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There are some major factors to take in account and conclude GTA 6 is still far away, even as far as 2022. And it may even only release on next gen consoles PS5 and Xbox Scarlett if not just as a streaming service. What do we know and expect for Rockstars next production?

With Red Dead Redemption 2 now released into the wild, we’re hoping a GTA 6 announcement isn’t far away – but we will probably be waiting a while to play it. According to some reports, we could be waiting until 2020 for the next Grand Theft Auto, which would make sense. Rockstar has supported GTA Online, the multiplayer component of GTA 5, since the game launched back in September 2013 with regular content updates. Now, Rockstar is busy focusing on getting Red Dead Online running smoothly – with the online mode currently in beta.

According to reputable industry analyst Michael Pachter, the game could be as far away as 2022. In an interview with Gaming Bolt, Pachter said that he thinks a 2020 announcement with a 2021 release would be the best case scenario, while a 2021 announcement with a 2022 release or later would be more likely.

Basically, expecting any news of GTA 6 any time soon is optimistic. We think it would make sense if the game followed the release pattern of its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto 5, whereby it’d release at the very tail end of the current generation, comfortably release on the new generation and straddle both for the widest install base possible. And with the Xbox Project Scarlett and the PS5 right around the corner, it looks likely this could be Rocktar’s plan.

Project Americas

The most significant Grand Theft Auto 6 rumor came from YouTube channel The Know. It stated that an inside source told it that GTA 6 is coming 2021-2022 and is being developed under the code name Project Americas. The reason for this code name is apparently because players will be able to fly between the US and South America in the game, though the majority of the action will take place in the former. This in combination with the source’s assertion that the game will largely be set in Vice City (the Rockstar version of Miami) suggests there could be a focus on drug running which would draw on the popularity of shows and movies like Narcos and Tom Cruise’s Made in America. Particularly if Rockstar holds on to that 80’s setting. With no comment from Rockstar, these rumors remain nothing more than, well, rumors.

Visually, you can benchmark the leap from GTA: San Andreas (PS2) to GTA4 (PS3), or look to the work of the PC GTA 5 modding community, and the incredible GTA Redux ‘real life’ mod. GTA 6’s real advances might be in behavioural AI, dynamic time and weather cycles, permanently deformable environments and player stat tracking.

Cash Heavy

GTA 5 is still selling well six years after it launched on consoles and four years after it finally appeared on PC. On a recent earnings call, publisher Take-Two noted that sales of GTA 5 have outperformed so far this year, while GTA Online continues to grow, with earnings exceeding expectations. Not bad for a game that came out in the last console generation. The open-world caper has nearly hit 110 million sales, which is an absurdly high number, but perhaps not all that surprising given how it never seems to leave the Steam top sellers list. Especially now with the release of GTA Online: Diamond Casino & Resort dlc.

Steadily bringing in the cash for Rockstar/ Take Two Interactive, I don’t see the need for them to rush GTA 6 into release. With new players entering the franchise, players engaging in Online and Shark cards selling for millions. So just relax and wait for the announcement to be made and then we will finally know when we can play GTA 6. But keep making up those rumors, that never gets boring 🙂 And maybe we will be show GTA 6 at GamesCom just as they did with GTA V… We will keep you posted next month!

 

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Jorge Wolters Gregório

Gamer dad who loves the classics, indies, racers and the occasional shooter. Have been in the industry for almost two decades now and am as enthusiastic as ever! #4theplayers

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