Everything about GTA 6 - release date, maps, setting, storyline, characters, development, leaks

GTA 6 has been announced officially, but only leaks have revealed possible details on the release date, maps, setting, storyline, characters, and development.

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All that we know so far about GTA 6

GTA V has enjoyed mind-blogging success ever since its arrival on the scene in 2013. One result of this was that fans started clamoring for a sequel, namely, GTA 6. Although Rockstar Games said nothing on the issue for long, they have since provided us with some information on the game.

Here is all that we know so far about GTA 6.

Is there a GTA 6?

This discussion would be pointless if there wasn’t going to be a GTA 6 in the first place. So, we would like to say that yes, GTA 6 is very much a thing. Rockstar confirmed in February this year that it was in “active development.”

They also revealed this news on Twitter. Rockstar said that they strived to make each sequel better than its prequel. They advised us to keep up with the Rockstar Newswire for more information. Take-Two also issued some statements giving us hope that we will be getting more information eventually. For now, however, GTA 6 leaks are our only friends.

Some fans were disappointed as they wanted more than a mere confirmation.

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GTA 6 Release date

  • Delay possibilities of GTA VI

AAA game releases are almost never straightforward. There are always last-minute delays, although justified given the scale of the project. So, even an official GTA 6 release date can’t be taken to be 100% accurate.

  • GTA VI Announcement

A Kotaku report which mentioned that GTA 6 was under development was the first we heard of this title. The report said that the game was moderately large. But even so, it will be a large game. Rockstar’s strategy is to release the title and then increase its size through updates.

  • The marketing budget of GTA VI by Take-Two

Take-two will spend $89 million on marketing between April 2023 and March 2024, says a report by VentureBeat. By any standard, that amount is a spike in their regular budget. The speculations of this are obvious: this is the interval in which GTA 6 will release. Industry analyst Jeff Cohen takes this stand as well.

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Tom Henderson, a well-known industry data miner, says GTA 6 will not release before 2024 as Rockstar’s focus is “employee well-being,” meaning they don’t want to put their employees on a time crunch or have them working overtime.

Also, the early release of GTA 6 will mean GTA V will become almost obsolete. Rockstar does not want to ruin what’s going so well.

Chris Klippel, another leaker, said that the developers won’t be telling us anything till the end of 2024, even though GTA 6 has been developed a lot already.

GTA 6 trailer

As of now, there is no news of a GTA 6 trailer, which is odd, actually. Usually, official announcements precede official trailers. Not in this case, it seems.

Some said that a trailer will be revealed on the 16th of May Take-Two and Rockstar live stream. However, that didn’t happen.

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Previously leaked GTA 6 map

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GTA 6 setting

At the moment, all that we know about the GTA 6 settings comes from leaks. Here they are.

  • Project Americas

The biggest leak about this, a video from The Know, tells us that the code name of GTA 6 is Project Americas. It suggests that the characters will have to keep “commuting” between the US and South America. The US will be where the majority of time is spent, however.

This complements the leak that Vice City will be a setting in GTA 6. Apparently, players will be running a drug business. A deleted Reddit post also said the same. This post also told us about a possibility of an interesting aspect: the game will be set in different time periods.

  • Protagonist

The mentioned deleted Reddit post says Ricardo, a drug lord, will be the only protagonist. However, all this information should be taken with a pinch of salt.

  • A modern setting in GTA?

Henderson’s stand is that GTA 6 is set in modern times, and not in the past. Vice City, to him, is a real possibility, though it might not be as big as the rumors say.

Henderson’s argument is that given how GTA Online is going, the developers would find it easier to incorporate GTA 6 in the online mode with a modern setting.

  • Time Travel and Future Settings

Christian Today, in 2016, suggested a futuristic setting. That would mean teleportation and time travel. However, this doesn’t suit the theme of GTA games.

A Reddit post said that Rockstar had job positions related to making 3D art open. This means they are working on something already.

The counterargument is that Rockstar always has job openings so that they never run out of talent. And that’s the way things are right now.

