Take-Two shut down GTA 6 release date theory for 2023

Published: 28/May/2020 11:59

by Joe Craven


Take-Two Interactive, publishers behind the immensely popular Grand Theft Auto series, has poured cold water on a release date theory that emerged following the company’s marketing commitments. 

It’s difficult to think of a game that is more anticipated than Grand Theft Auto 6. The latest installment – Grand Theft Auto V – was released way back in 2013, nearly 7 years ago.

As a result, masses of speculation has surrounded a Grand Theft Auto 6 title. It’s not even been officially announced by Rockstar, but fans are doing their best to find hints wherever they can.

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GTA V is considered one of the best games of all time.

A new theory emerged in the last few weeks, speculating that GTA 6 is set for a 2023 release date. While the full reasons for this theory are complex and entirely related to Take-Two’s financial commitments, they can be summarized in fairly simple terms.

Essentially, the publishers have set aside far more money than they usually would for both 2023 and 2024. This has led fans to speculate the money will finance marketing and support for a major title, like a GTA 6.

However, speaking to, Take-Two have cast doubt on this theory. They state that the “table in the 10-K reflects marketing commitments made to third-party companies.”

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Some recent reports have suggested GTA 6 could take place in Canada.

Essentially, Rockstar is owned by Take-Two, and is not a third-party company, so it’s incredibly unlikely that the financial commitments for 2023 and 2024 relate in any way to another GTA installment.

However, this is not necessarily all bad news. While a 2023 release date appears unlikely, it opens the door to an earlier release date.

Rumors have suggested that a new GTA game is roughly 70% complete, but details are incredibly scarce and will remain that way until Rockstar make official announcements. We will, of course, bring you all the latest news, leaks and rumors as they become available.


GTA 6 teaser speculation grows after players uncover more strange files in RDR2

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:20

by Michael Gwilliam


Fans have spotted more out-of-place files in Red Dead Redemption 2 that could point toward either GTA 6 or rumors that the re-release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS5 and Xbox Series is on a new engine.

Rockstar has been mum on any information regarding the long-awaited announcement of GTA 6, but fans can hardly contain their excitement, combing through files of other games to find some clue for what the company is working on.

Now, with GTA Online players spotting code potentially referencing the RAGE Engine used in Red Dead Redemption 2, fans think there could be some connection between RDR2 and the next Grand Theft Auto.

As such, players have peeked through RDR2’s files and discovered some things that seem wildly out of place, even for the wild west.

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What are these weird GTA-like files doing in Red Dead Redemption 2?

GTA Forums member ‘rollschuh2282’ noted that they found parachute-related files hidden in Red Dead. The crazy part is that the file doesn’t exist in GTA V.

“Funnily that [[email protected]@pack] animation file does not exist in V,” they wrote and provided a photo of all the parachute animations in GTA 5.

Lo and behold, the file with “pack” in its name was not among them, meaning it was unique to Red Dead 2’s code. But what would parachute files be doing in a game about cowboys?

Snow in Red Dead Redemption
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Modern gun files don’t make sense in RDR2. Unless…

Fans believe this is either a sign towards the next-gen port of GTA V being in Red Dead Redemption 2’s engine or GTA 6.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear if the files had existed since the game’s PC release or were only recently added in a newer update.

This isn’t the first time fans have discovered weird files in RDR2. As Dexerto previously reported, weapon code for two variants of the Browning pistol, an L1A1 rifle and AK-47 were found back in late December.

In any case, more and more evidence is mounting that something is brewing at Rockstar and it isn’t just hot coffee. Only time will tell what the future holds, especially as GTA V’s re-release draws nearer.