Anyone who pays attention to the first cutscene in the game will immediately know that he is Serbian. Roman says, "better than my Serbian", which implies him and Niko are Serbians. As for where he comes from (his nationality), we're not so sure, but his ethnicity is definite - he's Serbian.
Originally Posted by x3mer
I've just started playing and it's very clear that Niko is Serbian.
The problem is a very lame interpretation and ridiculous accents - cause even completely serbian sentences doesn't sound serbian at all (more like russian or something)...they probably spared some money hiring a few general eastern europeans to deal everything...for god sake, at least for your main character you could've found serbs willing to help for free
Issue with Bellic instead of Belic is also just a pure rockstar mistake
- there is no eastern european lastname with double L
- all eastern european lastnames that ends with "ic" are pronounced "ich", so no serb, croat, bosnian, russian, bulgarian or anyone similar would've pronounced it "Belick" (like they do in the game), but "Belich"
...thats about it for now and i'm sure i'll see a lot more serb stuff and a lot of just wrong stuff by the end of the game.
However, I doubt that Rockstar will ever announce Niko's nationality since they probably already know that they did a very bad job, so they might just say that they wanted it to be a mistery or somethin...
It is not a lame intepretation at all. They did it on purpose. In the game, Dimitri sort of pronounces it as "Belich" (he is Russian), and they all pronounce Florian Cravic and Darko Brevic correctly. It's just done on purpose.