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Fake GTA 6 announcement trailer ft. The Weeknd gives internet false hope

by Brent Koepp
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Fans of the Rockstar franchise were crushed when a fake yet stylish trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6 featuring the Weeknd gave them false hope for the next installment in the series. This came just hours after a bogus livestream promised an announcement.

Anticipation for GTA 6 has never been higher, as it's been over six years since fans last got a game from the Rockstar franchise. So players desperate for any information were let down when a Twitch stream promising announcement info appeared to be fake.

However the internet was tricked again on March 29 when an incredible trailer showed up on social media from the stream. The neon-soaked clip featured a hit song from The Weeknd and would actually be perfect for the official release.

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Fake GTA 6 trailer tricks the internet

It all kicked off when a Twitch account called 'GTAVI' appeared on the streaming platform. The channel had a countdown clock, and promised to reveal information in two days. Only problem is, the counter ends on April 1 – also known as April Fools Day.

Given that the account is not official from Rockstar, excitement quickly died down as many assumed it to be hoax. However the fandom got another dose of false hope later in the day when a trailer popped up on social media.

While the video made its rounds, YouTuber 'TroyDan' brought a ton of eyes to it after tweeting it out for his hundreds of thousands of followers. "YOOO GTA 6 IS COMING!"

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The trailer featured the wildly popular single 'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd. The 80s influenced song was originally released in November 2019, and has since been many GTA fans' pick for the next installment's theme song.

It appears to be tied to the fake Twitch stream, since it features the broadcast at the beginning and even uses the same logo and art from it. It could be another example of how far the prankster is willing to go sell their hoax.

Rockstar fans initially believed it to be real, although quickly realized its connection. User 'Mateo_2kgod' said, "Can't trust no one no more it's on April 1st." Another user echoed the somber sentiment stating, "The lies, it's not real unfortunately."

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GTA fans had their hopes dashed after realizing the stylish trailer was fake.

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While the developer has yet to even officially confirm they are even working on a new GTA title, rumors have been swirling around that it will take place in the Miami-inspired Vice City.

If anything, this latest hoax proves just how much fans are dying for the next entry in the Rockstar franchise.