It would be an understatement to say that Grand Theft Auto 6 is a highly-anticipated video game. The upcoming title, which is the follow-up to the commercially and critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto V, has been a point of interest for fans and analysts alike, with developer Rockstar being very cryptic and secretive about the title’s progress. Considering that Rockstar has revealed that its next AAA title would be Red Dead Redemption 2, speculations are high that GTA 6 would most likely see a 2019 to 2020 release for the PS4, Xbox Scorpio, and PC.
Rockstar Games has never been known to be a developer that churns out half-baked titles. Over the years, Rockstar has managed to plan and polish its games so meticulously that players who have purchased them years ago continue to play them to this day. While each Rockstar title is almost assured of having premium quality, fans of its gaming franchises are usually left to wait for years before a follow-up game would be released. This has already happened numerous times in the past, and it is likely to happen for GTA 6 as well.
Prior to Rockstar’s official Red Dead Redemption 2 reveal, rumors were high that the developer would unveil Grand Theft Auto 6 sometime in 2016. Most of these rumors were fueled by leaks and speculations that Rockstar would be announcing a AAA title before the end of the year. As it turned out, however, the developer has opted to announce a follow-up to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption instead, which is set for a Fall, 2017, release. While a GTA 6 announcement would have been interesting, it was understandable that Rockstar opted to prioritize Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2016, especially since its predecessor is now 6-years-old. By the time RDR2 gets released, it would have been seven years since its predecessor entered the market.
With this in mind, Rockstar would most likely follow the same pattern with GTA 6. This means that there is a good chance that the game would see a 2017 or 2018 announcement, followed by a 2019 or even a 2020 release. This does not mean that the developer is running out of ideas for the next GTA title, however, as Rockstar president Leslie Benzies himself has teased that the gaming firm already has a grasp on Grand Theft Auto 6′s development.
“We don’t know what GTA 6 will be, but we’ve got some ideas,” he said.
During the same interview, Benzies also described how the game’s creation process happens. The Rockstar president also assured fans of the franchise that the firm already has a number of working ideas for GTA 6.
“It comes from the idea first. Where it is going to be set is the first question. Then that defines the missions; you’re doing different things in LA than in New York or Miami. 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.
“We’ve got about 45 years’ worth of ideas we want to do. GTA Online is the focus right now. There ain’t no rest between finishing 5 and then Online. Plus we have some things – stuff, DLC, I don’t know how to describe it exactly – that we’d like to do, and we’ll pick the right ones.”
So why the wait? While there is really no way to determine the content of GTA 6, the steady growth in terms of storytelling and scope of GTA games are indicative of what Rockstar might utilize for Grand Theft Auto 6. GTA V already had the most expansive map in any Grand Theft Auto game to date, and the size of the highly-anticipated game is expected to increase even more. Currently, speculations are high that GTA 6 would be a game that features multiple cities and a map that essentially recreates the entire United States. Other speculations push this idea even further, stating that GTA 6 could feature a story set in multiple countries. While these rumors must be taken with a massive grain of salt, they do provide a pretty good idea about what the next GTA title would be like.
Earlier reports have previously pointed out that Grand Theft Auto 6 has already entered pre-production. While unconfirmed, there is a good chance that the game is indeed starting its development. After all, Rockstar has already done the same thing in the past, commencing the pre-production of GTA 5 during the end of GTA IV‘s lifecycle. By the time GTA 5 was released on 2013, the game had been in production for three whole years. Thus, if GTA 6 did enter its initial stages of creation this year, fans of the long-running and critically-acclaimed franchise might really be looking at a 2019 or 2020 release date.
If history is anything to go by, however, the wait for GTA 6 would most likely not be for naught. After all, through its long tenure in the video game industry, each game that Rockstar has released has been lauded for being a title that provides its players with a complete, premium gaming experience absent of any careless flaws and issues. Over the years, the developer’s games have gotten progressively better. Each Grand Theft Auto title is a testament to this. With GTA 6 most likely being released for the PS4, Xbox Scorpio, and PC, the wait for the game’s possible 2019 to 2020 release date would definitely be worth it.