'GTA: Tokyo' Was Almost a Game, 'GTA 6' Already in the Works

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A new report claims to reveal some interesting tidbits about the "Grand Theft Auto" franchise's past and future. Series developer Rockstar Games is apparently already working on "GTA 6" and almost created "GTA: Tokyo."

These latest information comes from TechRadar. A source allegedly close to Rockstar revealed that the developer is doing "preliminary work" for "GTA 6," although it has yet to decide on the sequel's location. The source believes the sequel will most probably be set in the United States where it has "firmly embedded itself." Choosing to set a future "GTA" game outside of the country could prove difficult as a number of series staples like brands and cars will have to be changed to suit the new location.

Take "GTA: Tokyo," for example. According to the source, Rockstar seriously considered making the game that it even carried out a reference trip to the Japanese capital to assess its potential. Reference trips help developers get a general feel for the area and includes taking pictures and meeting the locals. The trip was allegedly made around the time of "GTA 3" and "Vice City." Take-Two Interactive, Rocstar's parent company, was even reported to have filed a trademark for "GTA: Tokyo," along with "GTA: Bogota" and "GTA: Sin City," back in 2003. None of these titles have been created so far. In "GTA: Tokyo's" case, the decision to pull the plug was blamed on the "problematic" road system, among other things.

Rockstar's "GTA" series have so far been mostly located within the U.S. Liberty City was based on New York, Vice City was based on Miami, and San Andreas was based on the states of California and Nevada. "GTA: San Andreas" specifically received inspiration from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas with Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas as their in-game equivalents.

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