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GTA 6: here's everything we know so far

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GTA 6 is in development, Rockstar Games has confirmed, settling years of rumor and speculation in the fan community. The announcement was made in February 2022, with Rockstar stating that work on the next game in the Grand Theft Auto series is not only happening, but it's actually "well underway". 

For a game as highly anticipated as GTA 6, Rockstar's blog post announcement (opens in new tab) was pretty understated. However, it was really just a formal confirmation of something everyone knew was happening anyway. After all, GTA 6 has been rumored for years, with a report (opens in new tab) from Kotaku all the way back in April 2020 claiming that a "new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series" was in the early stages of its development.

Right now, we don't know much about GTA 6 at all, other than that it's a real game that we'll one day be able to play. We are, for instance, still waiting for a release year and a setting but there are plenty of rumors floating around that could hint at what we should expect. 

Summer Game Fest 2022 has come and gone without a mention, as expected, and the rest of not-E3 season doesn’t look at all promising either. So, while it's likely going to be a while before we get more details on Grand Theft Auto 6, GTA 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X has at least given us some insight into how sharp the game could look on the latest generation of consoles. 

Want to find out more about the next Grand Theft Auto? Read on for everything we know about GTA 6 so far.

GTA 6: cut to the chase

  • What is GTA 6? The next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series
  • When is GTA 6 coming out? TBC
  • What platforms will GTA 6 release on? TBC but likely Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PC
  • Where will GTA 6 be set? TBC, but there are plenty of rumors (scroll down for more)

GTA 6 release date: when is GTA 6 coming out?

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While Rockstar Games has finally announced it's working on GTA 6, it hasn't revealed when we'll get our hands on it. But, there have been plenty of reports and rumors that could hint at when we'll get our hands on Grand Theft Auto 6. Very few of them suggest it'll be anytime soon.

Rockstar Games has confirmed that GTA 6 is in "active development" and, according to a Kotaku report, this "new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series" was in early development as of April 2020. Kotaku's report claimed this new installment is planned to be a "moderately sized release" (so, probably still pretty big) which will be "expanded with regular updates over time". So, the game may be further along in development than we expected.

However, while the Kotaku report didn't give us an idea of when GTA 6 will release, publisher Take-Two Interactive's marketing budget may have given us our most solid GTA 6 release date hint. As reported by VentureBeat (opens in new tab), Take-Two's 10-K SEC filing from 2020 (which lays out financial plans for the next five years) shows that the company expects to spend $89 million on marketing between April 2023, and the end of March 2024 - that's a huge spike and, as the report points out, more than half the marketing budget expected for any other fiscal year over the next decade

This led industry analyst Jeff Cohen to predict that this spike is because GTA 6 is expected to release within this period (which now looks likely). In a note (opens in new tab) to investors, included in VentureBeat's report, Cohen pointed out that previous marketing budgets have predicted the releases of other big releases from Take-Two Interactive, including Red Dead Redemption 2. If this prediction is correct then we would expect to see GTA 6 release sometime between April 2023 and March 2024. Originally this spike was expected to take place in the fiscal year 2023, however, it's been pushed back to 2024. If it is GTA 6 that has caused this spike, this would suggest that a delay has occurred.

What's more, in a press release (opens in new tab) detailing Take-Two Interactive’s deal to buy mobile game company, Zynga, a section on "Strategic Rationale and Stockholder Value Creation" contained a note stating that: "Looking ahead, the combined company is expected to deliver a 14% compound annual growth rate… over the three-year period from Take-Two's Fiscal Years 2021 through 2024."

In response to that, an analyst from investment banking firm Jefferies, quoted by Stephen Totilo of Axios, said: "there are only a handful of titles that can...provide management with the confidence to put out such a strong guidance; we believe there is at least one Rockstar IP set to be released by FY24." 

Now that Rockstar Games has confirmed it's working on a new GTA, it seems likely that the spike is because of this new title, which could put GTA 6's release date between April 2023 and March 2024.

