Updates Sep. 2023 GTA 6 release date has not been disclosed. However, publisher Take-Two Interactive hinted that GTA 6 might be released in the company’s fiscal year 2025 (April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025). The implication may be seen in Take-Two’s most recent annual financial report, which highlighted a stratospheric spike* in expected bookings for their fiscal year 2025 – a surge that might be explained by GTA 6.
One of the most talked-about aspects of Grand Theft Auto 6 is its rumored setting, which many believe is all but confirmed. With this prospective scenario in mind, one of the most perplexing aspects of Red Dead Redemption 2’s tale is finally given some meaning. Of course, confirmation is still pending, but GTA 6’s setting might finally resolve a long-running controversy among Rockstar fans.
Grand Theft Auto 6’s Rumored Setting
The franchise’s most frequently agreed-upon setting for Grand Theft Auto 6 is Vice City. Many fans are delighted to return to Vice City, a famous city that took center stage in the 2006 film of the same name.
Rumors of Vice City being the location for Grand Theft Auto 6 have circulated for years, but recent events have given reason to believe this is the case. For example, GTA 6 leaks in September 2022 disclosed a lot about the game, including its setting. Many of the leaked GTA 6 assets strongly suggest a Vice City location, and many fans have taken this as gospel.
Of course, Grand Theft Auto 6 is intended to be an industry-defining product, and the grandeur of its setting is said to reflect this. According to reports, GTA 6 would include various destinations other than Vice City, including certain Latin American islands. With this in mind, several long-standing Red Dead Redemption 2 rumors may finally have some significance.
GTA 6’s Vice City and Red Dead Redemption 2’s Guarma
Although the plot of Red Dead Redemption 2 was a critical hit, one aspect in particular perplexed many fans. Players are whisked away from the familiar plains of New Austin to a completely new place in the fifth chapter of the game. This site is Guarma, a Caribbean island with beautiful tropical vegetation and animals.
The player spends only a portion of a single chapter at this place before returning to Red Dead Redemption 2’s main map, unable to return to the island. While Guarma adds some variation to RDR2’s locales, many players were perplexed about the location’s function and its narrative impact.
RDR2’s Guarma served as a perplexing fever dream to many fans, with the player being swept out from it as rapidly as they are thrown into it. As a result, the RDR2 community has long discussed the actual function of Guarma, and the setting in GTA 6 may finally give an explanation. The previously rumored Latin American islands that GTA 6 may contain, for example, may share the flora and fauna of RDR2’s Guarma. Many speculated that Guarma may have served as a test bed for Rockstar to use Caribbean assets in a future project, and GTA 6’s setting effectively confirms this.
The rumors about GTA 6’s Vice City location are true, and they’re already helping to contextualize past Rockstar games. While Guarma was an odd aspect of Red Dead Redemption 2’s tale, its value as a testing ground for GTA 6 might put any debate to rest.
GTA 6 Platforms
GTA 6 will most likely be released on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. A PC version is likely, but there’s no guarantee it’ll be ready at launch; Rockstar’s two most recent original titles, GTA 5 and Red Dead 2, were published on PC at least a year after their console debuts. Although no official platform specifics have been announced, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One versions are improbable.
GTA 6 Setting
According to reports, Grand Theft Auto 6 will return to Vice City, the franchise’s stand-in for Miami. According to a Bloomberg 2022 article, Vice City is just the beginning, as Rockstar will allegedly offer “new missions and cities on a regular basis.” It is also considered to have more interior locales than any other GTA game.
According to the article, GTA 6 is nicknamed Project Americas, a nod to Rockstar’s rumoured plan to incorporate North and South American regions at launch. That proposal, though, is alleged to have been abandoned in order to reduce the crunch.
Adding to the reports of a return to Vice City is a potential tease found within the remastered version of GTA: San Andreas:
GTA 6 Story, Protagonist(s)
According to the aforementioned Bloomberg rumour, Grand Theft Auto 6 would include two bank robbers in a Bonnie & Clyde-inspired scenario. The two protagonists may be named Lucia and Jason, with Lucia possibly being the first female playable character in GTA 3D.
The story provided no more narrative information, but it did highlight a shift in Rockstar’s satirical philosophy: the firm is supposedly making an attempt to create less jokes at the expense of marginalized groups.
GTA 6 Gameplay (Leak)
Rockstar confirmed the in-development clip, which showed off elements of the game area, gunplay, and NPCs. It also appears to confirm that GTA 6 will have one male and one female protagonist. (While we’re on the subject of NPCs, Rockstar submitted a patent in 2019 for more realistic and immersive NPC drivers. The system, which might be utilised in GTA 6, enables AI drivers to “define [their] own specific characteristics for traversing road nodes.”
A British teenager was jailed 10 months after the leak for his involvement in a number of hacks, one of which is thought to be the source of the large GTA 6 leak.