IT could be YEARS before gamers get to play Grand Theft Auto 6.
That's the latest theory from eagle-eyed fans who same game-maker Rockstar has teased the elusive GTA 6 release date.
GTA 5 came out way back in 2013, so gamers are desperate for a new entry to the series.
But Take Two and Rockstar are playing their cards close to their chest, keeping details of the yet-to-be-announced game a secret.
However, a recent SEC filing by Take Two may be proof that the game is coming out in 2023 or 2024, according to tech blog CNet.
Each year the firm spends between $10million and $40million on marketing.
But between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024, Take Two expects to spend a mammoth $89million.
That's a similar figure to 2018, when blockbuster game Red Dead Redemption 2 came out.
Importantly, 2023 will mark a decade since GTA 5 came out.
And we'll be three years in to the lifecycle of the next-gen consoles: the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
This is already the longest wait between and two GTA games.
For instance, there was a five-year gap between GTA 4 and GTA 5.
The other bad news is that we still don't know much about GTA 6, and we might not learn more until 2023.
In May this year, details about GTA 6 allegedly surfaced online.
A purported former employee of Rockstar leaked apparent info about the game, including the names of the main characters.
In it, the anonymous poster claimed the hotly-anticipated game's map will mirror the one in GTA San Andreas, with three major cities and one smaller town.
However, it will apparently be larger than the maps of both Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA:V) and Rockstar cowboy shooter Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) combined.
Grand Theft Auto games – a timeline
Here's the full list…
- 1997 – Grand Theft Auto
- 1999 – Grand Theft Auto 2
- 2001 – Grand Theft Auto 3
- 2002 – Grand Theft Auto Vice City
- 2004 – Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
- 2008 – Grand Theft Auto 4
- 2013 – Grand Theft Auto 5
- 1999 – Grand Theft Auto London 1969
- 1999 – Grand Theft Auto London 1961
- 2009 – Grand Theft Auto 4 The Lost and Damned
- 2009 – Grand Theft Auto The Ballad of Gay Tony
- 2004 – Grand Theft Auto Advance
- 2005 – Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories
- 2006 – Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories
- 2009 – Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars
Players will follow four main characters through the game's story mode, the poster said.
They include a driver called Walther Wallace, a man named Thomas Branigan with a smuggling plane called "the Raven" and a drug dealer named Marcus Burke.
An unnamed former Israeli IDF agenct was also mentioned in the post.
Missions in the game allegedly won't be as linear as in GTA:V or RDR2.
Gun mechanics and the the hand-to-hand combat system will be more like RDR2's, the poster claimed.
Apparently, the game will be set in the 1980s but will later jump to modern times – an unusual narrative choice for the franchise.
According to a lengthy post on Reddit the new game is code-named Project Americas, and has been in development in some form since 2012, a year before GTA 5 launched.
It's been on-and-off since then, the post says, first picking up properly in 2015 before being put on ice while all of Rockstar's global studios focused on the final details of Red Dead Redemption 2.
GTA 6 will reportedly only have one main playable character, a wannabe drug lord called Ricardo.
Starting in Vice City, the game will also feature action in a new South American city, and some story content that takes you to Liberty City too.
The game's story will be spread out over several years too, with areas in-game changing as the years go by, according to the leak.
Going along with that is a new system to build up and manage your own drug-dealing empire that will draw inspiration from PS2 series entry Vice City Stories as well the business systems found in GTA Online but "dial it up to 10".
The weapon system will draw from RDR2 and previous Rockstar game Max Payne, with the player only able to use weapons you can carry "on your person".
However, to help with this you'll be able to store things in the trunk of your car, where you'll be able to tweak your loadout.
The way the story is told, its look and its characters are all heavily inspired by Narcos, the Netflix drama about Pablo Escobar.
Escobar got his start in the drugs trade in the mid 70s, rising to prominence throughout the 1980s, becoming a folk hero and one of the world's richest men.
Negotiations are ongoing, the leak says, into securing all the music you'd expect for a GTA game set in the period.
In other new, Call of Duty Warzone is reportedly getting a graphics update for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
A Grand Theft Auto cheater was recently ordered to pay £115,000 after being sued by the game's designers.
And check out this amazing Xbox Project Oris concept console.
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