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GTA 6 news and rumors

Why are people keen to know more about a game that's not technically been acknowledged by its developer? Well, there have been convincing reports that GTA 6 is in the early stages of development. Besides that, another GTA game feels like something of an inevitability, particularly after the enormous success of Grand Theft Auto 5.

GTA 5 has been around for a long time—believe it or not, it launched at the tail end of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 generation of consoles nearly eight years ago—so it feels like we're due a new Grand Theft Auto game, even if the series is thriving with the success of GTA Online.

The problem is, with Rockstar Games not saying a thing, and its parent company Take-Two following suit, we’re relying on an active rumor mill and some wild speculation to figure out what’s on the cards for GTA 6. If the game is still in the early stages of its development, as reports have suggested, then even if an announcement does happen, the GTA 6 release date is likely to be a long way off.

2021 is set to be the year that we see an "expanded and enhanced" GTA 5 hit PS5 and Xbox Series X, the game’s third console generation, but we’re also hoping that it could be the year we hear something solid on GTA 6, especially as Take-Two has confirmed it'll be attending E3 2021. So, while there’s still no official confirmation and details are thin on the ground, we’ve collated the best of the news and rumors around GTA 6 below for your perusal.


  • What is GTA 6? The rumored next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series

  • When it GTA 6 coming out? That’s the internet’s biggest mystery (but we're pretty sure it won't be soon)

  • What platforms will GTA 6 release on? We're expecting Xbox Series X and PS5

  • Will GTA 6 launch on PC? Both GTA 4 and 5 made their way to PC (eventually), so fingers crossed

  • Where will GTA 6 be set? Unknown, but some rumors have suggested a move to South America


There isn't even a single word to go on from Rockstar about the game at the moment, but that hasn't made fans any less ravenous for speculation and rumors about the next title.

People have been pouring over Rockstar's job listings for any hints, as well as looking for clues in a music video for Blinding Lights by artist The Weeknd. Fans won't stop looking, and they're clearly starved of any substantial information about GTA 6.

Obviously, fans were expecting to see something about Grand Theft Auto 6 with the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but all we have to go on at the moment is yet another port of GTA 5 coming to the PS5 instead of a sequel - which could also push a release date back.

With all this in mind and the tight-lipped nature of Rockstar, we probably shouldn't expect to see any sort of reveal any time soon, unfortunately.

A Kotaku report has claimed that GTA 6, or at least "a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series," is early in development as of April 2020. Additionally, it suggests that Rockstar's internal plan for the game is to release a slightly smaller game and then expand on it through regular updates. This suggests GTA 6 will build on the success of GTA Online by integrating more live service options.

The most solid GTA 6 release date hint comes from publisher Take-Two Interactive's marketing budget. As reported by VentureBeat, Take-Two's 10-K SEC filing (which lays out financial plans for the next five years) shows that the company expects to spend $89 million on marketing between April 2023, and the end of March 2024 - that's a huge spike and, as the report points out, more than half the marketing budget expected for any other fiscal year over the next decade.

This has led industry analyst Jeff Cohen to predict that this spike is because GTA 6 is expected to release within this period.

In a note to investors, included in VentureBeat's report, Cohen pointed out that previous marketing budgets have predicted the releases of other big releases from Take-Two Interactive, including Red Dead Redemption 2.

If this prediction is correct then we would expect to see GTA 6 release sometime between April 2023 and March 2024. Originally this spike was expected to take place in the fiscal year 2023, however, it's been pushed back to 2024. If it is GTA 6 that has caused this spike, this would suggest that a delay has occurred.

Again, it's worth noting that GTA 6 hasn't been confirmed by Rockstar to even be in development, so we can only speculate about the release date.


The thing about Rockstar Games is that it’s an incredibly secretive games publisher. No GTA 6 trailer is getting out of that studio unless someone seriously screws up.

Just look at what Rockstar did with both GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2. It teased an announcement a few days before dropping the first trailer for either game.

If there’s a GTA 6 trailer, you’ll know about it because the internet will explode – and we'll let you know too, of course. But we're not expecting one anytime soon.

