GTA 6 LEAKS: Release Date, Map Rumours, Characters, Missions And Grand Theft Auto 6 News
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GTA 6 LEAKS: Release Date, Map Rumours, Characters, Missions And Grand Theft Auto 6 News

Chris Trout
13 September 2020

GTA 6 will hopefully be the next big title from Rockstar Games - here's everything we know.

The rumours surrounding GTA 6 are going to continue for the next while, with GTA V announced for the PS5. 

Although GTA V is releasing again, fans of the series are hopeful Rockstar will announce GTA 6 soon.

After such a long time, we've heard that the GTA 6 story has been finished - but we do not have any news on a release date yet. 

The GTA 6 Map is subject to the biggest speculation as we could head back to Vice City.

So do we know any news about GTA 6's release date? Let's find out!

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Franklin Asks Fans To Be Patient - 13th September

Shawn Fonteno aka Franklin has spoken to fans about GTA 6 and has asked players to be patient.

Lots of GTA fanatic are complaining about the lack of information on the new title and have been calling out Rockstar for "milking" GTA.

Shawn has explained that GTA 5 took 4 years to film and complete, meaning it's no easy task to get the job done, especially if the game is set to expand even further.

Jorge Consejo's CV appears to indicate that Rockstar finished the motion capture and possibly the storyline in 2018; before Dan Houser left.

Rockstar Support - 12th September

A tweet from Twitter user forzahorizonguy asked Rockstar if they have any news on GTA 6.

Here's what they had to say: 

This website is potentially where we will see more GTA 6 news in the future!

GTA 6 Not Coming Until 2023? - 24th August

A notorious leaker, mainly for the Call of Duty franchise has hit out at GTA leak reporters.

"How do creators and websites milk GTA 6 "leaks"?

The truth is... We're still a couple of years away from an announcement. I can't see the announcement coming until fiscal 2023 at the earliest.

Ironically while he is talking about the content you're currently reading, he makes a great point that GTA 6 is probably a long way from releasing.

With GTA 5 Online arriving on next-generation consoles, while still thriving, there appears to be no real rush for Rockstar Games to produce the next game.

New Lead Enemy Confirmed? - 4th July

According to a report by tweaktown.com; the former Breaking Bad star recently conducted an interview with Collider.

In this interview Esposito stated the following: 

"It's been my year, so to speak. It started with The Mandalorian, and then a video game I did which is going to be huge, that I can't really mention"

With his previous characters in film and TV, a role as a lead enemy in GTA 6 fits the mold!

Rockstar's Newest Vacancies Suggests GTA 6's Release May Be Sooner Than Expected - 22nd June

Rockstar Games have advertised positions for Game Testers since the start of June.

This could suggest that the development of GTA 6 has progressed further than expected and completion is on the horizon.

It is typical of game developers to begin hiring Game Testers towards the end of a game's development.

Confirmation of the upcoming GTA V Remaster suggested that GTA 6 still had a long time left in development.

However, Rockstar's search for Game Tester's may foreshadow the title returning sooner than expected.

Why Are We Getting GTA V Again? Ex-Rockstar Dev Explains! - 21st June

Amid the outrage that has sparked with fans regarding GTA V being re-released on the PS5 next year, a former Rockstar Games developer has addressed why GTA 6 is not releasing first.

Taking to Tik Tok to answer these questions, he noted the following as bullet points during his Tik Tok: 

"For a next gen system, developers may only get hardware a year or less before it launches" 

"The cost of updating a game and making it prettier is way cheaper and easier than making a new one" 

 

Is 'Cops N Crooks' Returning Soon? - 16th June

According to Reddit user LoremIpsumLoremIpsu, the popular "Cops N Crooks" mode could be making a comeback.

At the time of writing, however, we have no idea what the next big update will be for GTA Online.

New Rockstar Game Listed On Amazon - 10th June

A new Rockstar game appears to have been listed on Amazon called "2020 Dummy ASIN Take 2 (Rockstar) Game 5 PS5.

It's unclear what it is at this time, but it's unlikely this is related to GTA 6.

Photo via Wario64

Marketing Commitments NOT Related To GTA 6 - 28th May

Take-Two have refuted speculation about that the unusually high marketing commitments for the 2024 fiscal year being related to GTA 6 and is in fact due to external parties.

GTA 6 Releasing in 2023? - 27th May

A marketing budget for publisher Take-Two may indicate that GTA 6 is set for a 2023/24 release (according to Venture Beat).

They intend to spend $89 million on marketing during the 12-month period ending 31st March 2024 - this is more than double the marketing budget for any other discal year over the next half-decade, according to the company's recent 10-K SEC filing.

While it's certainly a stretch, the disclosure accurately predicted the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 prior to the game's announcement.

It's not the most farfetched idea, with rumours indicating that production has only just begun and with GTA Online still thriving, a shift to a new game is unlikely to be something they would rush.

