Release date and all you need to know

(Pocket-lint) – It appears like solely yesterday that Rockstar Video games was releasing its critically-acclaimed Pink Lifeless Redemption 2, letting us unfastened into a large frontier world of bandits and shoot-outs. It certainly cannot have been that lengthy beforehand when it set unfastened the insanely profitable Grand Theft Auto 5, can it? 

Effectively, it very a lot can, truly. GTA 5 could have since been re-released to elongate its lifespan, but it surely initially got here out in 2013. Loads has modified since then, and with a brand new technology of consoles lastly launched, comprising the PS5 and Xbox Sequence X, rumours are beginning to spin that the following sport in Rockstar’s most well-known franchise may very well be on its manner. 

We have gathered every thing we find out about Grand Theft Auto 6 proper right here on your delectation — let’s get right down to it. 

GTA 6 launch date

Beginning with potential launch dates, it is value supplying you with a little bit of background. Whereas GTA 5 launched in 2013, Rockstar could not instantly flip its full consideration to creating a sequel. It apparently did begin work on GTA 6 in 2014, however in the meantime had the small matter of Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 to make, not to mention the PC, PS4 and Xbox One variations of GTA 5, and the PC and Google Stadia variations of Pink Lifeless Redemption 2. 

All of these take work, however at the moment are out of the best way. That is the logic utilized to a current leak, purportedly from a playtester who’s been in touch with GTA 6 throughout growth. That supply, which stays uncorroborated, means that Rockstar is aiming for a 2021 launch date. 

Now that we’re into 2021, we’re not massively assured about that, although – that may imply Rockstar asserting and releasing the sport inside a yr, which is not too widespread, and we have heard nothing official but. 

Nonetheless, current rumours counsel {that a} 2021 teaser announcement may very well be shut, because of some unusual paintings teases posted by the developer and a “personal” video discovered lurking on its YouTube channel. Nonetheless, we predict it is probably that the sport shall be absolutely launched in 2022, taking Rockstar’s trademark delays under consideration.

That each one mentioned, one other kernel of knowledge can apply right here, within the type of Rockstar North’s 2020 claims for UK Tax Aid. There is a little bit of controversy rumbling over whether or not you’ll be able to actually name the likes of GTA and Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 “culturally British”, because the tax scheme requires, however nonetheless Rockstar’s accounting reveals a gentle circulate of tax reduction lately. 

As identified by Tax Watch, that is suggestive of steady growth, and a few are utilizing it as a sign that GTA 6 is underway. That is a little bit of a stretch, because the tax declare is fully generic and does not point out any franchises, however nonetheless – we all know they’re as much as one thing!

Now, there’s another choice right here – 2K, which publishes the Grand Theft Auto sequence, not too long ago up to date its fiscal plans to permit for a much-increased spend on advertising in 2023, a while off for now. Actually, it expects to spend double what it has deliberate for 2021 and 2022. That is fuelled hypothesis that it expects to be advertising the following GTA sport in 2023, and shall be spending massive bucks on it. 

We additionally had much more gasoline poured onto the hearth by a report from Jason Schreier over at Kotaku, wanting as he had earlier than on the work tradition at Rockstar, which is famously demanding. The report mentions that in keeping with his sources the following Grand Theft Auto is certainly within the works, however remained at an early stage of growth. 

All this provides as much as the identical image, roughly – the following GTA is certainly on the best way, however you should not get your hopes up that it will seem quickly. 

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GTA 6 platforms 

In all probability the opposite key element contained in that first massive leak round GTA 6 involved the platforms it is more likely to launch on. Clearly, GTA 5 got here out towards the tail finish of a console technology, releasing on the PS3 and Xbox 360, then being re-released with higher efficiency and graphics on the following set of consoles.

Apparently, that sample will not be repeated with GTA 6, although. The leak means that the sport shall be unique to the Ps 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Sequence X and S.

Provided that these consoles will doubtless have been out for at the very least a yr upon launch, that is fully credible. 

Nevertheless, provided that Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 took so much much less time to return to PC gamers than GTA 5 did years in the past, it will be barely stunning if GTA 6 does not additionally make its solution to PC inside a yr of launch. 

GTA 6 gameplay

Ready for particulars on a brand new GTA sport typically entails one main space of hypothesis – the place will or not it’s set? Whereas characters and storylines are simply as topic to fascinating particulars, there’s one thing about GTA’s setting that appears like probably the most pivotal alternative Rockstar has to make. Whether or not it is Liberty Metropolis, Los Santos or one other metropolitan space, the playground wherein gamers will run riot is an enormous query mark hanging over the sport. 

In the intervening time that is the place hypothesis is targeted, with GTA On-line gamers at one level changing into satisfied that GTA 6 will happen in Vice Metropolis, GTA 3’s much-loved, neon-soaked different model of Miami. The reasoning behind this? GTA On-line’s racing DLC, Open Wheels, has a race circuit that appears suspiciously just like the define of a map that would come with Miami, in addition to a bit of Mexico. The define does look pretty clear, as you’ll be able to see within the picture beneath, however clearly Rockstar is retaining its personal counsel at this stage. 

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This concept had a bit bit extra element added to it by an alleged leak, which purportedly got here by way of the buddy of a disgruntled ex-Rockstar worker. If the data is to be believed, the sport shall be set in Florida, and have a map larger than GTA 5 and Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 mixed, overlaying three cities together with Vice Metropolis. Gamers will apparently be capable of management 4 totally different protagonists, increasing on GTA 5’s three foremost characters. 

Now contemporary rumours have circulated that this roster will embrace a feminine playable character for the primary time within the sequence, one thing that is lengthy overdue in our minds. The information comes courtesy of Tom Henderson, a longtime leaker who’s made correct claims up to now. 

There have additionally been options elsewhere that Liberty Metropolis (from GTA III), San Andreas (from GTA: San Andreas, natch), and the Midwest may function, or perhaps even the entire above for various sections.

Regardless, anticipate the sport to push the boundaries of what the brand new {hardware} from Sony and Microsoft is able to. There is no assure that the sport world shall be larger and extra detailed than the map from GTA 5, however that is actually how issues appear to be trending. 

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GTA 6 story

The principle story of every GTA sport thus far has concerned criminality, as a rule, however the precise flavour is all the time up for change. A vital bit of knowledge with regards to GTA 6’s narrative is that Rockstar’s co-founder, Dan Houser, left the studio in March 2020. 

That signifies that one of many studio’s key tastemakers and writers has departed, somebody who, collectively along with his brother Sam, has formed the franchise’s tone from the very starting. 

Now, on the one hand, given the doubtless timing of the sport there is a good probability that Dan Houser was in a position to have strong enter and influence on the script and story earlier than his departure. On the opposite, if he was on his manner out it is very potential that he wasn’t practically so concerned. Which means we may very well be in for a change of voice for GTA 6.

Precisely how that may manifest is difficult to guess at, but it surely’s an fascinating growth for Rockstar, that is for certain. 

We’ll preserve including extra particulars to this round-up as and when new data comes out or precise bulletins are made, so be sure you preserve checking again. 

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.