GTA 5 ‘Not Threatened By Call Of Duty’
One might expect that the success of GTA 5 places Rockstar in direct competition with that other videogame behemoth that is the Call of Duty series and the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Rockstar’s Dan Houser, however, does not see things that way. Instead, Houser thinks that any time a game is successful, that is good for the industry and, as a consequence, good for Rockstar.
“For us, the more games there are the better, the more they all sell, the better,” Houser said in an interview with The Guardian.
“The industry has got a very strange desire to grade everything and say it’s all on the verge of failure. For an industry that seems to be doing pretty well – even its downturns are pretty minuscule – it seems to be desperate for its own suicide,” Houser continued.
“It’s great that there are games doing well, and are getting people’s attention and there is room for everybody making good games,” said Houser. “Call of Duty was great but Red Dead Redemption came out and did fantastically for us.”
Houser went on to explain that he didn’t really view GTA 5 and Rockstar as being in direct competition with Activision and Call of Duty, explaining that the companies make different types of games.
“We’re not in direct competition with Call of Duty or with anyone,” said Houser. “Our job is to make something we’re proud of and to return the Take Two investors’ money to them – those are the only two things we have to worry about.”
“Of course, we’re aware of Call of Duty – we’re not living under a rock,” Houser continued. “We like it that people make lots of different kinds of games.”
“These are the games we like to make, we think we have something to say, but they’re not the only kinds of games we think should be made, at all,” Houser explained. “It’s not the Olympics where only one person wins a gold medal.”
Elsewhere in the interview Houser also suggested that it’s very unlikely that we will see another GTA game set in London. Sorry to disappoint you if that’s something you were hoping for.
“I think there are plenty of great stories we could tell about the UK, great environments to showcase, great gameplay mechanics that could have a UK bent to them – I just don’t think it would be a GTA necessarily,” Houser explained.
“My own personal feeling is that GTA is America,” continued Houser. “With this game, I think, we’re very happy with the location.”