Rockstar Games have not even confirmed that GTA VI is in development, but that hasn't stopped frequent 'leaks' about the rumored game, with the latest leak claiming to have a very detailed insight into the next Grand Theft Auto story.
The speculation surrounding the next GTA game continues to build, with the popularity of the series and the massive success of GTA 5 leaving fans clamoring for more.
The almost-inevitable GTA 6 game has had every element of it discussed (and supposedly leaked) including the map, how polished it will be and of course its expansive storyline.
The latest leak, posted by an anonymous Reddit user, claims "Rockstar's plans right now are to make GTA International. With Hong Kong, San Fierro, Venturas, Triad themed game in the future."
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It's important to note that while this claims to be a leak there is absolutely no evidence to back it up and therefore we advise you to take it with the proverbial grain of salt. Could it be real? Sure, it could. However, in a space where leaks are as common as any other game, it is wise to be dubious at the very least.
Diving straight into it, they begin by discussing the beginning of the story: "With GTA VI the game will begin in 1970s Liberty City as you play as a low-level gangster in the Spanish Broker/Harlem district of Liberty."
The story mode will be divided in three parts - the prologue, main story and epilogue. The prologue takes place in 1978, main story 1980 and the epilogue in the present day.
With a large portion of the game set at a time where mobile technology was minimal, the way you communicate in GTA 6 will be different.
"A lot of modern players will have to get used to the new contact system. No mobiles. To call people, you can use payphones which are scattered around every city. Eventually once you are in the 1980s, you can gain access to a brick Phone then a Satellite Phone for International calls."
Even since 2013, when GTA V was released, the gaming world has evolved a lot. Traditionally single player modes now have co-op options and, according to this leak, GTA 6 will be no different.
"GTA Online will be set in the 1980s and allow players to join another person's main story campaign as a member of the Protagonist's crew - up to four players can join in on a Story while the Online mode has its own Story."
Even Rockstar may not have anticipated the success GTA 5 online would be which essentially became a game in of itself. In the latest Diamond Casino & Resort update, and with previous heists, we have seen separate story modes between single player and online. It seems this has been noted and will be expanded upon for the next GTA game.
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Elsewhere, it seems Rockstar are trying to make GTA 6 as realistic as possible: "The driving mechanics are a mix of IV realism and V arcade controls. VI on foot mechanics are more on the realistic side. If you want to bring an RPG to a mission, you have to use a van to store it in or a car with a large trunk.
"Weapons can be bought and sold off on the Black Market. Your character can gain weight or lose it. He can build muscle but not unrealistically big. This is a very grand immersive ambitious title."
There will also be implications for every decision you make. Killing someone may come back to haunt you at a later date and getting arrested is no longer the 10 second inconvenience it used to be. "Imprisonment isn't just a quick cutscene, it's an actual punishment. You lose time, value, the respect of your peers and money. "
All of these detail can be seen in their entirety on the Reddit post, which can be read below.
SWIM knows that Rockstar are notoriously serious about their NDAs but the leaks that have come out recently are about 60-70% correct. They tend to keep track of ALL current employees online profiles as Company policy. Please do not ask for information about the Source - he/she will be in serious trouble.
Rockstar's plans right now are to make GTA International. With Hong Kong, San Fierro, Venturas, Triad themed game in the future.
With GTA VI the game will begin in 1970s Liberty City as you play as a low-level gangster in the Spanish Broker/Harlem district of Liberty.
The game will feel very immersive, there is a weight to the way your character walks and being in Harlem feels huge. Strangers, Freaks and Friends can call or be bumped into at anytime. This is GTA IV's Liberty.
The game is divided into chapters by years, it is a Three Act story with an Epilogue.
The Protagonist's name has not been set in stone yet.
He is described as a 20-something character with a Naval Officer absentee Gringo father and a South American mother. He is a Bilingual dime bag dealing, jewelry snatching criminal who enters the drug trade to support his large family in the fictional city of Republic of Castellano, South America which is Rockstar's version of Colombia and Bolivia. During the Prologue, set in LC 1978, you are employed to kill the Boss of the Gambetti family named Sonny which leads to you heading down to Vice.
The drug business is very next level. You first begin selling weed in Liberty for then end up as a Smuggler for the Pacific Cartel, an International drug syndicate based in Mexico and South America who are looking to expand into the US.
Eventually, you are sent to smuggle cocaine back and forth from Vice City to Liberty. In this part, you can actually drive down to Vice from Liberty and as you earn more trust and money, you can use planes, smuggle the drugs through Escobar International through connections and bribes.
Every route has it's own risks and rewards and the DOA (Rockstar's DEA) play a major role in the story.
As you arrive in Vice City, you are given more responsibilities as a Crew Leader in the Cartel. Here you are able to assign your own smuggle operation by going to South or Central America to find a solid source for quality cocaine and as you raise higher in the Organization, you meet and are able to travel to a fictionalized South and Central America, along with Mexico.