Leaked GTA 6 map images

The most significant leaked map image of GTA 6 was on 4chan. People are saying this could really be true. These leaks lead to speculations that Colombia, Rio De Janeiro, or Everglades might be in the game.

However, there are some who doubt the authenticity of these images. Just so you know.

  • Leaked map video

An apparent leak of a map, in the form of a video, was circulating on the internet. Someone asked Tom Henderson his thoughts on it and he replied, “wouldn’t expect any leaks like this for a couple of years.” In fact, later, this video was discredited.

  • Vestawa Island

In October 2020, a supposed leak showed a blurry and clear image of an island map, supposedly belonging to GTA 6. Many, however, think of this as a fake due to its quality.

  • Rockstar QA Tester

A Rockstar QA Tester testifies that the claim that GTA 6 will require players to travel between Liberty City, Vice City, and maybe more places. Highways would connect these places.

The QA tester’s post was removed, but a cryptic message “GTA6LSVCLC” was left. The most obvious full form would be GTA 6 Los Santos, Vice City, and Liberty City. RealityDesign created the concept art of a map based on this.

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The supposed Vestawa Island on GTA 6

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  • UFO screenshot from GTA Trilogy

A painting-like image from the GTA Trilogy version of San Andreas might give us a hint of GTA 6’s location, plus a screenshot. This image was of a wall of a UFO-themed Lil’ Probe’Inn. Considering Rockstar’s fascination with UFOs, this could be an easter egg.

The location on the painting was not in GTA V, say fans. Could it be from GTA 6?

The painting is of a house near Miami, in Boca Raton. Again, a Vice City setting comes to mind.

  • Vice City rumor on Instagram

Tony Mesones, soundtrack manager and music supervisor at Rockstar, posted Miami’s South Beach, the caption reading “who said it could be cold???”.

Of course, it could be a vacation pic. But given that the man works at Rockstar and tagged Rockstar in the post, we are inclined to believe something else.

  • London’s possibility

Co-founder of Rockstar Games, Don Houser, said in 2013, “At the moment, it feels like GTA’s DNA is contemporary-ish, American-ish, English-speaking-ish, because that’s what it has been… But that doesn’t necessarily limit it to those, that’s just what we’ve done so far.”

And this led to many speculating London as a possible location. But Houser later denied this.

  • Florida’s possibility

A post on the GTA 6 subreddit said a scout from Rockstar Games wanted to take pictures of the local business. A letter asking for permission from a Florida store for this was circulated on Reddit.

People were skeptical of this until a photo of the official document was posted on the internet. At the bottom “Leah’s IMDb” could be seen.

It turns out, in a podcast named “Film Florida Podcast,” Leah says this about their work in Florida: As you are aware we’ve had changes of types of productions that are coming to our state. So, I’ve also been very fortunate to get a large client that has hired me to arrange basically flight tours and visits. It’s a general media company.

Morever, I’ve signed an NDA so I can’t disclose who it is, but they’ve been exploring various cities in our state and other states in the southeast and I’ve been planning and arranging those visits for their personnel.

Fans like to think this leak is real.

GTA 6 Story leak

Someone on Reddit claimed to have extensive information on the storyline of GTA 6. The post was rather long. It stated that the main characters are three: Ricardo, Kacey, and Rose. Here’s what the post says.

  • Ricardo

A Cuban drug smuggler in Vice City, Ricardo works for a Hispanic company. He will kill the husband of Rose and a police caption eventually. He gets a price on his head due to this. So he goes underground, making him unplayable for that time interval.

  • Kacey

A minor criminal in Carcer City, Kacey is in his early 20s. He works with gangs and other criminals. Afterward, he makes his own gang, takes down the rival gang, and becomes the king of Broker. But he gets caught by the police soon. This is the second act.

The third act goes back to the start of the game in Vice City, where Ricardo and Kacey hijack a prison bus. They have some hatred between them, but eventually, they become a duo.

  • Rose

Rose is in love with Ricardo, while working at the police station. She is actually on Ricardo and Kacey’s side, secretly helping them. And she also leads an investigation against them. Rose’s missions mainly have the players going after criminals, like serial killers.