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This 2024 spike almost lines up with leaker Tom Henderson's GTA 6 release date prediction. The notable leaker, who is primarily known for his (mostly) accurate leaks on Battlefield and Call of Duty, posted a video sharing a bunch of alleged GTA 6 details. In the video, Henderson predicts that GTA 6 isn't going to release until between 2024 and 2025, based on his sources.

There are a few reasons for this, according to Henderson. The biggest is that apparently, Rockstar Games has been focusing heavily on "employee wellbeing", with the developer aiming to avoid crunch culture. Henderson also claimed that Rockstar didn't want to announce the game until it was confident that it will hit its release date, with an aim to avoid any delays, but wants to do so without making employees work extremely long hours to meet a deadline.

In addition, Henderson claims that GTA 6 will only release on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Given the current PS5 and Xbox Series X shortages, Rockstar Games is apparently waiting until there is a "big enough market" for these consoles - in other words until the majority of players can actually get their hands on them. 

The third key reason Henderson gave for this predicted 2024/2025 release date is the popularity of GTA 5, claiming that Rockstar would likely not want to release GTA 6 while its predecessor is still so successful. 

Henderson's prediction has since been corroborated by Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, who said that Henderson's claims "matches up with what I’ve heard".

A release sometime in 2024 looks like a pretty safe bet, then, but one leaker claims this could be wishful thinking. Creator of Rockstar Mag Chris Klippel (who has accurately leaked Rockstar Game news before) claims that while the developer has reached an important milestone in development, and will likely reveal GTA 6 properly before the end of 2022, he doesn't expect Grand Theft Auto to release before the end of 2024.

"I think that a (real) announcement at the end of the year may be possible," Klippel tweeted. "In any case, I don't see the game arriving before the end of 2024."

A May 2022 earnings call from Take Two, Rockstar’s parent company, also put a dampener on any release date optimism by outlining the publisher’s release pipeline for FY2023 through FY2025 with no mention of GTA 6. 

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On the surface, this would appear to suggest that we might not see GTA 6 until after April 2026 which would be a long wait. However, it’s worth noting that the slide showing the release pipeline says that it’s only a “snapshot” of the current development pipeline and that new titles will be added in the future. There will, for instance, be updated FY 24/25 details given with the Q4 FY2023 results.

Besides that, even if Take Two does have a rough internal release window for GTA 6 it’s unlikely that it’s going to reveal it to the world via a slide in a financial presentation. As it is, we still don’t know even a rough release window for GTA 6 and it feels like we shouldn’t attempt to glean it from this presentation.

We'll have to wait until Rockstar Games officially confirms GTA 6's release date to know for sure when we'll get our hands on it, but based on current speculation it looks likely that won't be for a few years yet.

GTA 6 trailer: when can I watch one?

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Unfortunately, Rockstar Games didn't share a trailer for GTA 6 alongside its announcement, suggesting that the developer is approaching its reveal of Grand Theft Auto 6 differently than its previous titles. With both GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games teased an announcement a few days before dropping the first trailer for either game. 

But this time Rockstar didn't tease an announcement at all, nor did it announce the game with a trailer, instead it simply included the announcement as part of a community post, making it somewhat difficult to predict whether there will indeed will a trailer sometime soon.

Either way, if there’s a Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer, you’ll know about it because the internet will explode – and we'll let you know too, of course. 

GTA 6 map: where and when will GTA 6 be set?

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Rockstar Games didn't confirm where GTA 6 will take us in its announcement but there's a plethora of rumors floating around suggesting a variety of settings for Grand Theft Auto 6 (with some more believable than others). Although there haven’t been any concrete reports as yet, and its hard to nail down exactly which rumors hold water, every online titbit and juicy gossip morsel is pointing towards GTA 6’s map being absolutely massive. We’re even not talking city-size massive, we’re talking potentially the entirety of the United States massive. 

