The standard hullabaloo has, of course, arrived following the release of the trailer for Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V. One bit of disappointment that some fans expressed in seeing the video for the first time was the implication that the game will feature a standard male lead in this upcoming GTA. Just before the trailer was released, rumors swirled around the internet that this iteration of GTA might feature a female protagonist, something that no GTA up to now (and really no other open world crime game, barring Saints Row—sort of—but more on that in a moment) had done.
Actually the rumors have not abated in some circles that a playable female character may still exist in the forthcoming game, as a number of folks have suggested that the absence of the male protagonist in some scenes in the trailer might suggest that this GTA might also feature the story of multiple protagonists. Some of these folks are still holding out hope that one of these speculative protagonists might be a woman.
Now, this is a notion that I myself have floated before—that it might be interesting for a GTA game to feature a female protagonist. However, I am also a little skeptical that a reasonably well defined female protagonist might be written for an open world crime game. Indeed, the one effort that I can think of to do so, in the Saints Row series, is to me a clear failure of imagination and might speak a bit to the problem of creating a female anti-hero within this particular genre construct.