Because in the era of Mr. Donald Trump, that’s the kind of game that could maybe get them in trouble, or at least be hard to satire.
“It’s really unclear what we would even do with it, let alone how upset people would get with whatever we did… Both intense liberal progression and intense conservatism are both very militant, and very angry. It is scary but it’s also strange, and yet both of them seem occasionally to veer towards the absurd. It’s hard to satirise for those reasons. Some of the stuff you see is straightforwardly beyond satire. It would be out of date within two minutes, everything is changing so fast."
I’m not entirely sure how much I agree with his logic here, and I can tell at a glance that he’s trying to phrase things delicately to avoid offending either parties. Which sort of undercuts the whole “vibe” Rockstar games typically tries to put out, which is a little weird but whatever. It also struck me as a weird way to start the interview, considering I very much doubt there’s even discussion of GTA 6, with GTA 5 still making more money than god.
Still, if you were hankering for a look into the mind of Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser, you have it.