One of the biggest Grand Theft Auto 6 setting rumors has come from YouTube channel The Know, which claimed that GTA 6 is being developed under the code name Project Americas. The reason for this code name is apparently because players will be able to fly between the US and South America in the game, though the majority of the action will take place in the former. This in combination with the source's assertion that the game will largely be set in Vice City (the Rockstar version of Miami) suggests there could be a focus on drug-running which would draw on the popularity of shows and movies like Narcos and Tom Cruise's Made in America. Particularly if Rockstar holds on to that 80s setting.

Another, now deleted, post on Reddit seemed to corroborate some of the claims in The Know Report. According to the Reddit poster behind the leak, the game, known as Project Americas, has been in production since 2015, though it was placed on ice while Red Dead Redemption 2 was the focus. The post claimed that GTA 6 could be expansive, set across multiple decades (the 1970s to 1980s) and locations (one of which is Vice City, another Liberty City and another is a fictional city based on Rio de Janeiro). 

The game will apparently deal with one playable protagonist named Ricardo and play through their story as a rising drug lord with heavy inspiration from Netflix's Narcos series. The story will allegedly be told through chapters, with a heavy emphasis on the visuals of changes in time as the story progresses. While there's no estimated release date given, the post says that the plan is to release the game for the next generation only (a claim that several reports have corroborated). 

While it's unlikely that the whole report is true (even the poster says that the game's pre-alpha status means things are likely to change) that's not to say some elements are impossible. 

Following these rumors, since early 2020, a series of 'leaked' images have been emerging online that allegedly reveal sections of the overall GTA 6 map - and line up with the Project Americas rumor. So far there have been four map leaks in total, each appearing to show a different section of the overall map. Fans have speculated about what each section of the map may be with locations rumored including Rio De Janeiro, the Everglades and Colombia. 

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However, leaker Tom Henderson claims (opens in new tab) that, while Vice City will be coming to GTA 6 in some capacity, as the Project Americas rumor claims, that the map isn't as big as previous rumors claim.

In addition, Henderson claims that GTA 6 won't be set be in the 80s or 90s, but instead will have a modern setting. This is apparently to allow the base game to "fit" with GTA Online, with developers wanting "as much freedom as possible to release as many DLCs as possible". 

Another, slightly less believable, rumor posted anonymously on Pastebin - which has since been removed (via Comic Book) - claimed that GTA 6 will allow players to travel between several big cities, including Liberty City and Vice City. The poster also claimed you start off as a small-time drug runner before joining an infamous gang and kicking it with the big dogs.

The anonymous poster also claimed GTA 6 will feature both major cities along with a vast stretch of highways and Blaine County-like countryside in the middle of it all.

While location rumors seem to be leaking in abundance, the anonymous Pastebin post was backed up by review on Glassdoor by a Rockstar Games QA tester, which has since been removed (via Dexerto). The post left a cryptic message that seen the first letter of each sentence spelling out 'GTA6LSVCLC'. This may be pointing to the potential locations of Grand Theft Auto 6: Los Santos, Vice City, and Liberty City. 

Wonder what these locations would look like together as an actual map? Graphic designer RealityDesign posted a concept image on GTA Forums, showing what this map could potentially look like. Check it out below:

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There was also a rumor that GTA 6 would be set in London, which started with a comment from Rockstar Games’ co-founder Dan Houser from an interview with Polygon back in September 2013:

“At the moment, it feels like GTA’s DNA is contemporary-ish, American-ish, English-speaking-ish, because that’s what it has been… But that doesn’t necessarily limit it to those, that’s just what we’ve done so far.”

However, Houser then shot down a London setting in an interview with The Guardian (opens in new tab) later that month.

Flying in the face of many of these rumors, a report by Christian Today (opens in new tab) claims that GTA 6 will have a futuristic setting.  The Christian Today report also alleges that there might even be time travel involved in the next GTA title.

For what it's worth, we think this would probably plant it a bit too close to Saint's Row, which is already incredibly similar to Grand Theft Auto and this is probably something Rockstar would be keen to avoid - especially with the Saints Row reboot releasing this year.

For our money, we think a return to Vice City in some form is on the cards, which would tie into the rumors mentioned above. But, outside of that, where exactly GTA 6 will be set still remains a mystery for now.

GTA 6 news and rumors: what do we know so far?

