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When is GTA 6 coming out? Rumors, release date, and leaks

Published: 5/Jul/2021 13:03 Updated: 5/Jul/2021 13:05

by Ross Deason

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GTA 6 is leading the charge as 2021’s most highly anticipated game. Leaks continue to come out of the woodwork, despite still not even being announced by Rockstar Games. Some players are hoping for a release date, while others would settle for just a GTA 6 trailer and announcement. 

GTA 5 was released on previous generation consoles back in 2013, meaning that fans have had to wait longer than ever before for a new game, and with that expectancy also comes impatience.

With the internet abuzz with speculation, a report from Kotaku back in 2020 covering crunch culture within Rockstar referred to a plan for “a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series” which all-but-confirms GTA 6’s development. 

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GTA 6 release date

Despite a new leak that slates a 2023 release, we have no concrete information regarding the newest Grand Theft Auto title. Leaks are continually coming out that claim a date, but these are to be taken with a grain of salt.

According to Industry analyst Michael Patcher, fans could be waiting until after 2022 for GTA 6’s release: “I say it comes out after 2022… remember Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out eight years after the first one – so the idea that GTA 6 comes out in 2021 seems ridiculous.”

Reliable leaker and insider Tom Henderson has estimated a similar time frame, revealing that it’s likely that the game will release in 2024 or 2025: ” If you’re expecting to play this game in the next couple of years, I would definitely put your expectations in check… I don’t think we’re seeing this until 2024 or 2025.”

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Games Journalist Jason Schreier has backed up Henderson’s claims, stating that he’s heard a similar release window from his sources: “Idk why everyone thinks that I said GTA VI was coming in 2023… Everything Tom Henderson has said about the game matches up with what I’ve heard.”

Frankin in GTA V
Rockstar Games
The hype for GTA 6 is growing each day.

GTA 6 platforms

With GTA 6’s release date up in the air, the likelihood of seeing the game on last-gen PS4 and Xbox One consoles looks slim. With the graphical bar between consoles and PC being as close as they’ve ever been, it would make sense for Rockstar to focus on that sheer power they all provide.

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Crossplay in GTA 6

Currently, none of Rockstar’s games have the ability to enable cross-play. However, with GTA 6, it’s likely that it could mark the first time the feature appears in one of their titles. 

GTA 6 features

Though GTA 6 has yet to have any of its features revealed, there are undoubtedly some big mechanics that many would want to see make a return from other Rockstar titles, or completely new features, such as:

  • A huge range of weapons
  • Side missions
  • Multiple locations
  • A massive map
  • Female leads
  • Multiple leads
  • A modern-day setting
  • Cars customization

GTA 6 setting and map size

While no map has been confirmed in regards to where players will be visiting in the next iteration, the community is abuzz with discussion, even looking into GTA 5 to find clues. Most recent titles have been located in North America, and many fans would like to see a return of San Andreas or even Vice City.

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Surfacing back in 2018, the Project Americas leak detailed a huge world alongside many other cool features. Now, though, leaker Tom Henderson – also known as LongSensation on YouTube – has stated that “80% of the “Project Americas” leaks are:” with an image showing smoke and a mirror – obviously hinting that many of these leaks are false.

Previously, leakers have claimed that Vice City wouldn’t be the focal point, though, noting that the whole state of Florida would be involved. In that scenario, they claim that the map would be the size of GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 combined.

Rio de Janeiro – May 2021

There have also been some teasers surrounding Rio de Janeiro, with Redditors comparing the layout of the maps to real life Rio.  

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“The bottom city is Rio de Janeiro in the leaked maps” Boastful_Clown stated, providing some form of what they claimed to be “evidence.” Many Redditors attested the claim, however, but these continued map claims continue to excite GTA fans everywhere.

Vice City map leaks – May 2021

New leaks surrounding the Vice City setting continue to come out of the woodwork. The leak, shared on Imgur, shows off a whole lot more detail in comparison to the leak previously shared back in 2018.

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Here, players can make out much more, including a road layout. The leak has excited fans everywhere on sites like Reddit, with user himikotogaas stating: “With how many times I’ve seen this now and how it just continuously keeps getting more and more added onto it, the more I hope it is legit.”

South America and Asia

Others have speculated that it will be set in another continent, such as South America or Asia. One leak even claimed that the game would be set in another era, such as the 70s or 90s, although some have claimed this is incorrect.

Dan Houser, co-founder at Rockstar Games, has stated moving GTA to a different country or era is an option: “At the moment, it feels like GTA’s DNA is contemporary-ish, American-ish, English-speaking-ish, because that’s what it has been… that doesn’t necessarily limit it to those.”

GTA player in Vice City
Rockstar Games
Fans have been eager for a return to the iconic Vice City, but will it happen?

