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Grand Theft Auto VI might need a Female Protagonist

Grand Theft Auto VI might need a Female Protagonist

It has been five years since Grand Theft Auto V came out and users are naturally wondering when the next game series is coming out. There are no official words from Rockstar Games about the state of its most popular game series, it remains up to fans to speculate and plan out what they would like to see from the next game in the series.

The protagonists of past games were exactly who they needed to be in their stories. We can’t imagine San Andreas without CJ or IV without Niko. And the fact that they were men wasn’t incidental to their stories. Rockstar’s Dan Houser said, before the release of GTA V, the reason none of the three main characters were female was because “the concept of being masculine was so key to this story.”

GTA‘s core story has always been about exploring the tarnished through the lens of frustrated masculinity; a bloody, hyperviolent combination of Fight Club and The Great Gatsby, if you will.

By the time GTA V rolled around, the three protagonists were a study in self-reference: Franklin was a gang banger, in the vein of San Andreas‘ CJ. Michael was a career criminal more in the line of Claude or Niko. Trevor was basically an embodiment of all the things GTA players do because they can: an amoral, pyromaniacal psychopath. Every permutation of Rockstar’s typical leading man was explored, deconstructed, dissected, and thoroughly mocked.

To be fair, it can be hard to see the addition of a female protagonist in a traditionally male-centric franchise as anything other than a novelty made to satisfy a subset of fans. We want one for whom being female is as much a part of her identity as masculinity is for every other main character. If GTA and its history of hookers and shrieking girlfriends has proven anything, it’s that the criminal underground is not gender-neutral — who and what you are matters.

A female career criminal will have had a different path in life than someone like Franklin or Niko, and it’s a path the series has never explored. What got her into the lifestyle? How does she operate? What different challenges would she face? Any of those questions would make a great story, different from the ones we have got so far.

Besides, the basics need not change at all. GTA Online and its female characters have shown that you don’t need to possess testosterone in order to drive a car, pull off a heist, or lay waste to an entire city block with an assault rifle.

Credits: https://thenextweb.com/gaming/2018/02/01/grand-theft-auto-vi-needs-female-protagonist/

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Grand Theft Auto VI might need a Female Protagonist
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It has been five years since Grand Theft Auto V came out and users are naturally wondering when the next game series is coming out. There are no official words from Rockstar Games developer about the state of its most popular game series, it remains up to fans to speculate and plan out what they would like to see from the next game in the series.
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