Grand Theft Auto VI: What We Know So Far About Rockstar’s Upcoming Blockbuster
Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto franchise has been one of the most popular and best-selling video game series for over two decades now. Ever since the release of GTA III in 2001 which took the series into fully 3D open world environments, each new numbered entry in the series has been a massive cultural event and commercial success.
The last numbered entry, Grand Theft Auto V, was originally released in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It shattered entertainment industry records by earning over $1 billion in sales in just 3 days. A new version with improved graphics was later released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014, and then again for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in 2022. An expanded and enhanced version is also set to release in 2023.
Overall, GTA V has now sold over 170 million copies across all platforms, making it one of the highest selling videogames of all time. It’s still widely played even today thanks to its ever-evolving GTA Online multiplayer mode.
However, it has now been nearly 10 years since GTA V first launched, and fans are more eager than ever to finally get a new numbered entry in the groundbreaking open world action series. Though Rockstar Games has not officially announced Grand Theft Auto VI yet, there are plenty of rumors and reports indicating that it is deep into development. Let’s take a look at what we know so far about what could be one of the biggest game releases ever:
Most reports indicate GTA VI will return to the series’ famed satirical representation of Miami, Vice City, last seen in 2006’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The sunny, vibrant, neon-colored setting of Vice City would provide a nice contrast to GTA V’s gritty, urban Los Santos. Some leaks have indicated players may also get to explore other nearby locations inspired by real life areas of Florida.
While nothing is confirmed, most leaks point to GTA VI having a sprawling map that dwarfs anything seen in previous games. It’s rumored to be larger than the maps of GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 combined. Considering how massive and detailed those maps are, this would be a staggering achievement.
GTA VI is likely set to feature multiple protagonists again like GTA V. Most reports indicate there will be two lead characters this time – possibly a male and female. Having dual protagonists each with their own unique stories and abilities worked very well in GTA V, so it makes sense Rockstar would take that approach again.
Fans will expect GTA VI to push boundaries like every GTA before it. It’s widely believed GTA VI will only release on next-gen consoles and PC to leverage their power for features like ray tracing, 4K graphics, enhanced physics, faster loading, complex AI, and dense crowds of NPCs. The eras of PS4 and Xbox One limitations are over.
Some leaks have pointed to the game having an evolving world, perhaps with things like construction projects being built over time. The game is also likely to evolve GTA Online in new ways, possibly with dedicated servers to support the next evolution of GTA multiplayer experiences.
There is no official release date yet, but signs point to GTA VI being several years out still. GTA V’s expanded re-release is set for 2023, and most analysts believe Rockstar will avoid cannibalizing those sales. The earliest guesses peg GTA VI for a late 2024 or 2025 launch. However, a game as complex as GTA VI could easily be pushed into 2026 or beyond.
Whenever it arrives, GTA VI is sure to be one of the most anticipated, bought, played, and discussed video games of all time. For now, fans eagerly await the day Rockstar finally peels back the curtain and showcases what they’ve been working on, which is undoubtedly going to be incredible. The future of GTA has never looked brighter.