There have been lots of rumors and speculation regarding GTA 6, particularly its release date, and we have details on everything we know so far.
Official Grand Theft Auto 6 news is practically non-existent, much to the chagrin of fans of the series. It’s been a mind-boggling seven years since GTA V came out, and this is now the longest gap between the release of Grand Theft Auto games.
The success of GTA Online, and its base game, has been a huge factor in our wait for GTA 6 as the title has sold 140 million copies worldwide and rising. But the time is going to come when Rockstar is going to shake the world with the reveal of their latest sandbox playground.
Until then, we have a round-up of all the latest speculation and information we have so far.
GTA 6 release date rumors
While the original PlayStation 2 GTA games, which could be released as a Grand Theft Auto Remastered Trilogy, were released a year apart, GTA 4 to GTA 5 forced fans of the franchise to wait an agonizing six years.
We are now going on eight years since the last games in the series, and there has been no official word from Rockstar regarding the next iteration in the storied franchise.
At this juncture, we can sadly not offer anything even remotely concrete as GTA 6 is one of the industry’s most well-kept secrets. There are some positive hints though, which a recent Rockstar employee leak indicating that the developers have several games in the works.
Unless Rockstar throws a spanner in the works and reveals a tandem trailer and release date soon, then it’s safe to assume that 2022 will be the earliest conceivable time we’ll see GTA 6. The wait has become so unbearable that even Reddit has held a massive poll for GTA fans to guess the game’s release date.
GTA 6 map & setting
One of the most exciting propositions regarding a new GTA game is its setting. The franchise has already set foot in London, and unofficially explored New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.
Similar to how GTA 5 revisited old ground, it seems that GTA 6 is set to do the same. Rockstar’s take on Miami seems bound for the series once more as Vice City is being touted as the setting for GTA 6.
Vice City was a tremendous setting and GTA positively thrived in its stylish 80’s aesthetic. Vibing synth beats and legendary songs were the perfect backdrops for a Scarface-inspired, drug-fuelled city.
Now, 18 years later, we may get to return to the neon nightlife. Given how far we’ve come technologically, Rockstar’s vision of a seedy Miami could be utterly incredible, and it’s something we’d love to see.
Unofficial GTA 6 leaks and teases
As we’ve said, because all the information about GTA 6 is so exceedingly threadbare, it means that any snippet of a leak becomes huge for the fans.
So far we’ve learned that there is a new GTA 6 patent leak suggesting Rockstar wants the best NPCs ever. Lots of undercover work from desperate fans led to the discovery of a patent called the “System And Method For Virtual Navigation In A Gaming Environment”. It’s basically a set of extremely complex algorithms to make the game’s city more alive than ever with fully independent NPCs.
Rockstar’s desire to innovate and defy conventional boundaries could also be about to go one step further in GTA 6 too. After having three playable protagonists in GTA 5, a leaker has claimed that GTA 6 will have a female main character.
Other rumors claim that the long-awaited sequel to Bully was canned allegedly due to GTA 6. This would suggest that GTA 6 has spent a good amount of time in development.
Finally, the idea of parachutes in Red Dead Redemption is either a bizarre anomaly or a complete accident. This is why logic would dictate that strange files in RDR2 are surely pointing towards the existence of a new Rockstar game. Whether it’s GTA on the PS5 & Xbox Series X or a new GTA game altogether.
Just to reiterate, this information is all leaks and speculation, but it could be a great indicator of some of the awesome stuff that Grand Theft Auto fans could have to look forward to.
Once Rockstar finally ceases its hush-hush attitude towards GTA 6, then we’ll be able to bring you 100% accurate information about Rockstar’s latest project(s).
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