‘GTA VI’: Everything We Know So Far About The New Rockstar Video Game

'GTA VI' everything we know so far about the new Rockstar video game

‘GTA VI’ is in development. Rockstar has confirmed it and although it has not given more details about dates, the status of the project, and other issues, the hype is in the air. Every time some data or possible technical issue about the future game is leaked, the internet burns, trending topics skyrocket and players wonder if this new installment will revolutionize the industry like all the others.

To answer those questions, or at least begin to, we’ve scoured the net for everything we know so far about the future ‘GTA VI’ and answered it. When there is no data, we have conjectured from the different possibilities that are on the table. This is all we know (or think we know) about ‘GTA VI’.

What release date does ‘GTA VI’ have?

There is no confirmed date yet, but Rockstar has confirmed that it is developing the game since before April 2020. If we have to make any comparison, ‘ GTA V ‘ began development in 2008 and went on sale in 2013, which would give ‘GTA VI a tentative date of 2025. And even more: Rockstar announced that it was developing ‘GTA V’s in October 2011, just two years before the game’s release, which would put us with ‘GTA V’s.. in 2024.

Another detail provided by Rockstar that suggests that we should not wait five years for development is that the company has already announced that the game will have a “more contained” size and that it will grow over time, which suggests a development not as complex as that of previous deliveries.

In addition, Rockstar made very high forecasts for 2024 when it bought Zynga, which suggests that we will have a very important launch for that year… This assumption is confirmed by the leak of marketing budgets of about 89 million dollars between April 2024. 2023 and March 2024, much more than usual.

Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, has stated in the presentation of the latest financial results of the company that the development of the game “is very advanced”, so an announcement in this regard is more or less imminent. On the other hand, in one of the communications that Microsoft has sent to the CMA, the UK competition regulator, the company assured that “the long-awaited Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be released in 2024”, possibly based on Bloomberg’s assumptions.

In what formats will we see ‘GTA VI’?

We can say with almost total certainty (although there is nothing official) that we will see ‘GTA VI’ on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S, and, also with certainty, possibly sometime after the initial launch, as is usual with Rockstar, on PC. It is doubtful that the studio will waste time bringing the game to PS4 and Xbox One, although the history of the franchise and its multiplicity of formats allows us to harbor certain doubts.

By the way, the low stocks of Sony and Microsoft consoles are what make certain analysts think that 2024 is still too soon for the launch.

Is there a trailer?

Not remotely. And his absence makes us think that things are changing at Rockstar concerning his way of communicating news. In both ‘GTA V’ and ‘ Red Dead Redemption 2 ‘, the announcement of the game was accompanied by a trailer a few days later. But this time the communication has been made through a post in a community forum, without much ceremony.

When will we see something concrete?

According to Chris Klippel, ‘GTA’s expert and reliable source for these things, before the end of 2022.

What settings are being considered for this installment?

At the moment, not much is known either, but there are rumors, some more reliable than others. There is talk, obviously, of a monstrous mapping (despite other sources that speak of a more contained space with successive expansions), and the specialized channel ‘ Inside Gaming’ speaks of the project being developed under the code name ‘Project Americas’.

Does that mean that it could circulate not just throughout the country, but directly throughout the entire American continent? Tom Henderson thinks that, possibly, the thing will not go so far .

This would fit with a theme related to drug trafficking, which is what is said to be being considered, in the same way that there is talk of a return to Vice City (being Rockstar’s Miami, especially suitable as that bridge between the two Americas, and as confirmed by a recent Bloomberg leak) and the eighties. A time setting that Rockstar nailed… back when it wasn’t as hot as it is now. Other rumors (for example, a Reddit post now missing) spoke of different times and new cities, such as one based in Rio de Janeiro. Henderson disagrees with this view. This same leak speaks of a female protagonist for the first time in the history of the series, of Latin origin and with another character that will turn the plot into a story with influences from Bonnie and Clyde.

Finally, there is the possibility of leaving the United States. In an interview with Dan Houser dating back to no less than 2013, he stated that “right now, it feels like GTA’s DNA is contemporary, American, English-speaking, because that’s what it’s been… But that doesn’t limit it. necessarily to that, it’s just what we’ve done so far.” In other words, the doors are open to virtually any scenario. And in any case, Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar and mastermind of the GTA since the start of the series, is no longer with the company, since he left it in 2020.

In any case, as we say, we are aiming for a more restrained GTA at the start, with regular updates, a little to counteract the tremendous crunch suffered by the studio workers with Red Dead Redemption 2. Possibly we will find ourselves with a not-so-ambitious and extensive GTA out, but with a more modest base game and whose content will increase over the months.