It seems there are two options for Rockstar: first, it could follow the same pattern as previous games where a teaser is shown and an announcement trailer soon follows.

Second, and bear with us here, Rockstar could do a 'Nintendo' and surprise-released the game digitally out of nowhere. Obviously, this would fly in the face of the pre-release hype we're all dying to get swept up in, but it could definitely be an option as Covid-19 leads to more physical game and entertainment store closures across the globe.


Below we've collected all of the latest leaks and rumors that hint at when GTA 6 might be launched – and what we can expect from the new game. As always, take these details with a pinch of salt – some are old, some are from now-deleted sources and others might just be keen fans getting carried away.

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A modern day setting?

There have been plenty of rumors that GTA 6 will take players back into the past but notable leaker, Tom Henderson, has suggested otherwise.

Henderson, known for Call of Duty and Battlefield leaks, said on Twitter (via GamesRadar) that the game will, in fact, be set in the modern-day rather than the 1980s as many have come to believe.

Of course, Henderson didn’t provide a source for this information and, since Rockstar also hasn’t provided any official confirmation for the game’s setting, this should be taken with a pinch of salt and doesn't really bring us much further forward. Henderson’s claim does, however, throw a spanner in a theory that’s very popular at the moment; that GTA 6 will return to Vice City as well as other cities and span a long period of time which includes the 1980s.

Take-Two to attend E3 2021

Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two is going to be part of E3 2021. This year, the show is going to be an entirely digital affair and Take-Two is one of the companies confirmed to be attending, alongside Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Ubisoft, and more.

Obviously, Take-Two’s attendance at E3 doesn’t guarantee that GTA 6 will be revealed at the event but it does at least make it possible that we could see something Grand Theft Auto-related at the show. More possible than if Take-Two wasn't going to be attending at all, anyway. That said, Take-Two’s portfolio contains more than Rockstar Games and there are plenty of other titles the company could have up its sleeve to show during the event from developers like 2K or Private Division.

It's also worth noting that Rockstar tends to do things on its own terms and isn't really known for making a big deal of E3. It doesn't really have to, either; any new Rockstar game is going to get attention regardless of when it's announced, particularly a game as highly-anticipated as GTA 6.

E3 2021 will take place between June 12 and June 15 but it remains unclear when in this window Take-Two will be doing its bit—that’s likely to be announced closer to the time.

Speculation addressed by Take-Two Interactive Unfortunately, Rockstar Games' parent company, Take-Two Interactive, is remaining tight-lipped about the prospect of GTA 6 and when we could get our hands on it.

When asked by an eager investor about GTA, during the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference last week (via Comic Book), Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick reiterated that GTA 6 hasn't been confirmed and that he wouldn't be the one to spill the beans on it.

"Right, so, Rockstar hasn’t announced any new titles for the market and when there’s an announcement to be made it’ll come from Rockstar, so I’ll probably leave you there and I don’t think you would have expected anything else,” Zelnick responded.

It's not exactly what we wanted to hear, but it does mean that we can expect Rockstar Games to make its own GTA 6 announcement when the time comes - rather than the game being announced to investors during one of these meetings.

Take-Two CEO commits to single-player experiences Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two, has said that Rockstar Games will continue to make single-player games, which is likely to be welcome news to those hoping that GTA 6 will offer a single-player experience despite the success of GTA Online.

In a Q3 2021 earnings call (via GameSpot), Zelnick said, “The folks at Rockstar Games intended to create a powerful single-player experience a story-driven experience. And Rockstar has always been known for great stories and great single-player experiences and then developed in addition, a massive multiplayer opportunity over the past years”, adding that Rockstar’s success with both single and multiplayer games is proof that it can have both rather than just one.

This lines up with a 2020 GQ interview with Rockstar’s Tarek Hamad and Scott Butchard. When asked if Rockstar will continue to tell single-player stories even as Online continues, Hamad replied “Absolutely” and Butchard intimated that it could even become more a part of the Online experience, saying “I think you can see that with Online and I think going forward we’re going to inject more of that single-player element in there.”


