The GTA V announcement trailer was good for exactly two things: first, confirming one of the least well-kept secret titles in development in recent memory, and opening up about a dozen more questions than it answered about the nature of the new game. For me, the biggie is: who’s the new guy you’ll be controlling in Los Santos?
Since this is the Internet, and the Internet was made for guessing, I’m going to try to make some assumptions about our new unnamed hero based on the tantalizing details in the trailer.
He’s an East Coast transplant, likely from Liberty City
He opens the video with “Why did I move here? It was the weather.” While that in itself isn’t a lot to go on, his accent seems to place him from somewhere above the Mason-Dixon line. And I’m guessing he’s from Liberty City given that it would be more economical story-wise for Rockstar to keep the world outside of its fictional cities contained and narrow. So our hero is either from Liberty City or Vice City, and he didn’t leave the sunny climate of one city for the sunny climate of another.
He’ll be more Niko Bellic than Tommy Vercetti
What am I basing this on? The tone of the piece for one thing, which is mostly serious and straightforward. Vercetti (voiced by Ray Liotta) was a live wire in the mold of Henry Hill mixed with Tony Montana. Our unnamed narrator seems easygoing, relaxed–just somebody trying to get along.
He’s got some baggage
He explains that he wants to retire from some vague line of work–I’m guessing a button man or maybe even a capo for the East Coast mob.
He’s the first hero in the franchise with kids and a family
He says as much halfway through the trailer. It sounds like he might be a character in the mold of Red Dead Redemption’s John Marston, a killer and a criminal simply trying to make a better life for himself.
He’s in it for the money
At least, according to this morning’s press release from Rockstar, who explain that “Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California.” Our narrator mentions buying a big house to settle down in–so I’m guessing something bad happens that screws up his present safety and security?
He’s a big romantic
I’m basing this in large part on the recent characters Rockstar has been putting out there, and the man’s own wistful words. Like Niko and Marston, our guy sounds like someone who can talk about what he wants, and his big dreams and ambitions. What better way to make him miserable than by placing him in the city where dreams are made and broken–Los Santos?
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