Grand Theft Auto 6 Should Let You Create A Character

Grand Theft Auto 6 is one of the most highly anticipated games out there, especially considering it’s been years since the release of Grand Theft Auto 5. The next game in the series is in production, although almost nothing is known about it.

No matter what, GTA 6 will be a big step forward for the series, as there wasn’t a new game on PS4 and Xbox One, just a remaster of GTA 5. There’s a lot of potential for what the sequel can do, but it should embrace player freedom even more.

Allowing players to create their own character would be a big move, but it could allow GTA to do interesting new things, and implement choice like it never has before.


Create a Character Wouldn’t Hurt GTA 6’s Story

Grand Theft Auto has always had strongly characterized protagonists, from Tommy Vercetti to Trevor Philips. There’s obviously a worry that letting players create their own protagonist might hurt that characterization, but that doesn’t need to be the case. A player-created character can still have all the personality and craziness that anyone else does in the GTA series. The perfect example of this is the main character of the Mass Effect series, Commander Shepard.

Now one of the most famous video game characters out there, Shepard was a brilliant cross between custom characters and a pre-determined personality. Players had full control over the character’s appearance, and they were also able to select dialogue options and actions. Despite players having agency over Shepard, they were still their own character. Yes, there were dialogue choices, but BioWare created multiple personalities for the character that would make everything feel natural. Grand Theft Auto could easily do the same thing, adding character creation in while still retaining characters that have their own unique personalities.

Allowing players to create their own character gives them more agency over the world and story of GTA 6, and creates a personal investment in how the narrative plays out. GTA has always created fantastically detailed worlds, but a character creator would let Rockstar take the next step to make their virtual environments even more immersive.

Character Creation Could Work With GTA Online

With the overwhelming success of GTA Online, it’s practically a given that GTA 6 will bring back the multiplayer mode, and that’s where character creation could get really interesting. Players, of course, can already create their own multiplayer characters, but imagine when that character starts to make their way into the single-player game’s story.

Rockstar could have a fantastic chance to make a truly seamless experience that blends single-player and multiplayer together. Both experiences could use player’s created character, or characters, and have tied progression systems, or even a home base that continuously expands. This could also help GTA Online feel more varied and dynamic than the past entries, and allow Rockstar to try new things in the multiplayer aspects of Grand Theft Auto 6.

Why 90DF Icons Ariela & Biniyam Keep Getting Cast In The Franchise

About The Author

Hayes Madsen (396 Articles Published)

Hayes is a Staff Writer for Screen Rant. He’s been writing and podcasting about games for over a decade, and he’s a graduate of the Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Journalism program. He’s been diving into RPGs ever since discovering the Final Fantasy series at a young age. You can find him on Twitter @Solfleet.

More From Hayes Madsen

Related Posts

The 10 Best That Girl Episodes, Ranked According To IMDb

Several episodes feature Ann's relationship with Don and her budding career as an actress, but some stood out more than others!

Army Of The Dead’s Dead Pixels Explained (It’s Not Your TV)

The white specks in Army of the Dead are dead pixels — thankfully not a television issue and likely due to Zack Snyder's custom camera setup.

Hunger Games & Twilight Attractions Are Part Of Lionsgate’s China Theme Park

Lionsgate's first theme park in China, Lionsgate Entertainment World, sets an opening day and shares details on some of its attractions.

How To Build The Snowfox in Subnautica: Below Zero

Subnautica: Below Zero contains both land and sea environments. Here's how to unlock The Snowfox to traverse the landscape above the frigid waters.

The Flash: Infantino Street Review & Discussion

Running out of options, The Flash needs the help of Captain Cold if there is to be any hope of saving Iris in The Flash season 3, episode 22.

Bachelorette: Season 18 Men With A Lot To Say In The Tell-All Special

There was drama and heartbreak this season and now it's the mens' time to speak up. Which cast members will take the spotlight on the Tell-All?

Godzilla vs. Kong Final Trailer Features Mechagodzilla (Among Other Spoilers)

A new Godzilla vs. Kong trailer releases as the MonsterVerse blockbuster approaches, featuring new footage, and yes, a look at Mechagodzilla himself.

Weird Al Has Funny Response To Being Dead In Y The Last Man Show

Musician Weird Al Yankovic posts a funny response on Twitter to being mentioned as dead in FX’s Y: The Last Man comic-book adaptation series.