Grand Theft Auto 5

Disclaimer: This Hub is fan speculation, and there is no guarantee that the ideas presented will ever appear in the commercial release of Grand Theft Auto 5.

Grand Theft Auto is one of the most controversial, entertaining, and successful series of video games ever to be released. In case you've never played any GTA games, the central theme is criminal enterprise and activity with an emphasis on car theft. If mature content does not offend you, then I highly recommend the Grand Theft Auto series.

Over the course of the series' lifespan, the gameplay factor have evolved considerably. The stories have gotten more intricate, and the overall experience has been enhanced greatly. With one or two exceptions, each new entry into the main series takes place in a fictionalized version of a different, real world location.

It was widely believed that Grand Theft Auto 5, the newest addition to the series, would take place in a Tokyo-esque locale. Rockstar Games has not confirmed this as of yet. This means that the setting for the next Grand Theft Auto game could be based on any place...or any period of time.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Logo by Niko
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Grand Theft Auto 5: Texas
Grand Theft Auto 5: Texas


The state of Texas, or a Texan-themed setting would make for an interesting concept in Grand Theft Auto 5. For starters, it is definitely a change of scenery from the urban environments of Grand Theft Auto IV and Chinatown Wars. The game could incorporate the desert, prairie land, and steppe regions of the state into the game's fictional geography.

Another aspect of Texas that could be included in Grand Theft Auto 5 would be the border situation. I think it would be interesting to tie the border dispute into the story. Of course, there is the obvious negative part: running drugs and whatnot. But the game could also touch on immigration issues and other relevant political and social issues, much like its predecessors.

Chicago (Prohibition-Era)

Grand Theft Auto 5: Chicago
Grand Theft Auto 5: Chicago

Prohibition-era Chicago would make a great setting for Grand Theft Auto 5, as well. The environment would be radically different from any Grand Theft Auto game released thus far. All the architecture, vehicles, weaponry and dialogue would be reminiscent of the early 1920s, and movies like The Untouchables.

The enactment of Prohibition led to new crimes like bootlegging and mob activity, so it is entirely possible that a Grand Theft Auto game could be developed around this theme. There could even be characters representing notorious Prohibition criminals like Bugs Malone and Al Capone in the game, too.

The only problem I can foresee with using this setting is the music. The radio station music made famous in previous Grand Theft Auto games might be somewhat lacking because there were only so many genres available at the time. Still, it would make for a very fulfilling gaming experience.

Screenshot from Grand Theft Auto: London 1969
Screenshot from Grand Theft Auto: London 1969


There were two expansion packs released for the original Grand Theft Auto that took place in London. Seeing as how Liberty City has been the setting for several games in the series, I don't think it would be too unbelievable if the next GTA took place in good old London, England one more time.

How cool would it be to "commandeer" a double-decker bus while listening to The Rolling Stones and pancaking London cop cars? Maybe the storyline could have the protagonist working for secret societies operating out of London as well?

Taking place in a London-themed environment, I think Grand Theft Auto 5 should have more emphasis on air travel than in previous games. You should be able to actually enter airports, and book flights to other parts of the city, or possible to places outside the city limits.

The Future

CJ was able to use a jetpack in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Could this be a hint toward the future of the franchise?
CJ was able to use a jetpack in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Could this be a hint toward the future of the franchise?

Grand Theft Auto in the future...would it work? It is very possible. In fact, it might be one of the best choices for a setting. Everything from the vehicles to the weapons, to the music would have to reflect the futuristic tone, however.

Flying cars might be tricky to implement into a game where one of the main features is vehicle theft. That could easily be solved by implementing an improved lock-on system and by giving the main character a jetpack to enhance travel.

The Grand Theft Auto series has come a long way since its first incarnation. Amidst all the controversy and questionable gameplay decisions, Rockstar Games has molded one of the definitive gaming experiences for its consumers.

I have high hopes for the next GTA, and if the past is any indicator, they will not only be met but also surpassed.

