There aren’t many video games out there today that can command the level of hype like the GTA series can. Ever since their first game released, they have dominated the gaming industry and constantly smashed new record sales whenever their games come out. Very few game franchises can claim to have even half of the success that the GTA series have had. Their last game GTA V released to critical and commercial acclaim and instantly set record sales.
GTA V has officially made more money that movie has made in the entire world and that is no small feat, considering the huge gap in audience size between both of them. While gaming has come a long way to being accepted as a viable and serious activity, it cannot hold a candle to the sheer number of people who go out to watch movies. Yet GTA V made a staggering $6 billion in sales by selling over 90 million units. Though the game was released in 2013, the game is still active with hundreds of thousands of players playing every day. In fact, if you go to steamcharts right now, you will probably see a staggering user count of users playing right now.
Therefore it is no surprise that millions of fans all over the world would start frothing in their mouth after hearing that the GTA VI is on its way. In many ways, Rockstar Games is more secretive about their upcoming projects than most companies. It’s extremely rare to find a real leak about their games. But, because we are huge fans, we have scrounged the internet in search of all the rumors, leaks and news about the highly anticipated sequel so that you have a one way stop to update yourself with the latest information.
Given below is everything we know about the GTA VI!
GTA 6 News, Leaks and Rumors
It all began one fateful day in 2013 when Rockstar President, Leslie Benzies made a comment in an interview for MCV magazine, saying that they have some ideas about GTA VI. This single comment broke the internet and started the hype train leading us all the way to this article today.
March 2016 (Rumor)
One of the first reports came online, stating that GTA VI was in production, but the article wasn’t able to substantiate anything and instead mentioned that they got this information from a trusted source. Rockstar games, unfortunately, didn’t comment on this and so the report was marked as a rumor.
March 2018 (Rumor)
The popular YouTube channel “The Know” put up a video regarding the possibility of GTA VI taking place in Vice City and one of the main Protagonists being a woman. According to them, an inside source divulged information regarding the possible release date, code name and the game map. The video spoke about how the game might hit stores by 2021 or 2022 and that it is being developed under the code name, “Project Americas”. They also mentioned that there is a possibility that players will be able to fly from the United States to South America in game, making it the largest map to ever have been made in the franchise so far.
They also mentioned that the game could take us back to Vice City and the overall story might be focused on drug trade with an 80’s vibe. None of these tidbits has been officially confirmed but the hype has officially begun!
July 2018 (Rumor-Debunked)
Tears rolled down several cheeks this month when a rumor started going around that a message regarding the reveal of GTA VI has started popping up in GTA Online (PC). The first tears that rolled were that of happiness and excitement, but all that changed to sheer sadness and disappointment when Rockstar made an official statement on Twitter debunking this claim. In their statement, they said that this alleged message was nothing but a hoax made by a Modder.
What We Think
As of now, there is no official information about GTA VI and so all of us have to find and put the small scraps of possibilities to get the bigger picture. By taking the various rumors and speculations, we have created a list of what might be coming with the game. Here are all of them.
The Timeline and the Map
Till now, Rockstar games have always had distinct timelines for their game world. Grand theft Auto gave us Liberty City of the late 90’s, Grand Theft Auto 2 took place in an unspecified time (speculated to be early 2000’s) in “Anywhere, USA, Grand Theft Auto 3 featured Liberty City layered with what looked like the 90’s mafia world, GTA: Vice City took place in the 80’s, GTA: San Andreas in the early 90’s, GTA IV in the late 2000’s and GTA V in the current time.
However, when you look at the themes and stylistic atmosphere that they usually opt for, it’s hard not to notice their love for everything retro. All of their games have a certain charm that reminds us of the 80’s and early 90’s. Since their last game took place in the current time, there is a real good possibility that GTA VI might be based in the glorious 80’s. Either that or they might keep a current timeline and introduce their story in a different country altogether. Till now, they have built an entire American world filled with cities and its own history. They might take us to Europe in the next one.
As for the map, it’s easy to assume that we will be getting a map that is significantly larger than anything we have ever seen. So far, the maps have been limited to a single city and the regions near about. Perhaps the new map will be large enough to fit 2, 3 states.
The City and the Theme
If we are assuming that the timeline would be the 80’s for the new game, then it’s very likely that the city we will be seeing is Vice City. The first three GTA games featured Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas while the last two games used Liberty City and San Andreas. With GTA VI featuring Vice City, they will have come full circle. Moreover, Vice City would be perfect for what we assume the theme will be.
