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Rockstar's Dan Houser talks GTA 5's multiple player characters & the lack of a GTA movie

"We liked the idea of a protagonist retiring with a family, and how awful that would be"

Can you tell we're on the cusp of a new Grand Theft Auto game? Rockstar's famous PR machine is in full gear, and there's plenty of interesting snippets coming out from the developers of the long awaited sequel.

One of the latest things are the words coming from this interview with Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser over at The Guardian. In it, Dan explains how having multiple stars has helped create more well-rounded and believable characters: "Having three protagonists allows us to create nuanced stories, not a set of archetypes. Rather than seeming like you've got this super-criminal who can do everything effortlessly, they're all good and bad at different things."


"We liked the idea of a protagonist retiring with a family, and how awful that would be. We've never done anything like that and you don't really see it in games - to feed into these concepts of parenting and pseudo-parenting."

Houser also mentions how open-world games like Grand Theft Auto differ from film and TV: "It's the being rather than the doing. You're going to see different things than another player, and when you walk up a hill yourself and see the sun setting on the ocean, that's a lot different to me taking a camera up there and making you see it." Dan also revealed that there have been offers for a GTA movie in the past many times, but he has always turned them down because "the money's never been close to be worth risking one's crown jewels."

"Our small dabblings with Hollywood have always left us running back to games. The freedom we have to do what we want creatively is of enormous value. The second you go near Hollywood, people seem willing, or have been forced, to lose a lot of that control. That sort of amorphous 'that won't test well' attitude is exactly how we don't work. We've always tried to think of stuff that's innovative and new, and to go into a world where that's not encouraged would be horrible."


Only ten more days to go. Check out the latest screens for more of GTA 5 in action. Would you have liked to see a Grand Theft Auto movie (aside from the completely unrelated 1977 comedy)? Let us know in the comments.