Eight long years have passed since the release of the most recent entry in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, the immensely popular 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V, whose popularity warranted another re-release for the next-gen consoles. And while that’s great news, that also means eight long years without a new entry in the franchise – something the fandom’s hungry for. Fortunately, the recent Take-Two Interactive shareholder event sheds some light on the development of Grand Theft Auto 6, revealing its release date. Or year, to be precise.
Unfortunately, the wait for the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 is long from over, as reported by GameSpot, as the game won’t be released before 2025 – at least according to GameSpot’s source, Tom Henderson. This information correlates with Take Two Interactive’s earnings report, in which the company states its plans to release 21 games between now and the end of the fiscal year in Match 2022 – and Grand Theft Auto 6 is not among the 21 said games. It’s sad news for the fans of the franchise, who are already experiencing the longest gap between games in the series’ history.
Henderson also corroborated previously reported information regarding the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6. According to him, GTA 6’s narrative will be set in a modern-day version of Vice City, which was previously suggested by several GTA 6 map leaks. Though the initial rumor surrounding the map leaks placed the upcoming game as a Grand Theft Auto: Vice City sequel, Henderson’s information also makes a lot of sense and runs contrary to previous reports of the game being set in the 1980s.
The Battlefield leaker also discussed potential for the Grand Theft Auto 6 map to change over time, similar to seasonal map overhauls in Fortnite and having multiple playable characters, which was introduced in Grand Theft Auto V when the game first released. It’s worth noting that Henderson has a nearly-impeccable track record when it comes to Battlefield-related leaks – he was the one to leak the game’s improved Levolution mechanics that allowed players to fight tornadoes. However, as per Henderson’s own words, he’s not known for GTA 6 news, so all information related to the game should be taken with a grain of salt.
Unfortunately, the fans of the GTA franchise are going to have to wait at least four years before validating the credibility of Henderson’s information for multiple reasons including Rockstar’s continued commitment to updating GTA V. In addition, Rockstar Games has placed a greater emphasis on employee wellbeing after coming under fire over crunch work conditions on Red Dead Redemption 2 – a controversy that was later labeled as overblown. Still, Rockstar Games’ decision is likely affecting the rate at which Grand Theft Auto 6 is being developed, and not for the better.
The next GTA game will likely target the current-gen hardware, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, as they’re new to the market, and Rockstar is allegedly waiting for more units to be sold, which would maximize the sales of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6. This doesn’t come as a surprise, given how they’re re-releasing GTA 5 and its online component GTA Online to those same systems while pulling the plug on GTA Online PS3 server