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Rockstar pulls snowy April Fool’s prank on GTA Online fans

Published: 1/Apr/2020 18:47 Updated: 1/Apr/2020 20:02

by Calum Patterson

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It’s the first of April, but Winter has arrived in Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Online, as Rockstar pulls off their very own April Fool’s joke on players.

Just after a troll tried to pull an April Fool’s on fans hopeful for GTA 6, even creating a fake trailer and setting up an “official” Twitch stream, Rockstar are getting in on the fun too.

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GTA Online may be years old now, but its player count has never dwindled, reaching peak popularity after the big Casino update in July 2019.

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GTA Online is now covered in snow.

With much of the world now locked down, players are flocking to their virtual worlds instead, especially GTA and Red Dead Online, but if you logged in on April 1, you’d have been greeted by a snowy surprise.

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The entire map was coated in a thick layer of snow, both in Los Santos and Blain County, as well as New Austin. For one day only, a snow theme has been activated.

Players were immediately confused, wondering if they’d missed some sort of announcement, but it’s just a bit of fun from the team at Rockstar.

So if you want to experience the normally sunny landscapes in a wintery mood (yes, even in April), there isn’t long to jump into GTA Online and try it out.

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No GTA 6 prank from Rockstar

Although it would have been viciously cruel, some fans were actually expecting a completely different kind of prank on April Fool’s instead.

There were countless leaks and rumors all claiming that something would be revealed about the next Grand Theft Auto game in March, but, perhaps unsurprisingly, nothing came of it.

But, Rockstar are sure to have seen all the buzz going around and it might have given them some fiendish ideas for an April Fool’s prank. Clearly they resisted any urge though, giving absolutely nothing away about their future development plans.

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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.