GTA 6 is leading the charge as 2021’s most highly anticipated game, despite still not even being announced by Rockstar Games. Some players are hoping for a release date, while others would settle for just a GTA 6 trailer and announcement.
GTA 5 was released on previous generation consoles back in 2013, meaning that fans have had to wait longer than ever before for a new game, and with that expectancy also comes impatience.
With the internet abuzz with speculation, a report from Kotaku back in 2020 covering crunch culture within Rockstar referred to a plan for “a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series” which all-but-confirms GTA 6’s development.
Here’s everything we know about GTA 6 so far.
GTA 6 release date
Despite a new leak that slates a 2023 release, we have no concrete information regarding the newest Grand Theft Auto title. Leaks are continually coming out that claim a date, but these are to be taken with a grain of salt.
According to Industry analyst Michael Patcher, fans could be waiting until 2022 for GTA 6’s release: “I say it comes out after 2022… remember Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out eight years after the first one – so the idea that GTA 6 comes out in 2021 seems ridiculous.”
In a February 2021 investors conference that was clipped and posted to Reddit by user Elena_xoxo, CEO Strauss Zelnick can be heard responding to a question about any new updates and information regarding the next GTA title.
As expected, he remained tight-lipped, stating: “Right, so, Rockstar hasn’t announced any new titles for the market and when there’s an announcement to be made, it’ll come from Rockstar, so I’ll probably leave you there and I don’t think you would have expected anything else.”
GTA 6 platforms
With GTA 6’s release date up in the air, the likelihood of seeing the game on last-gen PS4 and Xbox One consoles looks slim. With the graphical bar between consoles and PC being as close as they’ve ever been, it would make sense for Rockstar to focus on that sheer power they all provide.
While no map has been confirmed in regards to where players will be visiting in the next iteration, the community is abuzz with discussion, even looking into GTA 5 to find clues. Most recent titles have been located in North America, and many fans would like to see a return of San Andreas or even Vice City.
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Surfacing back in 2018, the Project Americas leak detailed a huge world alongside many other cool features. Now, though, leaker Tom Henderson – also known as LongSensation on YouTube – has stated that “80% of the “Project Americas” leaks are:” with an image showing smoke and a mirror – obviously hinting that many of these leaks are false.
Further Project Americas leaks – March 2021
According to a 4chan post that was then shared on IMGUR and Reddit, someone who allegedly works in a “coordinating capacity” with Rockstar shared information talking about how there will be 5 cities across 5 states, and a 6th in “another location.”
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Previously, leakers have claimed that Vice City wouldn’t be the focal point, though, noting that the whole state of Florida would be involved. In that scenario, they claim that the map would be the size of GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 combined.
South America and Asia
Others have speculated that it will be set in another continent, such as South America or Asia. One leak even claimed that the game would be set in another era, such as the 70s or 90s, although some have claimed this is incorrect.
Dan Houser, co-founder at Rockstar Games, has stated moving GTA to a different country or era is an option: “At the moment, it feels like GTA’s DNA is contemporary-ish, American-ish, English-speaking-ish, because that’s what it has been… that doesn’t necessarily limit it to those.”
Although this statement doesn’t give us any solid information on a location or era, it does confirm Rockstar is open to breaking the boundaries of the typical GTA title.
GTA 6 Modern Setting hints – April 2021
In a recent leak, it was revealed that we might be looking at a more familiar setting for our next GTA outing. A job posting for Rockstar India stated that they were looking for a Mixed Media Animator, fuelling the fire due to what the job posting listed as responsibilities:
THEORY: GTA 6 might not be in the 1980s time, here's why. Rockstar recently posted out a job for India looking for "Mixed Media Animator".— GTA 6 NEWS (@GTAVInewz) April 12, 2021
"We create content for in-game Media" "We work on Multiple platforms" Remember Life Invader and all of these websites?#GTAVI pic.twitter.com/OCDUpD0Y8c
GTA 6 story, plot, and characters
While it’s been said that the GTA 6 story itself has been finished, there’s a lot of speculation about the number of playable characters in GTA 6. Will there will be one main character or multiple characters like we saw in GTA V?
CJ GTA 6 rumors
Arguably one of the most well-known protagonists of the series, rumors surrounding CJ had circulated that slated him for a return.
However, sharing a screenshot of a previous article that suggested his return to the series, voice actor Chris Bellard wrote: “To kill the rumors! I’m not involved in GTA VI at all. F**k @Rockstargames period… CJ will have to be voiced by another MF but not me IDGAF what y’all heard.”
The first concrete lead we have for a character in GTA 6 has come via an actor who is involved. On Jorge Consejo’s resume, the actor lists GTA VI and Rockstar Games for a CGI role that he’s played – with his character known only as ‘The Mexican.’
Anonymous leakers have claimed that the game would revolve around four characters – even going as far as naming three of them, though Consejo’s character isn’t noted.
Female leads in GTA 6?
Other leaks have specified that GTA 6 will have a female protagonist, which was confirmed by previously mentioned leaker Tom Henderson. This is something that’s yet to feature in any of Rockstar’s modern releases across Bully, Red Dead, or GTA, aside from multiplayer online modes.
GTA 6 features
Though GTA 6 has yet to have any of its features revealed, there are undoubtedly some big mechanics that many would want to see make a return from other Rockstar titles, or completely new features, such as:
- A huge range of weapons
- Side missions
- Multiple locations
- A massive map
- Female leads
- Multiple leads
- A modern-day setting
- Car customization
GTA 6 leaks and teasers
Plenty of leaks have arisen surrounding GTA 6, with a number of job listings from Rockstar North have been picked up by fans of the series, starting with Character Costume & Wardrobe Stylists.
In February 2021, a new job posting listed for a “Cinematic Gameplay Capture Artist” for Rockstar’s New York studio made the likes of Reddit abuzz with its job description: “This role is responsible for shooting in-game footage for use in online and TV campaigns. The Gameplay Capture team works with our video editing and trailer teams to produce outstanding videos using exclusively in-game shots.”
Back in 2020, another job advert advertised was for a video editor, to produce compelling content in a “60-second format” – which sounds a lot like a trailer – and that was only posted in January 2021.
There have been some other possible teasers, too, including in the developer’s Christmas gift to influencers. The contents of the gift surfaced on social media and showcased a previously never-before-seen Rockstar logo patch that was themed in the flag of Colombia.
Release date clues
In a previous Newswire post shared by Rockstar in February 2021, an image of the Vetir vehicle has caused plenty of speculation towards a potential tongue-in-cheek nod from Rockstar, primarily due to the particular font used with the V and E combining to what looks like the roman numeral VI for six.
While this is unconfirmed and probably just fun speculation, it still proves just how fans are eagerly awaiting any small shred of information about the new iteration of GTA.
GTA 6 4chan leaks
In a 4chan post that was taken down and shared to Reddit, a huge amount of information was shared. The leaks cover everything from the story being 60 hours long, improved car customization, to a chapter system similar to RDR2.
Vice City Online and GTA 6 domain names
A Reddit user also previously pointed out that Take-Two Interactive had renewed two interesting domain names. The publishing parent of Rockstar Games renewed both gtavicecityonline and gtavi.
Companies are known to renew their domain names regularly, even when they have no plans to utilize them, so take these domains with a grain of salt.
So, there you have it. All of the current information regarding GTA 6’s release. This post will be updated with rumors, news, and more as it becomes available.