Rockstar is a smart developer: every one of its games iterates on the previous formula and pushes the boundaries of what games and tech can do.
As the studio demonstrated with Red Dead Redemption 2, the developer is keen to learn and improve with every product it releases – whether that’s in terms of gameplay, systems, graphics or narrative.
It’s no secret that Rockstar’s past representation of women hasn’t been the most progressive the industry has seen, but recent projects from the studio prove that it’s certainly moving in the right direction.
Many of our industry peers have written amazing accounts of how Red Dead Redemption 2 not only lifts women to the same platform as men in these games but also celebrates them as strong, complete characters in and of themselves – despite none of them being playable.
Rachel Weber’s interview with the female cast of Red Dead Redemption 2 over on GamesRadar highlights just how far Rockstar has come with its representation of female characters, and how committed the company seems to portraying women as heroically as it does men.
“In the future, could we do a game with a female lead? Of course. We just haven’t found the right game for it yet, but it’s one of the things that we always think about.”
That brings us to GTA 6.
We’ve already heard whispers about the next Grand Theft Auto game featuring a female protagonist: according to a report from The Know a few years back, who cited an “inside source” as their informant, GTA 6 is referred to internally at Rockstar as Project Americas and will be set across a bigger map than ever before (we’ve got all the information on GTA 6’s potential map at the link).
But according to the same report, for the first time in the series, GTA 6 will feature a female character as one of the main leads.
Though the authenticity of this report is debatable, and we still don’t know if we can expect a single protagonist, or if there will be a few playable characters like we saw in GTA V, it’s definitely worth considering this idea in light of how Rockstar is iterating on its presentation of women in its games.
A feature by Dan Dawkins and Sam Loveridge once again on GamesRadar pulls in some interesting quotes from an interview Rockstar co-founder and GTA lead writer Dan Houser told The Guardian back in 2013.
Apparently, Houser “didn’t really think about [playable female characters] this time [when developing GTAV]”.
Though he continued:
“That’s not to say that we couldn’t or we wouldn’t. This character set is just what came to us: it wasn’t, ‘we’ve got X and Y so we need Z’. We weren’t trying to do it off a checklist – I don’t think that will ever give you something that’s believable or engaging.”
So does that mean we could see a women head up GTA6? Houser suggests it’s likely.
“In the future, could we do a game with a female lead? Of course. We just haven’t found the right game for it yet, but it’s one of the things that we always think about.
“It didn’t feel natural for this game but definitely for the right game in the future – with the right themes, it could be fantastic. But for GTA 5, this was the organic thing that came up, these were the characters that would display the themes we wanted to think about.”
Coming off the back of the female characters we saw in Red Dead Redemption 2 (here’s another great piece by Rachel Weber talking about how the amazing character of Mrs Adler was put together), we think Rockstar is more than ready to put a woman front and center of GTA6.
It would be a fitting way for the studio to atone for past indiscretions in the Grand Theft Auto series – from the less-than-human depiction of sex workers to the questionable, hidden inclusion of the Hot Coffee mini-game.
We’re hoping to hear more about Grand Theft Auto 6 in the coming weeks or months.
- Rockstar Games
Source: Read Full Article