GTA London would be a step forward for the franchise!


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.

Ever since their PlayStation one days, there hasn't been anything other than US culture, which isn't necessarily a terrible choice but a change of scenery never hurt anyone and what better place to set a next gen Grand Theft Auto then Bloody olde England..

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.


So why London, you ask? Well let's bring in the facts. London is a diverse multicultural metropolis that also attracts over 14 or so million international visitors per year, thus making it Europe's most popular and most visited city in the record book. There's also over 300 languages spoken in the city and with it's selection of well publicized politics and media scandals, there are countless amount of missions, characters and plot for an authentic story.  Still not sold on the idea? Then read on further why GTA London would be an awesome idea!


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.

Gang Warfare




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. 

Iconic Trademarks





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 




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.

Police 




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.

Conclusion 




 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." 

So the future's not necessarily looking bright for a GTA London but it shouldn't be counted out entirely and Grand Theft Auto shouldn't just be limited to North America, there's many places on the world map that would work well with the franchise including Brazil but that's another story. Obviously there's risks involved but Rockstar didn't get far without taking risks, so yes there should be a GTA London, even if not now, hopefully in the future. What do you think?

50 comments:

  1. What utter weaksauce. Doing a 3D GTA London would be more fresh and original than every GTA game since 3. And I always thought the word 'can't' wasn't in Rockstar's vocabulary. Guess I was wrong. What utter tripe. Good article

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  2. I would love R* to make a London game. Just to see the Daily Mail completely lose it's shit although not sure how a GTA would work in the UK with our gun laws...

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    1. the Getaway seemed to manage fine

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  3. GTA should come home, it's a British franchise afterall :(

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  4. I'm tired of watching AMERICA always getting the good things, come on Rockstar Drop America they aren't that good.

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  5. Why not? If Rockstar can pull off Vice City and it's 80's setting.. what's stopping them from re-creating a modern setting in London? It would give a good basis for variety in location, vehicles, characters.. The game could practically develop itself!

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  6. It's a bit disappointing that we are unlikely to see any locations outside of the USA, however, in some ways, he has a point. GTA works so well because it's a British take on the USA, with all the stereotypes purposely put in to the extreme.

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  7. An odd perspective given the game is made in the UK. I can't see a single reason why a GTA game couldn't be based anywhere in the world, you get crime syndicates, sleaziness and corruption everywhere.

    How about just for the sake of a change of scenery?
    GTA London was hilarious-- imagine if they got Jason Statham to do the voice for the main character.

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  8. there's more to the world than just the US.

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  9. they haven't done anything but those three though, i mean san andreas was the whole state which is cool and all, but rockstar has always used the same three places, tis fucked, i mean whatabout atlanta or a texas type state? or anything really

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  10. Ok, fine I can understand that. But can you guys just for fucks sake set it somewhere other than Liberty City, San Andreas or Vice City. It doesn't even have to be a full fledged game. Just a short story/ expansion would be nice.

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  11. For as much as I'd like to see a GTA based in the UK, especially London as it's a much more attractive city, the roads are too thin and we have a lot of corners, so you'll crash into things constantly.

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  12. Uk is such an under used setting in games, we have some amazing landmarks, amazing lands, man a fallout based in england fuck yeah. Its why im looking forward to the order, i love that time period and london in that period is great.

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  13. GTA is America?
    Guess I'm done with GTA then.
    It's getting stale at this point, that's like how many times they did Liberty City?

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    1. Twice.

      Three times if you count Chinatown Wars.

      Personally I want a return to Vice City. I still think VC was by far their best effort both in scope and polish.

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  14. Damn, would've really loved a London GTA. They'd have to take a lot of creative licence to deal with the dearth of guns we have here and just put tons of them in the game anyway.

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  15. Infinite Ammo22/09/2013, 22:16

    One of the biggest reasons why I loved Sleepy Dogs was it's location... surely GTA could branch out a little? I do love it being in the US but I don't think every game needs to be there imo, could get stale.

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  16. I don't think it's out of the question, they just wouldn't call it Grand Theft Auto.

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  17. Seems very limiting and short sighted to me. There are only a few iconic and unique cities in America, so the series could start to get pretty stale. They are basically limited to NY, LA, and Miami. Anything else will just feel like a slightly different version of those cities. Branching out would give them far more options for interesting locations and stories.

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    1. There is the US Mexico border that seems to be unexplored

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    2. GTA V already has the themes of fighting for control of the smuggling business with gangs from south of the border. A game which is actually set ON the border would be very similar, and it wouldn't exactly be a change of setting in terms of geography and climate.

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  18. TheLegendOfMart22/09/2013, 22:21

    There's a reason they do it, just like there are very few games that have female protagonists, they make games for the lowest common denominator. Do you think GTA would make $800m in 24 hours if the game were set in the UK or Europe, of course it wouldn't because Americans are uncultured.

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  19. Only 'Murica.

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    1. London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, rival cities in any of your states and we have more history, culture and diversity to go with it.