Job listing pointing to a possible trailer? It seems unlikely There has been some excitement in the GTA 6 community after a job posting for a “Cinematic Gameplay Capture Artist” was spotted at Rockstar (via ScreenRant). The description of the role notes that the person would be responsible for shooting the in-game footage that's used for putting together digital and TV advertising campaigns, which has led some to wonder if a GTA 6 trailer could be on the horizon.

With this one, we think it’s probably best to lower expectations. Given there’s a GTA 5 port coming to the latest generation of consoles, it seems more likely that this job will have something to do with the marketing campaign around that launch later this year rather than anything to do with the still-technically-unannounced GTA 6.

New patent suggests smarter NPCs A new patent filed by Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two could point to GTA 6 having improved AI for its NPCs. The patent attempts to trademark a “system and method for virtual navigation in a gaming environment“ and was filed by the publisher in October 2020.

The main focus of the patent is on the ways NPCs move around and react to environments, with a particular emphasis on driving NPCs, highlighting that the conventional systems only have “limited resources” when it comes to automating NPCs. The tech in the patent would make it possible to create “a realistic virtual world that is not limited by hardware or software limitations.”

It might, for example, see NPCs have different driver profiles for more realistic and natural behavior, meaning speed limits could be dynamically adhered to, and non-moving objects, such as street lights or car crashes, could be recognized and responded to accordingly. Driving NPCs might also dynamically react to things like traffic jams or high-speed chases and find another route around the game map.

The patent also takes into consideration more general driving skills, like a better understanding of vehicle handling when moving at top speed, and braking times, for an overall more realistic on-the-road experience.

Of course, it should be noted that the patent was filed by Take-Two and therefore isn’t necessarily about GTA 6 - it could be about any of the publisher’s games. However, one promising sign that it relates to the GTA franchise is that the system’s inventors are David Hynd and Simon Parr who work at Rockstar in the roles of associate director of technology and lead AI programmer.

As with any patent, there's no guarantee that it'll be applied in a final product, but it does seem likely that this system was created with Grand Theft Auto 6, or at least Grand Theft Auto Online, in mind.

A female protagonist? A recent report suggests that GTA 6 could be the first game in the franchise to feature a playable female protagonist. The report comes from Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson, who took to Twitter (via ComicBook.com) to claim that the game will have “a playable male and female protagonist”.

For the first time ever in a GTA title, GTA 6 will have a playable female and male protagonist. #GTA6 #GTAVIJanuary 10, 2021

Given GTA 5 had multiple playable protagonists, it wouldn’t be completely out of the realm of possibility for GTA 6 to follow the same multi-protagonist path and make one of the playable characters a woman. Or GTA could go down the route of other franchises like Assassin’s Creed and give players the choice over their character at the beginning of the game.

However, this is one of many rumors surrounding GTA 6 and like the others, it should be taken with a pinch of salt; though Henderson has been accurate in his predictions for the Call of Duty franchise, he hasn’t given any source for this GTA information so we can’t know anything for sure until Rockstar confirms it.

Former insider reality check Those who are hoping to get their hands on Grand Theft Auto 6 sometime soon may be disappointed by a recent tweet from former Rockstar insider Yan2295. Dismissing rumors that the game might be coming soon, they tweeted to say that while the game “is being developed”, it’s “not coming soon”. Nor do they have any idea when it will be announced or released. Even though we should always take statements that don’t come from Rockstar itself with a pinch of salt, this one does at least seem fairly realistic, if extremely vague, as it doesn’t certainly doesn't look like Grand Theft Auto 6 is going to be coming anytime soon.

GTA Online update has fans looking for clues A recent teaser posted by Rockstar for the new GTA Online update has kicked up some GTA 6 rumors.

In the teaser, fans spotted a set of GPS coordinates which, when entered into Google Maps, lead to a dirt road in Virginia. This might seem like nothing but some fans think that the road is shaped like the Roman numeral for 6, “VI”, and is, therefore, a direct reference to Grand Theft Auto 6 by Rockstar. It seems like a stretch and Rockstar hasn't said anything either way, but it’s a clear sign that fans are hungry for GTA 6 news.

