GTA 6 release: Take-Two shuts down rumors of new GTA game in 2020 - Dexerto

GTA 6 release: Take-Two shuts down rumors of new GTA game in 2020

Published: 21/May/2020 11:33

by Calum Patterson


Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series, has all but confirmed that GTA 6 is at least more than a year away, during the company’s earnings call on May 20.

The last Grand Theft Auto game, number five, released in 2013, so fans are understandably eager for the next game in the franchise. Rockstar released Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018, leaving the space clear for their next game to be a return to GTA.

There have been countless leaks, from somewhat reliable leakers, that GTA 6 is deep in development. One source even suggested as much as 70% of the work is complete for the project, while other reports have claimed it is still in the very early stages.

GTA Online money bag
Rockstar Games
GTA Online is more popular than ever, meaning there’s no rush for a new GTA.

There’s been almost no word from Rockstar or Take-Two themselves though, so their quarterly earnings call was the chance to hear the latest, straight from the horse’s mouth.

In addition to the announcement that GTA V had sold over 130 million copies (not including the free versions given away on Epic Games), the publisher had some bad news for fans waiting on the next title.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that the upcoming year, between April 2020 and March 2021 would be “light” for new releases, with updates coming for GTA Online and Red Dead Online in the meantime.

In a previous earnings call, Take-Two said they had released in some of their biggest franchises coming, but there wasn’t any timeframe on them. Also, this could include franchises from other developers under the Take-Two umbrella, not just Rockstar.

Considering there was a five-year gap between GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s possible we could be looking at a similar timeframe for the next Grand Theft Auto. This would give us a release year of 2023.

Of course, dedicated fans of the franchise will be hoping it’s not this far away, but comments from Zelnick certainly indicate we won’t be playing GTA 6 this Holiday season, at least.

Rockstar’s lack of urgency to release a new version could partly be down to the success of GTA Online. It continues to pull in a large player base, and is something of a cash cow for the developer. Similarly, Red Dead Online hit a player peak in December 2019, a year after the game itself released.

With GTA 5 still selling 10 million copies in a single quarter, there’s no pressure on the studio to rush out another entry in the series. They’ll also be well aware that the longer they take to release a new GTA, the higher expectations and hype will rise.


Rockstar insider claims GTA Online “map expansion” in new update

Published: 17/Nov/2020 0:01

by Michael Gwilliam


A known Rockstar insider is claiming that the next big update to GTA Online will finally expand the map and bring a new heist alongside it.

For those out of the loop, GTA Online’s upcoming winter update is promising to be a big one. Rockstar has stated that the new heist will be taking place in an “entirely new location.”

While the location itself hasn’t been revealed yet, some have suggested that Rockstar will be opening up new buildings inside Los Santos.

Others believe that the new heist may be returning to the Diamond Casino as there seems to already be something currently under construction. It’s possible this could be the “new location” Rockstar hinted at.

diamonds in gta online
Rockstar Games
GTA Online players are waiting for the next big heist.

However, insider Liberty93 has now claimed that according to sources, a future update will be the “biggest in the history of GTA Online” with its first-ever map expansion.

Additionally, he wrote that the now unlisted music video for the Gorillaz song ‘The Valley of The Pagans’ teased the map expansion. The video, which was shot in GTA V, features a new island similar to the one shown on the Plastic Beach album.

There is some evidence from Rockstar that further suggests the map expansion is coming in the December patch.

Gorillaz GTA map
Some believe the Gorillaz “Valley of the Pagans” video might have teased a new GTA location.

During a Q1 earnings call, Take Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said: “Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online will receive major updates later this fiscal year, featuring an extension to existing Frontier Pursuits for Red Dead Online, as well as Grand Theft Auto Online’s biggest update ever, featuring a new take on heists in a new location.”

Sadly, Liberty93 also claims that while he can confirm a map expansion is coming, it may not arrive in the winter update.

“Take Two likes to play with words a bit and a new location can also be a new location like the mall, the Korz Center or many others,” he explained.

GTA Online explosion at motel
Rockstar Games
The next GTA Online update will be massive.

“Caution is therefore required, even if on our side we can now confirm that a map extension should arrive sooner or later on GTA Online.”

With a standalone version of GTA Online coming to next-gen consoles in 2021, it would make sense to see a massive update to the map. Until then, all we can do is wait and see what the future holds, especially with GTA 6 still looming in the shadows.