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Below we've collected all of the latest leaks and rumors that hint at when GTA 6 might be launched – and what we can expect from the new game. As always, take these details with a huge pinch of salt – some are old, some are from now-deleted sources and others might just be keen fans getting carried away.

An engine ahead of its time?

The graphics for GTA 6 could be seriously impressive if a recent report is anything to go by. Journalist and Rockstar insider Chris Klippel (via T3 (opens in new tab)) has said that the engine being used to create GTA 6 is “ahead of its time”. 

Klippel claimed on Twitter that "the new version of the graphics engine of RockstarGames (RAGE9) which will be used for GTA6 is likely to be quite incredible", adding that he’s been “able to get very positive feedback, we really shouldn't be disappointed on this point.”

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Klippel also said, when asked for more details on how it will compare to Unreal Engine, that "Apparently the goal is to outperform the Unreal Engine. They are capable of it, we will see if they can do it." 

Let's face it, GTA 6 being a graphically impressive release is sort of to be expected but we've yet to see how it will look for ourselves. It also remains unclear when exactly we'll get the chance to see the game. 

An important step reached?

We don’t know much at all about how the development of GTA 6 is going but a recent report has suggested the the team at Rockstar has just hit a major milestone. French journalist Chris Klippel (opens in new tab) (via GamingBible (opens in new tab)) claims that "An important step in the development of GTA6 has just been reached” and “Things should speed up (internally at Rockstar)." Klippel goes on to say, "I think that a (real) announcement at the end of the year might be possible. In any case, I don't see the game arriving before the end of 2024!"

Klippel’s 2024 estimate does line up with previous reports on an estimated release window for GTA 6 but it’s worth taking this report with a pinch of salt, especially as there aren’t too many specifics being offered in terms of what the important step that’s been reached actually is. With GTA 6 now confirmed to be in development, an update by the end of 2022 would no doubt be welcomed by news-hungry fans but we’ll have to wait and see. 

You’ve got to keep things fresh, says Take Two CEO
With GTA 5 expanded and enhanced edition bringing the nearly nine-year-old game to another console generation, it has felt like the GTA franchise is spinning its wheels a bit but that may change with GTA 6. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz (opens in new tab), Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick touched on the announcement that GTA 6 is in development and not being precious with the past, saying, "You always have to be willing to be fresh. You always have to be willing to bring consumers what they want. The minute you try to protect the past, you become irrelevant." 

Zelnick went on to add, “I'm thrilled Rockstar's working on the next iteration of Grand Theft Auto. I have no doubt it will be just great, and there's every evidence to believe from the past that the Grand Theft Auto catalog will also continue to perform."

Rockstar’s only new game this gen?
According to prominent leaker AccNGT, Rockstar could be putting its all into getting GTA 6 right. In a January 2022 Q&A, when asked how many games we should expect from Rockstar this generation, they said, “If we are talking about new games, then I think only GTA 6 will be released.” 

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Development problems?
Leaker AccNGT (who recently leaked details of Star Wars Eclipse) said on Twitter (via ScreenRant (opens in new tab)) that development of GTA 6 is, apparently, quite “chaotic”, adding that “there will be disappointment for many people for some aspects”, though the leaker says those disappointments will have nothing to do with graphics and more to do with the story (opens in new tab)

AccNGT said that an early 2022 announcement would be cause for concern, but Rockstar did just that. Only time will tell on this front.

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First screenshot hidden in the GTA trilogy?
A single image of a house in the GTA Trilogy version of San Andreas has fans thinking they might be looking at the very first screenshot from GTA 6. The image of the house, posted on GTA Forums (opens in new tab) (via IGN (opens in new tab)), can be found amongst the photos on the wall of San Andreas' UFO-themed Lil' Probe'Inn. That’s kind of the perfect location for the start of a conspiracy, don’t you think? 

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It might just be a house with a UFO above it but the thing that’s striking fans as odd is that the high quality of the visuals in the image suggests it isn’t from an older game and no one can seem to find it in GTA 5 either. 