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satomko 7 years ago from Macon, GA

Interesting speculation. I've always wondered about the pro's and con's of a Prohibition Era GTA game. The Texas-style GTA sounds a lot like the elements of San Andreas which is either a positive or a negative depending on how "new" they want the next game to be. I think a significant change in environment would be really cool like either setting it in the Pacific North-West with its myriad environments or even in the GTA equivalent of the Caribbean which could involve island-hopping and boats in addition to the titular crime.

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MistHaven 7 years ago from New Jersey Author

I really like your idea of a Carribbean theme for the next Grand Theft Auto. That would make sea travel more of a priority then it has been in the past because the game would take place in the West Indies. Why didn't I think of that, lol.

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steffer 7 years ago from Belgium (Europe)

Hey great speculations man, you are writing about London, But why not Europe?

With the sizes of the maps in the previous games(specially san andreas) and the stronger engines they create, it should be possible to re-create Europe, with the maffia in sicili, the ETA in spain, flying over the winefields in France, or skydiving from the eifel tower?shipping dope into buckinham palace,.....

+ you can boat to the spanish islands or the uk, take the train to another country, or fly with a chopper, airbus, or a jet(my favorite).and use instead of american weapons, european like the minime, fal, fnc,;.........

I think it would be a great addition.

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MistHaven 7 years ago from New Jersey Author

If they could recreate the entire country of Europe for Grand Theft Auto 5, that would definitely rock. That would be one massive game! You'd almost have to incorporate airline travel with a scale that large, but it would be so much fun.

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steffer 7 years ago from Belgium (Europe)

yep think so to, i just came up with: shipping diamonds(or stealing) in antwerp(belgium-where i live-)pimping hookers in amsterdam, f*** blond chicks in sweden,....

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MistHaven 7 years ago from New Jersey Author

Sounds like you know how to have a good time at other people's expense, lol.

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neysajasper 7 years ago

nice hub i really enjoy. Good Keep it up!!!

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MistHaven 7 years ago from New Jersey Author

Glad you liked my Grand Theft Auto 5 Hub! There will be more to come.

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harrisdy 7 years ago from Texas

great tips...

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MistHaven 7 years ago from New Jersey Author

Thanks. Hopefully Rockstar Games will use some of them in Grand Theft Auto 5. I heard they just recently confirmed developing a sequel, so, only time will tell...

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VenomsEdge 6 years ago

Yeah I've played and damn near beaten every Grand theft game, truly a master piece, I've play liberty city stories, but didn't beat it, the story is great, I mean just starts off with treachery, thanks for posting this hub. I gotta say this, the dudes mom, the character in liberty city stories is a trip, I mean how you gonna put a hit out on your own son, before i could continue playing i had to refrain myself from laughing so hard.

Mark 6 years ago

I think a Texas theme should be used. But Texas is not just prairies and desert. You could also use Dallas-Fort Worth MetroPlex, Houston (coastal area), and central Texas (San Antonio-Austin)

Joey 6 years ago

GTA has already used a Los Angeles theme, a New York theme, and a Miami theme. Having a Chicago theme is too expected and ordinary. A Texas theme (North-Dallas, South Central-San Antonio Austin, East-Houston, West-El Paso) would be very interesting. It would have to involve a big map with a wide variety of terrain and cities. GTA: Texas would be great.

The Tdog 6 years ago

I've wanted to see Texas in GTA since GTA4 came out... they could call it "GTA: Lone Star" or something!

I wish 6 years ago

I would like them to take all the USA themed cities and put them all in one game. The cities from San Andres and Vice city revamped like liberty city. that would cover the east and west coast then i like the idea of bringing texas and chicago on board to cover the midwest. you gotta have a highway system and vast country sides and small towns to explore between major cities. How cool would that be to have a grand theft auto Nation? where traveling from one side to the next in a car could take longer then 25 mins using the highway system. that's the game im waiting for. it maybe a pipe dream but im not going to stop. i dont think any system could handle that.

Dakota 6 years ago

These games are bad as HELL!

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sonydhiman 5 years ago

Nice hub.. I am quite excited for the fifth installment of Grand Theft Auto series..

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