Five Places Grand Theft Auto 6 Could Be Set - 25th May

A handful of locations that are calling out for a GTA game. Click here to see five perfect locations for the next-gen masterpiece.

GTA 6 NOT Coming In 2020 - 21st May

Karl Slatoff confirmed that Take-Two expects to release a total of 93 new titles in the next five years.

This may sound like great news, but for GTA fans, it may be bad news.

Take-Two stated that "larger titles" are set to launch after Mar 2021 which means the '2020' release date is off the table. 

"We have an array of titles that we will begin to launch in fiscal 2022, which we expect to drive sequential growth that year. Our Company remains superbly positioned – creatively, operationally and financially – to capitalize on the many positive trends in our industry, and to deliver continued growth and returns for our shareholders over the long-term."

NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas Wants A GTA 6 Release Date - 18th May 

We've had to wait almost 7 years for even a shred of information on the next Grand Theft Auto, and still with no official news, fans are getting restless.

One player sick of waiting is none other than NBA all-star Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas posted his frustrations on Twitter.

"Why does the time between each GTA take so damn long!! Be dope if they dropped GTA6 now."

Will Grand Theft Auto 6 Have Multiple Endings? - 11th May

Multiple endings are nothing new in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Will GTA 6 follow the suit of 4 and 5 or will it try something completely original? We take a look at the options here.

Map Size and Location - 4th May 

According to another leak, Vice City won't be the only Florida location we'll be heading to.

The leaker also stated that the map in the next GTA "is set to be the size of GTA V & RDR2 combined."

The game will supposedly take players on a short trip to another country, also at some point in the campaign, players will head to somewhere in Central America.

Main Characters Revealed And San Andreas Style Map - 1st May

Reported by The Sun, GTA 6's characters have been revealed and the map will have a San Andreas style.

An alleged former employee has revealed the names of main characters:

"They include a driver called Walther Wallace, a man named Thomas Branigan with a smuggling plane called "the Raven" and a drug dealer named Marcus Burke," reports The Sun.

The "former employee" also claimed, in their Reddit post, that the map will mirror that of San Andreas.

GTA 6 Has Been In Development Since 2014! - 27th April

GTA 6 has reportedly been in development since 2014 - just a year after GTA 5 released!

In a now-deleted Reddit post, Chris Liberty revealed via livestream that the next Grand Theft Auto game has been in pre-production since 2014.

GTA 6 Story Finished? - 25th April

According to Liberty93, the story for GTA 6 was completed before Dan Houser left. often the script is the first thing to be finalised in a Rockstar game.

Is GTA 6 In Development? - 16th April

A new report, conducted by Kotaku, diving into behind the scenes of Rockstar has emerged and reveals that a new GTA game is in "early development".

New Vice City Teaser Image? - 8th April

A new Vice City teaser image has surfaced on Reddit potentially hinting at the setting for the new game. Although many believe it is a popular GTA 6 mode for GTA 5.

New GTA 6 Graphics Tease GTA 6 or Bully 2 - 28th February

Rockstar Games have been busy adding new graphics to their website.

Earlier this week, a new image was implemented into the menu bar on the Rockstar website - this depicts an Android hugging the Rockstar logo with an ice bucket containing champagne.

As well as another one with the text "Killing dreams. Murdering hope. Fighting the righteous. Bullying the weak"

 

When Will GTA 6 Release?

job advert, which was posted on recruitment website Monster, states that Rockstar Leeds are looking for an "Environment Artist".

If this job listing hints to what we think it does, we could see GTA 6 released as early as November 2020 - but we doubt that'll happen.

The listing also reads "Join our team to create next-generation worlds". Naturally, one would have to assume they are talking about Sony's PS5 and Xbox Series X.

The job spec requires that those who apply will be responsible for "creating and texturing environment assets for the biggest and best open-world environment in the industry".

Rockstar Leeds have been well known for their supporting work on the GTA PlayStation Portable titles such as Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories and Chinatown Wards.

They have also assisted Rockstar North with the development of GTA 5. It wouldn't be unreasonable to assume this role will work directly with the development of GTA 6, given the studio's history.

But according to BGR, a new GTA game may not release until 2021. This is further cemented by industry expert and former Rockstar employee, Darion Lowenstein, who suggested the earliest we would see the game is 2021 as well as Investment advice firm Intrepid Capital Funds.

GTA 6 Release Date

GTA 6 Development

Recently, we received information that a new GTA game is in "early development". This contradicts a lot of what has been rumoured due to the 

GTA 6 has reportedly been in development since 2012 but wasn’t in the production line until the middle of 2015 - developed under the codename, PROJECT AMERICAS.

Thanks to a recent TaxWatch UK report, a job listing was posted for a potential GTA 6 role at Rockstar Leeds, suggesting that it won't be long before Rockstar's official announcement.

