Ex-Rockstar artist adds to GTA 6 hype with Vice City tease - Dexerto

Ex-Rockstar artist adds to GTA 6 hype with Vice City tease

Published: 15/Feb/2020 18:16

by Daniel Cleary


Former Rockstar Games Senior Artist Stephen Bliss has posted some Vice City themed artwork for Grand Theft Auto fans, amid rumors of GTA 6 and its possible setting.

Following many of the rumors and leaks surrounding the potential announcement of GTA 6, fans have been wondering what to expect from the future Rockstar release.

Adding to the hype, long-time Rockstar Games developer Stephen Bliss has uploaded some new artwork, teasing fans of the popular franchise with some nostalgic artwork and possibly hinting at a familiar setting in GTA 6.

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Many fans have been calling for the GTA franchise to return to Vice City.

Since it was leaked that a return to Miami in an upcoming GTA title could possibly be on the cards on February 3, there has been a lot of speculation about what the return of Vice City could look like.

Stephen Bliss, who had worked with Rockstar for over 15 years producing art for many of the GTA titles, has (possibly accidentally) added more fuel to the rumors after releasing some new artwork in the classic Vice City style.

On February 14, the former Rockstar designer posted two portraits with a similar background, featuring two new characters that looked like they belonged in the GTA franchise.

The first image was apparently based on himself, as he claimed that it was a self-portrait in the hashtags, however, fans still drew some comparisons from Vice City’s main character Tommy Vercetti.

Bliss’ second upload was of a woman smoking in a similar setting to the first and the artist asked his followers for their opinions on his latest Vice City themed work.

Eagle-eyed fans might spot a similarity in the background, to that of the ocean-view hotel in the original Vice City.

The popular artist left Rockstar following the release of GTA V to pursue more of his own interests, although he has continued to create some GTA-themed artwork since leaving the iconic game publisher.

Although the images would be similar to those used for an in-game loading screen, Bliss expressed that the art was part of his own “personal work” and not linked to his former employer officially.


GTA 6 teaser speculation grows after players uncover more strange files in RDR2

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:20

by Michael Gwilliam


Fans have spotted more out-of-place files in Red Dead Redemption 2 that could point toward either GTA 6 or rumors that the re-release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS5 and Xbox Series is on a new engine.

Rockstar has been mum on any information regarding the long-awaited announcement of GTA 6, but fans can hardly contain their excitement, combing through files of other games to find some clue for what the company is working on.

Now, with GTA Online players spotting code potentially referencing the RAGE Engine used in Red Dead Redemption 2, fans think there could be some connection between RDR2 and the next Grand Theft Auto.

As such, players have peeked through RDR2’s files and discovered some things that seem wildly out of place, even for the wild west.

Gangsters carry guns in GTA Online
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What are these weird GTA-like files doing in Red Dead Redemption 2?

GTA Forums member ‘rollschuh2282’ noted that they found parachute-related files hidden in Red Dead. The crazy part is that the file doesn’t exist in GTA V.

“Funnily that [[email protected]@pack] animation file does not exist in V,” they wrote and provided a photo of all the parachute animations in GTA 5.

Lo and behold, the file with “pack” in its name was not among them, meaning it was unique to Red Dead 2’s code. But what would parachute files be doing in a game about cowboys?

Snow in Red Dead Redemption
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Modern gun files don’t make sense in RDR2. Unless…

Fans believe this is either a sign towards the next-gen port of GTA V being in Red Dead Redemption 2’s engine or GTA 6.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear if the files had existed since the game’s PC release or were only recently added in a newer update.

This isn’t the first time fans have discovered weird files in RDR2. As Dexerto previously reported, weapon code for two variants of the Browning pistol, an L1A1 rifle and AK-47 were found back in late December.

In any case, more and more evidence is mounting that something is brewing at Rockstar and it isn’t just hot coffee. Only time will tell what the future holds, especially as GTA V’s re-release draws nearer.