Grand Theft Auto 6 is officially ‘in development’.
Here you’ll find everything from the expected release date to the new, amazing features we can expect to see.
VR, a huge map of the USA and a female lead character have all been rumoured.
While nothing has been set in stone, we can take a few educated guesses about what to expect.
GTA 5 sold over 85 million copies since its release in 2013 – and we’re sure Rockstar will want the next game will sell even more.
What’s the latest news?
GTA 6 will take place in two locations, feature the series’ first female lead character and could release as late as 2022, so says a new report.
It’s rumoured to be set in or around Miami or Rockstar’s version of south Florida, known as Vice City in the GTA universe, but players will also fly to South America for some missions.
For the first time in the series GTA 6 will feature a female character as one of the main leads.
So, when’s it coming out?
Rockstar hasn’t even announced the game – so we’d expect a release date of around 2020.
Some say it could be even later than that. Analyst Michael Pachter predicts the sixth instalment may come as late as 2022.
That’s some time away yet. The good news is that Red Dead Redemption 2 is nearly here – and will likely keep gamers (and Rockstar) occupied for a good chunk of time – despite it bing delayed until October 26.
OK, so when can we expect the trailer to drop?
Some say we may catch a glimpse as early as this year, but mid-next-year is probably more likely.
If you can’t wait, one clever fan has made his own GTA 6 trailer, which is definitely worth checking out.
How big will the map be?
Huge. We go into some more details and rumours below but rest assured it’ll be the biggest map in the series.
The last game felt just a tiny bit too small for the huge planes and airport. So expect to see Rockstar address this – who knows, perhaps you’ll be able to fly to Vice City?
“Of course at some point we would like to have one big world containing all our cities and let the player fly between them and revisit their favourite areas,” said former Rockstar President Leslie Benzies.
“In that context, re-imaging Vice City would be very interesting.”
When can we officially expect to hear something?
Now THAT is a question. Some speculate that E3 in June may be the first glimpse, but we’re not sure it’ll be that early.
Instead, we can probably expect to see some teaser material drop at some point next year – with the game likely releasing between 2020-2021.
How long does it take to make a game as big as GTA?
Usually games take around two years – but GTA may take up to three.
Benzies said GTA production started during RDR2 development and stepped up when that was done.
So expect two years full-on development, with around one-year pre-production.
Rumours have it we could see a female main character in GTA 6?
Yes, this has been doing the rounds but there’s nothing concrete yet.
It stems from the fact that Rockstar has only ever had male characters in leading roles, with women often just populating strip clubs or playing porno actresses.
In retrospect, it is pretty sexist – so having a strong female lead would be most welcome.
GTA Online is still absolutely massive – so expect continued support throughout Red Dead Redemption 2’s lifespan.
Regular updates such as Doomsday Heist means there is plenty of life left in the old dog yet.
What platforms will it be on?
GTA 6 will be on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles – as well as the upcoming PlayStation 5 (which, again, is yet to be announced).
There will be no Nintendo Switch version, unfortunately – we’re almost certain about that.
This is despite rumours that GTA V may well makes it way on to Nintendo’s latest console.
PC gamers will once again probably have to wait a bit longer for their version, but when it does drop, it’ll be the best looking version (we think).
What will be the biggest gamepay changes?
We don’t expect Rockstar to change too much about the gameplay – but instead focus on scale and immersion.
That’s means more detailed worlds and the biggest map they’ve ever created.
Benzies revealed last year that GTA 6 plans are still up in the air.
“We don’t know what GTA 6 will be, but we’ve got some ideas” Benzies said in an interview with Develop.
“It comes from the idea first. Where it is going to be set is the first question.
“Then that defines the missions; you’re doing different things in LA than in New York or Miami. The map and story get worked up together, and the story is a basic flow of how it works out so you can layer the mission in.”
Where will GTA 6 be set?
There has been talk of it being set in Tokyo and London, but we’re almost certain Rockstar will try and recreate the entire of the US.
Players will be able to fly or drive from one side to another – just like in Ubisoft’s The Crew.
An inside source speaking to Tech Radar said Rockstar was “serious” about the idea of making a Tokyo version around the time of GTA 3 and Vice City.
However, the road system was seen as a problem and the idea was scapped.
Will it look good?
Yep – it’ll likely be powered by a modified version of the Red Redemption Dead 2 engine – which is capable of some pretty impressive visuals.
RDR2 uses the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE), which includes a proprietary physics engine, and runs along with the Euphoria animation engine.
Euphoria is what lets characters interact with the environment in a physically realistic way. So, if they crash a car, they fly through the windscreen etc.
Will there be a first-person mode?
Absolutely – in fact, as we’ve seen in the recent LA Noire: VR Case Files, there could be VR support, too.
VR Case Files has been an overwhelming critical success – so this may give Rockstar the confidence to expand the technology into a larger, more ambitious game.
After all, compared to GTA, LA Noire was far more on the rails.
What’s the latest version of Grand Theft Auto right now?
Grand Theft Auto V was launched in 2013.
The title received unanimous praise, was the 15th instalment in the “GTA” series, and was the first game since 2008’s GTA IV.
What’s the highest scoring version of GTA around right now?
Believe it or not, it’s GTA IV that’s the highest scoring entry in the series.
It’s currently got a Metacritic score of 98 – that’s one point higher than GTA V.
Despite the higher score, many felt disappointed with the fourth entry – citing blurring graphics (on console) and samey mission structure.
We’d disagree, with the game providing some truly memorable moments.
When put next to GTA V, however, it’s a far more limited experience – paling in comparison when it comes to size and scale.
What about mods?
As touched on earlier, GTA 6 will almost certainly support mods for the PC version.
GTA V had a plethora of graphics options in vanilla form but for many, it still didn’t look as good as it could.
Some of the mods now available for the game include 4K textures, improved motion blur and depth of field and the intorudction of real-life cars.
There’s even some mods that allow you to fly to Vice City or even take a rocket to space
What about Red Dead Redemption 2?
Unfortunately for those looking to get their hands on the game in June, they’ll be waiting a bit longer.