'Grand Theft Auto 6' Release Date Still Years Away? Rumors Point To Expanded 'GTA V' Story With Female Lead

David Cornell

The Grand Theft Auto 6 release date may be just a few years away. This is the latest of a series of rumors surrounding Rockstar Games' killer IP, the last of which is still the draw of gamers' attention two years later after the latest titles grow stale.

GTA has come a long way since its origins, evolving from a simple top-down title involving using cars to complete missions for a crime lord to a third-person experience doing the same thing. Now, there is a lot more to do when you're not running errands like the world's most overpaid pizza delivery person. Thanks to an innovation introduced with GTA V, players have a chance to step outside the roles of Franklin, Michael, and Trevor, and get some dirty deeds done for not-so-dirt-cheap online with friends.

GTA V also challenged all other open-world games to make their worlds larger, boasting some of the biggest real estate on the hard drives of PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners.

With all of this having brought Rockstar back to the front lines, the Grand Theft Auto 6 release date is almost certain. Current rumors point to the game being finished and unleashed upon a ravenous public in 2019. Yes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe might actually come closer to ending by the time gamers see a new GTA.

If the last two Assassin's Creed titles are any indication, Rockstar might actually need that kind of time to "iron out" the bugs and give fans a quality follow-up. You might also remember that GTA V launched with a lot of online issues, including a lack of servers necessary to support the massive multiplayer demand.

The Grand Theft Auto 6 release date will likely face its own issues but now Rockstar is at least more prepared for online or server issues since dealing with them on Grand Theft Auto V.

Another rumor is that GTA 6 will have a female lead. Rockstar Games co-founder and vice president Dan Houser told The Guardian about the possibility back in 2013.

"In the future, could we do a game with a lead female character? Of course. We just haven't found the right game for it yet, but it's one of the things that we always think about."

— Jason Gaskell (@Jason_Gaskell) November 9, 2015

Crossmap says that GTA 6 will also have the biggest map of the entire franchise. Considering that GTA V challenged other franchises to make their worlds bigger, this might just be an eventuality. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, even the surprise hit Shadow of Mordor will need to step up and give us more space to roam if it has a sequel. Grand Theft Auto became the proverbial godfather of sandbox titles when it went to three-dimensional gameplay, as such it will need to be the leader once more when the Grand Theft Auto 6 release date hits.

Neurogadget says it's highly unlikely that the anticipated sequel will launch within the next two years, since the game will need to outdo an already ambitious game. There is also the chance that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be "last-gen" consoles by the time it's ready, unless this generation lasts as long as the one previous.

Only time will tell what Rockstar has in mind for the possible 2019 Grand Theft Auto 6 release date. What do you expect from Rockstar's next outing?

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