Dan Houser, one of the founders of Rockstar Games, is happy that their next game is Red Dead Redemption 2. That’s because he certainly wouldn’t have liked to release GTA 6 in today’s political climate.
He gave an interview to GQ, saying that the current political status in the United States made it “really unclear what we would even do with it, let alone how upset people would get with whatever we did.”
What did he say?
The interview had him saying this: “Both intense liberal progression and intense conservatism are both very militant, and very angry. It is scary but it’s also strange, and yet both of them seem occasionally to veer towards the absurd. It’s hard to satirize for those reasons. Some of the stuff you see is straightforwardly beyond satire. It would be out of date within two minutes, everything is changing so fast.”
The Grand Theft Auto franchise is known for traditionally taking aim at almost every topic of controversy taking place under the sun. The Civil Border Patrol from GTA 5 had two idiots following ‘dangerous’ illegal immigrants. The game has a mission in which you have to capture Mexicans with a taser, despite them being legal citizens.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will work better
The follow-up to the original Red Dead Redemption takes places 100 years in the past, so it is likely that it is not going to explore this kind of issues. However, it can still play around with some historical matters that are really sensitive today, like racial oppression and gender inequality.
Houser said that “it may be a work of historical fiction, but it’s not a work of history. You want to allude to that stuff, but you can’t do it with 100 percent historical accuracy. It would be deeply unpleasant.”