What graphics engine will the game use?

In principle, an improved version of the usual RAGE9 from Rockstar games. Chris Klippel said of him in statements collected by T3 that it will be ahead of its time and that “it will probably be quite incredible.” He also states that “apparently, the goal is to outperform Unreal Engine .”

What about GTA Online?

It seems more or less obvious that GTA Online is going to continue to exist. Its monumental success and how it has grown outside the intentions of its creators makes it obvious that it will still be there, but on the other hand, ‘GTA VI’ will be dedicated to a single-player experience, or at least that part of the gaming experience. game will continue to exist. As our colleagues from 3DJuegos anticipated, it is very possible that the tools to facilitate role-playing broadcasts, which have given so much life lately, will be enhanced.

In the Q3 2021 earnings report, Rockstar CEO Strauss Zelnick stated that they want to “create a powerful single-player experience, a story-driven experience. And Rockstar has always been about great stories and great stories. ” experiences for a single player”, but without closing off the possibilities that have been opened up to them with multiplayer in recent years.

And aren’t there leaks?

Yes, a very fat one in mid-September 2021, who posted on the GTA Forums 3GB of material spread over 90 videos that a Bloomberg journalist confirmed through Rockstar sources were real. In the videos, you can see a female protagonist and sun and beach sets, Vice City style. It is unfinished material, which still lacks polishing in textures and modeling, but the base is there. There are also conversations with secondary characters that are remarkably reminiscent of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’.

Five days after the leak, on September 23, London police arrested a 17-year-old boy in the Oxfordshire area. The FBI points to him as responsible for the hack, since he had a history with an intrusion into the Uber website. Added to the initial charge is that of conspiracy, having attacked two different computer systems. He did not act alone, but he did it together with the Laspus $ group, with a considerable criminal history: Uber, Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia, Okta, and other companies. In March 2022, he was arrested for stealing $14 million through hacking. For now, the young man denies the charges.

On the other hand, in recent months there have been abundant ones that must be taken as always in these cases, with one of lime and another of sand. The Xfire website has pointed to 2024 as a possible release year. We would return to both Vice City and, be careful, to Carcer City (where the events of ‘Manhunt’ take place), and we would see new cities such as ones inspired by Cuba, Colombia, and Brazil, where the prologue of the game would be set.

The story would revolve around two twin brothers, a man, and a woman, separated after the death of their parents at the hands of a cartel in 2003 (this would confirm something that Jason Schreier, from Bloomberg, would take for granted: the iconic division into three is lost ‘GTA V’ characters). When they meet again today they will live on opposing sides: he is an agent for the Rockstar version of the DEA, and she wants to take revenge on her by moving up the organization chart of the cartel that ended the lives of her parents. Among the technologies that the game could have are buildings that will reflect damage after fighting.

And aren't there leaks

A subsequent leak, from the equally reliable Idle Sloth, has arrived in the form of a data-heavy Google document. Some of those that he reveals are the duration (75 hours), the size of the map (140mi2), the budget (close to 500 million euros, plus 100 for marketing), an estimated announcement date (third quarter of this year ) and another for launch (last quarter of 2024), a few planned leisure activities (gambling, golf, sailing, tennis, chess, basketball, bowling, strip clubs, movies, and arcades) and some details of police interventions ( weapons, dogs, riot police, tear gas, search level up to 6 stars and search and capture areas like in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’).

The latest leak corresponds to the Brazilian insider SanInPlay and talks about details about a trailer that has not yet been seen. He confirms the leading role of a Latina woman and among the images he talks about that are seen in it are a plane passing by, a lizard crossing the road and Lucía in jail exercising.

There has also been news regarding the map, this time on Reddit through the user u/tusstaster (via Sportskeeda ), who compared the leaked map with the one from ‘GTA V’, hinting that it would be a much larger terrain, although preserving the ‘Vice City’ style setting.

The latest news on the game dates back to May 2023, when Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick discussed Rockstar Games’ ambitious goals for the game in an interview with The Aarthi and Sriram Show. He states that “a challenge that the folks at Rockstar face every time there’s a new version of ‘Grand Theft Auto’ is that, on the one hand, it has to be something you’ve never seen before, and it has to reflect the feeling we have about it.” ‘GTA’. That’s a huge challenge for the team. Now, Rockstar’s response is simply to seek perfection, to seek perfection nothing less.”