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Former Rockstar employee predicts likely GTA 6 release date

Published: 30/Jan/2020 16:34

by Scott Robertson


Former producer for Rockstar San Diego and games industry veteran Darion Lowenstein has given his prediction for when Grand Theft Auto fans should expect the sixth installment of the iconic series. He also addressed the rumor that we could see a trailer as early as February.

Tracking GTA 6 rumors has become more challenging than finding a GTA Online lobby without hackers in it. Potential rumors and hints have emerged from past voice actors, stuntmen, retailers, job listings, financial records, and more. And that’s just in 2020 alone.


More fuel has been added to the fire since all that, with a former veteran of Rockstar weighing in on when he expects the game to make its long-awaited debut.

Rockstar Games
GTA players have been trying to heist information regarding GTA 6 for months.

In a talk with Jefferies equity research firm, as first reported by the Daily Star, Lowenstein said his “absolute best-case-scenario” for a GTA 6 release is Holiday 2021, and that he does not expect an immediate trailer or announcement coming soon, as earlier leaks reported.


In the research firm’s press release, they said that Rockstar’s founders and co-owners, Sam and Dan Houser, are “placing all their emphasis on game quality rather than hitting a deadline.” This mirrors the sentiments of developers CD Projekt Red, who pushed back the release of the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 earlier this year.

While a Holiday 2021 release will surely be disappointing to fans, it does appear to be the most likely given that there has been no official announcement or trailer from Rockstar in any capacity.

GTA 4 was released more than a year after the first trailer emerged and Rockstar announced GTA 5 more than two years before it came out.

GTA Online classic cars coming soon
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GTA 5 and its GTA Online service combine for one of the most grossing games of all time.

As with any leak, rumor, or statement from a previous employee, nothing is confirmed until we get the official word from Rockstar. But, if this estimate is to be believed, it would put to bed the notion of GTA 6 being pushed as a launch title for the next generation of consoles.

While Lowenstein hasn’t worked for Rockstar for over a decade, he’s a long-time veteran of the game development industry, having also worked for Activision Blizzard, EA, and Scopely. He currently works at Gamblit Gaming as Chief Marketing Officer.

Compared to leaks and hints from voice actors and stuntmen, who would benefit from additional hype around the upcoming game, Lowenstein has nothing to gain from hyping up a GTA 6 release, apart from wanting the project to succeed as a previous developer.


While his prediction may not be what fans want to hear, it may prove to be the more reasonable one.


Grand Theft Auto movie reportedly coming before GTA 6

Published: 4/Oct/2020 11:57

by Calum Patterson


Reports from sources who correctly revealed both the Resident Evil 4 remake and The Witcher Netflix series before their official announcements, are now claiming that a Grand Theft Auto movie is in development.

Despite no news of another GTA game (expected to be GTA 6), Rockstar is apparently focusing on another medium entirely for the franchise. According to WGTC, the Grand Theft Auto movie is likely to release before the next installment of the game.


It’s been over seven years since GTA V was released, back in September 2013. Red Dead Redemption 2 was Rockstar’s next major project, released in October 2018, and they have been pouring lots of resources into the ever-popular GTA Online.

But, perhaps their next project really is a movie adaptation of the iconic GTA franchise, as these sources have supposedly been on the money before.

Michael and Franklin from GTA V
Rockstar Games
A GTA movie would no doubt be a box-office hit.

The report claims that “the project is reportedly in the early stages and will loosely adapt the events of GTA V, presumably bringing us live-action versions of characters Michael, Franklin and Trevor.”

At this point, it’s only possible to speculate about who would play these characters, but potentially the voice actors from the game would step up into the live-action roles.

It’s possible that GTA Online’s success, which continues to add new players and is something of a cash cow for Rockstar and publishers Take Two, means they are in no rush to release the sixth game.

Franklin from GTA V
Rockstar Games
The movie will apparently still focus on the main characters from GTA V.

The movie industry is currently in a downturn, for obvious reasons arising from lockdowns, but if the movie is still in the “early stages”, it may be some way off still. Not to mention, filming is also made more difficult in these uncertain times.

The same can be said for game development also, and with not even a peep out of Rockstar regarding a new GTA game, that seems to be a long way off still too.