GTA 6's Politics Would Upset People, Rockstar Says

GTA 6's Politics Would Upset People, Rockstar Says

Satire is hard right now.

Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser is "thankful" Grand Theft Auto 6 isn't coming out during the Donald Trump presidency.

"It's really unclear what we would even do with it, let alone how upset people would get with whatever we did," Houser says in a profile with GQ. Houser says that both sides of the political spectrum are a point that it'd be hard to satirize either side in GTA 6 without seeming out-of-touch.

"Both intense liberal progression and intense conservatism are both very militant, and very angry." Houser calls it "scary but... also strange" and "some of the stuff you see is straightforwardly beyond satire. It would be out of date within two minutes."

The last GTA game Rockstar released, GTA 5, didn't so much satirize politics as it did Hollywood and Southern California, though there's always the underlying current of race and class in Grand Theft Auto games. GTA 4 for example twisted the classic New York crime story for its own outrageous purposes.

Instead Rockstar is releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 this year which takes place during the old west, far away from the current political climate. Though not without some parallels I imagine. Houser says that Red Dead Redemption 2 is foremost a historical fiction as depicting "100 percent historical accuracy" would be "deeply unpleasant" because of how women and minorities were treated.

"I know that there are some people who believe that the only fiction you should do is basically your own autobiography," Houser says. "But I think that's really limiting and you can't tell stories. I hope that we've found a sensitive way of discussing those issues."

Read our Red Dead Redemption 2 review here to see what we have to say about Rockstar's latest open-world epic, and check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 guide to help prepare everything you should know before jumping into the old west.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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