Where does Grand Theft Auto Online end? Everywhere and nowhere, according to Rockstar - the goal is to keep adding new locations to the universe indefinitely, till the designers run out of world to simulate.
"Well, one thing we've toyed with - and we've talked about this before, so it isn't a spoiler - is (the ambition) to grow this world until it's the world," Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies told CVG in a just-published interview.
"We're just going to add on new things to it, new places all the time. We've set this up so there are no limitations," he said. "The only limitation is the size of the disc and how much memory we've got. We could, if we wanted, simulate the entire world, different countries, whatever. Whether we do that or not... But we've got a bunch of old stuff that we're toying with using."
This last phraseis a source of some intrigue to CVG (and me) - it suggests that Rockstar will revive old GTA settings like Vice City and Liberty City via Grand Theft Auto Online and the GTA 5 engine. That would certainly make for one hell of an add-on pack.
The online component has no traditional endgame, Benzies went on. "Because we want it to last forever. We'll stop when we've simulated life - and then that will be the end! No, people have to keep going. There should never be an, 'Oh, I've reached the end.' We've got to have goals, and we've got to have stepping stones, but there should never really be an end."
He cautioned the site against forming conclusions about GTA Online's breadth on the basis of the demo. "The actual thing is such a huge entity. It's massive and it's ever-evolving, and it can be whatever you and your friends want it to be. You can make your own world in any way you want. Place the missions how you want, have the types of missions that you want. So hopefully people will modify it to suit them."
You can read more about how players can mould the world in our GTA 5 multiplayer info round-up. Highlights include having to insure your car in case other players steal it, and influencing the stock market by attacking somebody's factory. Eek.
All this obviously invites the question of when Grand Theft Auto Online might switch over to next generation hardware - after all, Xbox 360 won't last forever. As you'd expect, Benzies wouldn't budge on the subject. "We'll get the current gen version out first and see what happens in the future."
Exclusivise it, Microsoft. I'll chip in a fiver, if you're short.