Development is “well underway”
After months of online speculation, anticipation, and reports, Rockstar has finally confirmed that Grand Theft Auto 6 exists and is in active development.
The confirmation of Grand Theft Auto 6 came off as a mic drop moment for Rockstar in the newest community update for all things GTA. The announcement then received widespread attention after rockstar took to Twitter with an official statement saying:
“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. 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. We look forward to sharing more as soon as we are ready, so please stay tuned to the Rockstar Newswire for official details.
“On behalf of our entire team, we thank you all for your support and cannot wait to step into the future with you!”
At the moment details remain scarce and it’s expected that speculation will only continue to mount over the coming months. It’s been widely reported that GTA 6 will take players back to Vice City – arguably the franchise’s most popular location – with a modern-day aesthetic. Tom Henderson, a prominent Gaming YouTuber and industry insider, claimed that Grand Theft Auto 6 was aiming for a release date in either 2024 or 2025. This claim was later backed up by Bloomberg’s Jason Schrier. A 2024 or 2025 release date would also substantiate reports that Grand Theft Auto 6 will be the only game produced by Rockstar for the current generation of consoles.
It’s also been suggested that the new Vice City map will be “evolving” taking inspiration from live service games like Fortnite according to Andy Robinson at VGC. This model of an evolving map is being implemented to support the development team to avoid a problematic crunch culture and place more emphasis on post-launch content.
In the meantime, it’ll likely be business as usual with the release of Grand Theft Auto V for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S on March 15th. A stand-alone version of GTA: Online will be available at launch and will be free on PlayStation 5 for the first three months. New players will get the chance to take advantage of the career builder which gives them access to four career paths. GTA: Online released its first story-based expansion, The Contract, last year. Hopefully more story-based content will be on the way to tide fans over till the release of GTA 6.