There's been a considerable buzz about Rockster's newest release in the GTA franchise. GTA V features three protagonists…however in a non-surprising plot twist, one of the protagonists actually turns out to be the game's villain:
"Just at the conceptual level, the idea was three separate stories that you play in one game," Houser added in response to how the three-way team of criminals furthered his ambitions for videogames as a medium for storytelling. "The next bit was, let's not have the stories intersect once or twice but have them completely interwoven. It felt like it was going to be a real narrative strength: you get to play the protagonist and the antagonist in the same story."
Of course we're still not sure which one is actually the bad guy–it might be Trevor, the drug-addicted pilot; Franklin, a seedy repo man slash gangster; or Michael, an ex-bank robber who opts back into crime for just one last caper. Every character has their own vices and redeeming qualities, however the triad of ex-cons seem to radiate with suspicious behavior, so it's hard to pinpoint which one is the antagonist.
Houser, who is British, continues with the subject that the Grand Theft Auto franchise are heavily satirical of American culture:
"I don't think anyone in America really understands what growing up in Britain in the '70s and '80s was like. Eighty percent of the television was American. Every movie you saw was American. Even though there are all these great British pop stars, 95 percent of them sing in American accents, and they all sing in an American idiom.
"So there was a great love of America, and maybe some junior-partner resentments for it," Houser continued.. "But it's a very different relationship compared to America's contemporary relationship with Britain, where a few small things are cherry-picked and told how wonderful they are.
"My brother and I have a certain perspective as people from London who then moved to New York. But the guys in Scotland at our Rockstar North studio, they have a different perspective, as people who never lived here. And then Lazlow Jones, who writes a lot of the satire with me, is a good ol' boy from Oklahoma. The games have always been, in some ways, a British response to Americana, rather than America. But it's not just that."
That's it for the spoilers, but be sure to check out The New York Times' official interview with Rockstar's Dan Houser by clicking here. Also for more information on Grand Theft Auto V be sure to check out Rockstar Games' official website.