There’s not going to be any doubt that GTA VI will also have the same criminal/mafia roots in their theme. After all it’s in their name. But how do you rehash the same theme and make it interesting? You can do that by exploring various different aspects of the same theme. Vice City was more about the traditional mafia, San Andreas was about growing up in the streets where gangsters ruled and GTA IV showed us the ruthless new age mafia. Perhaps the path of the future is going back in time.
The 80’s were ripe with drug wars and a new breed of mafia spreading over the U.S. Instead of the traditional Italian American mafia, what if we explore the South American cartels as they are somewhat unchartered territory for the GTA franchise. This would also give them the opportunity to create a larger map, a living breathing expansive world and different cultures to play with. Given Rockstar’s ambitions, it’s not that hard to conceive that GTA VI will feature a world unlike any we have seen so far.
Although “The Know” pointed to this in their video, there are more reasons why GTA VI might feature a female protagonist along with the male ones. Till now, the game franchise has always featured men as their main characters and females have always been either minor side characters or hookers. In an interview by The Guardian, Dan Houser who co-founded Rockstar games spoke about how they won’t be making a female main character just because of the status quo and that they are very open about doing so when they have the right idea to do it. This is very refreshing to hear as most companies just pander to their audiences and make uninspired content.
Another reason why they could have a female protagonist is based on the speculation that the map might feature South America and the drug trade. In South America, there are several places that follow the matriarchy where the woman is the head of the household. Having a grey but strong female character as a drug lord or someone climbing up the power ranks would be very cool.
Playing As a Cop
With GTA V we were given the ability to play multiple main characters and their story arcs. For GTA VI they would need something better to meet their fan’s expectations. One way they could do this is by giving the players the opportunity to play either as a criminal or as a cop. Choosing between two stark perspectives and the places where they overlap would be extremely cool and unlike anything we have experienced in previous games. There isn’t any rumor or leak that points to this but it might be something that Rockstar games decide to try.
Using the Past to Predict the Future
In the above section, we discussed what we think would come in GTA VI based on the rumors floating around on the internet. Let’s now look at what actually might be possible in the sequel. Every game company uses their games to refine and innovate new ways of enhancing the player experience. A feature released in one game will be further refined and made better for the next game and so on. The last game released by Rockstar games was Red Dead Redemption 2 and if we sift through the various innovative features and mechanics present in it, we can predict what we might see in GTA VI.
An Actual Living Breathing World
RDR 2 featured an expansive world where character interaction and behavior was taken to a whole new level. The AI characters in RDR 2 actually had schedules, relationships and their own paths. In previous open world games, such characters would normally spawn only when your playable character gets nearer to them. In RDR 2, the AI had their own lives and went about doing their thing whether you were with them or not. The characters also reacted differently to different situations and some even had different personalities from submissive to overtly aggressive.
There really shouldn’t be any doubt as to whether Rockstar games will be implementing a similar or better world for GTA VI. We could state as a fact that they would do it. They already have the technology. All they have to do is refine it and push its limits to give us an even more realistic world to play in.
Enhanced Character Interaction
You can also interact with every character in RDR 2 and the direction of your conversation can change depending on the dialogues you choose. These conversations also affect the nature of your relationship with the AI, making it feel more realistic than the generic dialogues we are used to hearing from past games. You also had the option to greet people differently.
This would definitely work great in GTA VI as player-AI interaction is one of the most popular aspects of the franchise. Can you imagine the possibilities and the sheer number of unique interactions if Rockstar games implemented this into GTA?
One of the most amazing things about the GTA franchise is the level of realism they provide for us players. With RDR 2 they took realism to the next level by really honing in on the realism factor. They focused on the tiniest details such as footprints actually staying on the ground rather than disappearing instantly, hair and beards growing over time and many more.
The progression of time is something that most open world games strive to achieve, but it’s a delicate balance. If you make it way too real where an hour in game is close to an actual hour, then people will get bored. If the progression of time is too fast, then you lose out on the immersion.
An actual living, breathing world that dynamically changes based on the interactions and actions of the people living in it is one of the premier goals of any big gaming company. There’s a real good possibility that we might get the closest version of that in GTA VI.
GTA 6 Release Date
According to various rumors and speculations, GTA VI would hit stores by either 2020 or 2021. Red Dead Redemption is still very much alive in the market today, so it’s safe to assume that we will get an official statement about GTA VI only by the end of this year or early next year. If you take into account the traditional timelines for the production of similar sized games, it’s safe to say that we might see this game get released in 2, 3 years’ time. The longest gap we have seen between GTA titles was between GTA IV and V which had an unprecedented gap of approximately 47 months or 4 1/2 years. If the official announcement comes in early 2019, we can hope for a 2020 or 21 release.
We will be constantly updating this article as new rumors, leaks and more information breaks. Keep track of us to get the latest updates on GTA VI.