Everything we know about GTA 6: Leaks & rumors
Rockstar’s highly anticipated GTA 6 hasn’t had many official details so far but there have been a number of rumors and leaks in recent years. Here’s everything we know about the game so far including every leak and rumor that’s surfaced.
Despite GTA 6 being one of the most highly anticipated games in recent years, there hasn’t been much official information about the game at all yet, however, that hasn’t stopped the franchise’s beloved fanbase from heavily speculating about the latest installment in the series.
A full rundown of all the rumors, leaks, speculation, and official news about the Rockstar title has been compiled in this guide.
Without further ado, here’s everything we know so far about GTA 6.
- Is GTA 6 actually coming out?
- GTA 6 platforms
- Is there a GTA 6 release date?
- Historic GTA 6 gameplay leak
- Does GTA 6 have crossplay?
- Setting and map size rumors
- Story, plot, and character rumors
- Further GTA 6 leaks and teasers
Is GTA 6 actually coming out?
Yes, Grand Theft Auto 6 was officially announced by Rockstar Games in February 2022 and is in active development.
Rockstar suffered a massive leak that revealed far more than they would have liked to be in the public eye too early. They responded by confirming that GTA 6 was not just in development, but several other details revealed by the leak that had been rumored for some time.
Do we know about GTA 6’s platforms?
Not yet, as it’s too early. The latest leaks indicate GTA 6 will only be coming to new-gen hardware.
This suggests that the game will be released on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. We imagine a release on PS4 or Xbox One is unlikely based on when the game will realistically release.
Is there a GTA 6 release date?
No release date for GTA 6 has been announced yet.
The best indication we have of when GTA 6 is coming out comes from typically reliable Rockstar insider Tez2. According to their latest post about the next game, developers are targeting a holiday 2024 release for GTA 6.
“Unfortunately, it could slip into early 2025 as well,” the insider also added.
So don’t expect to see GTA until 2024 at the very earliest, and given delays are common in the gaming release cycle these days, it could stretch into 2025 or 2026.
GTA 6 gameplay leak
On September 18, the gaming industry stood still for a moment as what appeared to be the very first GTA 6 gameplay spilled out online. First came a few smaller clips of various character animations, with many refusing to believe their legitimacy. Then came the more elaborate footage, with full robbery sequences and cop shootouts on display. Still, many were questioning if it was all just an elaborate fake given Rockstar’s secrecy.
Before long, journalist Jason Schreier confirmed with sources at the studio that these leaks were indeed real. More than 90 videos were shared as a hacker looked to “negotiate a deal” with the developers.
Everything from confirmation on the return of Vice City as a central location to footage of both previously reported protagonists was revealed in the leak. Given nothing official had surfaced prior, no gameplay, no screenshots, not even a logo, this enormous info dump was among the biggest in gaming history.
Fortunately, Rockstar followed up to assure fans they don’t anticipate “any long-term effect on the development of ongoing projects.” Meaning GTA 6 should still be on track and not face any major delays in light of the leaks.
Will there be crossplay in GTA 6?
Currently, none of Rockstar’s games have the ability to enable cross-play, and we do not currently know if GTA 6 will include the feature. While we still have no information regarding the feature in GTA 6, it’s likely that it could mark the first time the feature appears in one of their titles.
This could allow players across all hardware to play together. Whether you’re on console or PC, you may be able to interact in GTA 6 without limitations.
While no map has been confirmed in regards to where players will be visiting in the next iteration, if the leaked gameplay is anything to go by, it appears Vice City is back in focus with the classic locale serving as just one portion of the full map.
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.
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 take place in a modern-day version of Miami, as well as be the size of GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 combined.
Most recently, however, industry analyst Michael Pachter has gone on record to claim GTA 6 will feature multiple continents. “My understanding is that it is a mashup of Vice City, San Andreas, Liberty City, and Europe. London for sure,” he said in March 2022.
The latest rumors have suggested that the map is not only going to be the biggest Rockstar sandbox map yet, but it will also dwarf any of their previous efforts. If it’s chock full of detail and things to do, then be prepared to lose hundreds of hours exploring it.
