Talk:GTA V Era

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Is this article needed at this point? Because to me, it simply looks like GTA V will be set in the same canon as GTA IV and its spin-offs. The term "era" is used for a generation of games, right? GTA III to GTA: Vice City Stories used the same form of engine and gameplay, and the story lines were intertwined. From what can be gathered from the trailer, GTA V again uses the RAGE engine (pay close attention to the car animations in the background, and the animations of pedestrians walking normally), and there's nothing to hint that the storyline will start off fresh like GTA IV's did. Plus, the GTA III era started and ended on the PS2/Xbox, and GTA IV began on the PS3/Xbox 360; GTA V looks to continue on the PS3/Xbox 360 too. I say that at this point, while we do not know GTA V will indeed mark the beginning of a new "generation" (which, I think, is also quite soon, considering the GTA III era spanned five real-world years), that this article should not exist. If it indeed starts a new era, it could be re-created or revived later on, but I think at this point it is speculation. -- Master Sima Yi (talk) 18:38, 5 November 2011 (GMT)

I dislike the term "era" (see also discussion). The "era" term is used for convenience sake but GTA V might break that up if it continues GTA IV's universe. Correction to what you said, games within an "era" do not necessarily have matching engine and gameplay. Advance is a drastic example, and the Stories games were built on R*'s custom engine. Games within an "era" are mainly within the same canon/universe. I'll have this redirect to GTA V for now.--spaceeinstein 19:02, 5 November 2011 (GMT)
I understand that they do not necessarily have to have a matching engine and gameplay, but it is worth nothing that the GTA III era and GTA IV era are notably different on those two areas. And yes, I'm not quite fond of the term "era" either, nor any name that is conjecture, but it serves its purpose to indicate the different universes. -- Master Sima Yi (talk) 19:27, 5 November 2011 (GMT)

So far there is NOTHING to suggest that GTA V will be in the GTA IV Era, except for speculation that it will include characters from the III and IV era. Until there is evidence for that, we consider GTA V to be the first game in the GTA V Era - just like every other numbered game previously. Yes, it might be based on the same engine, but so are other Rockstar games - that doesn't automatically put them in the GTA IV era. Yes some vehicles might largely be copied too. People might not see much difference between the 1+2 eras, but we still count them separately. Space has it right that the main difference between eras is the canon of the storyline - all III era games are in the same universe, with interconnecting storylines and (virtually) no rewrites or contradictions - the technical improvements over the course of the era don't split it up. Don't forget that GTA IV came out in 2008, so 2012 is 4 years later. The GTA III Era only spanned 5 years (2001-2006).

So (until a decision is made about Eras, or we KNOW for a FACT that this game DIRECTLY continues the GTA IV storyline) - the GTA V Era does exist, and it IS our official terminology to contrast GTA V to the previous generations of games. However, since there is only 1 game so far, it is fine for us to say "In GTA V" rather than "In GTA V Era" - except where that would break consistency. So for example, you can say that "XYZ is an X in GTA V", or you can say "XYZ is an X that appears in the the GTA IV Era and the GTA V Era". Both are fine. Just remember that, assuming we get more games or DLC for GTA V, we might have to rename a lot of things to be "GTA V Era" not just "GTA V'. --gboyers talk 20:12, 5 November 2011 (GMT)

I don't think you quite got my point. I pointed out that GTA V might just as much be in the GTA IV era, and doesn't necessarily have to start a new era. Until a conclusion to that is drawn, I say don't make a separate era called GTA V, as it is speculation at this point. -- Master Sima Yi (talk) 21:09, 5 November 2011 (GMT)

Disagree - it's the other way around. Every new-number game starts a new era. The possibility of GTA V doing something different (such as continuing IV era) is just speculation. There are many things in the trailer that back-up the new era, such as no recurring characters (ignore speculation) and 99% of brands in the game being new. It's a new era. --gboyers talk 21:44, 5 November 2011 (GMT)

