Once the urban star is cast, "then the characters" get brought in. Houser reveals he'll be co-writing a whopping script of around 1000 pages.
"We'll think of a city first, then the characters," Houser tells in an interview.
That Rockstar is developing a full fifth instalment in the series is no shock at all. In the piece, Houser also touches on the hypocrisy of videogames being singled out as the violent offender of society, while gore fest flicks are sent on their way to box office.
"We do get frustrated when video games are singled out and movies are given a free pass. Manhunt 2 was banned in the same week that Saw was released," he argued,
"The arguments become quite ludicrous quite quickly when people argue that games are somehow more dangerous than full-motion video."
"Within Rockstar, sometimes we feel that some of our games get singled out and held up as pariahs. All we want to do is tell a story with rounded characters. Like GoodFellas, which is a key film for us, our rounded characters happen to be criminals."
Do movies get a free pass? Games sure get a grilling from anyone with a pulpit. Where do you hope Grand Theft Auto V takes us, videogamer? US? England? Japan?