      But your attitude just show why there will never be a modern GTA London, Americans probably don't even know where it is let alone want to play a game set there.

      Where else have they got to go with GTA, back to Vice City, then we loop around back to Liberty City again?

      I don't want to keep playing a game set in the same 3 areas over and over and over and over again.

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  20. I'm really not hating on the US at all but this GTA being based in the US again is what killed my interest in it. Do they just plan to recycle the same three cities indefinitely?

    There was an article on the BBC about whether GTA was a British cultural icon so it's kind of sad that it's something that's so obsessed with the US. I'm sure most people think the game is 100% made in America.

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  21. London is the closest thing to 'Merica outside of the US.

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  22. I'd love a GTA set in London, or even Manchester or Europe. There's always the small hope of reviving The Getaway 3 right?

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    1. Manchester... REALLY?

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    2. I live there and even I don't, the city is pretty small, the outskirts are just estates...

      London at least is massive.

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    3. Indeed, there is also a great variety in how different parts of the city look. North is different to West etc. There are parts of the Outer London Boroughs that look like rural areas. Would be interesting for a game, not as boring as Liberty City.

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    4. Haha, I only say that since I live there. I know it won't happen.

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  23. Jason's Ultimatum22/09/2013, 22:35

    I also agree they're limiting themselves to America. As much as San Andreas is my favorite location in a GTA game, I'll be disappointed if the next GTA game is based in Vice City again.

    London would be pretty damn awesome,especially the humor with what R* could conjure up.

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  24. SmoothRunningGun22/09/2013, 22:35

    This is part of why GTA feels tired. GTA London or Paris or Rome, would be a lot more interesting to me.

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  25. London would be a great setting for a GTA game, and I can easily see how it could be made to work. However, I suspect a significant concern may be commercial. It may not be as appealing to American audiences.

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  26. securitypigeon22/09/2013, 22:43

    Oh man! I've been thinking as I play GTAV that I would LOVE to see them do this. Just like LS and Blaine County, combining a city area like London with more countryside parts of Sussex or somewhere similar...that would be fantastic.

    I love GTA's spin on America but I think it's time for a change. They've said a lot of its culture between all these games; now they should try riffing on something closer to ho

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  27. I think it would be cool if Sony funded a new Getaway game developed by Rockstar.

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  28. thats unfortunate, I would've loved a "lock, stock" GTA. nothing wrong with parodying 'murrica but its getting a bit stale imo

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  29. Sorry 'murika.

    You're getting boring.

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  30. I wonder what will be next, I feel after new york and los angeles, everything else in america, yes, even miami, would feel like a downgrade. maybe its just my personal opinion, but I think they're done with the US.

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  31. GTA London would have to be mostly all knives all the time, and on the rare occasion a gun is brought out it'd be insta-five stars.

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  32. One obvious reason that i haven't seen mentioned as to why GTA wouldn't be in London is guns. Guns are illegal here you can't just walk into a shop and buy a gun like you can in the US, there'd be no Ammu-nation. Same goes for most of Europe.

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    1. Sleeping Dogs was able to successfully make a open world crime game with not much guns and small roads. Just make the melee and hand-to-hand combat really good! :D

      It would be hilarious going on slow double-decker buses and have a punch up in there!

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    2. I don't remember GTA IV having Ammu-Nation stores... There's gun laws in New York State too you know.

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  33. I'd be fine with a "GTA: Snatch" spinoff.

    Dunno how many more American cities they can use before it gets samey. Boston? Miami? Maybe make it so you can travel between cities and build the game off the current engine for nextgen.

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  34. There's only so many times you can keep repeating the same old shit every game until people get fed up with it.

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  35. I bet rockstar north would love to make a gta London or any over uk city their are just as much crime and gangs and shorting, ok maybe a little less or any other city in the world, but the simple thing is not many Americas will buy a gta game not set in america, when the rumours of gta 5 would be set in France so many gamers from america was like not buying that because its not set in America on the gta forums, But I think gta need somewhere new for gta 6 even though its look more likely that it will be a vice city remake which would suck because the last 3 gta games will then just be remake of old locations come on rockstar somewhere new, even though rockstar say gta is just a America game but it made in the uk and the game would work anywhere look at sleeping dogs ,far cry 3 and just cause would love to see gta go to some of these locations.

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  36. Damn, id love a london gta, crime is pretty nasty in the uk so it would make sense

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  37. London would be brilliant with all the different varieties of Gang warfare in the city anyone here remember the London Riots in 2011? Grand Theft Auto fit perfect with a London setting

    There's Soccer Gangs - Arsenal Gooners, Chelsea Headhunters, Millwall Bushwackers, Tottenham Hotspur Yids, West Ham United Inter-City Firm

    There's Black Ghetto Gangs - Teddy Boys and Rudeboys, Ghetto Boys, Peckham Boys and Tottenham Mandem, Wembley Boys, Tamil Snake Gang (etc)

    Then there's Organised Crime Families - Triads, Russian Mafia, Albanian Mafia, Rathkeale Rovers

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