It doesn’t seem that long ago Claude Speed was escorting hookers through the first fully rendered 3D Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto III. It would start the domino effect for many hot Rockstar Games titles to come. It would not be long before we shot our way out of the 1980s in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and hustled the streets of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. All three games are considered top titles of their generation and 3 of the greatest games of all-time, which makes all the more saddening to find out that none of the characters in the three classics will be in GTA V.
Rockstar Games’ Dan Houser revealed in his interview with Game Informer that all the characters from the PS2 era of Grand Theft Auto will not be a part of GTA V.
“The five PS2 games are one universe, and this is the high definition universe, so they don’t co-exist. You wouldn’t ever see CJ or Tommy Vercetti. They would be like mythical characters in this world who never existed.”
There you have it. A dagger in the heart for many GTA faithful.
Houser does reveal that we may see some familiar faces from GTA IV and Episodes from Liberty City. Apparently this does not include Niko Bellic, but many fans believe that one of the first few images released for the game features a picture with of GTA IV’s main character. Many also believed the main character from the first GTA V trailer was none other than Vice City’s Tommy Vercetti. That rumor turned out to be false.
Is that you Niko?
Rapper The Game has already confirmed that he will return to the series, but with this recent news of the exclusion of past GTA characters, he will more than likely play someone entirely new and will not return as B Dup from GTA San Andreas.
As a fan of the GTA San Andreas, I was super hyped when they announced they would return to Los Santos. I figured we would get to see some familiar faces like Woozie, Mike Toreno, The Truth, OG Loc. I wouldn’t put it pass Rockstar Games to throw out a couple of curve balls for fans, but I guess will just have to wait and see.
GTA V is scheduled to be released spring of 2013.