Additionally, fans of the game who played the new Diamond Heist mode in GTA 5 delved deep into the rabbit hole and may have found more clues as to when GTA 6 will be released as well as a possible Vice City-esque setting.

No official word has been released, but leaks have suggested its impending announcement as we continue to speculate what will be included.

Dan Houser's departure from the studio earlier this year will have no doubt hampered the development of GTA 6. He had written for Red Dead Redemption, Bully and Max Payne 3. He was also a significant part of the writing team on Red Dead Redemption 2.

 

Map

Another leak emerged from the GTAForums, where once again the notion of working across Vice City and Liberty City came up; focusing heavily on drug smuggling and Cartels across multiple time periods.

The locations that the game is rumoured to be set in are:

  • Liberty City (Limited Area) 
  • Vice City (Main City) 
  • Rio de Neve, South America (Rio de Janeiro, Main City) 
  • The Republic of Castellano, South America (Mix of Bolivia and Colombia, Main City) 
  • Minor Cities 
  • People's Republic of del Castro, Central America (Fictional Central American island based on Panama and Cuba, Island) 
  • Mexico (Mexico, Limited Area)
  • Prologue: 1978 
  • Main Story: 1980s 
  • Epilogue: Present Day

gta 6 map

GTA Online is also mentioned where players can join other story modes as a member of their crew and is set in the 1980s

Recent action on Grand Theft Auto Online has stirred a hornet's nest of speculation

As caught on Reddit, the latest teaser for GTA Online's next update has prominently highlighted South America.

As it's the only such region to get the treatment, expectations are that we may very well be headed to the criminal underbelly of Columbia for the next instalment!

This sounds plausible as around Christmas time Rockstar employees, as well as YouTubers, were gifted badges that could indicate the location of the next GTA game - including Jamaica and Colombia.

Off the back of the recent "early development" rumours, GTA 6 is potentially going to feature a medium-sized map and expanded over time.

 

Missions

It's likely more missions will feature in GTA 6 than any other game previous - here are the missions we want to see return:

  • The Paleto Score
  • Minor Turbulence
  • Friend Request
  • The Big Score
  • The Third Way

gta 6 missions

Features

GTA 6 will no doubt bring plenty of new features and although we've yet to hear much in the rumours, we've made a list of the features we want to see return:

  • A huge map
  • Multiple storylines
  • Heist selection
  • Plenty of planes
  • Car customisation
  • Multiplayer
  • Wildlife
  • Side missions
  • Lots of weapons
  • Role playing mod

Characters

In a very angry fashion, the former voice actor for GTA: San Andreas character 'CJ' has confirmed he will not return for the next game.

This doesn't necessarily mean that CJ won't appear in some way in GTA 6 - but it's looking unlikely as a result.

So the question is - will we see the return of Franklin, Michael and Trevor? It's not out of the possibility as they are still alive in the canon ending of GTA 5.

Alternatively, rumours and speculation of a female character taking up the leading role has started to catch on.

gta 6 characters

GTA 6 is no doubt going to be a HUGE game and there are plenty of real-life people we would like to see make a cameo appearance including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Lady Gaga, Donald Trump and more.

Cover Art

While we're still yet to get any official artwork or cover for the game, here's a selection of the best ones fans have created so far.

 

Cheats

The GTA franchise is known for its amazing cheats - but which ones will likely return?

  • Lower wanted level
  • Drunk mode
  • Bang bang
  • Spawn buzzard attack helicopter
  • Slow motion

Cars

So what cars will arrive in the new GTA game? Although we don't know this, here is a list of cars we want to see return:

  • The Adder
  • The Caddy
  • The Cheetah
  • The Police Buffalo
  • Rhino Tank

gta 6 cars

Guns And Weapons

Weapons tend to make a reoccuring appearance in GTA - here are some of the weapons we want to see return in GTA 6:

  • AP Pistol
  • Heavy Sniper
  • Mini Gun

Soundtrack

A new Rockstar project has been teased for the Summer of 2020, many predicting to be GTA 6, thanks to the American hip hop group City Morgue.

City Morgue teased on their Instagram story that they will be collaborating with Rockstar Games on an unnamed project in the Summer of 2020.

Mini-Games

Mini-games are a great way to pass the time in GTA - so what ones do we want to see return in GTA 6?

  • Hunting
  • Base Jumping
  • Racing

 

PS5 And Xbox Series X

Could GTA 6 make its debut on the PS5 and Xbox Series X?

It would be an interesting development to go from hearing nothing to having a date set in stone so soon with very little being revealed about the next generation of consoles; we need to be open-minded that the term "next-generation" could be an expression and not necessarily hint at the new console line-up.

GTA 5 was primarily released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, before being re-released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 a year later - would we see something similar occur?

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