Next year will mark a decade since the release of the last GTA major title, and we are nowhere close to GTA 6’s official announcement. But thanks to recent announcements and speculations, then we can get a fair estimate of the potential GTA 6 release date. Even though there is no way to be sure, we can try out best to answer the ever-brewing question of when is GTA 6 coming out. And it might be further away than you are expecting. Let’s find out how!
When Will GTA 6 Come Out (Updated December 2022)
At the moment, there is no official release date for Grand Theft Auto VI. But based on several patterns and leaks, we have narrowed down the speculations. Use the table below to understand how we reached the conclusion or simply skip to the potential release date.
Rockstar Games Release Timeline
To get a realistic idea of GTA 6’s release date, let’s go over the release dates of other major gaming titles by Rockstar Games.
Title Release Date Grand Theft Auto III October 22, 2001 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City October 29, 2002 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas October 26, 2004 Grand Theft Auto IV April 29, 2008 GTA IV PC December 2, 2008 Grand Theft Auto V September 17, 2013 GTA V PC November 18, 2014 Red Dead Redemption 2 October 26, 2018 RDR 2 PC November 5, 2019 GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition November 11, 2021
As you might notice, Rockstar Games have released all its major games in the Fall months of each year. The only exception is GTA 4, which was released in April 2008. Leaving that aside, we have four titles in the last two weeks of October and three in November. Keeping that in mind, we expect to witness the release of GTA 6 in the final months of the upcoming years.
When Does GTA 6 Come Out
At the moment, the most reliable idea of GTA VI’s release date we have is from Chris Klippel, a popular GTA leaker. Back in March, Klippel claimed that GTA 6 won’t release before the last months of 2024. This was later backed by Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier in a separate Twitter thread, who expects a release date of late 2024 or early 2025.
With both these leaks and the previous release dates in mind, we expect GTA 6 to release in October or November of 2024. But, please keep in mind that we are merely speculating the date, and there is no official announcement yet.
GTA 6 Might Release on Tuesday
Since the release of GTA Vice City, every GTA title has been released on a Tuesday. There is no reason to break the pattern with GTA 6 as well. Moreover, as reported in our overall GTA 6 guide, the game is supposedly based on Vice City. One of the most important Tuesdays of 2024 is the 22nd anniversary of GTA Vice City. But again, there is no way to know if that event can lead to a specific release date or just an unrelated announcement.
Potential GTA 6 Release Delay by Massive Leak
On September 18th, 2022, a leaker posted 90+ videos and lines from the source code of GTA 6. This huge GTA 6 leak is highly devastating to the game developer and investors. Even though leaks hype up the game among the players, they can also end up delaying their release by a good few months or a year or two.
As of writing this piece, the story is still developing with the leaker threatening developers with a bigger GTA VI source code leak. So, our fingers are crossed, but if things do go haywire, then GTA 6 might get delayed to late 2025.
Microsoft Expects GTA 6 Release in 2024
In a recent response to the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company mentioned the release window of GTA 6. They brought up the success of Take-Two Interactive and others to clarify that Microsoft’s takeover of Activision won’t affect the competition.
While doing so, a statement in the same section mentions that “The highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be released in 2024,”. Keep in mind that Microsoft is the owner of two major platforms (Xbox & Windows) for the GTA franchise, so it wouldn’t be surprising that they have insider knowledge about a major title’s release timeline. Though, only time would tell if their estimate is as reliable as we expect.
Speculated GTA 6 Release Date
With that, you now know everything about the GTA VI release date. All the leaks and our speculations can be accurate or slightly off from the actual release date, which is yet to be announced by Rockstar Games. But you just need to bookmark this page to find out the official release date of Grand Theft Auto as soon as it gets announced. But when do you expect GTA 6 to come out? Tell us in the comments!