The Game Hints GTA V Shares Continuity With San Andreas
If stray comments made by rapper The Game are any indication, Grand Theft Auto V may differ sharply from GTA IV by explicitly connecting the new game back to the GTA III trilogy. Why yes, that is surprising.
Appearing on Wired 96.5′s Studio 96, the rapper was asked if he’d be doing any work on GTA V. His reply suggested, though didn’t state outright, that he will be reprising his role from San Andreas, former Grove Street Families member B Dup. “They [Rockstar] called man and we did a little bit of work with them,” The Game said. After the world’s dorkiest freak out from his interviewer about how awesome GTA San Andreas was, The Game added “B Dup man.”
You can listen to the whole thing via the embedded youtube recording below:
Many outlets are taking this to mean that The Game has confirmed that he is in fact reprising B Dup, and that might be true. It’s worth noting that while Rockstar expressly stated that Grand Theft Auto IV took place in an entirely new continuity unrelated to the GTA III trilogy, they have not made a similar proclamation about GTA V. Even so, B Dup appeared to die during the final act of San Andreas. It’s possible he survived of course, but he was a minor character who existed largely to demonstrate how the crack trade had destroyed the hood and Grove Street Families along with it. He would also be 20 years older (San Andreas takes place in 1992, GTA V takes place in 2012), and there ain’t a lot of 47 year old gang bangers walking the streets of LA, especially not ones who were defeated and driven out of business.
All The Game really did here is confirm that he knows the name of the character he played for two scenes in San Andreas. He’s very cagey about his actual role in GTA V, obviously due to the NDA he would have signed, and that’s enough for me to think that whatever he’s doing in GTA V, it’s a wholly new character. And besides, it won’t be a major character at any rate, so not that big of a deal. I’m more interested in knowing if there’s going to be a PC version of the game.
More information about GTA V will be dropping later today, when Game Informer’s giant preview appears online for subscribers only.
Just one last thing: I think we can all agree that this interviewer is the all time biggest Herb, right?