One GTA Forums user identified a real-life house in Boca Raton near Miami that looks like the house. Those who have been keeping up with the rumors that GTA 6 might be set in Miami will know why that’s significant and fans are taking it as a hint about the setting. One Twitter user and self-professed Rockstar fan, Matheusvictorbr, said in April 2022 (opens in new tab) that they've been able to verify that the house is from GTA 6. There has, however, been nothing official from Rockstar.

Tonal shift?
Could GTA 6 take a different approach than previous entries in the series? Maybe. In an interview with the YouTube channel Killaz (opens in new tab), Rockstar co-founder Jamie King said that future Rockstar games might not be “as edgy or quite as funny” as previous entries. 

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the tone starts changing,” he said. “And if it’s maybe not quite as edgy or quite as funny. I just think maybe there’s more opportunity for them to do something cheesy, cause they never do. Maybe not. There’s a beautiful machine there that you’d have to try real hard to f**k up.  I just look at the success of [GTA] 5 and [GTA] Online and [Red Dead] Redemption 2, and I think that they’re just going to be fine, period. But I think culturally, internally, both up at [Rockstar] North and at [Rockstar] New York, missing Leslie [Benzies] and Dan [Houser], yeah, there's a difference, for sure.“

Job listing details next-gen VFX
A job listing (opens in new tab) on the official Rockstar site suggests that the developer is looking to raise the bar when it comes to next-gen visuals in its games. The listing for a VFX Artist based at Rockstar New England is looking for someone to “help to bring extra life to the environment, characters, weapons, vehicles, and more.” This involves, “using ambient effects for things like insects around the player and rain dripping off buildings up to large scale destruction events like skyscrapers crashing to the ground.”

“Our technology is used to tie the world together” the listing continues, “weapons create bullet impacts, vehicles kick up dirt and smoke and leave debris when they crash, objects get dirty when they fall in mud.“ It specifically asks that the candidate be prepared to “develop assets optimized for current and next-generation consoles.”

Of course, this listing doesn’t actually specifically mention that the VFX artist will in any way be working on GTA 6. That said, if Rockstar is looking at next-gen details like this on any of its other projects, we’d be amazed if GTA 6 didn’t get similar treatment. 

Instagram sparks another Vice City rumor
Vice City setting rumors are picking up once again after a recent Instagram post made by a Rockstar employee. The post (via GamesRadar) was made by soundtrack manager and music supervisor Tony Mesones. Mesones has worked at Rockstar for around a decade and has provided music for a range of titles including GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2. His Instagram post shows Miami's South Beach and is captioned “who said it would be cold???” 

As many have pointed out, this could simply be eager fans reading far too much into a holiday photo, though others have noted that Mesones tagged Rockstar Games in the post suggesting it could be a work-related trip.

Mesones’ post isn’t really proof of anything, though Miami does line up with previous reports that the game will visit Vice City in some capacity, the Grand Theft Auto located heavily influenced by Miami. Given reports that the game could have a rough release window of 2025, we’ll likely be waiting quite a long time before we find out if this is just a holiday snap or something more.

Vice City map and activities 'leak' - not likely
Rumors all point to Vice City playing a role in GTA 6 in some capacity, but a leak (opens in new tab) claims to show a glimpse of the Vice City map along with some of the activities players can partake in including bowling. 

The video shows a shakey look at a screen allegedly showing the map and is likely to be fake, with notable leaker Tom Henderson (opens in new tab) even stating that he "wouldn't expect any leaks like this for a couple of years".

Multiple playable characters, an evolving GTA Online map and more
Notable leaker Tom Henderson, who is primarily known for his (mostly) accurate leaks on Battlefield and Call of Duty, posted a video (opens in new tab) sharing a bunch of alleged GTA 6 details.

In addition to a 2024/2025 release date prediction and claims of a modern setting, Henderson also shared some other alleged details on GTA 6 that he has picked up from his sources.

The leaker claims that GTA 6 will take the same approach to GTA 5 and feature "multiple playable characters", including one female character who is set to be the "bright one", with a focus on technology and hacking.

