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YouTuber reveals how fake GTA 6 prank was caught by Rockstar

Published: 4/Apr/2020 13:06

by Calum Patterson

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After all the hype for a GTA 6 announcement in March, a fake livestream and trailer got fans in a frenzy, before it was inevitably proved as totally fake. The creator behind the fiendish plan has now revealed all.

It all started after rumors and ‘leaks’ claimed the big reveal for the next Grand Theft Auto would take place on March 25, which of course didn’t happen at all, rather unsurprisingly.

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Regardless, it left fans hungry for information, so the fake livestream and trailer couldn’t have come at a better time for its creators.

GTA VI stream on Twitch
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The livestream featured a countdown timer in the bottom left, and a sported a professional-looking GTA VI logo.

The Twitch channel ‘GTAVI’ came online on March 29, complete with a well-made logo, a countdown, and links to Rockstar’s website and Twitch Prime.

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A few key details gave it away, but some fans were reeled in regardless, holding out on the small chance it was real. Then came the trailer, equally well-made, but equally fake.

YouTuber and designer ‘JoeDesigns’ has now revealed how they put the whole thing together. After a friend of his had the idea, since they had access to the ‘GTAVI’ username on Twitch, it was time to put together the designs.

They used burner accounts to pass the message around about the stream on social media, Reddit and forums, which helped give it an initial kickstart.

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At first though, the stream didn’t get much traction, but after various sites and YouTuber ‘MrBossFTW’ reported on it, it soon cracked 1,000 concurrent viewers. So the pranksters released the fake trailer, which although decent, even the designer himself admitted the logo transition was decidedly amateur.

Unfortunately for the trolls, the prank never made it all the way to April Fool’s day, as they spotted the official Rockstar Games account was in the stream, and knew their time was limited.

Once Rockstar appeared in the stream’s viewer list, time was up.

The team of pranksters then posted a short message to confirm it was all just in good fun for April Fool’s, and cut the stream short as they didn’t want to spawn any backlash.

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“We did not expect it to get this huge,” the message reads, “and deeply apologize to firstly Rockstar Games for misleading the dedicated fans who also greatly love the series.”

For these dedicated fans, the wait goes on, with Rockstar still saying absolutely nothing about what they have planned next. Although an actor’s CV seemingly confirmed that GTA 6 is in development, there’s still no official word.

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Grand Theft Auto movie reportedly coming before GTA 6

Published: 4/Oct/2020 11:57

by Calum Patterson

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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.

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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.

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Michael and Franklin from GTA V
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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.

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Franklin from GTA V
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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.