In a recent interview with the French website Ecrans, Rockstar vice president Dan Houser was asked if the Grand Theft Auto series would ever take a science fiction take on GTA. Houser stated that the studio wouldn't be taking the series into the future unless there were "good reason" to.
“One of our strengths is the consistency of the game world. We’re not necessarily the best writers in the world, but we know how to write a video game." House continued. "We have no interest in going into science fiction for the sake of flying cars and laser guns.”
The series creator and studio head further elaborated about his take on the science fiction genre. “The best science fiction stories are those that speak about the human condition. So while this idea is very tempting and, by definition, anything’s possible in a videogame, we lack the essential thing for the moment: a good reason.”
So all Rockstar needs is a good reason to take the GTA series into the future. Okay, that doesn’t sound too hard: I’m sure there are millions of gamers who would be interested in a near or far-future GTA game, which just proves as testament to Rockstar's story crafting ability. I think it's fair to say if any studio could take a crime series into the 22nd century & beyond, it's them. Of course, GTA 2 had a future setting, though story on those first few games was pretty thin on the ground.
In the meantime, Rockstar is preoccupied with this generation’s last outing of the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA V, which is scheduled for spring 2013 release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.