To the surprise of absolutely no one, Rockstar has confirmed that development has indeed started on Grand Theft Auto 6. A sequel to one of the most successful games in history… seemed unlikely didnâ€™t it?
Unsurprisingly the rumour mill has since turned to where shouldÂ this new installment be set? Will they return to Vice City? Will it be a new city? What about a European city? Then of course there are the usual suggestions, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin etc.
Iâ€™ve been thinking about the possibilities myself and came up with a much more unusual suggestion, Inverness. I know what you are thinking, â€śInverness isnâ€™t a Cityâ€ť well in fact it is. One of the Seven Cities of Scotland. Surely though if they were to pick one of the seven; Glasgow, Edinburgh or even Aberdeen would be more likely?
Let me explain.
One of the main arguments for doing a famous city is that they are recognisable to everyone; Everyone knows that the Eiffel Tower is in Paris and that Central Park is in New York. Inverness doesnâ€™t have anything immediately recognisable to the masses in it, but it is right next to the most famous Loch of all, Loch Ness. I mean, who hasnâ€™t heard of Loch Ness and tales of the monster that lurks there.
Nessie herself doesnâ€™t need to make an appearance in the game but having Loch Ness as a back drop is captivating enough on its own.
With the Loch, City of Inverness and the surrounding area you have a nice variety of landscapes to make different areas distinct from one another. Although Rockstar will have to stretch reality a little thin if they want to include the Sun in the weather cycle. Sunshine is a rare thing that far north!
Apart from being an interesting setting I feel it would be nice for us to explore a semi-realistic location that isnâ€™t based on the same old cities weâ€™ve seen before. To my limited knowledge there isnâ€™t a game set in Inverness yet, perhaps in 3+ years time weâ€™ll get our first…
Grand Theft Auto: Inverness