Grand Theft Auto V’s Art Director on Creating Los Santos: “I’d Never Want to Rebuild a City”

Rockstar North Art Director Aaron Garbut commented on the process of building a city, and how it precludes the developers from actually creating a 100% replica of the real thing.

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GarrusVakarian1602d ago (Edited 1602d ago )

Ugh, no thanks. Im from Birmingham UK and the few times ive been to London just reminded me of a bigger version of Birmingham. Boring, grey buildings with little variety full of boring, miserable people (seriously, doesn't anyone ever smile in major English cities?).

I'd much rather have a more varied area again. Like Los Santos in the way that there is a city but also mountains and countrysides. Im thinking somewhere in Canada, Toronto maybe. Or San Fran (yes i realise that's not in Canada).


Which i wasn't a fan of, i played them a little but i found it very boring due to the setting. I like colourful, interesting places with a lot of variety in landscape. Not depressing, grey cities.

TransientDreamer1602d ago

You guys have the two Getaway games on PS2 if anything. ;)

Newmanator1602d ago

I'm from Stafford, England and now live in the US. London has close streets like NY, motorway/highway belts, numerous parks (Hempstead Heath etc) and wider countryside roads as you leave London. Based off these I thought it would be varied enough for a GTA map.
But I understand Your point about all-city Sandboxes being dull (Saints Row 3/4).

Dee_911602d ago

i honestly wouldnt mind them just expanding on san andreas.I mean if you look at the map, places like paleto bay and chumash could be much bigger and become a city itself,with landscapes from small city to desert to snow covered mountains, or like find a way to connect them to san fierro . But then again I wouldn't mind a miami themed city again, but it wouldn't be as diverse as san andreas, landscape wise.

NukaCola1602d ago

I want something based on north Midwest like Chicago or Detroit. Canadians and Arabs. City and nature. Tons of potential. Oh and put it in the snowy season.

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Jovanian 1602d ago

would be kinda hard to do high speed car chases on such narrow roads and fight cops with billy clubs lol

5 star wanted level can bring out the cops that actually use weapons in the UK

Raccoon1602d ago

at 5 stars you get a platoon of nightstick wearing chaps riding mopeds and mountain bikes....

DoctorJones1602d ago

I didn't know the armed response units ride about on mountain bikes and mopeds.

Beastforlifenoob1602d ago

and you would be a middle aged man/woman named elizabeth or edward and offer tea to everyone. You would also have either a shaved head or balding.

Dead_Cell1601d ago (Edited 1601d ago )

Our Policemen don't carry weapons because to be honest, they just don't really have that big of a prejudice against minorities.

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ANIALATOR1361602d ago

theyve already said they wont do a gta in GB. Its supposed to be a parody of 'american' life

7odaaction1602d ago

What about Cairo
This will nice and cool

xBraiNshOcK1601d ago (Edited 1601d ago )

I prefer it be somewhere exotic like Tokyo or Hong Kong

Edit, but I guess I'll be satisfied with Square Enix's Sleeping Dogs.

I wouldn't mind Miami at all.

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Outsider-G1602d ago (Edited 1602d ago )

I remember Sam Houser saying GTA is more focused on America

"We’ve avoided it because we think that part of the experience of GTA is its engagement with America, or American media, American movies, American culture or whatever. Americana is such a part of the games, that in removing that, it would bizarrely make them lose their universality.”

Hartsy1602d ago

I want another vice city :) just a lot bigger, the music was great, just more inventive weapons, more vehicles, and more customisation XD

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