According to a recent interview with Digital Trends, Rockstar North head Leslie Benzies said he would like to see players be able to revisit areas they terrorized in previous GTA games. He went on to specify that Rockstar would eventually like there to be one game that incorporated all the cities from the series. That's just ... inconceivable.
According to Benzies:
Of course at some point we would like to have one big world containing all our cities and let the player fly between them and revisit their favorite areas. In that context re-imagining Vice City would be very interesting.
Naturally, we can't help but take that next step and imagine a Grand Theft Auto game that would take you all over the country. How awesome would GTA: USA be? It's even fun to say. And that has to be on their minds eventually, as systems get more and more powerful. It's safe to say that GTA: USA is something that everyone would like to see some day.
When pressed on the subject of Vice City specifically being revisited in an updated version, Benzies has this to say:
It is always a possibility. There are a few references to the city in our current-gen GTAs so it is part of that HD universe, and it is certainly somewhere we would love to revisit. However Vice City, perhaps more than any other GTA game, was as much about the era as the setting. Miami in the 1980’s is so iconic it would feel strange to revisit the city in a different time period.
This is a good point and will defiantly have to be considered in any sort of all-encompassing GTA game that might be coming in the future. Since they are all very much moments in time, how would they make all of that work in one big, interconnected game?
In the meantime, we have the new iOS version of Vice City to have fun with. Not to mention the amazing GTA: V that's going to drop this Spring. There will be no shortage of Rockstar's patented mayhem to be had while they think about where the franchise will go in the future.