GTA

Rockstar email sparks more GTA 6 speculation for 2021 – but some think it’s fake

Published: 9/Jan/2021 13:50 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 13:51

by Michael Gwilliam

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With rumors about Grand Theft Auto 6 circulating for a long time now, a music producer may have just provided one of the biggest hints of all in a leaked email from Rockstar Games.  However, some fans aren’t convinced. 

In recent months, GTA 6 has been all anyone in the community can think about, even as a next-gen version of GTA V is scheduled to be released on PS5 and Xbox Series consoles later in 2021.

Even Rockstar themselves have seemingly left little teaser tidbits hidden in the code of videos or even in items rewarded to players in GTA Online.

Now, music producer Chiko Kan may have provided the greatest hint yet that something big is coming soon by posting an email sent to him by Rockstar games themselves.

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Fans have been foaming at the mouth for GTA 6 news.

Members of the /r/GTA6 subreddit discovered a tweet from music producer Chiko Kan which showed an email he apparently received from Rockstar inviting him to work with them.

The email, which doesn’t specifically reference GTA 6 or another project, just hints at big things being in the works for 2021 – with the producer being asked to work with them. “We can’t shed too much light on our projects just yet but one of them is going to be HUGE!” it says. 

However, some parts of the email have raised eyebrows from fans. One noted that the color of the text between the second and third paragraph is different – and could have been copied from elsewhere. Others pointed to the person who sent the email – Richard Barnes – having left Rockstar in late 2019.

Unfortunately, the email doesn’t provide any additional information about what the project is or if it’s a new IP.

That said, looking at Chiko Kan’s Spotify page and the type of music he produces, there is a good possibility that Rockstar is looking at a more modern setting for whatever this project.

These tunes could feel out of place in something like Red Dead Redemption but would feel right at home in a GTA or even new Max Payne game.

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Rockstar Games
GTA 6 news is long overdue.

In the event this “huge” project is GTA 6, one other possibility is that 2021 will be when Rockstar finally officially announces the title alongside a teaser trailer. All this is just speculation, however, and we’re going to have to wait and see what the future holds.

Former Rockstar insider Yan2295 recently stated that the game won’t be releasing anytime soon, but fans are growing increasingly impatient by the day, and just want a sliver of something.

Overwatch

Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”