It’s being reported that Grand Theft Auto 6 may still be quite a while off, with multiple sources stating that Rockstar’s next full entry in the open world crime series won’t be arriving until 2024 or 2025 at the earliest.
The original report came from industry insider Tom Henderson, who previously revealed accurate details about Battlefield 2042. In a video published last weekend, Henderson claimed that GTA 6 wouldn’t release until 2024 or 2025 thanks in part to new policies implemented at developer Rockstar Games that are intended to focus on employee welfare and avoid crunch. A topic that Rockstar employees previously spoke out on following Red Dead Redemption 2’s launch in 2018.
Following the video, several other outlets have vouched for Henderson’s claims, including Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier who said “Everything Tom Henderson has said about the game matches up with what I’ve heard.” Video Games Chronicle has added that their own sources have also corroborated this information.
The report also mentioned a few other details about the upcoming game, claiming that the next outing will take place in a modern-day Vice City, although the plan was originally to return to an 80’s setting of 2002’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This was apparently nixed, and instead, it’s said, the game will offer a “moderately sized” map that will be updated and changed in a manner similar to a live service title following its launch.
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Rockstar and Take Two aren’t commenting on these reports at the moment, as you’d expect. But it sounds like we may be in for quite the wait before we hear more. Until then, Grand Theft Auto Online will be launching on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 proper in November.
Meanwhile it emerged last week that former Grand Theft Auto writer Dan Houser appears to have a founded a new studio called Absurd Ventures in Games.