But it's not just GTA 6 that Henderson shared details on. The leaker claims that GTA Online, accompanying GTA 6's release, will feature an evolving map that could change each time new GTA 6 DLC is released. Henderson compared this map to that of Fortnite's and also claimed that GTA 6's release will see additions made to the "default" GTA Online map, including new areas and an expansion to the map.

It's worth noting that Henderson did caveat that he is "not known for GTA 6 leaks" and that viewers should take these rumors will a grain of salt, as his sources may be "less reliable" than those of his Call of Duty and Battlefield leaks. 

GTA 6 could reward you in cryptocurrency instead of cash
Tom Henderson (opens in new tab), a well-known Call of Duty and Battlefield leaker, claimed on Twitter that he's heard that some of GTA 6's missions will reward players in in-game payments of bitcoin rather than cash. 

According to Henderson, bitcoin wouldn't replace cash as in-game currency, but instead would sit alongside it. Henderson claims that the stock market will make a return in GTA 6, with the addition of a broker for different cryptocurrencies. 

These bitcoin payments apparently be rewarded for every mission but instead will be rewarded by more high-profile characters who want to move high amounts of "untraceable cash and fast".

This in-game currency will apparently not be called bitcoin, but will still be a form of cryptocurrency.

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GTA 6 Florida and Cuba setting rumor has been debunked
Another major GTA 6 rumor has been debunked. The rumor originally appeared on a post on The Medium, by a poster called Tim McDowell who wrote a 'deep dive' on the (proven to be accurate) rumors around Red Dead Redemption 2. The piece also included images from 4Chan with apparently 'leaked' details about GTA 6. These details claimed the game would be set in Cuba and Florida, and echoed leaker Tom Henderson's claims the next GTA will have a female protagonist. 

But, after a suspicious fan (opens in new tab) (ADropInTheOcean) on the GTA forums did some digging, they found that the post was full of false information and the images had been photoshopped. Essentially, the whole article has been a troll. Seemingly realizing they had been found out, McDowell has since updated (opens in new tab) The Medium article to a meme.

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Take-Two CEO commits to single-player experiences
Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two, has said that Rockstar Games will continue to make single-player games, which is likely to be welcome news to those hoping that GTA 6 will offer a single-player experience despite the success of GTA Online. 

In a Q3 2021 earnings call (via GameSpot), Zelnick said, “The folks at Rockstar Games intended to create a powerful single-player experience a story-driven experience. And Rockstar has always been known for great stories and great single-player experiences and then developed in addition, a massive multiplayer opportunity over the past years”, adding that Rockstar’s success with both single and multiplayer games is proof that it can have both rather than just one. 

This lines up with a 2020 GQ interview with Rockstar’s Tarek Hamad and Scott Butchard. When asked if Rockstar will continue to tell single-player stories even as Online continues, Hamad replied “Absolutely” and Butchard intimated that it could even become more a part of the Online experience, saying “I think you can see that with Online and I think going forward we’re going to inject more of that single-player element in there.”

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New patent suggests smarter NPCs
A new patent filed by Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two could point to GTA 6 having improved AI for its NPCs. The patent attempts to trademark a “system and method for virtual navigation in a gaming environment“ and was filed by the publisher in October 2020.

The main focus of the patent is on the ways NPCs move around and react to environments, with a particular emphasis on driving NPCs, highlighting that the conventional systems only have “limited resources” when it comes to automating NPCs. The tech in the patent would make it possible to create “a realistic virtual world that is not limited by hardware or software limitations.” 

It might, for example, see NPCs have different driver profiles for more realistic and natural behavior, meaning speed limits could be dynamically adhered to, and non-moving objects, such as street lights or car crashes, could be recognized and responded to accordingly. Driving NPCs might also dynamically react to things like traffic jams or high-speed chases and find another route around the game map. 

The patent also takes into consideration more general driving skills, like a better understanding of vehicle handling when moving at top speed, and braking times, for an overall more realistic on-the-road experience.

