The next version of Grand Theft Auto will include game-playing locations that are closer to home... well, closer to home for those gamers who happen to live in Shanklin, Ventnor or Cowes. Grand Theft Auto VI: A Drive in the Country will allow players to switch from the mean streets of Los Santos, a barely disguised version of Los Angeles, to the bucolic setting of the Isle of Wight.
Instead of playing a guy with a bad attitude, a shaved head and a dirty vest, players can assume the role of a retired couple from Penge, who’ve fulfilled their long-held dream of retiring to a bungalow overlooking Freshwater Bay. Instead of blowing drug dealers away with a pump-action rifle, players can drive along country lanes, before parking up in a lay-by to read the Sunday papers and drink milky tea. Other game-playing options include a leisurely stroll along the promenade, collecting points by avoiding skatebarders and piles of dog shit, or attending a whist drive.
A spokesman for the Isle of Wight Tourist Board broadly welcomed the changes to the iconic game, while bemoaning the “almost total lack of parking spaces for disabled drivers in the Grand Theft Auto series”.
Grand Theft Auto VI will be available for current platforms, including the Sinclair Spectrum...