The rumours surrounding GTA 6 are growing even stronger with the arrival of the next-generation of consoles.
So many fans around the world are dying to see what's next for Grand Theft Auto - are we staying in the US or heading to London? Could we finally get to visit Japan?
GTA 5 Online is keeping us more than occupied, for now, as it re-releases for the third time; but there is no doubt players are longing for the next instalment.
The Cayo Perico update has alluded to many new mysterious rumours and presented a few interesting easter eggs for what GTA has in-store for the future.
After such a long time, we've heard that the GTA 6 story has been finished - but there is no news on a release date yet. We know Rockstar likes to take their time.
So do we know any news about GTA 6's release date and potential new features? Let's find out!
GTA 6 Latest News
April 14 - Netflix's French Twitter account tweeted that GTA 6 is coming soon in a seemingly innocuous joke, and the internet ran with it.
The account promises it'll arrive “Between today and the end of the world, let’s see.”
Maybe someone should let them know April Fools was a while back?
April 13 - Longtime industry insider Tom Henderson has poured cold water on the rumour of an eighties-themed GTA 6.
Find out more here.
March 28 - As noted by RockstarIntel.com, the developer's career website has recently started asking for candidates for several positions which suggest they're looking to tackle GTA Online's ongoing cheating problem.
One such position for 'Associate Cheat Operations Analysis' involves "monitoring multiple sources of information to identify cheaters and online mods," as well as "taking appropriate action on that information".
Another role for a 'Senior Cheat Software Analyst' will also be responsible for "reverse engineering malicious code" and "supporting security/anti-cheat measures for the game client".
With any luck, GTA 6 could finally fix the longstanding issue with griefers and cheats.
March 19 - Industry insider comments on GTA 6 leaks:
You probably know Tom Henderson as a well-known industry insider and leaker, but more for his information on the Call of Duty franchise.
He has invariably been right on with his info on more than one occasion, but every now and then he'll reveal a few details outside of his normal Call of Duty comfort zone.
More recently, Henderson decided to address some of the known leaks about GTA 6, particularly those around 'Project Americas'.
Henderson commented that "80%" of the GTA 6 'Project Americas' leaks so far are nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
Of course, this would suggest that at least some of the details have some credibility to them.
The question now is, based on all the leaks we've had, which ones are the 20% that we can trust?
When Will GTA 6 Release?
The game could launch anytime between 2021-2023 based on multiple conflicting rumours and some theory crafting based on the evidence we have at hand.
Job Advert Indicates Release Window
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.
Speculation For 2021 Release
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.
Karl Slatoff confirmed that Take-Two expects to release a total of 93 new titles in the next five years. Before you get excited about a possible GTA 6 release, 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."
Marketing Budget Indicates 2023 Release
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.
But, Take-Two has played down 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 Could Take 4+ Years To Develop
Regardless, Shawn Fonteno aka Franklin has spoken to fans about GTA 6 and has asked players to be patient.
Lots of GTA fanatics 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.
GTA 6 Development
Early Development Started Between 2012-2015
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.
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.
Dan Houser Leaves Rockstar
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.
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.
Motion Capture Finished?
Jorge Consejo's CV appears to indicate that Rockstar finished the motion capture and possibly the storyline in 2018; before Dan Houser left.
Rockstar Games have advertised positions for Game Testers since the start of June 2020, so the game could be in the later stages of development right now.
Production has reportedly been on-going since 2014 - just one year after GTA 5 launched
GTA 6 Map
Vice City And Liberty City
A leak emerged a while ago 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.
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.
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
Back To The 1980s?
While early rumours had suggested that the franchise could go back to the 1980s, a la Vice City, it appears that the game will be focused around the modern day.
Find out more here.
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.
There are rumours that it could be set in London or returning to a familiar location in the USA.
The last time a GTA title was based outside of the United States was all the way back in 1999, when it was actually set in London!
Since we, of course, have visited locations such as Vice City, Liberty City and Los Santos which are all based upon the three biggest cities in the States; Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.
So, is it time for Rockstar Games to go back overseas? London has been the home of numerous open-world games, Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Watch Dogs Legion is captivating the London scenery.
It appears to be a hot location to base a game in as of late, and with how well Rockstar can captivate a city this would be amazing to see!
Although on the surface it seems to be a good idea, Dan Houser, the ex-head writer at Rockstar Games said this to The Guardian:
"GTA London was cool for the time,” he said, referring to the original Grand Theft Auto game. He continued, “But games were more limited then. These days I think we would love to set a game in the UK, set in London, whatever, but I don't know if it would be a GTA game.”
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
What's your favourite GTA mission ever?
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
- Side missions
- Lots of weapons
- Role-playing mod
GTA 6 Characters
CJ Not Returning
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 we'd see the same voice actor return, that's for sure.
Franklin, Michael And Trevor Returning?
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 have started to catch on.
Could GTA 6 feature our first female-protagonist?
The Sun, reported earlier in 2020 that 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.
New Lead Villain
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!
Cris Formage Wants GTA 6 Return
March 5, 2021 - Fred Melamed, perhaps better known as Cris Formage, the cult leader in both GTA 5 and GTA: San Andreas, has expressed an interest in reprising the role in GTA 6,
“I hope so,” Melamed told Inverse. “When you work for Rockstar, it's like making a big-budget feature film. It's almost like working for Marvel. They have a massive studio in New York. And you sign NDAs, they go on for like, oh, like a Bible, they're huge. And they swear you to secrecy.”
“As to whether or not Cris Fromage will make another appearance, I don't know, but I'm certainly game,” he says.
Who else could feature? 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.
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.
The GTA franchise is known for its amazing cheats - but which ones will likely return?
Here are the cheats we want to see return:
- Lower wanted level
- Drunk mode
- Bang bang
- Spawn buzzard attack helicopter
- Slow motion
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
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
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 are a great way to pass the time in GTA - so what ones do we want to see return in GTA 6?
- Base Jumping
PS5 And Xbox Series X
Could GTA 6 make its debut on the PS5 and Xbox Series X?
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?
Or would Rockstar at this point skip the PS4 and Xbox One platforms entirely and target next-gen consoles solely?
One thing is for certain, the Nintendo Switch is unlikely to receive the next GTA game.