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Is GTA 4’s Niko Bellic dead?

Niko Bellic isn't dead (Image via Rockstar Games)
Niko Bellic isn't dead (Image via Rockstar Games)
Alan Sahbegovic
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Many GTA 4 fans wonder, "Is Niko Bellic dead?"

GTA 4 is the highest-rated GTA game of all time on Metacritic. It introduced GTA fans into the HD universe, which means that the character of Niko Bellic is still relevant in GTA 5. Unlike past games, GTA 4 characters have shown up in pertinent roles of both GTA 5 and GTA Online.

However, Niko Bellic isn't one of them. He does not appear physically in these games, but there are several references to him. Hence, players can deduce what Niko Bellic's fate is in the present day.


GTA 4's Niko Bellic isn't dead

Niko Bellic's official artwork in GTA 4 (Image via Rockstar Games)
Niko Bellic's official artwork in GTA 4 (Image via Rockstar Games)

Modern GTA games don't explicitly state that Niko Bellic is alive. However, they didn't confirm his demise, either. There are several clues to him surviving in the modern era, although they're easy to miss for most players.

By the end of GTA 4, Niko Bellic is alive. There is nothing to indicate he perishes after either ending (at least not right away). GTA 4 takes place in 2008, so plenty of years have passed between it and GTA 5.

Hence, some fans wonder if he's alive or not. It's vital to go over what is known about Niko Bellic's fate in the present day, starting with characters who reference him.


References to Niko Bellic

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Lester Crest references Niko Bellic, but not by name. Instead, he states how an "eastern European guy" made some moves in Liberty City, but has now gone quiet. Going quiet can mean a number of things, but there are more clues to discuss.

GTA 4's Packie shows up as a potential heist member in GTA 5. He states:

"...another boy, Niko, who's probably dead too."

It's vital to mention how he says "probably." Hence, players can infer that Packie doesn't actually know if Niko Bellic is still kicking or not. Instead, they can deduce that Packie and Niko don't have contact anymore, at the very least.

GTA Online also references Niko Bellic back in 2017, when Lester spoke about Agent ULP and how he used a bank robber (Niko) back in the day. It's brief, but it doesn't add any new information.


Niko Bellic Easter eggs

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There are two Easter eggs worth mentioning when it comes to a discussion about whether Niko Bellic is alive or not. The first Easter egg is seen in the video above. It shows a Wanted Poster featuring Niko Bellic a minute and six seconds into it.

The Wanted Poster is blurry, so it's hard to tell when it was issued. If it was a new poster, then it's possible that Niko Bellic is still alive. If it's an old one, it doesn't tell the player anything valuable.

Niko Bellic's Lifeinvader page (Image via Rockstar Games)
Niko Bellic's Lifeinvader page (Image via Rockstar Games)

If Michael survives the events of GTA 5, they might see his son using his laptop on a round table. Jimmy is on Niko Bellic's Lifeinvader page (shown in the above image), which gives players the most valuable information thus far.

The most useful information is how Niko Bellic posted the following message 40 minutes ago:

"Happy Birthday, Roman!"

That message means that Niko Bellic was alive for the entirety of GTA 5. It would also confirm that the canon ending of GTA 4 is one where Roman survives. All of the images used on this Lifeinvader page consist of photos in GTA 4's graphics.

Niko Bellic still maintains contact with Roman, Mallorie, Jacob, and Brucie. Interestingly enough, he doesn't have Packie added. Thus, it's understandable why Packie assumes that Niko was no more.


Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul
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