Of course, it should be noted that the patent was filed by Take-Two and therefore isn’t necessarily about GTA 6 - it could be about any of the publisher’s games. However, one promising sign that it relates to the GTA franchise is that the system’s inventors are David Hynd and Simon Parr who work at Rockstar in the roles of associate director of technology and lead AI programmer. 

As with any patent, there's no guarantee that it'll be applied in a final product, but it does seem likely that this system was created with Grand Theft Auto 6, or at least Grand Theft Auto Online, in mind. 

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GTA 5 Online's continued success won't necessarily hinder GTA 6
GTA 5 Online has been a huge success for a while now and naturally, this has left some wondering if that success could hold up any potential GTA 6 release. According to GamesIndustry.biz (opens in new tab), in May 2020 Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick was asked in an interview at the Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference if the publisher would "think twice" about launching a new game when the live service game is still performing well.

Zelnick could not be persuaded to comment on release plans for a game that (at the time) hadn't been announced. However, he did touch on a time Take-Two has faced a similar dilemma with NBA 2K Online. 

According to Zelnick, Take-Two had NBA 2K Online in China and it was performing well but when it came time to update the game and they released NBA 2K Online 2 "it turned out to be a massive hit". Take-Two found that "the audience was still stable and growing for NBA 2K Online itself, the first title. So we kept them both up and they're both up to this day.“

According to GamesIndustry.biz, Zelnick went on to say “Any time you look at a business and you take the position, 'This is great, it's the gift that keeps on giving. I'm just going to stick with it and I'm not going to worry about innovating because everyone loves what we have,' you are just moments away from being destroyed by your competitors," adding “I am not remotely worried about being in a position that we have a great line of live services and a new release and that there's somehow maybe some internal competition. That to me is the definition of a high-class problem.”

The next step for GTA could be VR
GTA in VR? It could be on the cards if a posting on LinkedIn (opens in new tab) from an Australian development studio is anything to go by. In the post, Video Games Deluxe shared that it's "now gearing up for a new project, a AAA open-world title in VR for Rockstar. 2020 marks our 7th year of working exclusively for Rockstar in Sydney and we are excited to taking on this groundbreaking project."

The studio has history with Rockstar, having worked on the VR adaption of L.A. Noire for PC and PSVR so this doesn't seem unlikely. 

The question is what game will be getting the VR treatment. We can say right away we don't think it's likely that GTA 6 will be coming out of the gates in VR. An older title seems more likely and GTA 5 is the lead contender. 

The game seems to be perpetually popular and we now have an expanded and enhanced version for PS5, which could mean PSVR 2 involvement. 

The good news for GTA 6 hopefuls is that this project is with an entirely different studio so this VR project isn't likely to derail anything to do with GTA 6. 

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Take-Two Interactive has 93 games in the works
Grand Theft Auto publisher, Take-Two Interactive, revealed in 2020 that it had 93 "full game releases" planned for the next five years – and we now know GTA 6 is one of them.

During an earnings call (via GamesRadar), Take-Two president Karl Slatoff said that this line-up is the strongest in the company's history, but what can we expect? Well, according to Slatoff, 63 of these games are "core gaming experiences", 17 will be "mid-core or arcade" and 13 are casual games. 

However, out of these 93 games, 21 will be exclusively mobile titles - with the other 72 landing on PC, consoles and streaming platforms. But, perhaps the most interesting stat from this meeting is that half of this games line-up is from existing IPs. Suggesting we could be seeing GTA 6 in that five-year window, with the highly-anticipated next GTA falling into that "core gaming experiences" category.

"This is a larger pipeline than we've had before, we've been talking about this for quite some time. Our expectation is that we'd like to keep up this velocity," Slatoff said. "It's really important for us to build scale, and this is one way that we're doing it. We need more at-bats."

CEO Strauss Zelnick explained that the publisher plans to smooth out its financial results with "a handful or greater of new significant releases every year". And it looks like the company believes it may have some big successes in the pipeline.

