Grand Theft Auto 6, or GTA 6, is still years off at best but given the popularity of the franchise, it's no wonder that eager fans are already hungry for any information.
Rockstar Games has developed some of the best Xbox games available, with the studio's most recent game, the 2018 Western epic Red Dead Redemption 2, selling over 36 million copies. The last GTA title, Grand Theft Auto 5, has sold over 150 million copies, making it one of the most successful games of all time. However, it came out in 2013, so it makes sense that players are expecting a new entry soon.
Right now, there's very little we know, but some rumors from reputable sources are leaking, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from GTA 6.
What is GTA 6?
GTA 6 is the abbreviated name of the presumed next Grand Theft Auto game, which will almost certainly be named Grand Theft Auto 6.
Past Grand Theft Auto games have been third-person games with a huge emphasis on building an empire of crime and allowing players to do different jobs and pull heists in a massive, open-world sandbox setting. The Xbox One, PS4, and PC ports of Grand Theft Auto 5 introduced new features, including a first-person mode as well, something we'd expect to see stay in the next game.
Where is the GTA 6 map located?
Nothing has officially been announced yet. According to well-known Battlefield leaker Tom Henderson, GTA 6 will take place in a modern day Vice City, a city based on Miami and the setting for the 2002 title Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Jason Schreier from Bloomberg notes that this information lines up with what he has heard, with VGC's sources also backing this up.
Is GTA 6 an MMO?
We don't know but there will probably be some MMO-type elements. Henderson has indicated that the map will evolve and change over time, in line with how the map of Fortnite has radically changed across various updates. This is also in line with GTA Online, which has added new areas throughout various content updates and expansions across its long lifespan.
With that in mind, it's unlikely the game will be a "true" MMO and will almost certainly allow players to enjoy the game by themselves if they want, as Rockstar Games has a long history of providing blockbuster singleplayer experiences.
Who are the GTA 6 characters?
We don't know who the main protagonist(s) of GTA 6 will be yet. Some Rockstar Games opt for a single main character, while Grand Theft Auto 5 allowed players to alternate between three different leads: Franklin Clinton, Michael De Santa and Trevor Philips. We'll have to wait and see what Rockstar opts to do here.
Will GTA 6 connect to the new version of Grand Theft Auto 5?
Rockstar Games is publishing a new version of Grand Theft Auto 5 for the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5. It was originally scheduled to launch on Nov. 11, 2021, but has since been delayed to sometime in March 2022, with Rockstar Games announcing the delay during the September 2021 PlayStation Showcase.
While we don't know what all the upgrades will entail, the game will feature increased graphical quality and lower loading times. There will also be a standalone version of GTA Online that's free for PS5 owners to keep if they redeem it within the first three months.
It's possible that Rockstar Games is using this port to explore features of the newest consoles and that different features will be carried over into GTA 6, but this is only speculation.
What platforms is GTA 6 coming to?
Given how far out this game is and taking into account the patterns of past Rockstar Games, GTA 6 is almost certainly coming to the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5. A PC version will also absolutely happen, but Rockstar may choose to port the game to PC sometime after the initial console launch, as the company did with Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2.
When is the GTA 6 release date?
Right now, there's no telling when the release of GTA 6 will be set for. Henderson and Schreier have both indicated that the game is likely several years away, with a possible 2025 window.
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