GTA 6 is one of the most highly anticipated games on the horizon, but concrete information on the next Grand Theft Auto is – well – nowhere to be seen. There have been plenty of rumours swirling around when GTA 6 will launch, where it will be set and what groundbreaking features the next Grand Theft Auto could boast. But despite this ever growing list of rumours, Rockstar Games has so far given no official announcement on what their next title will be and if it’s GTA 6.
Despite this barren run of news relating to what Rockstar has planned next, there have been some big tidbits of info that have emerged recently about GTA 6.
One of the most significant updates came courtesy of former Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier in one of his final articles for the site.
In a post about how Rockstar’s culture changed following the release of Red Dead 2 Schreier said GTA 6 is the next title in the works at the blockbuster studio.
But the new addition to the Bloomberg News team added that GTA 6 was only in the early stages of development.
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Given Schreier’s track record for accuracy, Grand Theft Auto fans took this as all but confirmation that GTA 6 was a long way off.
Since then though high-profile Rockstar insiders Tezfunz2 and Yan2295 disputed these claims.
In a conversation on Twitter @Yan2295 said GTA 6 was more likely to be in the “early stages of testing” as opposed to the early stages of development.
While @TezFunz2 said they had heard GTA 6 was “halfway done” or “even beyond that”.
Schreier later responded to these counter claims, replying to what Yan2295 had said with: “Sorry dude, it is. Not what fans want to hear but that game is years away”.
And amid all of these conflicting reports GTA fans look to have found out when the next Grand Theft Auto game could launch at the earliest.
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This week Rockstar Games’ parent company Take Two released their latest fiscal report, which also gave their outlook for the next financial year.
And, interestingly, Take Two discussed whether there would be any major releases in the fiscal year between April 2020 and March 2021.
Take Two said this fiscal year will be a light one in terms of new releases, but an “array of titles” are expected to launch in fiscal 2022, a post by Tezfunz2 revealed.
That financial year will cover the period between April 2021 and March 2022.
While the next Grand Theft Auto game was not specifically mentioned, the comments do seem to be downplaying hopes of any major T2 titles launching before April 2021.
And if that’s the case then it could mean from then on will be the earliest gamers can expect to see any big, landmark releases from Take Two and Rockstar Games.
Which could also make the prospect of GTA 6 being a cross-gen title less likely.
New Grand Theft Auto games typically launch in Q4, or – in the case of GTA V – the tail end of Q3 (September 2013).
If GTA 6 was to launch around then next year, then that would be roughly a year after the next-gen consoles first arrived.
We’re seeing plenty of cross-gen titles this year when the PS5 and Xbox launch, but whether that’s the case a year after these consoles first land remains to be seen.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X would be well established by Q3 and Q4 of 2021.
So if GTA 6 was to launch then would Rockstar really want to compromise their vision by making it a cross-gen game?
And would they really want to release the next GTA on the PS4 and Xbox One so late into these consoles’ lifecycle when the next-gen would be well underway?
This, of course, remains to be seen – but rumours have pointed towards GTA 6 being a next-gen only title.
And if GTA 6 is indeed launching, at the very earliest, in 2021 then this crucial detail could back up this rumour.
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