6 years on from GTA V, why hasn't Rockstar announced GTA 6? - Dexerto

6 years on from GTA V, why hasn’t Rockstar announced GTA 6?

Published: 15/Aug/2019 14:01 Updated: 15/Aug/2019 14:50

by Paul Cot


It feels like we have been waiting for the inevitable release of GTA 6 forever. It begs the question of why is the next Grand Theft Auto game taking so long to be announced, let alone released.

Why is GTA 6 taking so long is a question everyone wants the answer to. At the moment, we can only speculate, but there are a few reasons that could explain the wait.


Waiting for next gen consoles

The hype for GTA 6 is like nothing any game has had before. In fact the expectations are so high that if it were to release on current systems, the PS4 and Xbox One, their hardware may not be able to deliver what fans are wanting.

Microsoft/UnsplashThe next gen consoles will open up new possibilities for the Rockstar’s GTA…

It’s a possibility that Rockstar have a working game somewhat finished behind closed doors but are waiting for the release of the PS5 and Xbox Project Scarlett.


By waiting, they will be able to add the huge world that has supposedly been leaked and run the game (hopefully) in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second – something which GTA 5 couldn’t do on current consoles.

GTA 5 still a huge success

The level of success GTA 5 has achieved is unprecedented. The number of copies it has sold and users that continue to play it, even long after its release in 2013, is frankly incredible.

Following the Diamond Casino & Resort update, GTA 5 got another boost in players. The boost was so big that it actually put the game back to the numbers it had when the GTA V first released – something it hasn’t been able to do in between.


SteamDBEven by its own high standards, GTA 5 has had a remarkable comeback in recent months…

It’s a possibility that Rockstar Games have noted the continual success of GTA 5 and how well updates have performed, and have decided to prolong GTA 6 to ‘milk’ GTA 5 longer.

After all, if the current game is still generating a lot of revenue it reduces the incentive to rush Grand Theft Auto 6.

Still in development

Maybe the next generation console and GTA 5 theories are a case of trying to find something that isn’t there. The long wait for GTA 6 could be a case of it really is still being developed.


This would make sense – Rockstar probably haven’t had access to next gen console dev kits for a long period and the sheer scale of the game means it could have taken this many years to develop. Rockstar’s other games Red Dead Redemption 2 and the rumored Bully 2 will have taken a lot of their resource in between.

The wait isn’t the end of the world either because if it results in a game that surpasses Grand Theft Auto 5 then it will have been worth the wait and then some.


Grand Theft Auto movie reportedly coming before GTA 6

Published: 4/Oct/2020 11:57

by Calum Patterson


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.


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.

Michael and Franklin from GTA V
Rockstar Games
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.

Franklin from GTA V
Rockstar Games
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.