GTA 6 to feature female protagonist, in Miami-based setting

GTA 6 to feature female protagonist, in Miami-based setting
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Grand Theft Auto 6 will, reportedly, feature a female protagonist, and will take place in a setting based on Miami. If that last part is true, we can presume that it will be Vice City.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, GTA 6 has been in development since 2014. And, on top of that, the game is “at least two years away.” According to the report:

“Early designs called for the inclusion of territories modelled after large swaths of North and South America. The company reeled in those ambitions and cut the main map down to a fictional version of Miami and its surrounding areas.”

This sounds like Vice City, an analogue of Miami, featuring most famously in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The report also goes on to describe the protagonist:

“The woman, who is Latina, will be one of a pair of leading characters in a story influenced by the bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, the people said. Developers are also being cautious not to ‘punch down’ by making jokes about marginalized groups, the people said, in contrast to previous games.”

Also, Rockstar will, apparently, update the game’s map over time. Apparently, there will be “new missions and cities on a regular basis, which the leadership hopes will lead to less crunch during the game’s final months.”

Cities? The word “cities” there makes it sound like we will have a state to play around in. This is similar to San Andreas. (And, Rockstar wanted to feature more New York State-style surrounding in Grand Theft Auto IV, but didn’t due to various constraints.)

The reports also states that GTA 6 will feature more interior locations than previous games in the series.

Elsewhere, the report details a change in culture at Rockstar:

“Due to some of the changes that the company implemented in an effort to improve working conditions, such as a restructuring of the design department and a pledge to keep overtime under control.”

These are, of course, in reference to the company’s crunch culture, which was a hot topic around the release of Red Dead Redemption II.

We still don’t know about a release date or window. If this report is to be believed, then we may be waiting until 2024 or 2025.