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GTA • Mar 14, 2019

When is GTA 6 coming out? Rumors, release date, story and more for the next Grand Theft Auto game

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When is the next installment of the Grand Theft Auto franchise going to be released? So far, GTA 6 is nothing but rumor and speculation. Here’s everything we know so far.

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Grand Theft Auto V was one of the biggest, best and most enjoyable video gaming experiences you're ever likely to have, but it's been over five years since the game was released, and fans are desperate for information about GTA VI.

Rockstar have done an excellent job of keeping GTA Online exciting, and the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26, 2018, was a massive success, but now fans are setting their sights on what comes next.

Believe it or not, GTA V came out over five years ago.

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When is GTA 6 being released?

Typically speaking, there has always been a gap of around four or five years between Grand Theft Auto titles. Unfortunately, for that pattern to have held true, the new game would have been due for release in 2018. 

Given the fact that Red Dead 2 came out in October of 2018, we wouldn’t have been surprised if Rockstar decided to strike while the iron was hot by releasing a GTA VI announcement or trailer before 2019. Unfortunately, no such announcement was made and there's been little mention of a new game from the developer. Rockstar have posted a number of new job openings that could hint that development on GTA VI has begun, as the company is looking for a number of animation specialists, specifically experts in facial animation, which could see incredible lifelike graphics coming to the next iteration of Grand Theft Auto. 

So far, every leak or rumor has been shot down by Rockstar, so we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds!

Where will GTA 6 map be set?

The location for the GTA 6 map has been a point of contention for fans in recent months. One of the most popular and long-standing theories is that it will actually be set in London, England.

However, Dan Houser, the head writer at Rockstar Games, told The Guardian that GTA probably wouldn’t be the right franchise for Rockstar to tell a UK-based story with.

“GTA London was cool for the time,” he said, referring to the game that was released in 1999. “But games were more limited then. These days I think we would love to set a game in the UK, set in London, whatever, but I don't know if it would be a GTA game.”

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It doesn't sound like GTA will be returning to London any time soon.

The next most popular theory for a destination is that GTA will finally return to Vice City - the franchise’s take on South Florida - for the first time since 2002.

This rumor comes with a twist, though, as many fans have suggested that there could be an element of travel between Vice City and somewhere in South America. If this is the case, the open world without loading screens that we saw in GTA V might be hard to replicate.

Of course, there’s also a rumor that Rockstar plans to recreate the entirety of the United States. Usually, we’d say this is nothing more than crazy speculation, but the developers of GTA have never been ones to shy away from a challenge!

As soon as we know more, you’ll know more.

The GTA 5 characters were a big hit with fans.

What will the GTA 6 story be? Who are the characters?

It seems very unlikely that everyone’s favorite characters from GTA V, Trevor, Franklin and Michael, will feature in the next game. Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to get some cameo appearances, but their stories appear to be over.

There’s a lot of speculation about whether there will be one main character, multiple characters like we saw in GTA V, leading female characters and much more. Unfortunately, we won’t know anything for certain until an official game announcement is made.

The same goes for the story - we won't know anything for a while yet, in terms of specifics. Luckily, Rockstar's incredible attention to detail and engrossing stories in games like GTA 5 and Red Dead 2 means that we can have complete faith in them!

A recent rumor, reported by TechnoBezz, suggests that Rockstar might move away from Co-Op campaign and instead switch to Team Campaign missions, which could potentially bring a fresh element of competitive play to the story mode in GTA 6. This would involve online squads competing against each other in some capacity during missions. 

Whether or not that will be included, though, remains to be seen.

A GTA 6 PS5 exclusive would send shockwaves through the gaming industry...

GTA 6 PS5 exclusive?

The latest GTA 6 rumor circulating is that GTA 6 could actually be exclusive to the PS5. Given a PS5 announcement is expected soon, and we have no news of GTA 6, many are assuming the next instalment of GTA will be made for the next generation of consoles.

Shockingly, this could be for the PS5 only, however. Rumors are suggesting that Sony are interested in a potential takeover of Take-Two Interactive Software, the parent company of Rockstar. If true, the result of this could potentially be GTA 6 being exclusive to the PS5.

This could alter the gaming landscape and would likely be considered the biggest exclusive in gaming history. It would also deal a huge blow to Microsoft.


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