You get to have people working under you and your job is to make your cocaine import/export run smoothly for the Cartel. These people you can meet through out the game much alike Heists from GTA V - GTA Online will allow players to join campaigns with their own customized characters. Character customization is much more detailed, ethnicity, a selection of voices that allow you to lower or raise the pitch, body type, more realistic faces, clothing so think of your Online character looking like he belongs in the Story instead of the Supermodel, crazy looking online characters of GTA Online.
Starting off, you can meet new contacts however the deals that usually take place in cheap motels carry the risk of being a set-up by other players, or criminals for stepped on cocaine, lower grade coke, no cash, etc.
As you make money, you can invest into a fleet of planes with pilots, boats and choose routes that have a risk/reward factor financially. You have your own inner circle of friends. A storyline arc involves an Undercover FIB agent in your crew.
The Pacific Cartel has an internal dispute and a war takes place on the streets of Vice City.
A chapter revolves around you being actually sent to Prison and sentenced. The Prison chapter is about you surviving, making new contacts and discovering vital information and dealing with enemies while attempting to keep your business going, there are various Prison gangs with the Aryans/KKK being secondary antagonists in the story.
Here's the best part, when you are released it is the 1980s and the Pacific Cartel have split into three Cartels - Madrazo, Sr
leads the Mexican Cartel, "Matriarch" leads the South American Cartel and "Dictator's Son" runs the Central American Gunrunning Cartel. You can work for Madrazo Sr. (Good Choice), Matriarch (Neutral Choice) or Dictator's Son (Bad Choice). Madrazo moves back to Mexico and leaves you in charge of the Vice Cartel, "Matriarch" leaves you with much of a higher grade quality of cocaine and a different type of Cartel, "Dictator's Son" leaves you without anything but all-out war.
You also have a strong rival, who is described as an Anton Chigurh type of freelance Hitman named 'The Mexican'. You have multiple, scripted very intense encounters with him and acts and moves like the Nemesis from RE3. Hard to kill. As your organization is being taken down, you two end up becoming allies and team up.
The gameplay is much more reserved than previous games, with various paths you can take which lead to multiple endings. You can hold up to two or three handguns on your person, for larger weapons you need a duffle bag to use them.
Trunks have a use such as storing cocaine packages, weapons and bodies. If you are busted, you are sent to Prison for a period of time which is not playable (only the Chapter)
The aim of the game is become the main kingpin of the United States. In Liberty, the Five Families make a return, the 1970s Spanish Lords and Black Harlem gangs. Cocaine can be broken down into crack and you are pushed by the IAA to flood Black neighborhoods with crack-cocaine.
There are SIX main locations which is the main theme of the game.
Liberty City (Limited Area)
Vice City (Main City)
Rio de Neve, South America (Rio de Janeiro, Main City)
Republic of Castellano, South America (Mix of Bolivia and Colombia, Main City)
People's Republic of del Castro, Central America (Fictional Central American island based on Panama and Cuba, Island)
Mexico (Mexico, Limited Area)
Main Story: 1980s
Epilogue: Present Day
A lot of modern players will have to get use to the new contact system. No mobiles. To call people, you can use payphones which are scattered around every city. Eventually once you are in the 1980s, you can gain access to a brick Phone then a Satellite Phone for International calls.
However, GTA Online will be set in the 1980s and allow players to join another person's main story campaign as a member of the Protagonist's crew - up to four players can join in on a Story while the Online mode has it's own Story. You can choose different classes: the Undercover, Cartel member or a member of one of the Five Families with only Liberty, Vice Playable. You will be able to run your own crews and work for the Story mode's Bosses to earn money. Each class has their own perks, being Undercover allows you to report back to your Staff Sergeant in either Vice or Liberty, working for the Cartel allows you to help smuggle drugs from Vice to Liberty and being apart of one of the Five Families can allow you to become a "Made Man".
The driving mechanics are a mix of IV realism and V arcade controls. VI on foot mechanics are more on the realistic side. If you want to bring an RPG to a mission, you have to use a van to store it in or a car with a large trunk. Weapons can be bought and sold off on the Black Market. Your character can gain weight or lose it. He can build muscle but not unrealistically big. This is a very grand immersive ambitious title.
One thing that became the main focus of GTA 6 is immersion and feeling like any and everybody can be approached, the ability to feel like you are apart of an epic crime drama while blending cut scenes, gameplay and events with a dynamic system that feels like a living world with real people with set populations. You kill someone like a civilian? Expect the Vice Dade to investigate it. This can come back to bite you later as days or weeks pass, you could be arrested. Imprisonment isn't just a quick cutscene, it's an actual punishment. You lose time, value, the respect of your peers and money.
Having a close friend in your crew being an Undercover FIB Agent is meant to jolt your emotional sensibilities. Rockstar are really pushing the boundaries of establishing relationships with the people around you then having you make tough choices. Want to be Tony Montana? Then imagine playing Red Dead 2 as Arthur, finding out Charles or Mary Beth were working for the Pinkertons then knowing you have to put a bullet in their skull then getting rid of the body.