The post said that the map size was that of GTA V and RDR2 combined. Also, there will be golfing, gambling, tennis, and such activities.

Even though this leak is detailed, it did invoke a skeptical response from the community. However, we can’t dismiss this entirely out of hand.

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Other GTA 6 leaks

This section deals with leaks about screenshots, game engines, etc.

Rage is what Rockstar tends to use. Due to this, files of other games can be found on some other games. In late 2019, someone came across some files called MISC AMERICAS SCRIPT STATS in RDR2 files. The name later changed to MISC SCRIPT STATS.

This name becomes interesting when the code name Project Americas is recalled. There were also scripts on guns, skydiving, and parachuting.

  • Things speeding up

Chris Klippel, a French journalist, said about GTA 6, “an important step in the development of GTA 6 has been reached.” Things should speed up now, he says, and an official announcement at the end of 2022 is a possibility. But he still believes the game won’t be released before the end of 2024.

  • RAGE9 Game Engine

The engine Rockstar’s using, says Klippel, is “ahead of its time.” People responded positively to this argument, as Rockstar’s games always have great graphics.

According to Chris, RAGE6 would outperform Unreal Engine.

  • Got to keep things fresh, says Take-Two CEO

“You always have to be willing to be fresh. You always have to be willing to bring consumers what they want. The minute you try to protect the past, you become irrelevant,” said Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two’s CEO.

Zelnick said that the next title in the GTA franchise going to be great and it will outperform the previous titles.

  • GTA 6 on old-gen consoles?

The short answer to the above question is no, GTA 6 won’t be on old-gen consoles. This game is going to surpass every other in performance. That wouldn’t be possible except on next-gen or current-gen consoles.

AccNGT, a renowned leaker, said only GTA 6 will be released on current-gen consoles. Rockstar will go for quality over quantity. So this move makes sense.

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GTA 6 Development problems

About #GTAVI #GTA6- Some people don’t realize how chaoticthe development is.- I really think there will be a disappointment for many people for some aspects (ofc not the graphic side).- If the game is announced this year / early 2022, we can really be worried.

This is what AccNGT tweeted in December 2021. If AccNGT is saying Rockstar’s having development problems, then it could definitely mean that Rockstar was going through something at the time. And he said that if this game gets announced in early 2022, then we are in trouble. And since that did happen, we are in trouble.

Will there be more delays? Only time will tell.

  • GTA 6 is less edgy?

Co-founder of Rockstar, Jamie King, in an interview with Killaz, a YouTuber, said future games won’t be as funny or edgy as previous ones.

These are his further words: And if it’s maybe not quite as edgy or quite as funny. I just think maybe there’s more opportunity for them to do something cheesy cause they never do. Maybe not. There’s a beautiful machine there that you’d have to try real hard to f**k up.

I just look at the success of GTA 5 and GTA Online and Red Dead Redemption 2, and I think that they’re just going to be fine, period. But I think culturally, internally, both up at Rockstar North and at Rockstar New York, missing Leslie Benzies and Dan Houser, yeah, there’s a difference, for sure.

  • VFX job listing

The job listing on the official Rockstar site for next-genVFX makes it look like GTA 6 will be out of this world. The description said the employee would “help bring extra life to the environment, characters, weapons, vehicles and more.” Ambient effects for insects and rain dripping off buildings were to be used. Also, buildings tumbling to the ground was another effect.

The description said “our technology is used to tie the world together” and “weapons create bullet impacts, vehicles kick up dirt and smoke and leave debris when they crash, objects get dirty when they fall in the mud.”

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The candidate has to “develop assets optimized for current and next-gen consoles.” Rockstar’s leaving no stone unturned.

  • Female protagonist?

Tom Henderson said that there will be multiple playable characters in GTA 6 and there will be a female one too. She will be the “bright one,” having expertise in hacking and technology. It will be interesting to see this development.

These were all the details on GTA 6, the new addition to the GTA series, including its release date, maps, setting, storyline, characters, development, leaks, and more. Keep visiting for more GTA news that will be coming soon.

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