Futuristic setting? There are some suggestions out there that GTA 6 is going to be set in the 1980s, while others are saying it's going to be far more futuristic than any other title.

If the report by Christian Today is to be believed, this could be the direction the game goes. GTA 5, and the entire franchise, has always had some absurd moments in it which firmly root it away from possibility and reality, but they've never been huge moments in the game. The Christian Today report also alleges that there might even be time travel involved in the next GTA title.

For what it's worth, we think this would probably plant it a bit too close to Saint's Row, which is already incredibly similar to Grand Theft Auto and this is probably something Rockstar would be keen to avoid.


There are, of course, jetpacks, flying cars, and motorcycles in GTA 5 which are always incredibly fun to mess around within the Online mode, so a more futuristic setting would be interesting and a big enough change for Rockstar to keep the games fresh than just another crime-ridden USA city.

Flying completely in the face of this rumour, an earlier leak on Reddit suggested that it would go the opposite way and take us into the 1980s. Time will tell...

GTA 6 and Vice City Online domains updated It doesn't take much for GTA 6 rumours to take off so Take-Two Interactive renewing a couple of relevant domain names will certainly do it. A user of Reddit (via GamesRadar) recently pointed out that the publishing parent of Rockstar renewed its ownership of the domain names gtavicecityonline and gtavi.

It's worth bearing in mind that companies often claim domain names related to their products even when they have no intention of ever using them, so we shouldn't take this too much to heart. We won't know anything for sure until Rockstar starts making some official announcements.

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GTA 5 Online's continued success won't necessarily stop GTA 6 GTA 5 Online has been a huge success for a while now and naturally, this has left some wondering if that success could hold up any potential GTA 6 release. According to GamesIndustry.biz, in May 2020 Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick was asked in an interview at the Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference if the publisher would "think twice" about launching a new game when the live service game is still performing well.

Zelnick could not be persuaded to comment on release plans for a game that hasn't been announced. However, he did touch on a time Take-Two has faced a similar dilemma with NBA 2K Online.

According to Zelnick, Take-Two had NBA 2K Online in China and it was performing well but when it came time to update the game and they released NBA 2K Online 2 "it turned out to be a massive hit". Take-Two found that "the audience was still stable and growing for NBA 2K Online itself, the first title. So we kept them both up and they're both up to this day.“

According to GamesIndustry.biz, Zelnick went on to say “Any time you look at a business and you take the position, 'This is great, it's the gift that keeps on giving. I'm just going to stick with it and I'm not going to worry about innovating because everyone loves what we have,' you are just moments away from being destroyed by your competitors," adding “I am not remotely worried about being in a position that we have a great line of live services and a new release and that there's somehow maybe some internal competition. That to me is the definition of a high-class problem.”

Although Zelnick was not commenting on GTA 6 directly, his comments do suggest that GTA 5 Online's success wouldn't necessarily stop Take-Two from moving forward with a new installment in the series.

The next step for GTA could be VR

GTA in VR? It could be on the cards if a recent posting on LinkedIn from an Australian development studio is anything to go by. In the post, Video Games Deluxe shared that it's "now gearing up for a new project, a AAA open-world title in VR for Rockstar. 2020 marks our 7th year of working exclusively for Rockstar in Sydney and we are excited to take on this groundbreaking project."

The studio has a history with Rockstar, having worked on the VR adaption of L.A. Noire for PC and PSVR so this doesn't seem unlikely.

The question is what game will be getting the VR treatment. We can say right away we don't think it's likely that GTA 6 will be coming out of the gates in VR. An older title seems more likely and GTA 5 is the lead contender.

The game seems to be perpetually popular and an expanded and enhanced version has already been confirmed for PS5, which could mean PSVR 2 involvement.

The good news for GTA 6 hopefuls is that this project is with an entirely different studio so if GTA 6 is in development, this VR project isn't likely to derail anything.