Vice City map leaks – May 2021
New leaks surrounding the Vice City setting continue to come out of the woodwork. The leak, shared on Imgur, shows off a whole lot more detail in comparison to the leak previously shared back in 2018.
In addition, a recent job listing on the Rockstar Job opening page revealed that the team had been looking for a VFX artist. This VFX artist would “help to immerse the player in a believable world, from using ambient effects for things like insects around the player and rain dripping off buildings up to large scale destruction events like skyscrapers crashing to the ground.”
Popular GTA YouTuber MrBossFTW made the link between the job listing and a possible new map set in Florida – could this possibly be Vice City?
Growing GTA 6 map
A report by Bloomberg suggested that the working title of GTA 6 is Project Americas and that the game will be primarily set in a fictional version of Miami and its surrounding areas. This is highly likely to be Vice City, which is essentially Miami in the GTA universe.
The report also states that the game will evolve and grow over time, adding new cities and regions throughout its lifecycle. This would likely involve story content, expanding the world map or locations that can be visited. However, these updates could also come as part of an ever-expanding successor to GTA Online.
Here, players can make out much more, including a road layout. The leak has excited fans everywhere on sites like Reddit, with user himikotogaas stating: “With how many times I’ve seen this now and how it just continuously keeps getting more and more added onto it, the more I hope it is legit.”
Vice City rumors have continued to fly throughout 2021 as leaked screenshots and even leaked radio stations had fans doubling down on the theory. A full video of the alleged GTA 6 map appeared on July 8.
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. The historic leak also revealed that the game will indeed be set in Vice City, at least for the most part.
While some rumors suggest that the GTA 6 story has been finished, there’s a lot of speculation about the number of playable characters in GTA 6.
The historic GTA 6 leak revealed that the game will feature two protagonists, a male and a female and that the story will have a vibe similar to Bonnie and Clyde.
This suggests that the story will feature a couple on the run from the authorities after a string of heists which sounds very GTA. It would also allow the game to make use of the character-switching mechanic introduced in GTA 5.
Plenty of other GTA 6 leaks have arisen surrounding the game, with a number of job listings from Rockstar North having been picked up by fans of the series, starting with Character Costume & Wardrobe Stylists.
Most recently, fans of the franchise have speculated that Rockstar may have leaked GTA 6 screenshots into GTA Online via a new series of shirts that were added in a recent update.
Two alleged leaks went viral on Twitter on June 25, both claiming that GTA 6’s story will take place in Cuba, Colombia, and Miami. One of the leaks claims the game will be set in 2022 or 2023. The leaker ‘SaycheeseDGTL’ claims to have gotten the information from a “Rockstar Games Insider.” The other leak from user ‘RapTV’ claims the game is releasing “as soon as 2023.”
Of course, these leaks remain unconfirmed despite blowing up online, so fans should look at the information provided with some healthy skepticism.
Live event announcement
In June of 2021, Rockstar posted a job listing for a “Live Events Co-ordinator” on their website. This slither of information has led some GTA 6 fans to assume that an old leak about a live event announcement for GTA 6 is true.
According to the previous leak, GTA 6 will be introduced to fans over a set of live events and various updates to GTA Online. As always, these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt, but it is possible that the two are connected.
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.
A full year since this job posting and we received word from various insiders that a GTA 6 trailer was expected to arrive in Fall 2022. This didn’t happen.
Following on from the rumors above, Alex Gonzalez AKA El Nitro 56 is a hip-hop artist apparently working on GTA 6’s music. He has claimed that a trailer is imminent in a now-deleted Tweet. The fact that it’s been deleted got many fans curious and hopeful that it could actually be due.
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.
Bitcoin feature currency leaks
Another feature leak claims that GTA 6 will feature some form of cryptocurrency, with players also seeing the return of the stock market. According to Tom Henderson, this feature will mainly come from some of the game’s higher-up characters, particularly when needing to transfer vast amounts of currency to the player character quickly.
Vice City Online, Rockstar Cartel, 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 has renewed gtavicecityonline, gtavi, and more recently, rockstarcartel.
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.
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