In GTA V, You’ll Play Villain And Hero In The Same Story
The GTA V details are simply gushing out, now that Rockstar has finally decided to actually promote the thing after teasing everyone for more than a year. And in the aftermath of last week’s epic infodump courtesy of the December issue of Game Informer, Rockstar Game’s Dan Houser, AKA the guy behind the entire GTA series, has granted an interview with the New York Times in which he talks generally about the company, and series, but at one point he dropped a revealing tidbit that further clarifies what’s going on with the game’s three protagonists:
“Just at the conceptual level, the idea was three separate stories that you play in one game,” he said, which confirms we’re looking at the GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City on steroids. “The next bit was, let’s not have the stories intersect once or twice but have them completely interwoven. It felt like it was going to be a real narrative strength: you get to play the protagonist and the antagonist in the same story.”
That’s a telling bit of information. Clearly, the stories will be far more interlinked than was previously implied, and it looks like the game might come down to a conflict between the three characters, in some form, rather than each of the three characters having individual stories that play out separately. That makes me slightly less enthusiastic about the story, since I would rather have one character I can attach myself to, and see their story play out, than have my attention constantly split, especially since part of the fun of a GTA is just taking your character and wandering around.
On the other hand, this doesn’t mean there won’t be three compelling stories being told. Perhaps one option will have you playing through the game as the protagonist, another playing through as the antagonist, with the two of them frequently having their stories connect. Of course, this begs another question: Will GTA V retain GTA IV’s limited choice-based outcomes? If so, it’d be kind of cool if the choices you make as one character or another affect who winds up on top in the end.
Either way, it’s ambitious stuff, but hopefully not at the expense of a good game. Clearly, this only makes the wait for GTA V ever tougher.