I agree with Gboyers, as every other game in the franchise with a new number begins a new era, we should assume the same pattern continues with future GTA games unless anything changes. It would be quite confusing if Rockstar classed GTA V as a title existing in the GTA IV era, and then release a totally new era later on, also named GTA V. They cannot just name the new era GTA VI, as that would lose the chronology of era numbers, 1,2,3,4,6. Does this make sense to anyone? Or is the point I am trying to put across unclear.--Montario (talk) 22:03, 5 November 2011 (GMT)
My opinion (which isn't really needed): it's the same era than GTA IV. You say that 99% of the brands are new, but even if that's 99%, it's the only the 99% from the trailer. And don't forget all the vehicle brands, we have 12 of them from GTA IV that are confirmed to be in GTA V. Also, Rockstar wouldn't show us dozens of characters from IV in their trailer, otherwise it would be so much cannon that it would be non-cannon, if you know what I mean. So I say: GTA V should be considered as part of the GTA IV era, as long as it's not proven it's not. From my point of view, we have many clues that indicate both games are in the same era, and nothing to indicate they're not.--Loadingue (talk) 22:37, 5 November 2011 (GMT)
Montario, Rockstar don't "release eras", it's what the fanbase calls the game universes. They are not official names. And Gboyers: assuming that GTA V will start a new era, is just as much speculation. At this point, there is no confirmation that GTA V will be in the GTA IV era or a new GTA V era, so I'd say just don't make a mention of it until confirmation on this. On a side note, about the new brands: Obviously the game will introduce new brands, characters and vehicles etc. That's the whole point of it being a new game; GTA: Vice City also introduced new brands, characters, vehicles, weapons etc, yet it was in the same canon. I do not think that is a valid point. -- Master Sima Yi (talk) 23:12, 5 November 2011 (GMT)
Master Sima Yi, I do not think you understood anything I had just said in my last paragraph, by saying "releasing eras" I was reffering to the new numbered GTA games Rockstar release which we class as an era, I knew people would not be clear on that, as I stated. Also, the new GTA game is going to be known as GTA V, who said it was going to develop into a GTA V era yet? No article on this wiki has 'GTA V era' on it. They have 'GTA V' instead, exactly what Rockstar say the game is going to be called. If there is confirmation of it being in the GTA IV era, we can rename all articles to XYZ in th IV era. Though right now we stick to what we know, in my opinion, at the moment it should be XYZ in the GTA V, which it is. Does that make sense?--Montario (talk) 23:50, 5 November 2011 (GMT)

Calm down guys. We all know the facts, they are not in dispute. But I'm afraid I still disagree with your statement that GTA V is part of (or assumed to be) the GTA IV Era. Some brands still appear through multiple eras (like Sprunk), some vehicle brands are in multiple eras (Maibatsu) and and many vehicles appear in multiple eras (Perennial). That isn't what makes an era separate. Eras are not complete, total, re-imaginings of GTA where everything is completely remade. Eras are groupings of games which naturally go completely together - like a trilogy of books. All GTA games have a lot in common, many things cross different eras, but we need to draw the lines somewhere, and new-numbered games are how Rockstar differentiate between groups of GTA games, so that's how we do it too. GTA V is a new era for many different reasons - there is nothing to suggest it is a direct sequel to GTA IV. The only thing that would stop us putting GTA V in a new era is if it was all about a major character from GTA IV. Brands, vehicles, hints and references to/from previous games aren't enough to join them up. gboyers talk 00:04, 6 November 2011 (GMT)

I'm fairly sure Rockstar knows how the fan-made era system works by now. I would not find it hard to believe if they have actually adapted to it. What if, for example, GTA V contained Tommy Vercetti, Claude and CJ? Does that make it part of the III ear? Technically, it does, but it would be very confusing to put it in that timeline. Personally, I believe that this is part of the new V era, as GTA IV was part of the IV era. We've generally adapted the numberd games into new eras (GTA I era, GTA II era, GTA III era, GTA IV era, GTA V era) and while it may have many similarities to previous eras, I still believe it should be a part of the new V era. But of course, we'll see when the game comes out. Personally, I believe it would be a good decision to keep it in the V era for now as not to confuse people. Chimpso (Talk) 00:12, 6 November 2011 (GMT)