GTA 5 enhanced edition GTA 5 is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X in the second half of 2021, Sony has announced. The game will be enhanced and expanded, and feature a range of visual upgrades and improvements to performance that will take full advantage of the next-gen beefy hardware.

GTA Online will also continue, with additional content that’s exclusive to Sony’s new console. A standalone version of GTA Online will also be made available for free, exclusively for PlayStation 5 players during the first three months.

While this is welcome news for GTA 5 fans, it suggests we probably won't see GTA 6 release until at least after mid-2021 and makes those reports of a 2023 or 2024 release seem more likely.

GTA 6 release date might have been discovered - and it's bad news As reported by VentureBeat, Take-Two's 10-K SEC filing (which lays out financial plans for the next five years) shows that the company expects to spend $89 million on marketing between April 2023, and the end of March 2024 - that's a huge spike and, as the report points out, more than half the marketing budget expected for any other fiscal year over the next decade.

This has led industry analyst Jeff Cohen to predict that this spike is because GTA 6 is expected to release within this period.

In a note to investors, included in VentureBeat's report, Cohen pointed out that previous marketing budgets have predicted the releases of other big releases from Take-Two Interactive, including Red Dead Redemption 2.

"We are not sure how much we should be reading into this shift, but we would note that this disclosure accurately predicted the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 prior to that game’s announcement," the note reads. "Management has spoken very confidently about the pipeline over the next five years and existing live services execution has been excellent. However, the timing of the next Grand Theft Auto remains top-of-mind for investors, particularly with the stock near all-time highs."

If this prediction is correct then we would expect to see GTA 6 release sometime between April 2023 and March 2024. Originally this spike was expected to take place in the fiscal year 2023, however, it's been pushed back to 2024. If it is GTA 6 that has caused this spike, this would suggest that a delay has incurred - potentially due to Covid-19.

Take-Two Interactive has 93 games in the works Grand Theft Auto publisher, Take-Two Interactive, has revealed it has 93 "full game releases" planned for the next five years – and we're hoping GTA 6 is one of them.


During an earnings call (via GamesRadar), Take-Two president Karl Slatoff said that this line-up is the strongest in the company's history, but what can we expect? Well, according to Slatoff, 63 of these games are "core gaming experiences", 17 will be "mid-core or arcade" and 13 are casual games.

However, out of these 93 games, 21 will be exclusively mobile titles - with the other 72 landings on PC, consoles, and streaming platforms. But, perhaps the most interesting stat from this meeting is that half of this game's line-up is from existing IPs. Suggesting we could be seeing GTA 6 in that five-year window, with the highly-anticipated next GTA falling into that "core gaming experiences" category.

"This is a larger pipeline than we've had before, we've been talking about this for quite some time. Our expectation is that we'd like to keep up this velocity," Slatoff said. "It's really important for us to build scale, and this is one way that we're doing it. We need more at-bats."

CEO Strauss Zelnick explained that the publisher plans to smooth out its financial results with "a handful or greater of new significant releases every year". And it looks like the company believes it may have some big successes in the pipeline.

"With our strong catalog, with our live service offerings, and with our annual releases, we can have great strength, even in a light year, even though it's not our goal to have a light year, and then do even better in the year when we're able to launch a number of titles, which is our strategy, and even better than that if we're fortunate enough to have a blockbuster title. And we have some of those as well," Zelnick said.

Story reportedly finished The story for Rockstar’s GTA 6 is apparently finished if a supposed insider is to be believed.

Chris ‘Liberty93’ from Rockstar Mag (a French fansite) claims the story for Grand Theft Auto 6 was wrapped up prior to the departure of Rockstar’s head writer, Dan Houser, and that the next GTA entry will still have the “soul” of a typical Rockstar game.

Although a finished story might suggest a release date for GTA 6 is close, Chris did point out that many changes were made to Red Dead Redemption 2’s story during development, despite it being 'completed' way back in 2012.

“They still made changes in late 2017, early 2018, and many little details were modified," Chris explained.