8 Things We’d Like to See in Grand Theft Auto 6

A return to the absurd

With the Saints Row series on hiatus (though given Agents of Mayhem’s poor performance we wouldn’t rule out a return) it’s surely time for Grand Theft Auto take up the slack. We’d like to see Grand Theft Auto 6 return to its roots and dial the absurdity up to 11. We’re talking ludicrously powerful weapons, deranged side-missions, massively improbable vehicles and more. If GTA 6 doesn’t feature a mission where you take on an army of Elvis impersonators with a giant flamethrower, we’ll be sorely disappointed.

Improved pedestrian behaviour

For the most part, Grand Theft Auto 5’s pedestrians just mill around, occasionally engaging in conversations which make little or no sense. We’d like to see Rockstar make them more than mere bumper fodder, and being able to engage in conversations with pedestrians would go some way to accomplishing this. But we’d really like Grand Theft Auto 6 to feature some sort of “The Sims” style system whereby they had their own routines and places to be. It might also make players less blasé about gunning them down.

Split-screen multiplayer

Fewer and fewer games offer split-screen multiplayer these days but if ever there’s a game that would benefit from being able to share your shenanigans, it’s Grand Theft Auto. We’d kill (figuratively) to be able to co-operate or compete with someone in the same room, lambasting them for accidentally driving us off a bridge while we were trying to evade the police.

A female protagonist

The Grand Theft Auto series has, to date, lacked a female lead character. We’d love to see Rockstar temper this digital sausage fest by putting a woman in the driving seat, which could significantly alter the series’ dynamic. At least it would until you ride roughshod over her characterisation and motivations, as GTA players often do, by making her run around shooting pedestrians in the face.