In case you haven't seen it, Crispin Boyer
sat down for an interview with Rockstar founder Sam Houser to talk in-depth about all things Grand Theft Auto
. In addition to some tasty preview bits, Boyer raked Houser over the coals a little bit, trying to glean from him what the future of the franchise might be. In terms of multiplayer, Houser didn't shy from expressing his enthusiasm for the idea of a GTA
MMO. Specifically, he said such a title, "is very, very doable and is a very, very compelling proposition
." In a subsequent question he refers to a mainstream subscription-based MMO on a console as "the Holy Grail."
The problem, as Houser sees it, is in combining the GTA gameplay with the idea of a persistent world. Without the right constraints, the game might amount to little more than a city of a couple thousand players all shooting at each other with rocket launchers, instead of an interesting, compelling MMO experience. From the tenor of his comments, it doesn't seem like Houser and Rockstar currently have any specific plans for an MMO just yet, but we imagine they're going to be paying very close attention to Realtime Worlds' All Points Bulletin
when it comes out later this year, as its 'cobs and robbers' gameplay is the closest to GTA we've seen yet.