GTA V research included FBI chat and a prison visit
In a lengthy and interesting interview published on the Guardian’s website, Rockstar Games‘ co-founder Dan Houser spoke at length about the upcoming GTA V. Amongst other things, he revealed that the research for the fifth entry in the main series of Grand Theft Auto included talking to actual FBI agents and even visiting a real prison.
We spent a minimum of 100 days in Los Angeles on research trips, probably more. Out and about, all night long with weird people, strange cops showing us around, a lot of first-hand research. We spoke to FBI agents that have been undercover, experts in the Mafia, street gangsters who know the slang – we even went to see a proper prison. These poor buggers in the middle of the salt flat desert, miles away. It was eye-openingly depressing
He then offered a take on Los Angeles itself, stating that if GTA IV was a classic New York story, GTA V will be instead the endpoint of the American dream.
LA is this embodiment of 20th-century American desires: the houses, the gardens, the tans, all slightly fake. It’s the end of the western world – the sun sets and then it’s tomorrow. But the industry is movies or, equally phoney, real estate. It’s people trying to escape their pasts and reinvent themselves. If GTA IV was a classic New York story, this is the endpoint of the American dream
Needless to say, the hype for GTA V is skyrocketing with every passing day. The game will be out on 17 September for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.