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Rockstar – GTA is Only Scratching the Surface of Open World Games

Posted on October 20, 2011 AT 06:15am

THE BUZZ: Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar, believes Grand Theft Auto games are only just scratching the surface of what open world games are capable of.

When asked what the next ten years for the team would be like he replied:

“Who knows? I think there’s something really interesting in the open world experience. Obviously we’ve made like ten of them now and they still don’t feel boring to me. It still feels that we’re only scratching the surface of that potential. But who knows what we’ll be doing?”

“We’ll hopefully have done a bunch of interesting games in the next ten years. That’s always the goal,” he added. “I’ve never been that good at the futureology side of game-making. We never really care what the name is on the box, either. The name Grand Theft Auto, the name Max Payne, the name’s Red Dead, the name’s Table Tennis, it doesn’t really matter as long as the game’s cool.”

“I would never have believed you would have been talking about this in ten years time. We were still talking about Space Invaders [ten years ago], and that was already 20, 30 years old then. Hopefully we’ll continue to do interesting stuff, that’s you know, that’s kind of all you can hope for,” Houser concluded.

EGM’s TAKE: Who knows what gaming will look like 10 years from now, but one thing’s for certain there will always be a space for GTA.

What would you like to see from future GTA games? Leave your thoughts below.

Source: IGN

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