Although this statement doesn’t give us any solid information on a location or era, it does confirm Rockstar is open to breaking the boundaries of the typical GTA title.

GTA 6 Modern Setting hints – April 2021

In a recent leak, it was revealed that we might be looking at a more familiar setting for our next GTA outing. A job posting for Rockstar India stated that they were looking for a Mixed Media Animator, fuelling the fire due to what the job posting listed as responsibilities:

GTA 6 story, plot, and characters

While it’s been said that the GTA 6 story itself has been finished, there’s a lot of speculation about the number of playable characters in GTA 6. Will there will be one main character or multiple characters like we saw in GTA V? 

GTA 6 actors/cast rumors

Arguably one of the most well-known protagonists of the series, rumors surrounding CJ had circulated that slated him for a return.

However, sharing a screenshot of a previous article that suggested his return to the series, voice actor Chris Bellard wrote: “To kill the rumors! I’m not involved in GTA VI at all. F**k @Rockstargames period… CJ will have to be voiced by another MF but not me IDGAF what y’all heard.”

Main characters

The first concrete lead we have for a character in GTA 6 has come via an actor who is involved. On Jorge Consejo’s resume, the actor lists GTA VI and Rockstar Games for a CGI role that he’s played – with his character known only as ‘The Mexican.’

Jorge Consjo
Consejo’s resume lists ‘The Mexican’ as a GTA 6 character.

Anonymous leakers have claimed that the game would revolve around four characters – even going as far as naming three of them, though Consejo’s character isn’t noted.

Female leads in GTA 6?

Other leaks have specified that GTA 6 will have a female protagonist, which was confirmed by previously mentioned leaker Tom Henderson. This is something that’s yet to feature in any of Rockstar’s modern releases across Bully, Red Dead, or GTA, aside from multiplayer online modes.

GTA Vice City GTA 6
Rockstar Games
Could a female character be the lead in GTA 6?

Bitcoin feature currency leaks – June 2021

Another feature leak claims that GTA 6 will feature some form of cryptocurrency, with players also seeing the return of the stock market. According to Tom Henderson, this feature will mainly come from some of the game’s higher-up characters, particularly when needing to transfer vast amounts of currency to the player character quickly.

GTA 6 leaks and teasers

Plenty of other GTA 6 leaks have arisen surrounding the game, with a number of job listings from Rockstar North have been picked up by fans of the series, starting with Character Costume & Wardrobe Stylists.

GTA Online characters sat around a pool
Rockstar Games
Teasers and leaks are everywhere for the game.

Live event announcement

In June of 2021, Rockstar posted a job listing for a “Live Events Co-ordinator” on their website. This slither of information has led some GTA 6 fans to assume that an old leak about a live event announcement for GTA 6 is true.

According to the previous leak, GTA 6 will be introduced to fans over a set of live events and various updates to GTA Online.

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As always, these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt, but it is possible that the two are connected.

Upcoming trailers

In February 2021, a new job posting listed for a “Cinematic Gameplay Capture Artist” for Rockstar’s New York studio made the likes of Reddit abuzz with its job description: “This role is responsible for shooting in-game footage for use in online and TV campaigns. The Gameplay Capture team works with our video editing and trailer teams to produce outstanding videos using exclusively in-game shots.”

Back in 2020, another job advert advertised was for a video editor, to produce compelling content in a “60-second format” – which sounds a lot like a trailer – and that was only posted in January 2021.

Teasers

There have been some other possible teasers, too, including in the developer’s Christmas gift to influencers. The contents of the gift surfaced on social media and showcased a previously never-before-seen Rockstar logo patch that was themed in the flag of Colombia.

GTA Online advert for the VETIR truck.
Rockstar Games
Players believe the font in the Vetir announcement hints at GTA 6.

Release date clues

In a previous Newswire post shared by Rockstar in February 2021, an image of the Vetir vehicle has caused plenty of speculation towards a potential tongue-in-cheek nod from Rockstar, primarily due to the particular font used with the V and E combining to what looks like the roman numeral VI for six.

While this is unconfirmed and probably just fun speculation, it still proves just how fans are eagerly awaiting any small shred of information about the new iteration of GTA.

Vice City Online, Rockstar Cartel, and GTA 6 domain names

A Reddit user also previously pointed out that Take-Two Interactive had renewed two interesting domain names. The publishing parent of Rockstar Games has renewed gtavicecityonline, gtavi, and more recently, rockstarcartel.

Companies are known to renew their domain names regularly, even when they have no plans to utilize them, so take these domains with a grain of salt.


So, there you have it. All of the current leaks and information regarding GTA 6’s release. This post will be updated with leaks, rumors, news, and more as it becomes available.

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