Excitement is accelerating again over the possible Grand Theft Auto 6 reveal, which might be closer than many of us were originally thinking.
Fans have begun to speculate again about when the much-anticipated game might get revealed thanks to a number of Rockstar Games job listings showing that the developer is hiring for Game Testers.
The postings don't make any mention of Grand Theft Auto 6 but will require candidates to find, report, and reproduce bugs through screenshots, logs and videos. The fact that Rockstar is now bug-testing their next game could suggest that it is mostly content complete or at least significant sections of the game have been completed.
Therefore, the bulk of the work left to do on these sections is to ensure they play as intended as all the bugs associated with them are fixed by the time the game releases. Rockstar North in Edinburgh is also the studio responsible for the GTA series, which lends credence to the idea that GTA 6 is in the later stages of production.
Rockstar also tends to announce their games one to two years before they end up releasing, so with how much time and development it will take to make GTA 6, we wouldn't be surprised to see it announced late this year, possibly at E3, and end up releasing a few years down the road in 2023 or early 2024.
Grand Theft Auto 5 was revealed two years before it released on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced in October 2016, before being released in October 2018 after a year delay.
Before GTA 6 arrives though, Rockstar will release an expanded and enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto 5 for PS5 and Xbox Series S/X. This upgrade is currently targeting a release in the second half of 2021.
We are expecting to hear more about what Rockstar has done to upgrade the game at E3 2021.