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Rumors continue to swirl about Grand Theft Auto 6, and we’ve got everything we know about Rockstar’s next entry into the franchise, including possible release date, location, rumors, leaks, and more.
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
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.
That may change sooner rather than later though. Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar, are confirmed to appear at E3 2021 in June. There’s no word on what they will be showing, but some fans are convinced it will be an announcement trailer for GTA 6, although there’s a good chance it will be aimed at GTA V Enhanced on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Job listings and domain names have also captured the imagination of GTA fans, but don’t get your hopes up too soon, as one leaker claimed Rockstar internally have GTA 6 set for a late 2023 release.
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.
After an image leaked in 2018 showing what appeared to be an updated Vice City, another picture surfaced online in May 2021, including new locations south of the city with roads twisting through the countryside.
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.