Rockstar's famous Grand Theft Auto franchise has been a long-standing staple for almost every gaming console on the market. The company released the most recent installment, GTA 5, in 2013, and GTA Online has only continued to grow in popularity over the years.
But now that the next-generation consoles are out, many are wondering when — or if — we can expect GTA 6 to be released. Has the next title been confirmed yet, and what are people speculating will be in the game if it is released?
Has 'Grand Theft Auto 6' been officially confirmed?
For years there have been rumors that the franchise's developer, Rockstar, has been in production of a new game — and after much speculation, they officially confirmed it in February 2022 with a press release.
"With the unprecedented longevity of GTAV, we know many of you have been asking us about a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series," Rockstar's statement read. "With every new project we embark on, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we have previously delivered — and we are pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway."
Unfortunately, there are few other details available at this time, and developers did not give any hint as to when the game may be released.
The developers promised to share more "as soon as we are ready" — though considering how many years it took for players to learn that there was even a new game in the works, it could be some time before we hear anything else about this upcoming installment.
Before this announcement, VentureBeat took a look at Rockstar's SEC filings, which provides a little bit of context into what a company plans on spending its money on, and Rockstar intends on plopping down $89 million in marketing from April 2023 until the end of March 2024.
That's a huge uptick in marketing spending from previous years, so that means they're probably going to drop a massive title at the end of that time period — so could we expect GTA 6 in 2024? Maybe!
How long did it take to make 'GTA 5'?
It's been more than eight years since GTA 5 hit consoles, but just how long does development on one of these games take? It reportedly took Rockstar three years of full development with a team of around 1,000 developers before the game was ready. That being said, work was already being done on the title shortly following the release of GTA 4 in 2008.
Between development and marketing, there was only a five-year gap between GTA 4 and GTA 5.
Will 'GTA 6' be set in Vice City?
Reputable leaker Tom Henderson released a video in June 2021 about the title, claiming that GTA 6 won't be seen until 2025, marking more than a decade between installments. He also claimed that the Vice City map will change over time, similar to the maps in Fortnite, and claimed it'll be set in the 1980s.
Hawk-eyed members of the gaming community who are excited for the GTA 6 drop are highlighting an "insider post" that trended back when Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced in 2016. According to the leak, the game will be set in Vice City, feature two lead protagonists, a woman and a cartel drug leader, and there will be large portions of the game that take place in Cuba.
According to TechRadar, Henderson also stated that GTA 5 was still a huge money maker for Rockstar, so it would be pretty foolish to jump into releasing a new title when folks are clearly still enjoying the 2013 game. This gives developers more time to work on the game while simultaneously milking the game for every dollar that it's worth.
Will there be a female protagonist in 'GTA 6'?
One of the early leaks of the title teased that the protagonist of this installment might be a woman. But despite these early reports, that has yet to be confirmed.
According to GamesRadar, a Reddit user leaked a lot of information about the game in 2019, and claimed the protagonist of GTA 6 would, once again, be male.
That being said, ComicBook reported that leaker Tom Henderson shared on Twitter in early 2021 that the title would have a playable female protagonist. So, really, it could go either way.
Former Rockstar President Leslie Benzies briefly spoke on GTA 6 in 2013.
“We don’t know what GTA 6 will be, but we’ve got some ideas,” Leslie said, according to GamesRadar. “We’ve got about 45 years’ worth of ideas we want to do. We’ll pick the right ones. It comes from the idea first ... 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."
Until more has been confirmed, keep an eye on Rockstar's Twitter for updates.