"With our strong catalog, with our live service offerings, and with our annual releases, we can have great strength, even in a light year, even though it's not our goal to have a light year, and then do even better in the year when we're able to launch a number of titles, which is our strategy, and even better than that if we're fortunate enough to have a blockbuster title. And we have some of those as well," Zelnick said.

Story reportedly finished
The story for Rockstar’s GTA 6 is apparently finished if a supposed insider is to be believed. 

In February 2020, Chris ‘Liberty93’ from Rockstar Mag (a French fansite) claimed the story for Grand Theft Auto 6 was wrapped up prior to the departure of Rockstar’s head writer, Dan Houser, and that the next GTA entry will still have the “soul” of a typical Rockstar game.

Although a finished story might suggest a release date for GTA 6 is close, Chris did point out that many changes were made to Red Dead Redemption 2’s story during development, despite it being 'completed' way back in 2012.

“They still made changes in late 2017, early 2018, and many little details were modified," Chris explained.  

GTA 6 news and rumors: Grand Theft Auto artwork

Grand Theft Auto (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Dan Houser leaves Rockstar
Revealed in a statement by Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive, Houser (who was has been on an extended leave period since spring 2019) will be officially left Rockstar Games in March 11, 2020. His brother Sam Houser remains present as president.

Houser, who has variously acted as writer, producer and voice actor at Rockstar, led Rockstar Games to become one of the biggest developers in the industry. It's currently unknown whether this will have an impact on GTA 6's development.

CJ voice actor dismisses rumors
Chris Bellard, the voice actor for GTA San Andreas' character CJ, has debunked rumors that he will be reprising his role in GTA 6. Using Instagram, Bellard posted (opens in new tab) that he's "not involved in GTA VI at all".

This doesn't rule out the return of CJ as a character entirely (Rockstar could always cast someone else in the role) but it does confirm that Bellard isn't involved and doesn't intend to be if asked. 

Rockstar hasn't commented on rumors and we won't know anything certain about the cast for GTA 6 until it speaks out. 

GTA 6 news and rumors: A still from Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto (Image credit: Rockstar Games) (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Scouting areas in Florida
Speculation around a Florida setting – even a game that encompassed the whole state – has been brimming after a leaked letter was given legitimacy by a well-regarded Rockstar leaker, @Yan2295. 

The letter was to a Florida store asking permission for Rockstar Games to inspect the premises, presumably for use or inspiration in the forthcoming game – mentioning a location scout Leah Sokolowsky who hinted at a large digital media client in a podcast back in May 2019 (via Daily Star).

Take inspiration from Red Dead Redemption 2
The same leak posted on Pastebin, that claimed GTA 6 will allow players to travel between several big cities, including Liberty City and Vice City, also claimed GTA 6 will take inspiration from Red Dead Redemption 2 and won't release on current-gen consoles. 

The post claims Rockstar is waiting to see how the new consoles sell as GTA 6 wouldn't be able to be released on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One due to memory restrictions. In addition, the post claims that the game will be set in a timed era and that there will be flashbacks between missions and Red Dead Redemption 2-type stranger dialogues that implement the greet/antagonize format.

GTA 6 could be the last GTA game
This is more informed speculation from Tom Henderson than anything concrete. But we've included a lot of his predictions and leaks in this guide, so felt it was only right to flag his latest theory recently published on Dualshockers: GTA6 could be the last GTA title. (opens in new tab)

He acknowledges it would be a shame for such a huge franchise to end but suggests that, with GTA Online's huge popularity and a continuously evolving map, there might not be a reason for Rockstar Games to ever follow up GTA6. 

"Rockstar seems to be making GTA 6 the most epic future-proof video game in history, with constant updates that not only give the fans new content but keeps the world new and interesting by evolving," he writes.  

Vic Hood
Vic Hood

Vic is TechRadar Gaming's Associate Editor. An award-winning games journalist, Vic brings experience from IGN, Eurogamer and more to the TechRadar table. You may have even heard her on the radio or speaking on a panel. Not only is Vic passionate about games, but she's also an avid mental health advocate who has appeared on both panels and podcasts to discuss mental health awareness. Make sure to follow her on Twitter for more.

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