It feels like GTA V was only just released, but it’s been almost four years since Rockstar’s flagship franchise returned to the sunny streets and beaches of Los Santos, a fictional composite of Los Angeles. Even though the studio is gearing up for their sequel to Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar cannot escape speculation regarding their plans for the next installment of the Grand Theft Auto game series.
As of now, no official word has come from the company about a new GTA title. Recent legal battles between the franchise creators have fans wondering if a new installment will even happen, but the record-breaking sales of the last release will undoubtedly force the Houser brothers and Leslie Benzies to deliver a new one shortly.
If the next GTA is set in the past, it won’t be the first time. However, we wager it will likely stay set in current times, as the last two have. With this in mind, one has to wonder what they will include as far as activities, events, and story lines are concerned. This is because the GTA games are nothing if not known for their attempt to mirror pop culture in a satirically twisted way. Whether it’s online dating, cannabis legalization, social media mania, or hybrid cars, the latest trends often make their way into the worlds created for the Grand Theft Auto games.