GTA 5 developer Rockstar is still tackling the challenge of positioning an original musical score alongside the series’ signature radio stations for the upcoming game.
“Exactly how we're going to balance between the two we're not entirely sure yet – we're still trying to figure that out,” Rockstar VP and GTA writer Dan Houser told Guardian Games Blog. “But we have some very cool people doing the score, different people, who will work in the same stem-based system that we used in the other games."
The Grand Theft Auto series is often defined by its expertly assembled radio station play lists, providing a richly diverse soundtrack, while cherry-picked songs like Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ (Vice City) and America’s ‘A Horse With No Name’ (San Andreas) accompany some of the series’ most unforgettable standout moments.
"We thought we could do something interesting if we scored missions in GTA," Houser explains. "Obviously we didn't want to lose radio stations, so we thought we'd do both.”
Recent Rockstar titles Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 both boast highly acclaimed original scores.
Grand Theft Auto V is scheduled to release in 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360.