guns, ideal for a GTA world. You could even get yourself a police taser, baton or better yet settle for a good old fashioned brass knuckled fist fight to whet your appetite.
The Police are frequent in London and can be seen in huge numbers or speeding down busy high roads, until danger actually surfaces and there isn't a single rozzer within a 40 mile radius. Just like in GTA fashion you could steal police cars and perform the other usual antics to your hearts desire.
Unfortunately this really is a distant dream as Rockstar doesn't seem to have the balls or motivational drive to make a GTA London any time soon as confirmed in their recent The Guardian interview and quoted below..
"I think for us, my gut feeling is, GTA London was cool for the time, but games were more limited then. These days I think we would love to set a game in the UK, set in London, whatever, but I don't know if it would be a GTA game. I think there are plenty of great stories we could tell about the UK, great environments to showcase, great gameplay mechanics that could have a UK bent to them – I just don't think it would be a GTA necessarily.
There are so many games we'd like to make that we just don't have the bandwidth to make at the moment. But we always think, well the future is long and varied, and that's what the future's for. Speaking for myself – and normally I'd be as militant about saying 'we' as much as possible, because it certainly isn't only me at all, thank god – but my own personal feeling is that GTA is America. With this game, I think, we're very happy with the location. It let us do something iconic."