When is the GTA 6 release date? Considering it’s been eight years since GTA V was released and a sixth game is little more than rumours at this point, it’s hard to say. The usual rule of thumb used to be that Rockstar released new entries to the GTA franchise every four or five years – but by that logic GTA 6 should have released four years ago, so that’s out the window.
The year is now 2022, and Grand Theft Auto 6 still hasn’t been announced yet. We’re very much hoping for some GTA 6 news soon though, as our insatiable appetite for biting satire and a good carjacking knows no bounds. The previous Grand Theft Auto game was almost inconceivably massive and entertaining. GTA V’s sales numbers are off the charts, too, and player numbers remain impressive which might explain why the next game is taking so long to emerge. Rockstar has little need to hurry.
While we wait, we’ve rounded up all the latest GTA 6 rumours in one place with our suggestions for what we’d like to see, no matter what form the new Grand Theft Auto ends up taking. Below you’ll find everything we know about GTA 6.
GTA 6 release date
When is GTA 6 coming out? The current rumour suggests GTA 6 has been pushed back to 2024 or 2025. A video posted by Battlefield and Call of Duty leaker Tom Henderson reports that the game has supposedly been pushed out of 2023, as Rockstar is reportedly taking steps to improve workplace conditions and avoid crunch.
This can be coupled with a recent market analysis report by Axios on Jan 12, 2022 which examines some Take-Two predictions around revenue growth in the 2024 financial year.
Specifically – as part of some promotion around a deal with Zynga – Take-Two executives predict that the company’s “compound annual growth rate through FY2024 will be 14%”. According to an analyst from Jefferies, there are only a handful of titles that could give management the kind of confidence to make such a prediction.
While there are other popular Take-Two franchises that could be likely candidates, this aligns with the existing GTA 6 rumours. We could even be looking at an early 2024 release date as the ‘FY24’ financial year runs from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
GTA 6 news
In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Take-Two Interactive CEO, Strauss Zelnick, suggested that better development tools and bigger teams could shorten these gaps. It could also mean that such “games may be a bit shorter” while still being robustly supported post-launch.
To mitigate crunch time is another reason the next GTA could be shorter, as Kotaku says in its report, “One plan that management has laid out for the next game, a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, is to start out with a moderately sized release (which, by Rockstar’s standards, would still be a large game) that is then expanded with regular updates over time, which may help mitigate stress and crunch.” Rockstar employees are speaking out about the positive changes the company is making after it was scrutinised following the crunch time over Red Dead Redemption 2. Although there’s still no timeline on GTA 6, it means the next GTA might be slightly smaller when it does release.
This theory also works with a few other rumours mentioned in Henderson’s July 2021 video, in which he discusses the theory that GTA 6 is set in modern-day Vice City, and not the ‘80s as some suspected. Apparently, this is because a modern setting is more easily expanded upon in GTA Online – and on that note, the new online mode may take place on an ‘evolving map’ that changes on every release.
GTA 6 story
A GTA 6 story could take any shape. Across the Grand Theft Auto series, narratives have covered a broad spectrum of ideas and tones – from the cynical critique of capitalism portrayed in GTA 4, to the relatively light and humorous GTA 5.
We’re not aware of any specific GTA 6 story beats as yet. It remains to be seen if there will be multiple protagonists again, but we would love to see GTA 6 herald the inclusion of the series’ first female protagonist. In a 2013 interview with The Guardian, Dan Houser explained why a woman wasn’t playable in GTA V, and how the team could make it happen in the future.
“We didn’t really think about it this time [of GTA V]. That’s not to say that we couldn’t or we wouldn’t. This character set is just what came to us: it wasn’t, ‘we’ve got X and Y so we need Z’, we weren’t trying to do it off a checklist – I don’t think that will ever give you something that’s believable or engaging.
“In the future, could we do a game with a lead female character? Of course. We just haven’t found the right game for it yet, but it’s one of the things that we always think about. It didn’t feel natural for this game but definitely for the right game in the future – with the right themes, it could be fantastic.”
Tom Henderson’s July 2021 rumours video touches on this subject, too – he discusses the possibility of a playable one female character who is the ‘bright one’ in the group, and is adept at using technology and hacking. We like the sound of that.
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