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GTA 6 in “early development” according to Rockstar employees

Published: 15/Apr/2020 17:35 Updated: 15/Apr/2020 17:54

by Calum Patterson

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Rockstar Games’ next game will be a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, and is still in early development, according to internal emails and employee interviews.

Kotaku’s report has obtained and reviewed an internal email from top Rockstar executive Jennifer Kolbe, outlining the studio’s plan to mitigate crunch and long working hours which affected staff during the development of games such as Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Although Rockstar declined to comment on the story, interviews with 15 people who are either currently at Rockstar or left within the last year, revealed more about the development of their next game.

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Rumors suggest that GTA VI will be set in Vice City.

Next GTA game in “early development”

For fans of the series, the most crucial information from the report is that Rockstar is indeed working on the next Grand Theft Auto game as their next release.

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However, the game is apparently still in early development: “One plan that management has laid out for the next game, a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, is to start out with a moderately sized release (which, by Rockstar’s standards, would still be a large game) that is then expanded with regular updates over time, which may help mitigate stress and crunch.”

The report continues: “But there’s a catch: Rockstar’s next big project is still early in development.”

Where will the next GTA game take us?

One major piece of news to come out of the Rockstar camp in 2020 was the departure of Dan Houser, one of the lead writers on the Grand Theft Auto series, as well as one of the founders.

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Rockstar employees told Kotaku that with Houser gone, there will be “fewer last-minute rewrites and overhauls” which were common for Red Dead Redemption 2.

It sounds as though the studio is making a concerted effort to reduce many of the problems that plagued the development of RDR2 with their next game, with Kolbe’s email reading: “We have taken conscious steps to improve our approach to developing games in order to reduce the need for overtime.”

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Rockstar developers were reportedly subjected to high levels of crunch to make

Kolbe also said they “will continue to take steps so we can more accurately predict and schedule games and DLC in a way that is more sustainable but still allows us the creative flexibility to iterate on the incredibly ambitious and complex games we make.”

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This is the first time that we’ve heard any mention of a new Grand Theft Auto game from developers themselves, but of course, everything is still officially under wraps. We will likely know more in May, when Take-Two, the game’s publishers, give their next quarterly earnings call.

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Grand Theft Auto movie reportedly coming before GTA 6

Published: 4/Oct/2020 11:57

by Calum Patterson

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.